Cleaning vs. Sanitizing vs. Disinfecting

Cleaning vs. Sanitizing

Many think that cleaning and sanitizing are the same thing, but, in reality their not.

Cleaning gets rid of the surface dust and dirt ; when you sanitize, your disinfecting the whole nine yards. Not only you are getting rid of the top layer of germs, you are also getting under all of the dirt and grime laying underneath the first layer.


A surface that has been cleaned to remove visible dirt, grease, and soil needs to be sanitized to remove bacteria that might be present on the surface. Everything in your operation must be kept clean, but any surface that comes into contact with hands should be clean and sanitize frequently.


Sanitizing vs. Disinfecting

Both Sanitizing and Disinfecting help to reduce the amount of contamination by killing germ on surface. But Disinfecting goes deeper than Sanitizing and complement the process by killing more germs.

The key The key difference between sanitizing and disinfecting is the type of chemical involved and the length of time it is left on a surface. and disinfecting is the type of chemical involved and the length of time it is left on a surface.

Disinfecting requires a stronger solution to destroy germs rather than simply reduce them.

In the United States, sanitizers are agents that destroy 99.999 percent of bacteria in 30 seconds during the Official Detergent Sanitizer Test (a public health test).

Disinfectants are products that destroy most/all organisms in 10 minutes during the AOAC Use Dilution Test, a test regulated by the EPA to determine the efficiency of disinfectants.



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