What is a disinfectant?

A disinfectant is a substance which can be used to kill microorganisms. They are used for cleaning as they reduce the number of bacteria, germs and harmful organisms that are present on surfaces. A wide variety of disinfectant can be found in the market and can be used on a wide range of objects and surfaces including medical devices, equipment, instruments, walls, and floors. Disinfectants ensure that the risk of getting infections from the bacteria is reduced and can be found in the form of a spray, wipe, or liquid.

Disinfectants and antiseptics both kill microorganisms, but they are not the same, there is a big difference between the two. An antiseptic is applied to the body while disinfectants are applied to non-living surfaces such as worktops and floors. Both antiseptics and disinfectants contain biocides.

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