Basics

What is a Broad-Spectrum Disinfectant?

We have diverse needs for disinfection. We all need to disinfect many different surfaces in different environments.

We also know that the germs are a myriad collection of microscopic species having differing response & susceptibility to Disinfection action (You may also read the post: Know your Germs).

So, do we use a different disinfectant for every kind of germ we encounter?
Fortunately, no.

To our rescue come families of Disinfectant Wipes Manufacturers Products that are termed as ‘broad spectrum’. As the nomenclature suggests, these Disinfectants Products are efficacious against multiple species of microbes and possess the ability to kill a wide variety of germs.

As defined by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):

A “broad spectrum” disinfectant is one that has public health claims for all three of the major classes of organisms:

o Bacteria – effective against gram-negative and gram-positive bacteria
o Fungi – effective against at least one pathogenic fungus (usually Trichophyton mentagrophytes)
o Viruses – effective against pathogenic viruses (at least one enveloped virus, such as Influenza A or one non-enveloped virus, such as Adenovirus)

Only if the disinfectant meets the minimum criteria defined above can it make a generic claim of ‘kills germs’.

Not too surprisingly, sanitizers are not considered broad spectrum by the EPA since they intend to only reduce the bacteria levels (You may also read the post: Disinfectant vs Sanitizer)

And why is broad spectrum action so desirable in Disinfectant Products?

Simply put, in situations and on surfaces where microbes are present but their identity is not known to the user, a broad spectrum Disinfectant is the go-to solution.

All Germnix disinfectant cleaner products are Broad Spectrum products efficacious against a wide range of Bacteria, Viruses, Fungi, Yeast, Molds & Mildew. Through extensive lab testing we have established the efficacy of our
products against multiple pathogens.

Please read the product label to know the efficacy claim against various microbes.

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