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The difference between Sanitizing & Disinfecting

Checkers Cleaning Supply
Publication date:
November 25, 2022
Article Summary: 

The article discusses the difference between sanitizing and disinfecting. Both have the same goal: to clean and decontaminate surfaces by killing germs. However, sanitizers kill at least 99.9% of germs, while disinfectants are stronger and kill 99.999% of germs found on hard, non-porous objects and surfaces. Sanitizing can be done by either disinfecting, cleaning, or both, and it works to reduce the bacteria named on each product’s label on surfaces and in the laundry. Disinfecting destroys or inactivates bacteria and viruses as identified on each product’s label. Disinfectants are the only products that are EPA-approved to kill both viruses and bacteria on hard surfaces. The article also highlights when to sanitize and disinfect, and experts recommend routine cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing.


Sanitizing, disinfecting, COVID-19, bacteria, viruses, EPA seal, household cleaner.

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Checkers Cleaning Supply
The difference between Sanitizing & Disinfecting
November 25, 2022
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