Does Alcohol Kill Germs?

Does Alcohol Kill Germs
What are the differences between 70% and 99% Isopropyl alcohol? – 99% Isopropyl alcohol is a pure isopropanol whereas 70% isopropyl alcohol is pure isopropanol diluted with 30 percent purified water by volume (CDC, 2020).70% isopropyl alcohol kills organisms by denaturing their proteins and dissolving their lipids and is effective against most bacteria, fungi and many viruses, but is ineffective against bacterial spores (CDC, 2020).

Can alcohol kill 100% germs?

– At the required concentrations — between 60 and 90 percent — alcohol can kill a broad range of germs, including bacteria, viruses, and fungi. For example, alcohol can eliminate common bacteria, such as E. coli, salmonella, and Staphylococcus aureus,

Other bacteria, such as Enterococcus faecalis, are becoming more resistant to the effects of alcohol-based disinfectants. Alcohol has also been shown to kill viruses such as herpes, hepatitis B, HIV, influenza, rhinoviruses, and coronaviruses, among others. A 2020 study indicates that alcohol effectively destroys SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

However, alcohol isn’t effective against destroying the viruses that cause hepatitis A or polio, Finally, alcohol is also effective at destroying fungi, such as Blastomyces dermatitidis and Coccinidiodes immitis, which can cause fungal diseases.

Is alcohol a good disinfectant?

G.1. Alcohol – Alcohol is effective against influenza virus ( 252 ). Ethyl alcohol (70%) is a powerful broad-spectrum germicide and is considered generally superior to isopropyl alcohol. Alcohol is often used to disinfect small surfaces (e.g. rubber stoppers of multiple-dose medication vials, and thermometers) and occasionally external surfaces of equipment (e.g.

Does 99% alcohol kill germs?

Why is 70% a better disinfectant? – In terms of disinfecting, alcohols with higher concentration are less effective in killing germs, viruses, and bacteria. They are better eliminated with the use of a less concentrated isopropanol since higher concentrations can cause an external injury that builds a protective wall and shields these organisms.99% alcohol also evaporates too quickly before it can even take effect.

  1. Because of this evaporation rate, the solution doesn’t have enough time to penetrate cell walls and kill bacteria.
  2. Hence, 99% alcohols are not good for sanitizing the hand and other surfaces.
  3. On the other hand, 70% alcohol is the perfect balance of alcohol and water that allows the solution to cross the cell membrane and attack the entire cell, killing the bacteria in the process.

This is true for most viruses and bacteria with an envelope structure, like the common cold virus and coronavirus. They can be broken down by alcohol solutions of 60% or higher. Unfortunately, there are always exceptions to the rule. There are some organisms with viral structures which cannot be killed with any concentration of alcohol, like the norovirus.

How long until alcohol kills germs?

Rubbing Alcohol vs. Hydrogen Peroxide Medically Reviewed by on November 27, 2021 Are you familiar with and hydrogen peroxide? They’re not advertised much. They’re simple, inexpensive liquids that sit quietly on pharmacy or supermarket shelves until they manage to make their way into a new household hint or hack on the web.

There are times when it’s best to use one and not the other. But one benefit they both share is that they can be used as antiseptics. They’re antiseptics — germ killers — which people started using back in the mid-1800s to prevent the spread of bacteria and viruses. Frequent handwashing has reduced the spread of germs in the modern world, but antiseptics are still doing their part.

Rubbing alcohol and hydrogen peroxide are two of the most common. Rubbing alcohol is good for killing bacteria such as and staph. Rubbing alcohol can kill them within 10 seconds. Hydrogen peroxide is another antiseptic, or disinfectant, that kills viruses and various forms of bacteria.

But it needs more time than rubbing alcohol does to kill germs. It needs up to 5 minutes to do its job. Rubbing alcohol works well: ‌ During surgery., that is, 70% to 90% isopropyl alcohol, is commonly used for disinfecting germs and viruses in surgical settings. The CDC and FDA have determined rubbing alcohol to be safe and effective for operations on people’s skin.

‌ To disinfect objects. can effectively disinfect objects such as thermometers and other shared objects that are known to attract bacteria. You can also use rubbing alcohol to sterilize door handles and other surfaces‌. ‌ Rubbing alcohol has been approved by the CDC to kill the,

An alcohol-based hand sanitizer is safe to use on your hands. Be sure the alcohol is at least 70% isopropyl to effectively kill the virus. Harshness. on its own can be harsh on the finishes of objects you apply it to. Depending on the item, it may cause damage to whatever you’re trying to sterilize. It’s especially harmful to shellac, rubber, and plastic.

‌ And it’s best to not try to disinfect large areas of your body with rubbing alcohol. It can damage your skin cells. Better leave that use to surgical professionals, who know how to use it without causing harm‌. Flammability. If items soaked in alcohol make contact with a heat source, they can burst into flame.

  1. Only use and store rubbing alcohol in a well-ventilated area. ‌Poison.
  2. Make sure you keep your rubbing alcohol out of reach of children.
  3. Rubbing alcohol is colorless, and they may think it is water.
  4. But it is poisonous.
  5. You should seek immediate medical attention for anyone who has swallowed rubbing alcohol.

Hydrogen peroxide works well on: ‌ Wounds. is commonly used for cleaning out a fresh sore. It’s OK if you use it for small scrapes or cuts. If there’s dirt in the sore, the bubbles in hydrogen peroxide can help flush it out. Objects. A 3% hydrogen peroxide solution, which is what you’ll find in the store, works well on many surfaces.

  • Remember to use clean water to rinse or wipe off anything that you’ve applied hydrogen peroxide to.
  • Harshness.
  • Don’t apply hydrogen peroxide to large, open wounds.
  • It can easily damage the skin.
  • Effect on healing.
  • Works by killing all bacteria.
  • So it’s also killing germs that help your healing process along.

Effectiveness. If you store it in a dark, cool space for a long time, you’ll find that it stays powerful. Still, hydrogen peroxide is not as effective generally as other antiseptics can be. Both rubbing alcohol and hydrogen peroxide have their uses as antiseptics.

However, the best way to and scrapes is with soap and water. When you have an open wound that doesn’t require medical attention, running a soapy washcloth over it and then rinsing, sometimes a few times per day, will work fine. You can also get in the bath and let warm water run over your wound to clean it out.

‌ You may find rubbing alcohol and hydrogen peroxide useful to keep on hand at home. But they shouldn’t be your go-to DIY antiseptic. © 2021 WebMD, LLC. All rights reserved. : Rubbing Alcohol vs. Hydrogen Peroxide

Does 50% alcohol still kill germs?

82 thoughts on “Why Is 70% Isopropyl Alcohol (IPA) a Better Disinfectant than 99% Isopropanol, and What Is IPA Used For?” –

