The Difference between Cleaners, Sanitizers, and Disinfectants.

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Cold and flu season often bring up the question of what is the correct products to use, and how do I prevent myself and family from getting sick. We see a lot of different products on our grocery store shelves.

“Safe and natural Cleaners”

“Alcohol free disinfectant”

“Safe for kids, and pets”

“Germ free”

But really what does all of that mean, and how are we to choose what the right products is? This question seems to be even more important today than ever before.
Let’s break it down;

Sanitizers- REDUCE bacteria on a surface by at least 99.9%. Sanitizers are certified for bacterial only, and can take up to 5 minutes to kill the bacteria, referred to as “dwell time”.

Disinfectants- KILL a wider range of microorganisms (than Sanitizers). Disinfectants can also be certified to kill viruses, mold, mildew, and fungi. Often have less dwell time. (COVID-19 CDC says no less than 70% alcohol)

Cleaners- Only remove dirt, oils, and other impurities from surfaces.
By law a chemical can not be labeled a Sanitizer, or a Disinfectant without going through a process of testing to be sure it meets the EPA’s predefined criteria, and are certified.  The EPA requires that all disinfectants and Sanitizers list the types of germs that they kill, so it is important to understand that a single product might not kill ALL microorganisms, and to know which products work for which germs.

Make sure you are reading your products before purchasing and know what you need to protect yourself and family.

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