Sanitizers vs. Disinfectants

Sanitizers vs. Disinfectants

The difference between sanitizers and disinfectants can be complicated.

As a rule, the difference can be the mixture of a concentrate:

  • A 512/1 mix will give you a sanitizer. A sanitizer does not require rinsing.
  • A 256/1 mix will give you a disinfectant. A Ready-to-Use sanitizer or disinfectant does not apply.

A sanitizer (not a hand sanitizer) is formulated to mostly kill food borne illnesses such as E-Coli or Salmonella. A disinfectant, as a rule, kills a broad spectrum of bacteria. A standard dwell time to kill most bacteria for a disinfectant is 10 minutes. However, since Covid-19 has arrived on the scene, many manufacturers are racing to the lowest dwell time to kill the virus.

A 1-minute up to 3-minute kill claim have recently been introduced and we have those products in stock!

Call us for more information. We would love to help you decipher what product is right for your facility/organization!

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