  1. informative article, thank you. when you wrote “isopropanol is hydroscopic” did you mean hygroscopic?
  2. O the difference a letter can make! Thanks for pointing that out, fixed. 🙂
  3. Didn’t expect to leave a comment, but this article was very interesting. I was planning to use a 91% solution in a spray bottle to clean out my closet of any mold spores but it seems like diluting it to 70% would be more effective and efficient if I’m reading correctly. Thanks for sharing this useful and practical knowledge!
  4. Sorry, I may have misinterpreted what I read since now I see ISP alcohol does not have effective “sporicidal” attributes as I assumed. Or I may just be confusing myself further lol.
  5. Hi Aaron, Isopropyl alcohol is not effective against fungus or fungal spores. Treatment of mold and fungus is generally considered a problem of moisture and humidity. Applying a surface level cleaner may have little or no effect on fungal removal. Officially, government organizations are somewhat conflicted on the use of bleach for mold. The EPA does not recommend bleach, The CDC recommends bleach as part of a mold remediation effort. Edited for citation updates.
  6. Hi Muhammad. Here is a safety and specification sheet for pure anhydrous 99.8% isopropyl alcohol, You’ll find that it has only one listed ingredient (isopropyl alcohol known by its chemical name as ISOPROPANOL). Other types of isopropyl alcohol that are not anhydrous contain water for dilution such as 70% IPA, or sometimes additives that render it undrinkable. As for checking the purity, the first step would be contacting the manufacturer or checking chemical labels. A non-scientific test for IPA concentration is how fast the alcohol evaporates.99.8% IPA evaporates very rapidly once exposed to open air, much faster than those mixed with water. Higher concentrations also have a much more pungent smell. Does that help answer your question?
  7. Is a good Scotch or Whisky at 40% vol effective in preventing infection?
  8. Hi Bill, scotch and whiskey do have some favorable antiseptic properties. I think you’ll find this article interesting, The problem is that with such a low volume of alcohol, killing something like gas gangrene and other microbes or bacteria would take up to 18 hours of exposure to the ethanol. “For example, a 50 percent ethanol solution needs 15 minutes to kill E. coli bacteria and 45 minutes to kill strep in a “cooked-meat broth,” but just 20 seconds to wipe out pneumonia and strep bacteria on a glass thermometer — presumably a less hospitable environment. Several common bacteria can be killed off in less than two minutes with 70 percent ethanol, and 35 percent will slay some fungi in a minute flat. The stuff also kills many viruses, including HIV, but at low concentrations the job may take hours.” Note: PAC does not recommend using alcohol products as substitute for proper wound care. Using alcohol for wound care may lead to damaged skin tissue.
  9. Do you have the efficacy data sheet for 70% isopropyl alcohol? Do you know where I can find it? I need the list of microorganisms killed by ISP but can’t find it online. I would appreciate any help. Thank you
  10. Hi, I am looking for Isopropyl Alcohol of less then 10% concentration,where i can get this? I want this to clean the solar Modules.
  11. Hi Anonymous, We’ve looked into whether 10% IPA is available from our distributors. It does exist, but is very uncommon in that form, and not something we stock, nor have we seen it anywhere else. To answer your question, the simplest solution is to dilute a high purity 99% to 10% IPA concentration with high purity water. Essential you’ll be adding 9 parts water, 1 part IPA. For the best outcomes, and to prevent mineral residues from clouding panels, deionized water is ideal a best practice. (Distilled water still contains ionic content that could cloud finishes) Here’s an example of a 91% solution converted to 99%. Just substitute 91% for 10%: ———————- (Volume IPA) x (IPA current concentration) /(Final IPA concentration) = (Volume Water) /(Final Water Concentration) To make 91% IPA from 99% IPA, the problem becomes Volume IPA x 0.99/0.91 = Volume Water/0.09 Choose a volume for either, for example, let’s make a solution with 10mL IPA 10mL x 0.99/0.91 = volume water/0.09 Solve for Volume Water= 10mL x 0.99x(0.09/0.91) = 0.98mL Take 10mL of your 99% IPA and add 0.98 mL water to get a final concentration of 91% IPA ———————- I cannot speak precisely to your application, and recommend that you contact the manufacturer for cleaning recommendations. If you’re in need of a bulk volume of 10% IPA for a commercial application, give us a call @ 1.888.903.0333. We help businesses source products for unique and uncommon applications everyday.99% IPA = https://www.gotopac.com/techspray-1610-g4.html Deionized water: https://www.amazon.com/Ecoxall-Deionized-Water-Gallon-jug/dp/B06ZZ75FGT/
  12. Great information. I use IPA to clean surfaces in my home and at work (desk, keyboard, mouse, phone, etc.) So sick of Clorox/Lysol wipes. IPA is inexpensive and effective.
  13. may i use isopropyl for cleaning of screen printing frame for reclaiming purpose and may i use 70% isopropyl or 99% which is the best?
  14. Hello Mitch, I am a certified aromatherapist in search of the proper percentage of isopropyl alcohol to spray into empty bottles for mainly removing dust particles. I order my bottles in bulk and they arrive in a clear plastic bag inside of a box. I currently have a 16 oz.bottle of 91% isopropyl alcohol, remaining 9% being water. From what I have read on your site, this percentage will evaporate very quickly. Therefore, would I be correct to assume it would not leave any residue of water particles in the empty bottle? Cathy B
  15. Hi Anjaneyulu, Generally a higher concentration of alcohol will provide the best effect for cleaning. You’ll want the least amount of water content possible, hence a 99% solution would be ideal. Sometimes a presaturated lint free IPA is the best option. These are commonly used for removing tough greases oils and grime for stencils used during electronics manufacturing. Low lint wipes won’t rip, tear, or leave behind cloth fibers which would be ideal for cleaning a screen printer. https://www.gotopac.com/products/cleaners/wipes/stencil-cleaning-wipers.html
  16. Hi Cathy, 99% will provide the greatest degree of grit, grime, and dust removal,A 91% will leave behind trace amounts of water, which may cause particles to stick to the sides of the bottle instead of being washed away. (When you add water to dirt, you get sticky mud.) However, a 70% solution may still be ideal if sanitation is required. It’s hard to know what the best solution is for you without knowing what requirements or sensitivities are involved with the application. If you’d like to fill out a contact request or give us a call we can help you identify a solution. https://www.gotopac.com/form-general-rfq
  17. Hello Mitch, My motive, working with essential oils along with carrier oils combined, is to prevent dust particles and or any residue left in and outside the bottle prior to blending. I am thinking about going with the 99% as you suggested. Of course the blends that I do are strictly for topical and or inhalation use. At this point, I will call your 888 number in the morning to get a quote for the 99% isopropyl alcohol in a large quantity. Thank you very much for your quick response as I appreciate expediting knowledge to others as well. Best, Cathy Boutin / Aneez Aroma Therapy
  18. Hello Mitch, I want to know the best of IPA use for electronics part purity at 99% or 70%. Best regards. Zaimi
  19. I’ve been doing a lot of searching on IPA and wish I had found this post sooner, very informative. We currently use 99% IPA for cleaning electronic assemblies and purchase our IPA in bulk cases of 12 gallons which we go through within 1 to 1.5 years. We’ve typically not worried about any shelf-life or expiry dates from suppliers since we’ve always assumed IPA was good for long times. However we recently had an audit and the auditor flagged that IPA does have expiry dates that we need to track (though we’ve noticed that some suppliers list an expiry date and some don’t). So I’ve been trying to find out if we need to worry about expiry dates and the bulk of the information I’ve seen basically highlight 2 main concerns as follows: 1) Exposed IPA absorbs moisture over time and therefore the IPA concentration will reduce over time (hence becomes less than 99%).2) The plastic containers may degrade thus “may lose some small amount leaking through the plastic, or possibly dissolving a little of the plastic into solution” 3) Build up of peroxide. (Note that I’ve already looked up the link you provided above regarding the feedback from Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety.) Our IPA is mainly stored in a dark cabinet but we use smaller refill bottles on the Production line for daily use. My question is, given that we go through our IPA within a year or so do we even need to worry about expiry dates?
  20. Hi Dave, good question. For our USP grade 99% IPA, the shelf life is stated as three years (after manufacture date) before retesting, assuming that it’s stored under favorable conditions. Product integrity is highly susceptible to storage condition. Unopened containers may last for much longer periods. It would be unlikely that a manufacturer would keep IPA for over three years without using it, as storage space for flammable liquids is generally limited. Beyond that length of time, retesting is recommend to ensure integrity. We also source other grades of IPA from Pharmco, one of the world’s largest chemical manufacturers. Their statement is as follows: “Most solvents in their pure state have an indefinite shelf life if stored in unopened containers under proper conditions.” Since many industries require expiration dating as part of their protocols and since Pharmco has only carried out verification to three years, expiration dates for most common solvents is three years from the date of manufacture on the certificate of analysis. This includes almost all solvents in our catalog such as, Acetone, Methanol, Reagent Alcohol, IPA (2-propanol), Ethyl Acetate etc. Only certain solvents have shorter shelf lives. Most but not all specially denatured alcohol formulations have a shelf life of up to five years.” “For the majority of chemicals, the “retest date” does not mean the product is no longer suitable for use or has “expired”. In most cases a CofA with extended shelf life can be issued by our Quality Assurance Dept. and the material can be used. Retest dates follow common norms in the industry and have been determined based on over 30 years of experience with these products. Please note that there is no official “shelf life” or “stability data” for every product in every package. This is not the responsibility or obligation of the manufacturer but rather the end-user if this type of official data is required.” https://www.gotopac.com/downloads/dl/file/id/1/cleanpror_cp2991_ipa_usp_grade_99_spec_sheet.pdf http://www.pharmcoaaper.com/pages/TechLibrary/policy_statements_disclaimers/Shelf%20Life%20Statement%20-%20Solvents.pdf https://studylib.net/doc/8746738/subject–expiration-dates-for-reagent-chemicals—pharmco To answer your question: There’s no data to indicate that IPA would expire or degrade in less than two years, It appears that your storage conditions are acceptable, however, its essential that all solvents in a process chain be labeled and dated, especially flammables. It’s most likely required by law, but also an important part of process controls and reducing any risks to a product during final use. A) The manufacturer or reseller should provide an analysis, lot code, or data sheet which will include the manufacture date. B) Your auditor should be able to provide the exact expiration requirements specific to your industry/state/local codes C) Your organization should identify a best practice for storage duration of IPA appropriate for your facility. D) Storage containers should be regularly inspected To summarize, the shelf life of IPA is indefinite, varies by storage conditions, and open to interpretation, but in most cases its either specified by the manufacturer or 3-5 years from the manufacture date, whichever comes first. Metal containers are available in sizes as small as 5 gallons. This prevents degradation caused by light, plastic, or container damage.5 Gallon Metal: https://www.gotopac.com/products/cleaners/chemicals/solvents.html?dir=asc&order=position&p_type=628 All of our IPA products provide a MSDS and/or certification sheet as required with the manufacture date. They also contain lot to lot tracking numbers for USP grades which can ease bookkeeping requirements and simplify any questions of source or manufacture date in the case of an inspection. We can also provide discounted pricing on bulk orders. Feel free to give us a call or send us a chat if you need any help!
  21. So if I spray 70% isopropyl alcohol on my kitchen and bathroom countertops for general cleaning/disinfecting, will it work?
  22. Can you use 99% isopropyl to strip the oils off plants or would 100% be a better option
  23. Can I use 99% IPA that we use in lab and dilute it into 70% IPA and use it as hand sanitizer ?
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  26. Bullshit comment in this article regarding Hydrogen Peroxide. The 3% solution kills ALL viruses.
  27. Hi Nima, I’m not sure which statement you are referring to or contesting. There is only one reference here to hydrogen peroxide which points towards its sporicidal efficacy. This article relates specifically to IPA as a disinfectant in different concentrations, it does not serve as an overview (or comparison) of more aggressive sterilants and high-level disinfectants such as PAA, peroxides, glutaraldehyde, ect.
  28. Hi, There are no dates here, so not sure how recent the post or the comments are, but wanted to ask, with the virus looming and panic buying, is ISP safe in or around rubbing alcohol concentrations to be used as hand sanitiser? Diluted with aloe gel for example? Thanks.
  29. Dear Mitch Walleser — Great article. Thanks for all the useful information. Do you have any insight as to why the major pharmacy companies have gone from selling 90% Isopropyl Alcohol and 70% Isopropyl Alcohol to selling primarily 50% Isopropyl Alcohol? Given that a minimum concentration of 50% Isopropyl Alcohol is recommended for disinfecting, I would think 70% Isopropyl Alcohol would be preferable. Thanks for whatever illumination you can provide. Sincerely, Argent Flexner
  30. What proportions and % of IPA would you recommend to use for making hand sanitizer solution at home?
  31. Hi! Can you specifically address the best 5 to use to clean surfaces of novel corona virus? I have heard that 80% is required. Also – the required application (spray on – let sit for a minute then wipe – or not wipe, etc.
  32. Best % not best 5 🙂
  33. Mitch, Maybe this was answered already, but i may have missed it. In a surgical situation what do I use to sterilze the area and the instruments? Grain alcohol 120+ ? To kill all spores? Or is something else better. Is thst overkill sort to speak?
  34. Is 71% Isopropyl alcohol better than 70%? Will it yeid a better result? What about 72% for a better marketing niche?
  35. I only cam find 50% isopropyl alcohol will that be enough to kill the coronavirus the 70%+ is sold out everywhere, is there a way to make the 50% work more effectively against the virus??
  36. Great article.thank you!
  37. Omg wash your hands with soap and water. All these hand sanitizers are not stopping anything. Rubbing causes friction which loosens any microbes. Rinse thoroughly and rinse those microbes down the drain. For the guy with mold or fungus 20 percent bleach will kill that however, I must warn against breathing the fumes so mask yourself. You do not want to breathe any chlorine solution and do not mix other cleaners with bleach it cause a poisonous gas. I have been a nurse for so long I was around before hand sanitzers and gloves. We washed our hands and brought nothing home to our families. Wash before gloves if you use gloves, cause if you have microbes on your hands they grow in a warm, damp dark environment. then wash your hands after you take the gloves off. Please before you let any healthcare provider touch you ask them to wash their hands.
