Sanitizing vs. Disinfecting....What the heck is the difference?

Sanitizing vs. Disinfecting....What the heck is the difference?

  • By basic definition:
  • - Sanitizing lowers the number of germs on surfaces or objects—either by killing them or removing them—to a safe level, according to public health standards or requirements.
  • - Disinfecting kills germs on surfaces or objects.

If you want to get really technical, sanitizers are chemical products that can kill at least 99.9% of germs on hard surfaces (that percentage should go up to 99.99% of germs on surfaces used for food service). Disinfectants are stronger, killing 99.999% of germs on hard, non-porous surfaces or objects.

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