Using Detergents as a Method of Microbial Control


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A detergent works by:

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1. The most complete form of microbial control, which kills all the microbes on a surface or in an area, is called:

2. What factors are important to consider when choosing a disinfectant?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Commercial detergents that contain additives vary in their ability to control microbe populations. You will be quizzed on detergents, disinfectants and microbial control.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz will test you on the following:

  • How a detergent works
  • Method of microbial control that kills all of the microbes on a surface
  • Factor to consider when choosing a disinfectant
  • The reason detergents do not disinfect an area without additives
  • Example of a halogenic disinfectant

Skills Practiced

  • Critical thinking- apply relevant concepts to examine information about microbial control
  • Information recall- access the knowledge you've gained regarding detergents
  • Knowledge application- use your knowledge to answer questions about disinfectants

Additional Learning

To learn more about properties of detergents and their effectiveness, review the accompanying lesson called Using Detergents as a Method of Microbial Control. This lesson addresses the following:

  • Active properties of detergents
  • Comparison of the methods used to control populations of microbes
  • The unique challenges posed by viruses like COVID 19 and how to control them
  • Agents used in microbial control and how they work