  38. >A 50% isopropyl alcohol solution kills Staphylococcus Aureus in less than 10 seconds (pg.238), yet a 90% solution with a contact time of over two hours is ineffective. The source that you link to doesn’t truly say that entirely. In fact, on that same page, it says: >Powell (1945) reported that S. aureus was killed by a 1-minute exposure at 20C to 50%, 60%, 70%, 80%, and 91% isopropanol solutions, but not by 20%, 30%, and 40% solutions. Other tests showed that the same organisms were killed in 5 minutes by 40% and greater concentrations of isopropanol, but not by the 10%, 20%, or 30% solutions. It says later on >Tainter et al. (1944) reported that S. aureus was killed in less than 10 seconds by a 50% aqueous solution of isopropanol. A 90% solution failed to kill the organisms in an exposure of 2 hours So the same page says 91% isopropanol kills the same bacteria strain in as few as 1 minutes or as many as 2 hours, but only the latter is being presented as absolute fact when it was just one entity’s report and other reports actually seem to contradict it? It gives the impression that 91% isn’t effective at disinfecting when other reports from the exact same source says that it actually is.
  39. NobodyAsked, Thanks for the comment, It would be better said that 91% alcohol is *sometimes ineffective*, which makes the statement more representative, but not necessarily more clear. Have a look at the chart on page 237. As you can see, the bactericidal rate requires longer contact time as the alcohol content increases (on dry threads — no water content). We see that the only effective solutions for things like e coli were between ~60 – 75%.90% took upwards of 15 minutes (not a meaningful disinfection solution).99% took between 7 – 24 hours. If a higher percentage of alcohol dries before it can proliferate bacteria, it’s not considered an adequate disinfectant. That’s not to say 91% alcohol won’t kill bacteria but is just less effective in doing so for most real-world disinfection purposes such as when applied to a rag, cloth, or dry surface.
  40. Hi Nick, We are a commercial cleaning company and are starting a Detailed Sanitizing Program. We will be sanitizing hard surfaces such as door knobs, handles, workstations, etc. in offices to kill the Coronavirus. We bought a gallon of 99% IPA thinking that would be the best thing to use. Now we know differently — the water allows longer contact and is therefore better. Right? So, should we dilute the alcohol down to 70%? If so, do we need specific water instead of tap water? Is the dilution ratio say, 7 parts alcohol to 3 parts water (7 oz IPA + 3 oz water)? Can we use the mixture in a pail and just use a cloth to wipe down surfaces? Or should we use spray bottles, then wipe? We need to keep it simple for our workers.
  41. Sorry, I meant Mitch.
  42. How many hours 70% IPA (Food grade) will work as skin and surface disinfectant? Please, answer as soon as possible.
  43. Can “technical grade” grade alcohol be trusted to use as a disinfectant? Is it true that there are dangerous additives because it’s not USP or NSF tested and labelled?
  44. Hi Mitch Walleser, In terms of hand sanitizers, which one would you rate better; ethanol based or an IPA based. And if you can please highlight the specific concentrations for each one of them. Is there any data which supports that one ranks over the other. Looking forward to your response. Thanks
  45. Hi Vinnn. USP grade would be appropriate for contact with food surfaces (not food), technical grade would disinfect but is more appropriate for industrial purposes than sanitizing surfaces. As a best practice, industrial grade is designed for industrial surfaces and applications. The general use for USP grade alcohol is often for food surface sanitation, or use in pharmaceuticals or other manufacturing operations sensitive to even trace residuals. When you say “dangerous additives” this is referring to the case where somewhere were to use IPA as some type of food or drug additive or food contact surface. Clearly, IPA an any capacity is not fit for human consumption, however there are more pure grades that are used in food related processes, food surfaces (USP/NSF), or as reagents for ingested medicines (FCC grade), or when needed for hypersensitive instruments such as mass spectrometry devices. The key advantage of USP grade is that you know it comes from a reputable source is and verified to have the on-label alcohol content as claimed. You will see USP labeling on many many other types of products.
  46. Can I use 70% isopropyl to disinfect newspapers? How long does it take to become sterile after spraying?
  47. hi, Can these solution use as spray on Human beings in Tunnel Chamber,while coming into Factory,
  48. Can Isopropyl Alcohol vs ethyl alcohol Spray on Human via Tunnel Chamber while coming into Factory or Office and at what dosage ?
  49. Can I add a general cleaner to alcohol to give it a better smell?
  50. Hi Mitch Walleser, what is the optimal concentration of Benzalkonium chloride that is effective against SARS-CoV2 ? please mention the contact time required for the action.
  51. I saw this question from Claudette but didn’t see the answer. This is exactly what I need to know for different reasons. Please advise. “We are a commercial cleaning company and are starting a Detailed Sanitizing Program. We will be sanitizing hard surfaces such as door knobs, handles, workstations, etc. in offices to kill the Coronavirus. We bought a gallon of 99% IPA thinking that would be the best thing to use. Now we know differently — the water allows longer contact and is therefore better. Right? So, should we dilute the alcohol down to 70%? If so, do we need specific water instead of tap water? Is the dilution ratio say, 7 parts alcohol to 3 parts water (7 oz IPA + 3 oz water)? Can we use the mixture in a pail and just use a cloth to wipe down surfaces? Or should we use spray bottles, then wipe? We need to keep it simple for our workers.” Also, could I leave a bucket of this on the boat dock for kids to use on the boat after sailing a single person boat? Also, is this environmently bad for salt water sea-life in these small doses?
  52. Hi, Im looking for something I can spray on clothing to decontaminate after they have been tried on. I have industrial steamer we use for some but new guidelines for shops are really not very workable unless I can find a solution to being able to put them out after being treated rather than 72 hours later. This will be quite an effect on all retail clothes shops so desperate to find a better and safe solution. As with hand gel the % of alcohol is important to kill covid so by having a spray that is safe to use on garments and skin would help and turn the time and safety of staff handling lots of items being brought back and left to hang around for days. your advice is most welcome, also could it still be used with a clothes steamer or not?
  53. Hello Mitch. I hope that you are having a great day. I had a few questions. My friend wants to manufacture and sell hand sanitizers. We are in Los Angeles County.1) do we have to have a permit or license using isopropyl alcohol, A) can we use 99% usp grade.2)are we able to use our own formulation approved using eucalyptus oil.3) can we use a residence as our location to manufacture hand sanitizer approved by the FDA
  54. Hello, I’ve been using half and half of 50% alcohol and 91% alcohol to get ~70% alcohol. Should I be using water instead please? If so, please explain why since 50% alcohol has a high water content(?). If water MUST be used, how are people supposed to get “purified” water, can bottled or filtered water be used? Thanks, -Clint
  55. For those with questions on hand sanitizer formulations, see FDA guidance here: Temporary Policy for Preparation of Certain Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer Products During the Public Health Emergency (COVID-19) Guidance for Industry https://www.fda.gov/media/136289/download
  56. Anyone please? ——-~2 weeks ago?———— Hello, I’ve been using half and half of 50% alcohol and 91% alcohol to get ~70% alcohol. Should I be using water instead please? If so, please explain why since 50% alcohol has a high water content(?). If water MUST be used, how are people supposed to get “purified” water, can bottled or filtered water be used? Thanks, -Clint
  57. Hi Clint, 50% alcohol contains 50% water (by principle). Indeed, 50% alcohol is lower than ideal alcohol concentration as widely recommended for sanitation purposes. This video suggests mixing 91% alcohol and 50% alcohol together in the exact same concentration, (1 gallon 91% + 1 gallon 50%) one should arrive at an effective concentration for sanitation purposes, roughly 70.5% alcohol. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxrMdL_PYC4 As we are not chemists at PAC or in any way a compounding facility of chemicals and substances, it’s not something we can provide direct assistance on. However, the information is widely available on the internet for those who require dilution formulas.
  58. Ok thanks a bunch, I appreciate the info. 😉 So when I run out of 50% and have to use water with 91%, then what about this please: If water MUST be used, how are people supposed to get “purified” water, can bottled or filtered water be used? Thank you, -Clint
  59. To purify tap water at home allow to sit for 24 hours to allow certain things (i.e. chlorine) to evaporate and others (i.e. minerals, metals) to settle, next filter (using a coffee filter), then boiling. Filter it through a coffee filter placed inside funnel or tea strainer. Bring the clear water to a rolling boil for 1 minute (at elevations above 6,500 feet, boil for three minutes). Let the boiled water cool before using.
  60. Hi Mitch I have Isopropyl Alcohol 99% Lab Grade Can this be used (after diluted) on skin like a rubbing alcohol bought in the store? I’m hoping that is the case and also would like to use it for wiping down surfaces. From what I’ve read 70% would be my best bet for this? Thank you in advance!
  61. Mitch? 😉 “Ok thanks a bunch, I appreciate the info. So when I run out of 50% and have to use water with 91%, then what about this please: If water MUST be used, how are people supposed to get “purified” water, can bottled or filtered water be used? Thank you, -Clint”
  62. Dawn, as long as it’s not denatured alcohol, it’s ok. Denatured has ingredients in it that can open up pores and cause your body to absorb it which is of course bad. It also has vapors than can be harmful.
  63. thank you for this article, very helpful and detailed. I have a question, I am using IPA 99% mixed with 30% purified water to sanitize surfaces and my hands, is is safe to wiping away mold from cheese surface while aging the cheeseI am making aged cheese and washing the chese rind with vinegar, sometimes doesn’t help wipe the molds thank you in advance, Violet
  64. In 1liter of 99% or 70% iso.pro.alcoholhow much water is needed to add for the use of hand rubbing or using over body surface to disinfect against covid Perhaps nice presentation Pls let me know as early as possible With regards
  65. Hi Mitch, Can you give me reference journals/books for the statement of “Isopropyl alcohol, particularly in solutions between 60% and 90% alcohol with 10 – 40% purified water, is rapidly antimicrobial against bacteria, fungi, and viruses.”? Thank you! Joanne
  66. Hello. You’re getting lots of questions now, of course. But I wonder, do the non-water ingredients in hand sanitizers, such as glycerin, propylene glycol, citric acid, etc still allow the proper absorption effect in viruses and bacteria as opposed to water? I know the health organizations seem to recommend around 70% alcohol in these too, but are they only considering that because of the norm with water, or because these substances truly do allow absorption into bacterias’ innards as well as water? And are ones with ethyl alcohol as effective? Thanks.
  67. Hi Mtch, Does alcohol for hand sanitizer have to say antiseptic on the label? What does that mean?
  68. Violet, IPA is not designed for food. There are some high purity grades in which IPA is used within the manufacturing process: pharmaceuticals, supplements, ect. A better option might be a high-purity food grade ethanol. (Grain neutral spirit – “everclear”). We like cheese, however we are not familiar with the process and can’t make a recommendation.
  69. Hi Mitch, I’m based in Belgium, but a Google search brought me to your page. I would like to find a product to wipe down my smartphone screen once or twice a day. The information on the internet can be very confusing to someone with no knowledge in this field. I know that there are one-use wipes marketed for this purpose, but I find this a terrible waste of material, plus they are quite expensive. What type of product would you recommend for daily disinfection, with a microfiber cloth for example. Avoiding damage to the screen’s oleophobic layer is my main concern. Samsung had this to say: You can also use a disinfectant, such as a hypochlorous acid-based solution (containing 50-80ppm) or an alcohol-based solution (containing more than 70% ethanol or isopropyl alcohol). Do not apply these liquid solutions directly to your device; they should be carefully applied to a microfiber cloth instead. Thanks in advance. Jason
  70. Hi Jason, we’ve looked into this. Your screen likely has a cover or screen protector, sometimes its tempered glass cover with an additional ultra-thin layer over the glass itself. So if you have a 3rd party cover / screen protector on your phone, some of these have oleophobic layers, others do not. You might want to check with that manufacturer’s instructions as well. No matter what, the layer is going to wear off over time. There are many solutions to restore this coating. Are they as effective as the original factory coating? Hard to say. Alcohol will have some affect on the oleophobic layer over time; a chlorine-based disinfectant seems rather aggressive. The advantage of both of these is that they will not leave residue. Whatever you apply, certainly use a microfiber wipe. Comparatively, Apple recommends you use 70 percent isopropyl alcohol wipes to clean iPhones, iPads, and other devices during the current coronavirus pandemic. https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204172 Whatever the manufacturer recommends, its usually the best practice to stick with that.
  71. Is spraying ISP and letting it evaporate an effective means of sanitizing/disinfecting – As in a fabric face cradle or neck pillow?
  72. Hi Salon Sally, The best option would be to wash and launder fabrics. I’m not aware of any studies that evaluate the efficacy of isopropyl alcohol on fabrics. A better option might be using some type of washable cover or switching to a non-permeable, impervious face cradle cover. https://www.massagesupplies.com/product/14423/ I hope that helps.
  73. Hi Salon Sally, One more area where we need to be very carefull during this pandemic is cleaning our Descktops, laptops, iPads. This will actually help us to eradicate the chances of getting infected. Some of the Best practices are mentioned by apple recommends you use 70 percent isopropyl alcohol wipes to clean iPhones, iPads, and other devices during the current coronavirus pandemic. https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204172 How To Clean A MacBook Screen during the current coronavirus pandemic.
  74. Hey! your post is so amazing and quite helpful for me, I hope you will keep doing such posts in future and I am very delightful to read you next post, and I have an another page for you that will definitely helpful for you.
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Why is 70% alcohol more effective than 90% for killing bacteria?

