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So I have always wondered, why does anti bacteria spray or other cleaning supplies say it only kills 99.9%, what will happen if it kills 100%? Why does it not kill 100%? It's just something that kind of bugged me and I'm curious to know why.
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They can't say it kills all bacteria because there's no way to really be sure.

Not all bacteria is the same, and many forms of bacteria are constantly changing/evolving.
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There is no way to kill all bacteria. And some bacteria are needed. We need bacteria to survive actually.
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Because something ALWAYS survives.
Which sucks when you're trying to eliminate something, but on the flip side, it's pretty damned amazing that SOMETHING always survives.
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I was kind of thinking it was something like that, then I started thinking, what if it is all just one big marketing scheme. But yea, that is pretty amazing, something finds away to survive.
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protecting themselves legally lolol

it's like natural selection xD
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There are plenty of studies to show bacteria are very strong organisms, they have survived for longer on this planet than we have. Im sure they have various reasons, In actuality I doubt the real figure is 99.9% but probably in the 90% range. They do it for marketing and legal purposes.
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In truth, "anti-bacterial" something or other has become too prevalent. It's doing humanity a disservice by promoting the development of strains which are resistant to an ever-expanding range of anti-microbial agents. The development of new agents is a process limited by time, money, and biochemical options, and so it's best to have to do this as infrequently as possible. Provided you're not immunodeficient, and further provided you regularly clean the surfaces and instruments you use to eat, go to the bathroom, and so on, you honestly don't need anti-bacterial soaps in your home at all.
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It's better than giving the numerical figure alternative- say there are 5000000000000 bacteria on your hands, etc. Assuming that whatever spray actually does kill 99.9%, the surviving bacteria still number 500000000000. All of a sudden, the whole "99.9%" thing doesn't sound as good as it seems...
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Just a way for companies to protect themselves from being sued for possible false advertisements.
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100%?

Consume bleach.
Bacteria dies so is the host.
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Posted 1/8/15 , edited 1/9/15
Some bacteria are resistant to the antibacterials. This is why it only kills 99.9%.

Ever heard of "Super bugs" that have been killing people in hospitals that can't be defeated with antibiotics? They're allowed to propagate with the overuse of anti-bacterials and certain kinds of antibiotics. It's just as BlueOni says.
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99.9% isn't good enough. I want 100%.
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Gross1985 wrote:

99.9% isn't good enough. I want 100%.


If that were the case, there would be no life on Earth.
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Nalaniel wrote:


Gross1985 wrote:

99.9% isn't good enough. I want 100%.


If that were the case, there would be no life on Earth.

Well I was talking about bacteria, but what you said makes sense.....super-bugs and other crazy sh!t.
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