Are germs susceptible to centrifugal force?

If I swung a towel that might be dirty in circles as fast as I could, would the germs be pushed away by the centrifugal force and make it "cleaner"?

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  • 8 years ago
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    Theoretically, yes. But even with all your force, you will be able to spin the towel with a maximum speed. That speed won't be sufficient to detach the germs from the towel.

    What happens is the germs have a maximum force capability by which they are stuck on the towel. The centrifugal force that you create isn't enough. It works on water though. Try swinging a wet towel and you will understand what I am saying.

    However, what you can do is to give the towel a jerk. That jerk gives a large acceleration to the towel which is larger than the germ's holding capacity and it will remove some (not all) the germs.

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