| Just asking a quick question for my science fair
project. I was wondering what the other
ingredients in disinfectant sprays do.
Ex.(dimethyl benzyl ammonium chloride, water,
propane, isobutane, sodium nitrate, sodium
benzoate, and soyethyl morpholinium ethosulfate.
If you could just send a rundown of each of the
ingredients, that would be amazing. Thank you.
|Question Date: 2016-11-10|
Most of those chemicals are poisonous,
so they kill the bacteria or protozoans that they
come into contact with. I don't know how all of
them work, but I can tell you that propane and
isobutane are nonpolar solvents so will dissolve
oils and other similar things, while water is a
polar solvent that will dissolve salts and such.
Sodium nitrate is a salt, so is probably poisonous
because it sucks water out of the cells that it
Some of the ingredients in the disinfectant
spray will be for making a nice fine mist.
Other ingredients will be just for diluting
the active ingredient in the disinfectant to
the right concentration, so that you're not
spraying too much disinfectant with every spray.
You can google the chemical names to get an
idea of what they do.
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