Antimicrobial effect of sodium acetate and other hygroscopic salts

Smith, J 2016, 'Antimicrobial effect of sodium acetate and other hygroscopic salts', International Journal of GEOMATE, vol. 11, no. 4, pp. 2671-2678.


Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title Antimicrobial effect of sodium acetate and other hygroscopic salts
Author(s) Smith, J
Year 2016
Journal name International Journal of GEOMATE
Volume number 11
Issue number 4
Start page 2671
End page 2678
Total pages 8
Publisher GEOMATE International Society
Abstract A cotton textile dried with various hygroscopic salts then contaminated with Staphylococcus epidermidis and dried again, showed remarkable reduction in viable bacterial cells. Of the salts investigated, sodium acetate was found to have the greatest antibacterial effect. Calcium chloride, magnesium chloride and magnesium sulfate, also showed some antibacterial effect. For sodium acetate, drying for 24 h reduced the count of viable cells to 1.5%, and less, relative to the count in the control sample. For the other salts the count of viable cells after drying was more variable and ranged from 0.3% to 44% relative to the count in the control sample. It is inferred that the hygroscopic nature of the salts may enhance the effect of desiccation in killing bacteria during drying. The results indicate that salt-enhanced drying is a new class of sanitizing method warranting further investigation.
Subject Environmental Engineering not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) Antimicrobial
Hygroscopic
Sodium acetate
Staphylococcus epidermidis
Textile
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