How to Preserve a Dead Starfish

By Diana Braun
Preserve starfish from a beach vacation with rubbing alcohol.

Starfish can be the perfect souvenir after a beach vacation. The starfish is a marine animal with more than 2,000 species in oceans around the world. Because these sea stars were once living creatures, cleaning and preserving them for your own collection requires proper preparation. The starfish must be cleaned first to remove any living or dead matter attached to the body. Rubbing alcohol is a sterilizer that an be used to clean and preserve a starfish.

Pour rubbing alcohol into a bowl.

Place the starfish in the bowl of rubbing alcohol for 48 hours. The starfish should be completely submerged in the alcohol.

Weigh down each arm of the starfish by placing a cup or other object on top of the fish to prevent the arms from curling up.

Remove the starfish after 48 hours and allow it to dry in direct sunlight. The alcohol odor dissipates over time.

About the Author

Diana Braun began her writing career as a consultant and technical writer for a software company focusing on how-to, training, white paper, and internal process documentation. After two years, Braun left to pursue her entrepreneurial dreams. Since then, she has launched several startups including a t-shirt business, an online marketing and advertising t-shirt distribution business, and an entertainment site. She currently resides in South Florida.