What Are Probiotic Cleaners and Do You Need Them?

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Put down your disinfectants. Step away from the kitchen counter. If you’ve been on a germ-killing spree, there’s something you need to know.

There’s such a thing as “too clean.” Yup, you could be wiping away good stuff with the bad. Harsh chemicals can upset the natural balance of bacteria in your home.

We’re not suggesting you let dust bunnies pile up and forgo cleaning altogether (sorry). But you might consider trading in your conventional household cleaners for ones that contain probiotics.

But what exactly are probiotic cleaners and do you need them? Here’s what you should know.

What Are Probiotic Cleaners?

When you think of probiotics, fermented foods like yogurt, sauerkraut, kimchi, and kombucha probably come to mind. Consuming probiotic-rich foods can help promote a healthy gut.

These days, probiotics are popping up in a variety of items other than food, from skincare products to, you guessed it, household cleaners. For instance, Aunt Fannie’s Probiotic Power Multi-Surface Cleaner combines safe, plant-based ingredients with a lactobacillus ferment. Lactobacillus is one of the most commonly used probiotics and has been studied for its health-promoting properties (1).

By using a probiotic cleaner, you can reap all the benefits of friendly bacteria while avoiding harsh chemicals and other irritants. Using probiotic hand soaps in place of antibacterial gels and wipes is another easy way to ensure the good bacteria outnumber the bad.

A Healthy Home Microbiome

So why should we want more healthy bacteria in our homes? Well, for many of the same reasons people are interested in having a diverse and balanced gut microbiome.  A healthy gut microbiome can promote healthy aging, whereas decreased diversity has been linked to increased inflammation and chronic conditions like obesity and Type 2 diabetes (2).

Essentially, our bodies are home to trillions of microbes, including bacteria, fungi, and viruses (3). Collectively, these microbes make up the human microbiome. Think of your body as the world, and the microbes as the settlers who have established different colonies within (and on) you.

“The bacteria inside of us can either be beneficial to our health or have detrimental effects,” explains Dr. Jeremy Wolf, a naturopathic doctor and LuckyVitamin’s lead health advisor. “Probiotics are the live organisms that make up the good bacteria that help to keep the harmful bacteria in check.”

As if these microbes haven’t taken up enough real estate already, they also call your house “home.” A healthy home microbiome is equally important to our health, especially when you consider that Americans spend about 90 percent of our time indoors (4).

“Living in a home with a more bacteria-rich environment as opposed to a home that is too clean is not only better, it is necessary,” says Dr. Nikola Djordjevic, a practicing physician and founder of MedAlertHelp.org.

The key takeaway is that your household shouldn’t be sterilized, Djordjevic says. “If your body is not exposed to bacteria (good and bad), it cannot develop the immune response to those bacteria,” he explains. “Anywhere else you go, there will be more bacteria than in your overly-clean home, which means that whenever you leave your home, you’ll be at risk of getting infected by a commonly found bacteria.”

Benefits of Probiotic Cleaners

Conventional household cleaners often contain chemicals like chlorine bleach and ammonia. “These are powerful antibacterial and antimicrobial substances,” Djordjevic says. “When used too much, they can eradicate the bacteria cultures that live in common households.”

Using probiotic cleaners “creates a more bacteria-rich indoor environment, which can help to fight the pathogens (bad bacteria),” Djordjevic says.

In a recent study, researchers found that a probiotic-based cleanser not only controlled surface microbial contamination in a hospital setting but also lowered drug-resistant species (5). Routinely used chemical disinfectants show limitations in controlling pathogen contamination, because they are ineffective in preventing recontamination, the researchers noted.

With probiotic cleaners, you can be tough on dirt and grime without sacrificing your health. After all, a healthy home is a happy home.

 

Do you think you’ll give probiotic cleaners a try? Let us know in the comments!

Megan Sullivan
By Megan Sullivan
Megan Sullivan is the managing editor of Happy Wellness Life. She has more than a decade of experience in print and digital media, working with arts and entertainment, lifestyle and business-to-business publications. She has interviewed everyone from famous comedians, actors, artists and chefs to top hotel executives and veterinarians. Her work has appeared in Lodging, petMD, Real Woman, TIMEOFF, Packet Magazine and floriology. Megan lives in the Philadelphia region and enjoys traveling, exploring small towns, trying new recipes and cooking healthy meals. She can't live without dark chocolate, lattes, or egg and cheese sandwiches. Her favorite animal is the ring-tailed lemur.
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