Probiotics are a huge buzzword in the modern health industry. From people who want natural solutions to those who have been conducting more medical-based studies on the microbiome, probiotics have become a focal point. They occur in many strains and each strain can have hundreds of sub-types.
Naturally, probiotics are found in fermented foods as well as in and on our own bodies. They are a living microorganism, and they can perform many different functions that are positive for the body. Some help break down foods, others produce vitamins, and others help control bad microorganisms.
How do bad microorganisms affect us?
The recent Covid-19 outbreak has shed light on how bacteria and viruses affect us on a day to day basis. While many of us are familiar with the Winter colds and flus, until recently, few of us were able to understand the mechanisms of how these germs continue to pervade the colder months. The heightened awareness that has come with Covid has shown us that a lot of pathogens can become (and remain) airborne after coughing, sneezing or speaking (from an infected individual).
Chemicals create a vacuum for bad pathogens.
When we use chemical-based cleaners, they are very effective at killing off the bacteria and viruses on the surface. They are given their 99.9% stamp of efficacy, with few people realising that the remaining 0.01% is the biofilm layer that allows the bacterial count to grow back to astronomical numbers within hours (not only that, but during our testing we found none of the cleaners that claimed 99.9% were actually able to kill that much – their success ratios were much closer to 50-60%).
Overuse of chemicals has led to a large vacuum in our surfaces. When we take away an existing layer of pathogens, we leave an empty space – due to the fact that bad pathogens are floating around in much more numbers than probiotics, bad pathogens quickly refill this surface, or regrow from the biofilm left behind. This vacuum leads to the quick restoration of usually stronger and more resistant pathogens.
What happens with probiotic cleaning?
As shown in the chart above, our probiotic cleaners were applied to a toilet with an astronomical RLU (ATP test read out) of 9743. To put this into context, the ATP machine considers less than 30 to be a pass. Anything between 30 – 60 is borderline okay, and over 60 means there is a lot of bacterial life. As you can se, over the day, the bacterial counts continued to drop as the probiotics ate into the bacteria and biofilm, eventually leaving the toilet with a pass of 9.
What happened with chemical cleaners?
When we applied chemicals to clean another toilet, the chemicals reduced the bacterial counts by between 30-70% initially, but within half an hour, the bacterial count went back to the original number. There was no ongoing effect, and the chemicals did nothing to the biofilm whatsoever.
How do we combat this naturally?
With the exponential rise of super-bugs, we need to effectively utilise the tools that already exist in nature. This is where probiotics fill a large gap in the cleaning and health sectors, and they are able to perform remarkably well in a variety of situations. Probiotic cleaners generally have little to no adverse effects in any situation, are safe in drains, grey water tanks and sewers, and are not lethal to marine life.
Probiotics naturally eat other bacteria, fungi and viruses to survive. They also replicate regularly and form colonies that then dominate any given area that they occupy. With probiotics in existence, bad pathogens cannot find a surface to create a protective biofilm, and will be quickly devoured or starved.
We are seeing that time and time again, nature’s balance can’t be tipped too far one way or there are consequences. The best way to defend ourselves against these diseases and pathogens is to use the tools that are given to us naturally, so as not to damage our ecosystems and our own health any further. We hope you found this insightful, and we intend to publish more studies as we conduct them!