Medically Reviewed by Carmelita Swiner, MD on November 30, 2022 Does Alcohol Kill Germs You can buy rubbing alcohol with a concentration of 70% or 99% isopropyl alcohol. Even though you may think the higher concentration is more effective, experts say 70% is actually better for disinfecting. It has more water, which helps it to dissolve more slowly, penetrate cells, and kill bacteria. The disinfecting power of rubbing alcohol drops at concentrations higher than 80%-85%. Does Alcohol Kill Germs Rubbing alcohol works as a natural, less toxic way to get rid of pests on your houseplants. Wipe the insect with a cotton swab dipped in it to stop small outbreaks of mealybugs, aphids, whiteflies, and scale crawlers. Does Alcohol Kill Germs It’s common to feel sick to your stomach or throw up after surgery. It’s a side effect of the medicine that helps you to sleep (anesthesia). Some research studies show that breathing in rubbing alcohol on alcohol pads can help to soothe your stomach after surgery. It may work faster than standard anti-nausea medicines, but the effects are short-term. Does Alcohol Kill Germs For years, doctors and parents sponged rubbing alcohol onto kids’ skin to treat fevers. It does make skin cooler to the touch, but today, science shows that alcohol is dangerous because it can soak into the skin and cause alcohol poisoning, coma, and even death, especially for babies and small children. Instead, bring down your child’s fever with medicine that has acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Does Alcohol Kill Germs Spilled ink on your shirt and don’t have any stain remover? Try rubbing alcohol. The key is to act quickly before the stain dries – older ones are harder to get out. Cover the stain with a pad dampened with rubbing alcohol. Continue to change the pad as it soaks up the ink stain. Does Alcohol Kill Germs You can use rubbing alcohol to clean some surfaces. For a DIY glass and window cleaner, mix 1 pint rubbing alcohol with ½ cup ammonia and ½ teaspoon liquid dish detergent. Add enough water to make a gallon and pour into spray bottles. To get bugs and tree sap off of your car, first wash your car and then dab some rubbing alcohol on leftover spots with a cloth. Does Alcohol Kill Germs To make a cheap cold pack, pour a 1-1 solution of rubbing alcohol (70%) and water into a reusable storage bag, then pop it into the freezer. You can even add blue food coloring to make it look like a store-bought ice pack. It won’t get hard in the freezer. You can use it on minor sprains and strains. Does Alcohol Kill Germs Mix a 1-to-1 solution of rubbing alcohol and white vinegar. Pour a little into each ear, then let it drain out. The mixture helps to restore your ear’s pH levels after an ear infection and dry them out after a long day at the pool. Does Alcohol Kill Germs Never combine bleach with rubbing alcohol. It can release dangerous gases that may damage your lungs. Symptoms of chlorine gas exposure include burning in your eyes, throat, and lungs. Does Alcohol Kill Germs You can mix a 50/50 solution of water and rubbing alcohol to disinfect your hard-surface countertops, like granite and quartz. Hospitals also sometimes use alcohol towelettes to get rid of germs on small surfaces like stethoscopes, scissors, and thermometers. Does Alcohol Kill Germs You can make your own hand sanitizer at home with a few ingredients. Mix ⅔ cup of rubbing alcohol and ⅓ cup of aloe vera gel in a bowl until blended. You can add a few drops of essential oil, in a fragrance you like, to mask the alcohol smell if you want. Does Alcohol Kill Germs You can use rubbing alcohol on some surfaces like marble, limestone, or terrazzo, but not on wood. The chemical will damage a wood finish. And while it’s safe to use in a pinch on coated leather, like in your car, over time, it will damage and discolor the leather. Use special cleaners made for leather and wood instead.

