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The Difference Between Sanitization And Disinfection

We are far from being in the post covid-19 world. And since the pandemic we are far more than aware of the cleaning methods, cleaning resources and chemical supplier Malaysia has to offer for cleaning of various surfaces. 

All of the cleaning supplies and methods have their unique and distinctive differences. A specialist can tell you all there is to know about cleaning specific surfaces of your home, office spaces, and even the roads. It is important to keep our surroundings clean for the sake of our health, especially given the pandemic.

Our environment and surrounding are full of contaminations and germs. Some of them are visible to the naked eye while most certainly not. Some can be killed by several cleaning tools but some need an extra portion to properly decontaminate. Germs are responsible for many diseases and they are everywhere.

Researchers, doctors, and scientists suggest that washing hands is our biggest defense against the gazillions of germs around us. But sometimes simply washing our hands is not enough. You need some sanitization and disinfection in your surroundings. 

Many interchanges the words sanitize and disinfect. Even when disinfecting, we commonly refer to it as sanitizing. So with the common interchange, do you understand the difference? 

What’s the difference between the two? 


No cleaner is fully capable of completely destroying all of the germs. Germs will stick around us even after proper sanitization. Sanitization is a process of cleaning that significantly lowers the number of germs on the surfaces, kitchen tops, hands, and even door knobs. It is important to take note that sanitizers do not hundred percent destroy all of the germs, but only lowers. But even the lowering is very important. 

Sanitization is usually reserved for much less strenuous work compared to disinfectant work. When we want to get rid of bacteria and germs off our laundry, we use a sanitizer. When we want to properly get rid of the germs on our hands, we use sanitizers.

When the covid 19 broke out in the beginning, we saw an extreme shortage of sanitizers in various parts of the globe. Pharmacies were out of sanitization cleaners and hand sanitizers. They were also out of sanitizing wipes and so many other forms of sanitation. The shortage took the world by a bizarre hand and the disruption in shipping also took another massive change of course. Many understood the importance of sanitization in their homes, and of themselves.


Disinfection is also much like sanitization aimed to lower contamination and spreading of germs. But unlike sanitizers, they are aimed to kill the bacteria completely. Disinfecting products mostly contain harsh chemicals that are not suitable for our skin or much delicate areas of our home and office. It is important to be careful of where we place disinfectants. They are certainly effective at their job but they can be extremely harsh. 

Disinfectants can be used on objects and surfaces that we commonly use. For instance, our office table, kitchen top, drawers, knobs, doorknobs, floors, tiles, and even windows. Disinfectants work properly only when we apply it for a certain period of time and on clean surfaces. Clean as in the surface must be free of visible dirt and dust for the disinfectant to work effectively.

Today we have many different forms of disinfectants. They come in the form of liquid, they come in spray and they also come in the form of wipes. 

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