CLEANING vs. SANITIZING vs. DISINFECTING?

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It’s important to disinfect your home regularly to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Here are the basics you need to know about disinfection and why it’s necessary for keeping your family safe.

Know The Difference

  • Cleaning removes dust, debris and dirt from a surface by scrubbing, washing and rinsing. 
  • Sanitizing reduces the bacteria identified on the product’s label on surfaces. 
  • Disinfecting destroys or inactivates both the bacteria (Salmonella enterica and Staphylococcus aureus and viruses (like influenza and rhinovirus) identified on the product’s label on hard, nonporous surfaces. 

Disinfecting hard, nonporous surfaces is one of the most reliable ways to help lower the risk of spreading germs from surfaces by touch.1

 

Why Disinfection Is Important

Remember that you should disinfect – not sanitize – because disinfectants are the only products approved by Health Canada to kill viruses on hard surfaces.2 The main difference is that Health Canada-approved sanitizers only have claims for bacteria, while disinfectants have claims against both bacteria and viruses.

 

When To Disinfect

While in quarantine, it’s important to disinfect the hard, nonporous surfaces throughout your home at least 3 times per day.3 If someone in your household has COVID-19 or shows symptoms, disinfect the high-touch surfaces in the areas they enter as frequently as possible.4

 

Select A Disinfectant That Can Be Effectively Used Against COVID-19

To make sure your product is an Health Canada-approved disinfectant, look on the label for Health Canada registration number (DIN number – it is an eight digit number) on the front panel. You can confirm a product can be used against COVID-19 by visiting Health Canada’s site or our site for a full list of Clorox® products that are effective against COVID-19 (https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/drugs-health-products/disinfectants/covid-19/list.html). 

 

The COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented demand for disinfecting and cleaning products. This has led to supply chain challenges across the world. To help avoid market disruptions, as an interim measure, Health Canada has now allowed US products in Canada. So you will find some of our products in US labeling that are now available in Canada under this interim measure.

 

1. According to Saskia Popescu, PhD, MPH, MA, CIC, a senior hospital infection prevention epidemiologist at HonorHealth and paid Clorox consultant.


2. https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/drugs-health-products/disinfectants/covid-19/list.html4. According to Mary Gagliardi, AKA “Dr. Laundry,” Clorox’s in-house scientist and cleaning expert.