Sanitizing vs. Disinfecting: What's the Difference?
In light of recent events, many people have become more aware of the importance of cleaning and disinfecting their homes and workplaces to prevent the spread of harmful germs and bacteria. However, there is often confusion about the difference between sanitizing and disinfecting, and how each process should be used. In this article, we'll explore the difference between these two terms, and when it's appropriate to use each method.
Sanitizing is the process of reducing the number of germs on a surface to a safe level, according to health standards. This process is generally used on surfaces that come into contact with food, such as kitchen countertops, cutting boards, and utensils. Sanitizing does not necessarily kill all bacteria and viruses, but it does reduce their numbers to a safe level. Our Zoom "Plus" and "Active" Wipes are perfect for this role.
Sanitizing can be done using heat or chemicals. Heat sanitizing involves using high temperatures to kill bacteria and viruses, while chemical sanitizing uses chemical agents to achieve the same result. Chemical sanitizers include chlorine, quaternary ammonium compounds, and hydrogen peroxide.
Disinfecting is the process of killing all germs on a surface, including bacteria and viruses. Disinfecting is typically used in settings where there is a higher risk of infection, such as hospitals, schools, and public transportation. Disinfecting is also important in homes and workplaces to prevent the spread of illness, particularly during flu season. Our Zoom "Evolution" Wipes are our premier disinfecting wipes.
Disinfecting can be done using chemicals such as bleach, hydrogen peroxide, or alcohol. It's important to follow the instructions on the label of the disinfectant, as different products may require different amounts of time to be effective. Some disinfectants require surfaces to be cleaned first before they can be applied.
When to Sanitize vs. Disinfect
It's important to know when to sanitize and when to disinfect, as using the wrong method can be ineffective or even dangerous. In general, sanitizing is appropriate for surfaces that come into contact with food or where germs are not a significant risk, while disinfecting is appropriate for areas where there is a higher risk of infection, such as bathrooms and areas where people may be coughing or sneezing.
So while sanitizing and disinfecting may sound similar, they are two distinct processes that serve different purposes. Sanitizing reduces the number of germs on a surface to a safe level, while disinfecting kills all germs on a surface. Knowing when to use each process is important for maintaining a clean and healthy environment.
We hope this article has helped to clarify the difference between sanitizing and disinfecting, and has provided you with useful information for keeping your home and workplace clean and healthy.
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