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L. T.
(Guinness1759) - F
steripen and cross contamination on 02/28/2007 05:41:03 MST Print View

Seeking thoughts on the Steri-pen. With most chemical water treatments, the user should let some treated water drip into the threads of the bottle in order to "disinfect" the part of the bottle that was exposed to the contaminated water. Does the same process apply to the steripen? Would it do any good?

Douglas Hus
(Hustler) - F

Locale: Ontario, Canada
steripen and cross contamination on 02/28/2007 06:37:47 MST Print View

Would you not be just running / washing cleaned water over them?
Hopeing that you wash off any bad bugs?



paul johnson
(pj) - F

Locale: LazyBoy in my Den - miss the forest
Re: steripen and cross contamination on 02/28/2007 09:12:55 MST Print View

>>"Would you not be just running / washing cleaned water over them?
Hopeing that you wash off any bad bugs?"

Yes. In part, the same, using sterile saline, is often done to clean wounds. It's called irrigation. It works. It works better if it's done with a larger volume, a more forceful stream, and a longer period of time. The surface of plastic threads though don't bear a close resemblence to the tissue of a wound however. I'd expect irrigation to work a little better on the threads, but it would be nice to have empirical data to go by.

This subject came up last week (or the week before, i forget precisely when) in another Thread. You could do two things to minimize your concern.

First, screw the cap on and off several times BEFORE dosing your water vessal with UV-C. The hope here is that the "pumping" action caused by the repeated screwing on and off of the cap will pump/force any water out of the threads - either into the undosed volume of water, or out of the container threads and cap threads into the "outside" world. Then dose with UV-C. The final replacement of the water container's cap would hopefully have little water left in it that would possibly be pumped into the water container when the cap is screwed back on the container.

Second, you could do what I do. I have "sippy" caps with poly tubing "straws" sticking out of the cap. My lips/mouth never contact the possibly untreated, contaminated threads.

Just some thoughts.

todd h
(funnymoney) - MLife

Locale: SE
I treat in separate container... on 03/05/2007 20:26:12 MST Print View

The method I use (somewhat) alleviates this. Here's part of a reply I had in another thread:

For a prefilter I use a coffee filter (Although the pantyhose sounds more durable). Here's how I deal with the prefilter issue:

I create a "funnel" shape w/the coffee filter and set it into the zippered opening of a 2L Platypus zip w/handles. I prefilter one liter into the platy using a cutoff worn-out Platy which I cut the top off of (makes scooping from shallow streams a breeze), then zap it w/my Steripen. I can then fill my gatorade bottles via the pour spout of the Platy. Works great and the whole setup weighs a good bit less than a Miniworks or similar. I hope all that makes sense!! Yet another plus is I can fill my bottles and still store 2L in the Platy for cooking, etc.

Assuming the UV actually works, I'm pleased:)