Disinfecting kills germs on surfaces or objects. Disinfecting works by using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces or objects. This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs, but by killing germs on a surface after cleaning, it can further lower the risk of spreading infection. Health Canada registered disinfectants will have a Drug Identification Number (DIN).
Sanitizing lowers the number of germs on surfaces or objects to a safe level, as judged by public health standards or requirements.
Health Canada registered sanitizers will have a Natural Products Number (NPN).