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Does alcohol clean or just disinfect?

About rubbing alcohol – The active ingredient in rubbing alcohol is isopropanol, also known as isopropyl alcohol. A bottle of rubbing alcohol typically contains between 60 to 80 percent isopropanol dissolved in water. Rubbing alcohol has many uses, It’s a powerful germicide, which means it has the ability to kill a wide variety of germs, including bacteria, viruses, and fungi.

Should you put alcohol on a cut?

Clean With Hydrogen Peroxide or Alcohol? FALSE – 2 /10 Using hydrogen peroxide or rubbing alcohol to clean an injury can actually harm the tissue and delay healing. The best way to clean a minor wound is with cool running water and mild soap. Rinse the wound for at least five minutes to remove dirt, debris, and bacteria. Does Alcohol Kill Germs

Is 40% alcohol enough to kill germs?

Maybe you’ve been in a situation like this before. At a party, your friend chomps down on some cheese dip and crackers that have been sitting out for far too long. “It’ll be fine,” he says. “I’ll just have another beer; the alcohol will kill the bacteria.” Or your sister with a bad cold offers you a sip of her martini.

  • Don’t worry, you won’t get germs because of the alcohol!” Alcohol is a disinfectant, right? So can a few drinks kill the germs in our bodies? The answer, like most things, is complicated.
  • The alcohol content of your germ-destroying hand sanitizer is about 60–80%, and most beverages are far less than that.

One study examined how alcohol affected bacteria in the mouth and found that a beverage with 40% alcohol (like straight vodka) was somewhat effective in inhibiting bacteria growth, particularly over at least a 15 minute period. Alcohol with a 10% concentration, like in some beers and wines, was pretty much ineffective.

Since you’re drinking just occasional sips that get washed down with saliva, and not consistently flowing alcohol down your throat (at least we hope you aren’t) there’s not likely to be much of a bacteria-killing effect in your mouth. So if some bacteria gets on the rim of your friend’s glass as he passes over a drink to share, you shouldn’t trust the liquid inside to keep you safe.

In your body, it’s impossible for any alcohol you drink to kill an ongoing sickness. If you’ve got a cold or virus, your bloodstream is affected. Now think back to the 60–80% range. Attempting to reach a blood alcohol content that high would kill you far before you reached it — 0.5% can be deadly.

Not to mention, as Gizmodo reports, alcohol will dry out your throat and make it easier for abrasions to form. As a diuretic, alcohol makes it harder to stay hydrated, which is important when recovering from a sickness. So in conclusion, no, alcohol is not a suitable replacement for infection treatments, disinfectants or proper food and drink safety practices.

It especially won’t cure your cold. Sorry.

Does 40% alcohol kill germs?

