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Glass bottle for Lysol disinfectant

Title : Glass bottle for Lysol disinfectant
Accession ID : G2002.19

Document type: Nursing Museum Object
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Title Glass bottle for Lysol disinfectant
Description Lysol disinfectant and germicide. 1/2 full, brown glass.
Materials brown glass, coloured paper label
Source or Donor School of Nursing Collection
Provenance Notes Glass Bottle CDU Nursing Museum [Catalogue Number G19/Glass Box 4] This brown glass bottle 9.5cm high and 5cm diameter was corked and half-full of Lysol. Stored on its side, it had leaked. Fortunately only the coverings of other items stored alongside were damaged. In washing the sticky brown mess off the bottle and from the inside, the already soaked paper label around the bottle-neck was damaged and only remnants are left. It is now unreadable. There is some minimal damage to main label but it is clearly readable. The main label is headed in red: “POISON” and “NOT TO BE TAKEN”. Then in black: DISINFECTANT & GERMICIDE” and “CONTENTS 4 FL.OZS.“ with the company logo and below: “LYSOL” and “50 per cent Acrylic Acid Antiseptic and Bactericidal. Free from Caustic effects, admirably suited Surgical and general use”. Then in small print: Mixes with water in all proportions but being highly concentrated should always be diluted according the following directions: For surgical procedures: 1 per cent [1½ teaspoonsful to pint]” and “For general disinfecting: 5 per cent [2 tablespoonsful to pint]” and “For Veterinary use: 2.5 percent”. At the bottom is “PREPARE;D IN THE LABORATORY OF” and in white on red background: “S. O. BEILBY” and “Adelaide”. Lysol was widely used into the 1960s and the most junior nurse regularly had to ‘lysol’ or ‘carbolise’ the bed of the discharged patient. On the opposite side to the label, the bottle has a molded raised trellis with above in the glass “NOT TO BE TAKEN”. The now damaged neck label advised to send for the doctor with an antidote including Glaubers Salts1, egg white, oil. 1. The decahydrate of sodium sulfate is known as Glauber's Salt after the Dutch/German chemist and apothecary Johann Rudolf Glauber (1604–1670), who discovered it in 1625 … the crystals were used as a general purpose laxative, until more sophisticated alternatives came about in the 1900s. [Wikepedia 8/1/16] 2. Phenol or Carbolic Acid also regularly used by nurses for cleaning beds into early 1970s.
Dimensions H 9.5, Diam 5cm

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