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Difference between DISINFECTANT & ANTIBACTERIAL?

Looked online and there's SOME information, but having just had gastroenteritis, now the family's got a stinking cold, and I'm 39 weeks pregnant, I want to make sure the cleaning products I buy are doing a good job!

 
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Asked by Twinminator at 4:47 AM on Mar. 7, 2011 in Health

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  • "Antibacterial" means the product kills or interferes with the growth of bacteria. "Antibacterial" applies to chemicals used to treat surfaces. According to Tufts University, antibacterials generally are either short-acting with no residual chemicals, such as alcohol or chlorine, or are long-acting, such as triclosan.

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates how cleaners are classified. A disinfectant must destroy all microorganisms the label lists on the product. Disinfectants kill not only bacteria but also viruses and fungi.

    In general, disinfectants are used to clean germs and bacteria off of non-living surfaces.

    Antiseptics and antibacterial products clean germs and bacteria off of living things (such as skin or minor cuts and scratches).

    According to the Mayo Clinic, hand washing with regular soap is effective and there is evidence that antibacterial cleaners can create some antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
    Razelda

    Answer by Razelda at 4:50 AM on Mar. 7, 2011

  • Hope that helps. GL! =)
    Razelda

    Answer by Razelda at 4:50 AM on Mar. 7, 2011

  • Thanks Razelda, I wanted to buy disinfectant spray to spray over baby's cot etc to make sure that this bug has GONE before she arrives (any time soon, yikes!) but it's not to be inhaled etc etc, so don't want her to get sick from the actual disinfectant!!!
    Just wondered if an antibacterial spray would do the job just as good, as it seems to be "safer" to use.
    Twinminator

    Comment by Twinminator (original poster) at 5:00 AM on Mar. 7, 2011

  • I think Lysol will be just fine. =) GL
    Razelda

    Answer by Razelda at 5:05 AM on Mar. 7, 2011