Bottles, Jars and Jugs

Bottles, Jars and Jugs

Bottles, jars, and jugs are commonly used in laboratories to contain, store, or transport dry or liquid substances. They are available in various sizes and materials.

What Kinds of Lab Bottles Are There?

Lab bottles are most often used for chemicals, solvents, and other liquids. Bottles typically have an opening that is smaller in diameter than the rest of the container. Bottles are available in specific shapes, like Boston rounds, packers, square, media, and other specialty styles. Bottles may be made from glass (clear or amber), natural or colored plastics, plastic-coated glass, and sometimes metal. Choose clear glass or natural plastics for maximum visibility and amber-tinted glass and plastic for light-sensitive materials. Most bottles are sold with attached or separate closures, and can be sterilized, clean, or otherwise processed for specific applications.

What Types of Lab Jars Are There?

Lab jars have wider openings than bottles and are more often used for dry or semi-solid materials. Like bottles, they are made from clear or colored glass or natural or colored plastics. Other styles include bell, vacuum, and other specialty jars. Choose jars made from clear glass or natural plastics for maximum visibility and amber-tinted glass and plastic for light-sensitive materials. Most jars are sold with attached or separate closures, and may be processed (sterilized or cleaned) for specific purposes.

How Are Jugs Used?

Jugs may be best suited for large quantities of liquids. They typically have wide bodies, a small mouth or opening, and a built-in handle to facilitate pouring. Available in clear and amber glass, plastic-coated glass, and natural and colored plastic. Often used for packaging chemicals, plastic-coated glass jugs can temporarily contain their contents if closed and accidently broken. Jugs may be sold with attached or separate closures and may be pre-sterilized, cleaned, or otherwise treated for specific uses.

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