What is a Disinfecting Solution?
While there are many different cleaning solutions available to the healthcare space, they all come with varying degrees of toxicity, effectiveness, and environmental safety. Understanding the differences between these definitions as set forth by the US Environmental Protection Agency is critical for assessing products and the health risks that they combat.
A cleaner targets large particles, most commonly dirt and organic matter. These products leave surfaces visibly clean and free of debris, but they do not remove microscopic organisms, which include viruses, bacteria, and other illness-causing pathogens.
A sanitizer does kill bacteria, but does not affect viruses. Sanitizers must be registered with the EPA and certified to accomplish the claims on their product labels.
A disinfectant is the most powerful of the three categories and is also registered with the EPA. Disinfecting solutions kill both bacteria and viruses. PCT’s HydrolyteⓇ hospital disinfecting solution is an EPA registered disinfectant and carries a product label clearly defining the pathogens that it is known to kill with up to 99.9999% efficacy.