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Cleaning vs disinfecting: Why they’re not the same thing

Cleaning vs disinfecting: Why they’re not the same thing

Cleaning and disinfecting help prevent the spread of infectious diseases, including COVID-19. It’s also important to stay at home when sick, practise social distancing, wear masks, and use a 70% alcohol spray sanitizer often. But cleaning and disinfecting aren’t the same thing, and here’s why…


  • Cleaning physically removes germs and dirt from surfaces by using cleaning detergent or soap, and water. Cleaning doesn’t necessarily kill germs, but by removing them, it lowers their numbers and the risk of spreading infection. 
  • Disinfecting with sanitizer with alcohol kills germs on surfaces by use of chemicals. This process doesn’t necessarily clean dirty surfaces, but by killing germs on a surface after cleaning, it can further lower the risk of spreading infection. 
  • To kill germs effectively, use a handheld room fogger at home, in the office and boardroom, and in classrooms. 


It’s best to clean surfaces, objects and your hands using soap and water before disinfecting with an antiviral 70% alcohol hand sanitizer. 


To help lessen the spread of COVID-19 and keep safe from germs, use OmniProtect Sanitizing Spray – a 70% alcohol hand sanitizer in a convenient aerosol canister that you can take with you wherever you go. OmniProtect supplies bulk sanitizer and handheld room foggers in convenient aerosol canisters.

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