Can alcohol kill germs in our guts and mouths? – Wine was examined as part of a 1988 study that tested a number of common beverages (carbonated drinks, wine, beer, skim milk and water) for their antibacterial effect. The beverages were inoculated with infectious gut bacteria such as salmonella, shigella and E.coli,

After two days it was found the organisms fared worst in red wine. Beer and carbonated drinks had an effect but were not as effective as wine. A number of years later a laboratory study was carried out to work out what in wine was causing the antibacterial effect. The researchers tested red wine on salmonella and compared it to a solution containing the same alcohol concentration and pH level (acidic).

Red wine was seen to possess intense antibacterial activity, which was greater than the solution with the same concentration of alcohol and pH. Even though a large proportion of the antibacterial effect of red wine against salmonella was found to be due to its acid pH and alcohol concentration, these factors only partly explained the observed effects.

The concentration of alcohol is certainly important for the effect on bugs (microbes). For alcohol hand rubs a high alcohol concentration in the range of 60-80% is considered optimal for antimicrobial activity. A laboratory study looked at the penetration of alcohol into groups of microorganisms in the mouth and its effect on killing microbes.

Alcohol concentrations lower than 40% were found to be significantly weaker in affecting bacterial growth. Alcohol with a 10% concentration had almost no effect. The exposure time of alcohol was also important. When 40% alcohol (the same concentration as vodka) was used the effect on inhibiting the growth of these microorganisms was much greater when applied over 15 minutes compared to six minutes.

Does alcohol kill brain cells?

What can alcohol abuse do to the brain? – Alcohol is an irritant to all body tissue, from where it comes in to where it goes out. Alcohol does kill brain cells. Some of those cells can be regenerated over time. In the meantime, the existing nerve cells branch out to compensate for the lost functions.

This damage may be permanent. Moreover, after a certain age, the connections between neurons begin to prune back. In a brain damaged by alcohol, we may see early-onset dementia. Age makes a difference. The brain is developing until about age 26. This is especially true between the ages of 13 and 26, when there’s explosive growth in the prefrontal cortex.

People that start drinking heavily at this time are more prone to cognitive problems like impulsivity, emotional dysregulation, anxiety and depression.

What alcohol kills 100% germs?

70% isopropyl alcohol is by far better at killing bacteria and viruses than 99% isopropyl alcohol. – As a disinfectant, 70% concentration of alcohol is the most effective at killing pathogens. Any higher or lower percentage will be less effective. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) did research on disinfecting and sanitizing methods and published the Use of the more concentrated solutions (99%) will result in almost immediate coagulation of surface or cell wall proteins and prevent passage of the alcohol into the cell.

When the outer membrane is coagulated, it protects the virus or bacteria from letting through the isopropyl (Widmer and Frei, 2011). Thus the stronger solution of isopropyl is creating a protection for the germ from the antiseptic properties of isopropyl, rendering the virus or bacteria more resilient against the isopropyl alcohol.

To put it simply, higher concentrations cause an external injury that forms a protective wall and shields the organism. Furthermore, 99% isopropanol evaporates very quickly which does not allow it to penetrate cell walls and kill bacteria, and therefore isn’t as good for disinfecting surfaces.

Coagulation of surface proteins proceeds at a slower pace, thereby allowing the alcohol to enter the cell.70% alcohol, being a dilution of absolute alcohol, contains water which is essential in the denaturing process of proteins. Due to the concentration difference of water and alcohol on either side of the cell wall, 70% alcohol enters the cell to denature both enzymatic and structural proteins. This increases the potency of its antimicrobial properties.

The CDC recommends 70% for disinfecting one’s household and routine cleaning (CDC, 2020)

Does vodka sterilize?

Will vodka or other hard alcohols work as disinfectants against the coronavirus? What about vinegar? | FAQ Vodka, or other hard alcohols, are not recommended for disinfecting surfaces. Furthermore, there is no that vinegar is effective against coronavirus.

  • It would be best to use diluted bleach solutions (1/3 cup for every gallon of water), alcohol-based cleaners with 70% alcohol, or most EPA-registered disinfectants.
  • Surfaces should also be cleaned prior to disinfecting them.
  • If they are visibly dirty, the disinfectant will be less effective.) The CDC has on how best to clean surfaces.

Drafted 17 March 2020 : Will vodka or other hard alcohols work as disinfectants against the coronavirus? What about vinegar? | FAQ

Can germs become resistant to alcohol?

– To round off their investigation, the scientists delved into the genome of E. faecium, They found that the strains that were more resistant to alcohol displayed mutations in certain genes involved in metabolism; these genetic changes appeared to be responsible for their more hardy constitution.

  • Because this study focused on samples from just two hospitals in one city, the authors are wary of the limitations and call for further investigation.
  • Although these are early findings, it is important to consider what alcohol-resistant bacteria could mean in real-life clinical settings.
  • He development of alcohol-tolerant strains of E.

faecium has the potential to undermine the effectiveness of alcohol-based disinfectant standard precautions.” Dr. Sacha Pidot Bacteria predate us by millennia; they have survived countless global disasters. Their ability to adapt has been tested and honed over trillions of generations.

Can beer kill bacteria?

According to the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) microbiologists, alcoholic beverages such as spirits, wine, or beer don’t kill bacteria. Marinating meat and poultry in these liquids helps tenderize and flavor the meat but does not make it safe.

How fast does 70% alcohol kill bacteria?

Will Isopropyl Alcohol Kill Germs? Is 70% or 100% isopropyl alcohol better for killing germs? Author: Briony Maitland Date Posted:27 February 2019 Isopropyl alcohol is a commonly used disinfectant to kill germs in a variety of industries such as hospitals, doctors’ surgeries, laboratories, food-related areas and more. The properties within isopropyl alcohol act are known as antimicrobial which means isopropyl alcohol kills microorganisms (bacteria, fungi, germs) or stops their growth – such as the spread of germs.

It kills 99.99% of germs within about 10-30 seconds, making it the perfect sterilisation tool. How does it kill bacteria? Isopropyl alcohol damages the cell walls of organisms. It works into the organisms causing the walls to burst and dissolve quickly. When you spray rubbing alcohol on a hard surface it will kill the bacteria on the surface.

Common bacteria prone surfaces like keyboards, cell phones, phones, bench tops, and more, it is great to spray the isopropyl alcohol on to kill bacteria and stop the spread of germs. Is 70% or 100% isopropyl alcohol better for killing germs? 70% alcohol is recommended to kill bacteria and to use as a disinfectant.

This is because the added water content slows down the evaporation rate which means the isopropyl alcohol has longer contact with the surface, increasing the effectiveness of killing the germs. Because the isopropyl alcohol has more content time it has a better response in killing bacteria. This is also why 70% is recommended when killing mealy bugs.

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Can vodka kill bacteria in throat?

Health Check: does drinking alcohol kill the germs it comes into contact with? The following article by from the School of Medicine was first (opens in a new window) in The Conversation. Alcohol is a well-known disinfectant and some have speculated it may be useful for treating gut infections. Could alcohol be a useful agent to treat tummy bugs and throat infections? Wine has long been known for its disinfecting and cleansing properties.

  1. According to historical records, in the third century AD Roman generals recommended wine to their soldiers to help prevent dysentery.
  2. Can alcohol kill germs in our guts and mouths? Wine was examined as part of a 1988 study that tested a number of common beverages (carbonated drinks, wine, beer, skim milk and water) for their antibacterial effect.

The beverages were inoculated with infectious gut bacteria such as salmonella, shigella and E.coli. After two days it was found the organisms fared worst in red wine. Beer and carbonated drinks had an effect but were not as effective as wine. A number of years later a laboratory study was carried out to work out what in wine was causing the antibacterial effect.

  1. The researchers tested red wine on salmonella and compared it to a solution containing the same alcohol concentration and pH level (acidic).
  2. Red wine was seen to possess intense antibacterial activity, which was greater than the solution with the same concentration of alcohol and pH.
  3. Even though a large proportion of the antibacterial effect of red wine against salmonella was found to be due to its acid pH and alcohol concentration, these factors only partly explained the observed effects.

The concentration of alcohol is certainly important for the effect on bugs (microbes). For alcohol hand rubs a high alcohol concentration in the range of 60-80% is considered optimal for antimicrobial activity. A laboratory study looked at the penetration of alcohol into groups of microorganisms in the mouth and its effect on killing microbes.

