What Are The Differences Between Sanitizing, Disinfecting, & Cleaning?

Cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting are all important practices that help keep surfaces clean and free of pathogens. However, it’s important to understand the differences between these three practices in order to make the right decision when it comes to keeping your home, school, or business clean and free of pathogens. 

 

In this article, we’ll be exploring the specifics of cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting, including the differences between them and the importance of understanding these differences.

Definition of Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfecting according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 

Cleaning

Cleaning is the process of removing dirt and other debris from surfaces using soap or detergents. This process helps to remove any organic matter that may be present on the surface, which can harbor bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens. Cleaners do not kill any pathogens and is not regulated by the EPA. Cleaning is the first step in the process of keeping surfaces clean, as it prepares the surface for further steps such as sanitizing and disinfecting.

Sanitizing

Sanitizing involves killing bacteria on surfaces using chemicals. This process does not kill viruses or fungi. Sanitizing is an important step in the process of keeping surfaces free of bacteria and helps to reduce the risk of bacterial infections.

Disinfecting

Disinfecting involves killing bacteria, viruses, and fungi on surfaces using chemicals. This process is the most effective way to kill pathogens present on surfaces and it is especially important in settings such as hospitals, businesses, and schools where the risk of infection is high.

 

Differences Between Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfecting

The biggest difference between cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting is the types of pathogens that they kill. Cleaning is used to remove dirt and other debris from surfaces and does not kill bacteria, viruses, or fungi. Sanitizing is used to kill bacteria on surfaces while disinfecting is used to kill bacteria, fungi and viruses.

 

Importance of Understanding the Differences

Understanding the differences between cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting is important because it can help you make the right decision when it comes to keeping your home, school, or business clean and safe for the family, co-workers and students. 

In addition, understanding the differences between these three practices can help you make more informed decisions about the products and methods that you use. If you’re using a cleaner you’ll need to follow up with a sanitizer or disinfectant to effectively reduce the risk of infection.

The Process of Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfecting

The process of cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting can vary depending on the type of surface and the level of cleanliness required. However, in general, the process goes as follows:

  1. Clean the surface by removing dirt and other debris using soap or detergent and water.
  2. Sanitize is fine however the best solution is disinfecting because disinfectants kill bacteria, viruses, and fungi.  

Introducing Hydrolyte®

Hydrolyte® is a powerful disinfectant that utilizes hypochlorous acid (HOCl) to effectively kill pathogens, including viruses such as influenza, SARS-CoV-2, and Monkey Pox, and  bacteria such as Clostridium Difficile or C.Diff, MRSA and all other bacteria. Hydrolyte is also used against Candia Aurus.  HOCl is naturally produced by our white blood cells as the first line of defense against invading pathogens. Hydrolyte® is gentle on the skin and requires little to no protective gear during use. 

 Hydrolyte® boasts a high concentration of 500 parts per million of HOCl and kills 99.9999% of labeled pathogens. Free of volatile organic compounds (voc’s) and quaternary ammonium compounds (quat’s) Hydrolyte® will not cause or exacerbate breathing conditions like COPD and Asthma.

 

Additionally, Hydrolyte® is EPA registered and has been placed on their Emerging Pathogen and Viral Pathogen lists for its effectiveness against COVID-19 and Monkey Pox. Hydrolyte® is also on the EPA’s K list against C.Diff bacteria. Furthermore, unlike many of the products on the market, Hydrolyte® is low toxic, eco-friendly and leaves no residue making it a popular choice for hospitals, schools, businesses, and households.

Conclusion

In conclusion, cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting are all important practices that play a vital role in keeping surfaces clean and free of pathogens. However, it is crucial to understand the differences between these processes in order to make the right decision for your home, school, or business. 

Cleaning is used to remove dirt and debris, sanitizing is used to kill bacteria, and disinfecting is used to kill bacteria, fungi and viruses. 

Hydrolyte® is a powerful disinfectant that uses hypochlorous acid, which is naturally produced by our white blood cells, to effectively eliminate pathogens. The benefits discussed in the above section should make you realize that bringing Hydrolyte® into your environment is one of the best decisions you’ll ever make.  

Hydrolyte® cleans and disinfects at the same time making it cost effective and freeing up valuable time.

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