Cleaners versus Disinfectants – The Cold Clean Truth!

Candida | 03.30.2014

Let’s face it; we get fed a lot of exaggeration on the television. Especially when it comes to cleaning products, janitorial supplies, and keeping a place clean. Have you seen the Febreze commercials?!

Jokes aside, what many people know is that when it comes down to cleaning products, there are many different kinds with different functions. However, the biggest confusion lies in two specific kinds of cleaning products: cleaners versus disinfectants.
Ladies and gentlemen, I am here to inform you that they are NOT the same. They do have two very distinct and different functions. Let us focus on the cleaners.


Cleaners run from all-purpose to counter-tops, etc. Their main function, just like the name explains, cleans surfaces. What does that mean to you? It means they simply wipe off dirt or stains on surfaces but they do not eliminate germs or bacteria that may be left behind. As people who live in Kissimmee or anywhere in Florida, we have a lot of dirt! They are great to use in living rooms, bedrooms but not for places that needs the germs eliminated. That is where the disinfectant comes into play.


Disinfectants are primarily used in restrooms and kitchens. Their function is to eliminate all germs and bacteria. It may not leave the place smelling great, but you will have peace of mind that you are germ free. Besides, that is why you have your cleaner. Just remember, disinfectants need to sit on the surface for 5-10 minutes to kill off all the germs and bacteria on the surface. Rome was not built in a day after all!

There you have it folks. Hope you found this super helpful!

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