Everyone knows rubbing alcohol is a key part of any good innoculation technique. I used to use the individual disposable alcohol wipes that you buy in large packs. Now what I do generates a lot less packaging waste and gets rid of the need to constantly rip open those little foil packages.
I got a sterile gauze pad, $.99 at CVS. It folds out to a large rectangle its basically like an absorbant litle towel. I'm sure a microfiber towel would also work or lots of other things.
I take this single gauze towel and I soak it in rubbing alcohol from a bottle. Between procedures I keep it in its own sealed jar (used to be a plastic bag, which also works fine). I make sure its soaked with strong rubbing alcohol before it gets sealed up and this keeps it sterile while it is in storage (the acohol never evaps because its sealed in).
During the procedure, I keep it in its jar or bag, but with the lid or zipper off for easy access. This way its simple to keep it almost dripping with rubbing alcohol throughout the procedure - I just pour a tablespoon of rubbing alcohol into the jar and slosh it around whenever the rag appears to be getting even a little drier.
I like the feeling of not having so much trash after I'm done, and it makes clean-up easier to not have to deal with those wrappers. Plus, you never have to deal with running out of wipes, and having to go buy more. Eventually you'll run out of rubbing alcohol... eventually... still hasn't happened to me...
Edited by Cybilopsin, 29 December 2015 - 11:50 PM.