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A 20-year-old female asked:

I read that proteus mirabilis produces ammonia? so what if i disinfect a area with ammonia or windex? will it disinfect it or make it stronger?

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Dr. Robert Isaacs
40 years experience
Proteus mirabilis: Proteus mirabilis produces ammonia as a by-product of its metabolism, it does not use it as a food source. Wiping down an area with an ammonia-based cleaner will not make it stronger. By-products of metabolism are often actually toxic to the organism. Using an ammonia-based cleaner should disinfect well.

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