How to Use Beakers


A beaker is a cylindrical container used to store, mix and heat liquids in laboratories. Most are made of glass, but other non-corrosive materials, such as metal and heat-resistant plastic, are also used. Beakers usually have a flat bottoms and a lip around the top. They range in size from one millimeter to multi-liter. Bunsen burners, heat plates, stirrers, safety tongs, safety goggles, gloves and lab coats are tools commonly used when working with beakers.

Things You'll Need

  • Beaker
  • Stirrer
  • Burner or open flame
  • Safety tongs
  • Pour liquid into the beaker; pour slowly to avoid splashing the liquid. Use the measuring lines on the beaker to approximate the volume of liquid in the beaker.

  • Stir the liquid inside the beaker with a spoon or stirrer.

  • Center the beaker on a burner or over an open flame to heat the liquid, if necessary; don't fill the beaker more that 1/3 when heating and always use safety tongs when handling a hot beaker.

  • Pour liquid out of the beaker by using the spout in the lip around the top of the beaker.


  • Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images
Promoted By Zergnet



You May Also Like

  • About Crucible Tongs

    Crucible tongs are steel tools that are welded and used to pull hot crucibles out from furnaces. The tips of crucible tongs...

  • How to Measure Beakers

    Beakers are used primarily to measure a volume of liquid. Usually, a beaker will be labeled or marked with its total volume,...

  • Safety Rules for Glassware

    Glassware is used in laboratories for a variety of experiments with chemicals and mixtures, as glass can be heated and cooled without...

Related Searches

Check It Out

Can You Take Advantage Of Student Loan Forgiveness?

Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!