Why is alcohol a disinfectant? I asked my nurse practitioner mother, and she said that it breaks down the fatty cell wall of micro-organisms.
Is that true? And more to the point for me, why is that true? I know what an alcohol is, and is it really that basic, to pull off so many H’s from the molecules in the cell walls that they fall apart? Aren’t the H’s in the fat molecules held pretty tightly?
So, any guesses or actual knowledge out there?