How to Sterilize a Needle at Home: A Guide for Beginners
If you are new to the world of needles, then you might not have any idea what kind of needles you need. You could be using a disposable one which is made out of plastic and is easy to lose or even worse, they could be glass ones which are hard to clean and break easily. There are other kinds too like metal ones which may cause cancer if used over long period of time.
You might also be wondering how to sterilize them. Well, it’s actually quite simple. All you need is some common household items and a little bit of patience! Let us show you how to do it step by step so that you don’t get into trouble yourself.
First things first, make sure your hands are clean. Wash your hands thoroughly before touching anything else since germs can spread from dirty hands easily.
Next, you will need to buy some items. You can either go online or you can just head to your local drug store and pick up some items there. Some of these items include:
A bottle of distilled water (or tap) – This is needed for sterilizing the needle. If you don’t have one, then you can always use a bucket of hot water.
Alcohol swabs – These are for sterilizing the area that is going to be injected. You will need several of these.
A lighter or another flame source – This is used for lighting the needle and also sterilizing it.
A cooker (device used to hold the heroin while it’s being heated) or something else that can contain heat without breaking such as a metal spoon.
Sources & references used in this article:
Self-sterilizing hypodermic syringe by RM Hall – US Patent 4,416,663, 1983 – Google Patents
Collecting two-cell-to compacted morula-stage embryos by A Nagy, M Gertsenstein, K Vintersten… – Cold Spring Harbor …, 2006 – cshprotocols.cshlp.org
Hypodermic needle case by HL Swan – US Patent 2,400,722, 1946 – Google Patents
Syringe needles and mass inoculation technique by A Fleming, AC Ogilvie – British medical journal, 1951 – ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
Needle sterilizing accessory by S Morris – US Patent 2,711,732, 1955 – Google Patents
Apparatus and methods for reuse of injection needle for home users by TC Singhal – US Patent App. 12/807,481, 2012 – Google Patents