How to Clean Animal Bones for Display
Step-by-step instructions for cleaning a bare skeleton (free of soft tissue) for display. Prior to this cosmetic step, the bones have been completely degreased in a professional laboratory.
Melissa J. Will
Cream developer (peroxide)
peroxide, 30 vol or lower
skeleton only, degreased
Heavy Duty Rubber Gloves
Wash bones in soapy water and set aside.
Fill plastic container with enough peroxide (1-part) and water (10-parts) to submerge one bone at a time.
Stir until well mixed. Peroxide may not dissolve completely.
Soak bone for 2 to 5 minutes: the greasier the bone, the longer you soak.
Gently brush entire bone surface with toothbrush.
Allow bone to air dry on paper towel.
SAFETY NOTE: Always use a mask and gloves and never handle animal bones that have any remains other than the skeleton.
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