how long is urine good for? [Urine shelf life]

The standard urine sample size is 60 ml / 2 oz., which is enough for a split sample can last from about 8hrs – 1 year depending on the mode of storage which includes:-

  • Normal Room Condition
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer

These methods determine how long urine stays good for a lab drug test, screen urinalysis, urine pregnancy test or using someone urine for the test.

How long does urine last unrefrigerated?

An unrefrigerated urine sample should be handled within an hour because bacteria in the urine sample can multiply rapidly at body/room temperature. If this happens, it could affect the test results.

How long does urine last in the fridge?

A urine sample should keep it in the fridge at around 4C (39F) for no longer than 2 weeks. Put the container of urine in a sealed plastic bag first.

How long is human urine good for?

  • Urine in Room temp = 8 hrs – 2days.  Always keep it in the right temperature of about 96-99F or 35-37C, you don’t want to get it too hot though so it doesn’t turn cloudy and get this err, funny smell to it
  • Urine in Refrigerator = 2 weeks.
  • Urine in Freezer = 1 year If you freeze it, make sure you SLOWLY cool  it down in warm water or something like that

Are you a lab tech or doctor, how long have your keep a urine sample? let’s hear in the comment section below

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