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Alcohol concentrations lower than 40% were found to be significantly weaker in affecting bacterial growth. Alcohol with a 10% concentration had almost no effect. The exposure time of alcohol was also important. When 40% alcohol (the same concentration as vodka) was used the effect on inhibiting the growth of these microorganisms was much greater when applied over 15 minutes compared to six minutes.

It was determined that 40% alcohol had some ability to kill oral bacteria with an exposure time of at least one minute. Can alcohol damage the stomach? In a study involving 47 healthy human volunteers, different alcohol concentrations (4%, 10%, 40%) or saline, as a control, were directly sprayed on the lower part of the stomach during a gastroscopy (where a camera is inserted down into the stomach through the mouth).

The greater the concentration of alcohol, the more damage was observed in the stomach. Erosions accompanied by blood were the typical damage observed in the stomach. No damage was observed in the small bowel. Stomach injury caused by higher alcohol concentrations (greater than 10%) took more than 24 hours to heal.

So in theory a high enough concentration of alcohol swallowed (or kept in the mouth for at least a minute) would kill a large number of gut and oral bacteria, but it would very likely do some damage to the stomach lining. Chronic use of alcohol can also lead to an overgrowth of bacteria in the small bowel.

It’s not advised alcohol be used as a regular disinfectant to treat tummy bugs or throat infections.ENDS.12 October 2017

: Health Check: does drinking alcohol kill the germs it comes into contact with?

Can anything survive in alcohol?

Not only can certain bacteria survive in alcohol, but some actually thrive on it. Acetobacter, for example, consumes alcohol, digests it and produces vinegar as a byproduct. That said, when the alcohol becomes concentrated enough it becomes to hygroscopic that it dehydrates the bacteria and inactivates them.

Why we use 70% ethanol for sterilization not 100?

Why Is 70% the Most Effective Concentration of Denatured Ethanol for Disinfection? Denatured ethanol, particularly in solutions between 60% and 90% alcohol with 10 – 40% purified water, is rapidly antimicrobial against bacteria, fungi, and viruses. Once alcohol concentrations drop below 50%, usefulness for disinfection drops sharply. Notably, higher concentrations of alcohol don’t generate more desirable bactericidal, virucidal, or fungicidal properties. The presence of water is a crucial factor in destroying or inhibiting the growth of pathogenic microorganisms with denatured ethanol. Water acts as a catalyst and plays a key role in denaturing the proteins of vegetative cell membranes.70% denatured alcohol penetrate the cell wall more completely which permeates the entire cell, coagulates all proteins, and therefore the microorganism dies. Extra water content slows evaporation, therefore increasing surface contact time and enhancing effectiveness. Denatured alcohol concentrations over 91% coagulate proteins instantly. Consequently, a protective layer is created which protects other proteins from further coagulation. Solutions > 91% denatured alcohol do kill bacteria, but sometimes require longer contact times for disinfection, and enable spores to lie in a dormant state without being killed. In this analysis, a 50% denatured alcohol solution kills Staphylococcus Aureus in less than 10 seconds (), yet a 90% solution with a contact time of over two hours is ineffective. Some disinfectants will kill spores, which are classified as chemical sterilants. So why do higher alcohol solutions yield fewer results for bactericidal and antimicrobial outcomes? Does Alcohol Kill Germs

Is 99% isopropyl alcohol safe for skin?

Isopropyl alcohol (IPA) is an essential compound that comes in many options and is used for a variety of applications ranging from industrial to medical. It’s offered in various grades and dilution levels, it does not leave residue behind, and evaporates quickly.

Industrial Cleaner – 99% IPA is an aggressive cleaning solvent, perfect for a variety of industrial applications. It is suitable for removing inks, permanent marker, stickers/adhesives, stains, grease, and grime. It’s used for wiping down and scrubbing various surfaces and equipment such as machinery, work benches, windows, parts, and components. Pre-Fusion Pipe Cleaning – Wipes saturated with 99% isopropyl alcohol are popular for cleaning the fusion zone prior to electrofusion welding. They are ideal for removing debris, dirt, oxides, and other contaminants from HDPE pipes. High levels of IPA are fast drying / evaporate quickly, making it suitable for this process. Coating – Isopropyl alcohol plays a major role in coating different products all around the world. This is most commonly in the form of 99% IPA,99% IPA can help produce and disperse various polymers. It also serves as a diluent for resins and paints. A number of intermediates can be made from it, including acetone and glycerol. It’s also used to coat and keep windows frost-free as a thawing agent. Cleaning Electronics – Due to its fast-drying properties, highly concentrated isopropyl alcohol is a “must-have” for cleaning electronics. It can be used to safely clean and degrease things like cables, keypads, LCDs, fiber optics, and much more. The move to an increasingly digital world has made this compound one of the more important cleaning chemicals used. And it also plays a vital role in the modern manufacturing of semiconductors. Pharmaceutical Applications Another reason isopropyl alcohol is one of the go-to laboratory chemicals is that it is used to manufacture medicines. It is also used to decontaminate reactors and to make, purify, and analyze various compounds. This compound is also at the heart of running different lab analyses. And it is needed to synthesize amino acids and polypeptides. Automotive Applications 99% isopropyl alcohol has a number of different uses in the automotive industry. It’s commonly used in automotive manufacturing and repair for various surface preparation tasks such as cleaning surfaces before paint is applied. Since high concentrations of IPA are an effective cleaning solvent, it’s also perfect for removing paint, ink, grime, and certain adhesives. Additionally, car detailers use this compound to strip wax from vehicles before attempting any kind of painting or polishing. And it often goes into windshield washes to help solubilize the water. Molecular Biology Isopropyl alcohol has proven itself to be very useful in molecular biology. Specifically, the 99% dilution level of IPA helps researchers to prepare different samples for specific molecular reactions, including nucleotide sequencing. The compound can also help to concentrate and purify DNA samples. In this way, it has changed the face of molecular biology forever. Medical Applications In the medical community, isopropyl alcohol is considered a staple compound. That is because it’s highly effective for cleaning different surfaces and sterilizing equipment, Highly concentrated 99% IPA is preferred for applications that require quick evaporation with no residue left behind after applications so that tools and surfaces can be used a short time after being wiped down. The 99% concentration level can also be applied directly to skin as long as it is a medical grade alcohol. Personal Care Isopropyl alcohol also plays a major role in the personal care industry. That’s because it goes into assorted bath products, lotions, cosmetics, hand sanitizers, and more. This compound is particularly useful for making nail polishes and cleaning nails.

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Why does alcohol only kill 99.99 of germs?

