Sanitizers vs Disinfectants —what’s better?

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We’re here to clear the air!

We often use the words ‘sanitizer’ and ‘disinfectant’ interchangeably, since most of us are unaware of the sea of differences that exist between the two. Sanitizers work best on surfaces such as kitchen counters and residential floors thanks to their food-safe and non-toxic nature. On the other hand, disinfectants with harsh chemical compositions are used in heavy traffic areas like public toilets which are more prone to microbial contamination.

Let’s understand this better.

Picture a hospital floor that looks spick and span. But if you look closer, the most hygienic location is also home to several pathogens that can spread deadly diseases. To battle these germs, most hospitals choose strong disinfectants over sanitizers as they ensure better infection-control.

But at what cost?

Disinfectants are harsher than sanitizers and come with several adverse effects. Prolonged exposure to poor air quality caused by disinfectants leads to respiratory ailments, reproductive disorders, and even cancer. That’s not all, in addition to fatal effects observed on humans, disinfectants lead to ecological imbalances by polluting water bodies, land, and air. To add to this problem, biocides used in most disinfectants help bacteria gradually build resistance against antibiotics, posing a long-term threat to humans and to the flora and fauna. In fact, tests have found traces of triclosan (an antibacterial and antifungal agent) in human breast milk, furthering the need to relook at what we use to make our spaces germ-free.

Now, there’s a way out!

Thanks to technological advancements, there are several alternatives to ensuring germ-free surfaces. Especially with the adoption of nanotechnology in the development of sanitizers, the world is moving away from harmful chemicals to combat pathogens. This helps in forming a molecular bond on surfaces in a ‘pins and needles’ pattern, splitting apart pathogens physically without any chemical intervention. As a result, we have a wide range of sanitizers that are safer for the environment. Further, they prevent resistance building among microbes and ensures long-lasting protection for upto 30 days with only one application. And there’s more —these next-gen sanitizers can be used for fogging that makes every nook and corner germ-free in minutes!
It’s time to move on from disinfectants and choose sanitizers that are alcohol-free, non-toxic, and eco-friendly. And to make things easy for you, we have all this and more under one roof. Just visit www.zoonoindia.in to know more!

 

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