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What is the difference between a sanitiser and a disinfectant?

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Source: Media release, Biodx, April 2021, photo credit: Nyco Products

By now everyone should be familiar with using sanitising sprays on themselves as well as disinfecting products for surfaces, but how many people are mistakenly using the same product for both jobs?

According to Burt Rodrigues, CEO of Biodx, “The terminologies sanitiser, disinfectant and antiseptic, were just words to most people before Covid hit. People knew the words but perhaps didn’t understand the clear differences between them all.

See descriptions of each from a previous article https://biodx.co/cleaning-vs-sanitising-vs-disinfecting-whats-the-difference/.

Today it’s become vital that people understand that the sanitiser you use on your hands and body will not work the same way on surfaces. Because most sanitisers typically have a large component of alcohol (70% recommended by the WHO) these will quickly evaporate when sprayed on a surface, which renders it useless seconds later. BUT a registered disinfectant, which should never be sprayed on skin, will be effective on surfaces for a lot longer than any sanitising spray. https://biodx.co/covid-19-disinfection-claims/

“It’s vital that the public be educated on these differences, which is why the CDC and local campaigns put out this information around the properties of an ideal disinfectant. There’s no such thing as being a little bit effective when dealing with destroying viruses such as Covid-19. Each product you choose must work to a 100% of what it says it does and only used where recommended.”

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