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I recently received a beehive from a neighbor and I don't know the history of the bees and why the previous colony left the box. As such, I'm trying to be careful to clean the boxes out (recently torched them) and I want to next clean the frames. There's quite a few plastic frames that came with the beehive that have no wax on them. I want to make sure I disinfect them to ensure they do not have any diseases on them. Can I simply soak them in a bucket with water mixed with bleach? After doing so, I'd air them out to make sure I get the smell of bleach off. In this video, the gentleman soaks his frames in water mixed with bleach and I'm assuming I can do the same:

https://youtu.be/400LMufHONY?t=86

Just wanted to check with the community to ensure I'm not damaging them or doing this incorrectl
 

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At about $1 each, I'd replace them. I have no experience with bleaching them, I'm sure it will kill most things but is it worth it if it don't?
 

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Just replace the frames. It is not worth the effort to clean them.

Just a personal preference, but I'd stay clear of the one piece all plastic frames. They flex quite a bit, have grooves that become propolis reservoirs and a place for pests to hide. The wood frames with pre-waxed plastic foundation are very durable.
 

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Just replace the frames. It is not worth the effort to clean them.

Just a personal preference, but I'd stay clear of the one piece all plastic frames. They flex quite a bit, have grooves that become propolis reservoirs and a place for pests to hide. The wood frames with pre-waxed plastic foundation are very durable.
OK, noted. Learning as a I go here. Thanks for the tip!
 
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