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What’s the difference between sanitising and disinfecting?

31 August 2020 noltech Comments Off


There are numerous viruses that can live on surfaces for up to 72hrd, depending on the surface.  Therefore, it’s important to clean high traffic areas and frequently touched objects such as doorknobs and switches.
But when it comes to cleaning, what exactly is the difference between a sanitiser and a disinfectant?

Here are the basics you need to know:
– Sanitising reduces bacteria identified on the product’s label, on surfaces and in laundry.
– Disinfecting inactivates both the bacteria and viruses identified in the product’s label, on hard, nonporous surfaces.

Remember that disinfectants are the only products approved by the EPA to kill viruses, and EPA-approved sanitisers only have claims for bacteria.

At Byotrol we understand how to develop, formulate and commercialise different types of antimicrobials to meet business and consumer needs.  Our approach is grounded in excellent science, informed by customer and consumer insight and tailored to fit with the various local, national and regional regulatory demands.

Please contact us for more information.