Ah, the million-dollar question. From our childhood, we are taught not to share our body soaps—mainly for hygiene purposes, but the premise also has another major reason. That it will restrict the transfer of bacteria from one person to another. The truth of the matter is, bacteria will probably be present in a cleaning product like a bar of soap, but it makes no difference. And all of you probably share the microbes anyway. In fact, research has shown that no detectable bacteria were found on hands washed with soaps that seemed to be yucky and slimy. Also, washing hands with soap don’t actually kill bacteria, it just dislodges them.
Now, having debunked this myth, let us take a cleaning product like a detergent. Does a laundry detergent have bacteria growing on it? Well, the fact is detergent companies and cleaning products manufacturers in India usually add a preservative to keep the cleaning chemicals from growing its own mould and bacteria. Let’s have a look at the functional ingredients in a detergent:
• pH modifiers to balance out acids and bases in water
• bleach or bleach alternative
• Builders or water conditioners to manage hard water issues
• Ingredients that inhibits the excess formation of suds
• Preservatives to prevent microbial growth
As you can see, the preservative is a vital ingredient. Water-based liquid detergents, or any other detergent for that matter, need a method of preservation. Without a preservative, they would be contaminated by microbes. A preservative is basically a biocidal substance which inhibits the growth of microorganisms, and hence, makes it safe for everyday usage. It plays a fundamental role in extending the shelf and storage life of the cleaning chemicals thereby reducing product losses. A preservative also helps in protecting the soaps and detergents against discoloration, oxidation and bacterial growth.
The reason detergent companies and cleaning products manufacturers in India add preservative is that the bacteria found in our environment decompose the surfactants and other ingredients found in our cleaning products once it is exposed to the open air. Manufacturers test preservatives for safety and quality before adding it to the cleaning products.Apart from preservatives, household cleaners intended to kill bacteria and other germs on contact contain potent chemicals that do the job effectively. Hence, bacteria cannot survive on such products. These are usually products containing chlorine or bleach or other disinfectants, hence, it protects itself from growing its own mould and microbes.
How do I select the best bacteria cleaning products for my family?
There are dozens of choices available in the household cleaning supplies shelves. Several products contain anti-microbial agents, and how do you know which one is the right choice for you? How do you choose? Where do you start? Well, to start with, the best choice is the one that suits your family’s needs in terms of effectiveness, personal preference for fragrance, form (bar soap, powder, liquid, pods or single sachets), and price.
We, at Savon Care, are one of the leading detergent company in India. We formulate sophisticated products and make sure we adhere to the strictest of safety standards. Our products are azo-free and don’t pose the danger of growing its own bacteria. Head over to our products section to have a peak at cleaning products every home should have, now!