You care about the health and well-being of your family, employees, and those around you, and so do we! When it comes to keeping your home and work environment safe and clean from germs, only the best products will do. You also want to make sure that you are using the products properly and that they will actually keep you free from illness. 

With the large quantity available on the market, it can be difficult to determine what level of cleaning product is superior for killing harmful viruses and bacteria – this is where we come in! You might be surprised to learn that not all products or ways of cleaning kill germs. We will take you through the differences between cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing so that you know which products you should buy and which you should avoid.


When you clean a surface it is the process of physically removing dirt, dust, and crumbs. This is normally done with soap and water, but may not necessarily kill germs. Normally when we clean our homes it is because it is physically dirty, not because we are trying to keep ourselves safe from germs. 

If a product advertises its cleaning abilities, you will want to read the label to see what it actually contains. Water and essential oils are great for other reasons, but they aren’t going to keep you safe from the flu or COVID-19. 


Another way many businesses promise clean spaces is through the process of sanitizing. This is normally done by using an aerosol spray. While sanitizing does reduce bacteria on surfaces and even in laundry, it does not normally kill viruses. 

Killing germs on the surface of a product does help reduce the spread of harmful bacteria, but a more intensive routine will need to be performed later on to tackle the root of the problem. This tends to be done regularly in restaurants and grocery stores where they need a quick and easy cleaning solution to keep germ levels down.


Combining both the process of cleaning and sanitizing, disinfecting is the most reliable way to lower the risk of spreading germs. It uses chemicals to kill viruses and bacteria on surfaces, objects, and even laundry. When you disinfect a surface you can rest assured that it is completely free of germs that could cause you to become sick. For healthcare and other potential high-spread areas, disinfecting is the staple way to keep areas safe. 

Choosing the Right Product

Disinfectants win out above all other cleaning products every time, but how can you make sure you are choosing the right product? The Environmental Protection Agency sets strict standards for disinfectants and when you choose one that is EPA approved you can be sure that it will kill harmful viruses like COVID-19 and the flu. 

For hospitals, dental offices, veterinarian offices, and schools, disinfectants keep surfaces clean and high-risk patients safe. Without using a disinfectant the risk of spreading viruses and causing infections is extremely high. 

How to Safely Use Disinfectants

It’s important to always keep disinfectants away from children as they contain chemicals that should not be ingested. Never mix disinfectants together unless the label says this is safe to do and always store them in the original container they came in. Wearing gloves and following the instructions of the disinfectant can help keep you safe and healthy. 

We also recommend choosing a wipe-based disinfectant versus a spray. Wipes already contain the correct amount of chemicals needed to keep areas free of germs and are a one-stop option. Pristex offers three different types of disinfectant wipes to help keep your home and business clean.

Interested in learning which one is right for you? Contact our team today!