Check out Disinfection, Sterilization and Preservation, 4th Ed. by Seymour
Block, published by Lea & Febiger, Phila. and London. He has an entire
section on the effects of Ethyl alcohol on microbes. It's a great reference
rjakober at perrittlab.com
Karl Roberts <kr1 at PGSTUMAIL.PG.CC.MD.US> wrote in article
<Pine.LNX.3.95.971006074324.3644B-100000 at pgstumail.pg.cc.md.us>...
> Dear Koen,
> I am not sure that a few seconds of alcohol contact with a fomite
> is sufficient to disinfect properly. We commonly use benzalkonium
> chloride (zephiran) in our teaching lab, wipe with a sponge, and simply
> let air dry. Since you are using E. coli and mycobacteria, I would
> suggest o-cresol (lysol), before and after use of the counter surface.
> Once again, I would air-dry rather than wipe off quickly with a towel, to
> leave disinfectant residue on the fomite. I hope this helps.
> Karl J. Roberts