SSB 8/21/22: What is the difference between sanitizing or disinfection?


What is the difference between sanitizing or disinfection?

The top question we get that most people don’t know despite 2 years of Covid.

Cleaners remove dirt
“Cleaning” involves the physical removal of dust and dirt, but doesn’t necessarily eliminate germs. Although conventional cleaning doesn’t kill germs, it does physically remove some germy dirt from surfaces, and should always be the first step in your household cleaning and disinfecting routine.

Sanitizers can reduce bacteria
“Sanitization” decreases, but doesn’t necessarily eliminate, the amount of bacteria identified on the product’s label. Keep in mind that even EPA-approved sanitizers only carry claims for bacteria, not viruses.

Disinfectants kill germs
“Disinfecting” can effectively eliminate bacteria and viruses as specified on a product’s label. In fact, only disinfectants are approved by the EPA to kill viruses on hard surfaces.1 That’s important, because disinfecting hard, nonporous surfaces is one of the most reliable ways to help lower the risk of spreading germs from surfaces by touch.

Here is a more visual way of thinking about the two-
On any given day, there are 102,465 commercial flights in the world. If 99.9 percent of those flights arrived safely to their destination, then that means 1,025 airplanes would crash every day. At 99.999 percent, only 10 would crash every day.
So to recap, cleaning gets rid of dirt and debris on surfaces, sanitizing lowers the amount of germs (99.9%), and disinfecting basically kills them outright (99.999%).

Credit to Clorox for some of the above info-

Jancast #129 – Podcasting to a cleaner & healthier world

In this episode, we discuss why Covid and Monkeypox have redefined the cleaning industry and why Amazon will buy Roomba for $ 1.7 billion. They want to know the layout of your house and what that means. We go deep into Telematics, which will combine IT and telecommunications to enhance operations.

We end our chat with the latest in tech, the “Smart Toilet” do you have one?


Scott Jarden

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