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    Well basically, this might not be the right forum for this, however why is disinfectant a really strong anti microbial agent to others like mouthwash etc? Please use scientific terms thank you!


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    Well basically, this might not be the right forum for this, however why is disinfectant a really strong anti microbial agent to others like mouthwash etc? Please use scientific terms thank you!


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    Disinfectants are substances that are applied to non-living objects to destroy microorganisms that are living on the objects. Disinfection does not necessarily kill all microorganisms, especially resistant bacterial spores; it is less effective than sterilisation, which is an extreme physical and/or chemical process that kills all types of life. Disinfectants are different from other antimicrobial agents such as antibiotics, which destroy microorganisms within the body, and antiseptics, which destroy microorganisms on living tissue. Disinfectants are also different from biocides — the latter are intended to destroy all forms of life, not just microorganisms. Disinfectants work by destroying the cell wall of microbes or interfering with the metabolism. Sanitisers are substances that simultaneously clean and disinfect. Bacterial endospores are most resistant to disinfectants, but some viruses and bacteria also possess some tolerance.



    Hope this helps!! Found it on wiki but it explains it okay i think
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    (Original post by clo24)
    Disinfectants are substances that are applied to non-living objects to destroy microorganisms that are living on the objects. Disinfection does not necessarily kill all microorganisms, especially resistant bacterial spores; it is less effective than sterilisation, which is an extreme physical and/or chemical process that kills all types of life. Disinfectants are different from other antimicrobial agents such as antibiotics, which destroy microorganisms within the body, and antiseptics, which destroy microorganisms on living tissue. Disinfectants are also different from biocides — the latter are intended to destroy all forms of life, not just microorganisms. Disinfectants work by destroying the cell wall of microbes or interfering with the metabolism. Sanitisers are substances that simultaneously clean and disinfect. Bacterial endospores are most resistant to disinfectants, but some viruses and bacteria also possess some tolerance.



    Hope this helps!! Found it on wiki but it explains it okay i think
    Thank you!!!


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