Frequently Asked Questions About Antibacterial Disinfectants
What does bactericidal mean?
A bactericidal is a substance that kills bacteria. Bactericides can be found in disinfectants, antibiotics or antiseptics.
What does antibacterial mean?
An antibacterial kills or impedes the growth of bacteria. Similar to bactericides, antibacterials have wide applications but are most prevalent in cleaning solutions such as soap, detergent and more.
What is a sporicidal disinfectant?
A sporicidal is lethal to spores. Spores are a reproductive cell capable of developing into a new individual without fusion with another reproductive cell. Spores are produced by bacteria, fungi, algae, and plants.
Should you avoid using bleach to kill bacteria?
In short, YES. Bleach is a popular cleaning agent because it effectively kills bacteria, and its harsh chemical smell only reinforces our bias that it is powerful. However, bleach also has a limited efficacy lifespan and cannot cut through Biofilm. Also, why expose yourself and others to the harmful smell and effects of bleach? Bleach has been shown to irritate the skin and respiratory system, and repeated use only worsens these issues. Those with any respiratory problems such as asthma or allergies are especially susceptible and should avoid using bleach entirely. Instead, opt for a natural, nontoxic antibacterial or antimicrobial agent to clean and sanitize surfaces. Bleach will also degrade and even colorize surface coatings or finishes. It will also corrode metals.