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The Difference between Cleaning and Disinfecting

Is There a Difference Between Cleaning and Disinfecting?

Chances are you have used household cleaning and disinfecting products in your home, but you may not have thought about the difference between the two. Household cleaning products can include simple ingredients such as soap and water, vinegar and detergents. Disinfectants, on the other hand, contain ingredients that are proven to kill germs on surfaces and objects. 

Common Household Cleaning Products and When to Use Them

Household cleaning products include dish soap, detergents and natural cleaners like vinegar, baking soda and peroxide. You can use basic household cleaners to remove dirt, dust and crumbs from surfaces. However, household cleaners typically will not kill germs or sanitize. If you know that a surface needs to be disinfected – such as a countertop where raw chicken was prepared – you should use a disinfectant rather than a cleaner. You should always use disinfectants in areas where dangerous bacteria could be spread, including bathrooms. 

When and How to Use a Disinfectant

Disinfectants contain chemicals that kill bacteria and virus and prevent the spread of infection. If you read the instructions for household disinfectants, you may notice that they often recommend you leave the product on a surface for 15 minutes and then rinse the surface with water. Many household disinfectants are specially formulated for home use. However, they may contain ingredients that are harmful to children or pets and should be stored out of reach. Common disinfectants include bleach, ammonia and sanitizing wipes. Disinfectant should be used on surfaces that may be exposed to dangerous bacteria and virus, like kitchen counters and toilets, as well as frequently touched surfaces like doorknobs, faucet handles, light switches and even remote controls. 

BactroKill All-Surface Spray Disinfectant

At Bactronix, we created BactroKill, an EPA-registered antimicrobial spray disinfectant. BactroKill is specifically formulated for residential use and can be applied on any surface. Because it is EPA registered, it’s a safe and eco-responsible option for your family, pets and environment. Use BactroKill to disinfect against viruses and bacteria, including coronaviruses, Swine Flu, Bird Flu, MRSA, HIV, Salmonella, Canine Parvo Virus and many more. BactroKill is also effective in eliminating mold and mold spores. 

BactroKill is considered a hospital-grade disinfectant, yet it has the EPA’s lowest rated toxicity level and can be used without rinsing. It also works in as little as 60 seconds. To learn more about BactroKill, visit our website or call us at (412) 375-7886.