Are you ever confused by cleaning labels? With a huge emphasis on our environment and what cleaning products are brought into the home it’s important to understand what you’re buying. Let’s take a look at understanding what these label really mean.
According to an article at mymaidservice.com, “What’s in Your Cleaning Products”
“The terms antibacterial, disinfectant, and sanitizer all sound very effective, official and medical but very few people really understand what these terms really mean. These claims are regulated by the USDS and EPA, so they have very specific definitions, and one should take a moment when learning about products that tout these claims. To use a term like “antibacterial” on a label, the manufacturer must run lab tests to prove they work, and then have these tests and the labels approved by the above agencies. When these claims are made on a cleaner you can be 100% sure of what the products does and does not do because of the regulations.
Antibacterial cleaners do not actually kill germs. To carry the claim of being an antibacterial a product must suppress the growth and reproduction of bacteria only. Think of these items more as a type of bacterial birth control. Many people think they kill all germs, but this is not the case. They also only work on bacteria, so any hope of destroying or controlling a virus or a fungus would be unfounded.
Sanitizers are used to reduce, but not eliminate, micro-organisms from an environment. The term reduced, when referring to Sanitizers, is defined by the products ability to remove micro-organisms down to such a level that the surface is considered safe by public health codes or regulations. Normally this is defined as killing 99.9% of micro-organisms when in use.” To read the entire article click here.