Disinfecting vs Sanitizing – Understanding the Difference

April 16, 2021 by mikey


Did you know disinfecting and sanitizing are different from one another? I’m sure you’ve heard a lot about them lately – but do you know how they’re different? This should help.

Let’s say you want to clean and prepare your bathroom counter.

After you clean it, you can’t decide whether you should sanitize or disinfect it.

If you disinfect, the disinfectant is chemically activated to kill as many germs on the counter as it possibly can.

If you sanitize, the sanitizer works to lower the number of germs on the counter. It isn’t designed to kill every germ.

So, when should you use either?

If you or someone you live with is sick, use disinfectant to kill the germs and prevent the virus from spreading. However, if everyone’s healthy at home you might not need to disinfect, and sanitizing could be a good fit. Sanitizing is useful when no one in your home is sick because it should be just effective enough to prevent the spread of disease but not too strong as to kill important germs that help you stay healthy.

When it comes to COVID 19, you potentially wouldn’t know if someone in your house is sick – as they could be asymptomatic. This is why some people feel safer using disinfectant all the time. If you want to use disinfectants regularly, it’s important to understand the benefits and the risks of the particular disinfectant you use. And it’s up to you to decide if the balance of both is something you’re comfortable with. (Learn more about the risk of over-disinfecting here: Merry Maids Article)

Honestly, you should be using whatever you’re most comfortable with. It depends on how you feel, what you think, and what you want. Do your own research and come to your own conclusions.

I hope this information helps you understand a bit more about disinfecting and sanitizing, and I genuinely hope this helps your day-to-day life become healthier, happier, and less stressful – because, at the end of the day, that’s all we really want for you!