|Time Required||Average (6-10 days)|
|Prerequisites||Knowledge about growing and testing bacteria|
|Material Availability||Specialty items, like bacteria and the media to grow them on, can be ordered from online vendors such as Carolina Biological Supply Company.|
|Cost||Low ($20 - $50)|
|Safety||Follow all safety warnings printed on the cleaning solutions you are using. Read the Microorganisms Safety Guide before starting any experiments. Adult supervision is recommended. SRC approval may be necessary.|
AbstractDisinfectants are products that kill harmful bacteria that inhabit surfaces. Disinfectants can be in household and personal cleaning products. Which products work best? Compare different household cleaning products, like bleach or Lysol, to see which ones kill the most bacteria. Compare different brands of antibacterial hand soap or dish soap to see which brand is the most effective. How do hand sanitizers work? Compare rub-on hand sanitizers to see if they work better than alcohol, or compare to old fashioned soap and water (Pittis, 2000).
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BibliographyPittis, M. (2000). Which Household Cleaners or Soaps Work Best Against Bacteria? Retrieved May 1, 2006, from http://www.scienceteacherprogram.org/biology/Pittis00.html
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