• Implement – spreader, forceps or mounted needle
  • 20 ml alcohol in closed bottle
  • Shallow glass dish such as Petri dish with glass or fireproof cover


  1. Pour alcohol into shallow glass dish.
  2. Dip implement in alcohol and shake off excess.Step 2 image
  3. Place lid over alcohol.
  4. Place implement in flame to allow alcohol to catch fire.step 4 image
  5. Remove implement from flame and allow alcohol to burn off. Do not put the implement down on bench.step 5 image
  6. Carry out the manipulation using the implement.
  7. Repeat steps 2 – 5. Place implement on heat resistant mat.

step 5 image