7 Ways to Get Rid of Bacteria

Having a bacterial outbreak can be very inconvenient.

Fortunately, there are several ways to control or eliminate bacteria.

Depending on the setting and the type of bacteria, different methods are available for eliminating unwanted bacteria. Here is a quick list of several popular ways to control bacterial growth:

 


 

Boiling WaterBoiling water

A common setting where people want to eliminate bacteria is while camping or hiking. Bacteria in drinking water can be a quick way to ruin a holiday! Simply boiling all water prior to drinking (or washing dishes, cleaning scrapes, etc.) is an easy way to prevent bacteria that was living in the lake or creek from moving to an unwanted location.

 


 

Structured Silver

New structured silver eliminates all strains of pathogenic bacteria safely and effectively. Amazingly, it does not eliminate probiotic bacteria (“good bacteria.”) The same protective coating that allows these probiotics to live in the digestive tract (a lipid bi-layer) also protects probiotics from structured silver. The result is a new tool that safely and quickly disinfects the body without side effects. Silver drops and gels can be used with ear infections, eye infections, internal infections, or anywhere bacteria is growing. Older silver products (“colloidal silver”, silverware, etc.) were much less effective than the new structured silver and were often unsafe.

 


 

 

Chlorination Swimming Pool

By adding chlorine to water, many species of bacteria are eliminated. As a result, chlorination is commonly used in public water supplies, swimming pools, sewage treatment, etc. However, safety concerns surround the use of chlorine and it is thus a source of public debate. If chlorine kills bacteria in public water pipes, what do you think it does when it leaves those pipes? Plant-lovers with a chlorinated water supply often let their water sit in an open container for 24 hours before giving it to indoor plants, allowing the chlorine to dissipate into the air. The effect of chlorine on human health is also a contentious topic.

 


 

Prescription drugsCapsules

Regulated substances such as penicillin, methicillin, and vancomycin can be prescribed by doctors for human use in certain situations. Known broadly as “antibiotics”, specific prescription drugs have different effects on specific species of bacteria. For detailed information, doctors and pharmacists have knowledge of how various drugs interact with different microbial strains and the potential side-effects with other body systems.

 


 

Water purification tablets

Available at camping supply stores, a variety of active ingredients counteract bacteria in water. Not ideal for long-term use (the same tablets that kill bacteria in a thermos can keep killing bacteria in your gut…), they are easy to carry and thus very handy in certain situations.

 


 

Bleach

“Bleach” refers to a wide range of products that quickly change most materials they contact, typically by rapid oxidation. Often containing chlorine, bleach is highly toxic to humans. It can be helpful for disinfecting surfaces or equipment when used according to the product instructions.

Cleaning with bleach

 


 

Hydrogen peroxide

Commonly used as a surface wound disinfectant, hydrogen peroxide is available widely in water solutions at dilutions below 10%.

 


 

 

How to Get Rid of Bacteria in 6 Common Situations

Depending on where the unwanted bacteria are growing, different tools become the most appropriate given the cost and safety of various anti-bacterial options.

Drinking water:

  1. Boiling
  2. Water purification tablets
  3. Structured silver drops

 
Internal infection:

  1. Structured silver (inexpensive and safe)
  2. Prescription drugs (requires doctor visit; potential side effects from killing off probiotic bacteria include diarrhea and other complications)

 
Surface infection (cuts, scrapes, burns):

  1. Hydrogen peroxide
  2. Structured silver gel

 
Ear / eye infection:

  1. Structured silver drops

 
Cleaning (mopping floors, surface disinfection):

  1. Bleach

 
Large-scale water disinfection (pool, hot tub):

  1. Chlorination

 

Additional Resources

 
1. Silver’s many uses as an antibacterial tool:

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2. Comprehensive resource about silver’s anti-bacterial properties at Silver Health Institute:

Silver and Bacteria


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3. Structured silver kills pathogenic bacteria on contact. Here is a video showing staph and strep eliminated by structured silver:

 
4. Structured silver supplier with a money-back guarantee:

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