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What Are Disinfectants?

Disinfectants play an important role in helping to keep our world safe from infection-causing diseases. They’re used to kills germs in our homes, schools, and hospitals.

Soap and water can usually do the job of removing dirt or stains from various surfaces. But disinfectants are needed to ensure that the areas being cleaned are sanitised.

Disinfecting is required for killing germs that live on surfaces and lead to infection, including bacteria such as MRSA, Staph, Salmonella and E. coli, viruses such as influenza (the “flu” virus) and rhinovirus (one of the causes of the common cold) and the fungus that causes athlete’s foot.

One of the most common disinfectants is bleach. Because bleach is powerful enough to kill E. coli and the flu virus.

Households and hospitals have been using bleach for more than 100 years. From kitchens and bathrooms to operating rooms and everywhere in between, bleach plays an important role in health and safety.

Bleach disinfects our household surfaces, and breaks down into raw materials we encounter every day. Bleach is derived from sodium chloride, common table salt.

Not all disinfectants contain bleach. Some products contain hydrogen peroxide and others, such as disinfecting wipes, have quaternary ammonium compounds that also help kill germs.

Disinfectant has its place and has been used for many years and has its place in all cleaning processes. Ozone sanitisers will take it to the next level and should be used in all deep clean situations.