When 99.99 Percent Germ-kill is Not Enough – The Deadly Hazard of “Under kill” The Healthy Facilities Institute (HFI) with support from Advanced Vapor Technologies, has produced the following Commentary. HFI encourages the infection-prevention community to consider the following perspectives as an aid to prevention of illness, since marketing abuses regarding 99.9 percent or 99.99 percent germ-kill claims are legion, and the three perspectives below provide a well-rounded discussion. Some germicidal products tout 99.99 percent germ-kill-strength, a semi-meaningless claim when “post-sanitizing” viable microbe populations remain in the hundreds, thousands or more. This Infectious Dose can still make you very sick, or worse. Like its evil twin, “greenwashing” – egregious “germwashing” may sicken or kill as noted by microbiologist, Dr. Benjamin Tanner, regarding Ebola: ” every last viral particle must be killed because the infectious dose is very low.” Preventing Infectious Dose is Key Product A claiming 99.99 percent kill applied to a surface hosting 1,000,000 pathogenic cells with a dwell time of 5 minutes, will leave 100 viable cells. Product B claiming 99.99 percent kill applied to a surface hosting 1,000,000,000 pathogenic cells with a dwell time of 5 minutes, will leave 10,000 viable cells. And this assumes proper pre-cleaning to remove organic soil that deactivates most chemical disinfectants and proper dwell or “wet-soak” time, an often-neglected process error given busy schedules, hasty applications and inadequate training. Conversely, as an example, the TANCS steam vapor system eradicates 99.9999 to 99.99999 percent pathogens in 2-5 seconds, a better way to prevent leaving behind an Infectious Dose without lengthy dwell time or toxic chemicals. Germs, Rabbits and Chess Remember, live microbes reproduce quickly – much faster than rabbits – many having a doubling time of just 20 minutes or less, or 3x or more per hour. In 8-24 hours, bacterial growth is exponential. Think of it this way: If you placed one pathogenic microbe on the first square of a chessboard, 2 microbes on the second square, four on the third, and so on, then after 63 reproductions (there are 64 squares on a chessboard) or doublings you would have 18,446,744,073,709,551,615 germs – a horrific, potential Infectious Dose to be sure. (Note – bacterial cells reproduce asexually by binary fission.) Zero Tolerance for Germs So practicing Zero Tolerance for pathogens is better than just reducing them by 99.9+ percent, as it helps prevent exposure to a microscopic but often-deadly Infectious Dose. Eliminating live microbes better serves the public interest, although not the marketing interests of chemical purveyors who seem to have mastered the art of “lying with statistics”, and reduces the likelihood that today’s pathogen lineup will become deadly. According to Dr. Charles P. Gerba, Professor, Dept. of Soil, Water and Environmental Science, University of Arizona, Tucson:”We have been looking at the needed reductions on hard surfaces using Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment (QMRA) and data on the actual concentrations of bacteria and viruses reported on surfaces. This approach suggests that in most cases only a 99 percent reduction is needed to reduce the daily risk of infection to 1:1,000,000. We have a number of articles in press and submitted where we release bacterial viruses in homes, offices and health care environments and it tends to support a 99 percent level in terms of needed reduction in exposure.” According to Benjamin Tanner, PhD, President and CEO, Antimicrobial Test Laboratories:”It is also important to understand EPA-registered antimicrobial pesticide (disinfectant/sanitizer) claims. The reason many products say ‘kills 99.9 percent’ of bacteria on the label is because that is the performance threshold for the sanitizer test EPA requires (ASTM E1153) if people want to market products as sanitizers. In other words, a 99.9 percent reduction is EPA’s arbitrary cutoff for sanitizer performance. The initial viable microbial population in these ASTM ‘sanitizer’ tests is about one million cells, so products that make that claim may be leaving behind almost a thousand viable cells after treatment. Many consumers interpret that particular label statement to mean that a product kills 99.9 percent of microbial species or types. Really it just means that when used as directed on the bottle, it kills 99.9 percent of the types of microbes listed on the label. There is one catch though: If a product kills 99.9 percent of both Staph (Gram positive) and Enterococcus (Gram negative), then EPA will permit the label to say ‘kills 99.9 percent of bacteria.’ EPA typically frowns on sanitizer or 99.9 percent claims for molds and viruses, so seeing those in the market is rare.”Other points:• Performance threshold for non-food-contact sanitizers is 99.9 percent (test uses films of bacteria dried onto glass slides).• Performance threshold for food contact sanitizers is 99.999 percent (but this test is suspension-based, so easier to pass).• Performance for “disinfection” is more or less total kill from a starting population of a million cells or more.• In cases where pathogenic microorganisms both have a low infectious dose (<10) and may be present on surfaces in populations greater than 10,000, non-food-contact sanitizers don't cut it. Some pathogens like Salmonella have infectious doses closer to 10,000 cells, so in that case sanitizers do the job nicely. • Note that non-pesticides, like UV lights, can claim whatever reduction the data supports, such as 90.5 percent if they want and it's legal. Whether or not it's a good thing to do is up for discussion. : When 99.99 Percent Germ-kill is Not Enough - The Deadly Hazard of "Under kill"

How long does it take for 70% alcohol to kill germs?

Should I disinfect surfaces with alcohol? – You can disinfect hard objects and items in your home using regular rubbing alcohol. Found in stores or online, bottled rubbing alcohol is most commonly made using isopropyl alcohol, a colorless solution that often has a very strong odor.

Mixtures that contain at least 70% alcohol are best if they can be sourced, and these mixtures can neutralize viruses and other bacteria on a surface if left wet for at least 30 seconds. But you shouldn’t consider cleaning your entire home using rubbing alcohol, because these mixtures can be hard to use effectively when covering large surface areas.

Why? Mixtures that contain more alcohol, while stronger, can evaporate off surfaces too quickly to actually neutralize the germs on that surface. While smaller items with non-porous surfaces, like house keys or even the surface of a toilet handle, can often be kept wet for long enough by reapplying rubbing alcohol, it would be much harder to do on a broader surface, let alone the whole house.

  • The best way to disinfect your entire house would involve using an EPA-approved disinfectant, but if you can’t find these products, bleach might be your best next bet,
  • Per advice from the CDC, an easy way to disinfect non-porous surfaces is to combine 1/3 cup of regular chlorine bleach (sodium hypochlorite) bleach per gallon of water.

For smaller batches, use 4 teaspoons of regular chlorine bleach and 1 quart of water. You’ll need to let the surface remain wet for at least five minutes, letting it air dry, before you rinse down all surfaces with warm water afterwards. Be careful not to splash the bleach solution on your clothes or in your eyes, and use it sparingly on stainless steel sinks and surfaces.

Is 40% alcohol enough to kill germs?

Maybe you’ve been in a situation like this before. At a party, your friend chomps down on some cheese dip and crackers that have been sitting out for far too long. “It’ll be fine,” he says. “I’ll just have another beer; the alcohol will kill the bacteria.” Or your sister with a bad cold offers you a sip of her martini.

  • Don’t worry, you won’t get germs because of the alcohol!” Alcohol is a disinfectant, right? So can a few drinks kill the germs in our bodies? The answer, like most things, is complicated.
  • The alcohol content of your germ-destroying hand sanitizer is about 60–80%, and most beverages are far less than that.

One study examined how alcohol affected bacteria in the mouth and found that a beverage with 40% alcohol (like straight vodka) was somewhat effective in inhibiting bacteria growth, particularly over at least a 15 minute period. Alcohol with a 10% concentration, like in some beers and wines, was pretty much ineffective.

Since you’re drinking just occasional sips that get washed down with saliva, and not consistently flowing alcohol down your throat (at least we hope you aren’t) there’s not likely to be much of a bacteria-killing effect in your mouth. So if some bacteria gets on the rim of your friend’s glass as he passes over a drink to share, you shouldn’t trust the liquid inside to keep you safe.

In your body, it’s impossible for any alcohol you drink to kill an ongoing sickness. If you’ve got a cold or virus, your bloodstream is affected. Now think back to the 60–80% range. Attempting to reach a blood alcohol content that high would kill you far before you reached it — 0.5% can be deadly.

  1. Not to mention, as Gizmodo reports, alcohol will dry out your throat and make it easier for abrasions to form.
  2. As a diuretic, alcohol makes it harder to stay hydrated, which is important when recovering from a sickness.
  3. So in conclusion, no, alcohol is not a suitable replacement for infection treatments, disinfectants or proper food and drink safety practices.

It especially won’t cure your cold. Sorry.

Does 40% alcohol kill germs?

Can alcohol kill germs in our guts and mouths? – Wine was examined as part of a 1988 study that tested a number of common beverages (carbonated drinks, wine, beer, skim milk and water) for their antibacterial effect. The beverages were inoculated with infectious gut bacteria such as salmonella, shigella and E.coli,

  1. After two days it was found the organisms fared worst in red wine.
  2. Beer and carbonated drinks had an effect but were not as effective as wine.
  3. A number of years later a laboratory study was carried out to work out what in wine was causing the antibacterial effect.
  4. The researchers tested red wine on salmonella and compared it to a solution containing the same alcohol concentration and pH level (acidic).

Red wine was seen to possess intense antibacterial activity, which was greater than the solution with the same concentration of alcohol and pH. Even though a large proportion of the antibacterial effect of red wine against salmonella was found to be due to its acid pH and alcohol concentration, these factors only partly explained the observed effects.

The concentration of alcohol is certainly important for the effect on bugs (microbes). For alcohol hand rubs a high alcohol concentration in the range of 60-80% is considered optimal for antimicrobial activity. A laboratory study looked at the penetration of alcohol into groups of microorganisms in the mouth and its effect on killing microbes.

Alcohol concentrations lower than 40% were found to be significantly weaker in affecting bacterial growth. Alcohol with a 10% concentration had almost no effect. The exposure time of alcohol was also important. When 40% alcohol (the same concentration as vodka) was used the effect on inhibiting the growth of these microorganisms was much greater when applied over 15 minutes compared to six minutes.

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