What are disinfectants?
The Merriam-Webster defines a disinfectant as an “agent that frees from infection (which could be in either form – gas or liquid.)” A disinfectant is used to get rid of germs and potent bacteria from one’s surroundings to keep away from allergies and diseases. It is a rather strong chemical combination that gets you a guaranteed 100% rid of toxic microorganisms. It is usually used in more serious mess situations like hospitals and hazardous environments.
However, in times of the pandemic where disinfection has become a way of saving lives and and in order to keep oneself protected against the corona-virus, it is frequently being used in households and workplaces to clean high-touch areas like doorknobs, handrails, light switches, faucets etc.
The CDC advises on using disinfectants with over 60% alcohol content for best results. They are usually altered specifically according to the bacteria/fungi they intend to kill.
How do Disinfectants Work?
Our war against microbes is one that is essentially being fought against an invisible army. Disinfectant solutions are our best weapons in fighting this war and emerging victorious. These are chemical agents that are applied to surfaces and non-living objects with the aim of killing all the viruses, bacteria, fungi etc. that could prove to be potentially
toxic. If not dealt with adequately, these may cause serious infections or diseases. The ‘active ingredient’ in a disinfectant is what’s responsible for killing the pathogens, typically by damaging or disrupting their cells.
Types of disinfectants, categorically stated:
This begs the question – What to consider when choosing your disinfectant?
This question needs to be answered to spread awareness on why investing in a disinfectant that exhibits effectiveness only against a limited spectrum of virus and bacteria is a rather foolish decision. So how can you make the correct choice? The most important factor to consider would be the spectrum of microbicidal efficacy of a
An ideal disinfectant possesses a broad ‘antimicrobial effectiveness’ i.e. the ability to kill and prevent the transmission of a large variety of bacteria, fungi and other germs (including potentially resistant strains) from the environment into a human.
There are 4 other major filters for choosing the most effective disinfectant:
In conclusion, it could take a little while before you end up hitting the jackpot in your search for a product suitable for your facility, but it is critical that an informed and well-researched decision is made for best results. Along with the correct disinfectant, one must also formulate a solid plan to prevent diseases and infections by taking necessary precautions.