Posted 14 October 2007 - 01:14 PM
Posted 14 October 2007 - 01:26 PM
I found this at: How to Clean Seashells | eHow.com
I've done this with conch shells and sand dollars in the past (wash, soak with diluted bleach, rinse and lay out in the sun to dry). My mom lived in Hawaii as a child and used the same process. I haven't done it with starfish, but I am sure that the cleaning process would probably be something similar (perhaps, skip the mineral oil step and reduce the amount of bleach).
Wash the shell out with a garden hose or in the kitchen sink. You want to remove whatever is still inside or you will likely smell your mistake later.
Mix a solution of 50 percent household bleach and 50 percent water. Soak the shell in the solution for 24 hours to remove any remnants of the inhabitant.
Rinse the shell thoroughly in running water. Scrub gently with an old toothbrush and mild dishwashing soap.
Allow the shell to dry completely.
Use a soft rag to rub mineral oil onto the shell and let it soak in for a few hours.
Wipe the excess oil off and enjoy!
Tips & Warnings
Some collectors spray their shells with WD-40 or silicon spray (which isn't wiped off).
Keep in mind that many varieties of seashells - cowries, for instance - are naturally shiny and never need polishing.
Do not use vegetable oil, which can become rancid.
Posted 15 October 2007 - 10:03 AM
Posted 12 November 2007 - 06:54 PM
Posted 12 November 2007 - 06:58 PM
| Originally Posted by beachbride |
here try this thread:
Posted 12 November 2007 - 10:08 PM
| Originally Posted by foxytv |
lol -- I just bought a bunch of different types of starfish at the beach this weekend. When I got home and started to package them up in tissue paper so they don't break -- phew! Talk about stinky!
Posted 11 January 2009 - 12:54 AM
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