The Effects of Different Disinfectants on Bacteria Essay

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I chose to do the effects of different disinfectants on bacteria because I have always wondered if disinfectants such as Clorox, Lysol, and hand sanitizer actually kill 99.9 percent of germs. Also, I know that there are harsh chemicals that can be damaging to us over time. Do these harsh chemicals get the job done? Maybe taking a green, organic way could be the solution in the future. My main question is which is the better disinfectant, Clorox Disinfecting Wipes or Lysol Disinfecting Wipes. I want to uncover the truth about each product and show the reality of both. Are they really getting the job done? Household bacteria have always been a problem. Millions of people each year get some sort of sickness from bacteria in their kitchen,…show more content…
It serves as a solvent. The pros of water are that it is odorless, colorless, and flavorless. Hexoxyethanol is also included in Clorox wipes. Hexoxyethanol is also used as a solvent and a grease remover in household and industrial cleaners. Alkyl C12-18 dimethylbenzyl ammonium chloride is used in cleaning products for their antimicrobial abilities. Princeton University defines antimicrobial as, “ Capable of destroying or inhibiting the growth of disease-causing microorganisms.” Alkyl C12-14 dimethyl ethylbenzyl ammonium chlorides are cleaning agents added to EPA registered cleaning products for disinfecting or for helping to preserve the formula. This chemical helps the product maintain its potency while inside the bottle. C12-14 Alcohols Ethoxylated Proproxylated are cleaning agents that have strong ability to cut through grease and other messes. Citric acid is a natural acid. It is used as a builder in laundry detergents, dishwashing products, and hard surface cleaners. It is effective in cleaning soap scum and mineral scale deposits left by hard water on fixtures such as toilets, bathtubs and sinks. This acid does most of the disinfecting. Fragrances and perfumes are mixtures of fragrant oils, aroma compounds, fixatives and solvents. They are used in cleaning products to add a particular scent such as lavender or lemon. They are added to clothes and homes to mask unpleasant odors. Clorox provides a separate list of all the
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