Does anyone think that wiping down their flasks prior to incubating does anything beneficial? When I first stepped into this lab, the first thing I saw was three researchers wiping down over 20 T-75 flasks one at a time (and dropping one onto the floor).
Ethanol doesn't really kill anything nasty, you run the risk of getting it in your cells, and wiping every surface with a kimwipe is probably just introducing more contaminants.
Am I right in thinking this?
Since I'm hired to get this lab going, I want to put an end to this tedious task, but I want to have solid reasons so I can go to the PI and make my case. If anyone knows of a paper or a tech note or something that says not to wipe down prior to incubation, I'd really appreciate it.
Edited by ah6tyfour, 23 June 2012 - 03:08 PM.