About Cleaning and Disinfecting

Both FDA and EPA are regulating sanitizers and disinfectants. For example, hand sanitizers are over-the-counter (OTC) drugs regulated by FDA. Hand sanitizers that meet FDA’s OTC drug review conditions will include a “Drug Facts” panel with product information on the labeling. Consumers should assure they are following the warnings and precautions described on this label, particularly regarding use in children. The Drug Facts label will also describe the ingredients in the product.

At EPA, products used to kill viruses and bacteria on surfaces are registered as antimicrobial pesticides. Sanitizers and disinfectants are two types of antimicrobial pesticides. Surface disinfectant products are subject to more rigorous EPA testing requirements and must clear a higher bar for effectiveness than surface sanitizing products. Many products are registered with EPA as both sanitizers and disinfectants because they've been tested using both methods. 

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Compare Popular Home Sanitizers and Disinfects

A product needs to balance consumer scenarios and scientific development. For example, some of the ingredients need to be avoided in the products for kids. We have compared more than 200 products and selected the following products with balanced features.

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airDefender Natural Sanitizer Travel Spray
Sanitizer Spray
Face, hands, hair safe; TSA friendly
Killing 99.9% of germs
$24.97 ($24.97 / Count)
Touchland Power Mist Hydrating Hand Sanitizer Spray
Hand Sanitizer Spray
TSA friendly
Award-winning design; 500 sprays killing 99% of germs
$44.97 ($44.97 / Count)
Babyganics Alcohol-Free Hand Sanitizer Wipes
Hand Sanitizer Wipes
Safe for babies
Mandarin scent wipes killing 99.9% of common bacteria
$10.73 ($13.41 /100 Count)
Babyganics Foaming Pump Hand Sanitizer
Hand Sanitizer Lotion
Safe for babies
Fragrance free lotion killing 99.9% of germs
$20.97 ($0.83 / Fl Oz)
EO Organic Hand Sanitizer Spray
Hand Sanitizer Spray
Better for women
French lavender spray killing 99.9% of germs
$33.01 ($2.75 / Fl Oz)
Mil-X Disinfectant Super-Concentrate
Disinfectant Concentrate
General household or commercial use
One gallon makes up to 256 quarts of ready to use spray for household or commercial use
$22.99 ($0.18 / Fl Oz)
Microban Disinfectant Spray
Disinfectant Spray
General household or commercial use
Citrus spray killing 99.9% of bacteria and viruses within 60 seconds on hard non-porous, non-food contact surfaces
$11.94 ($0.40 / Fl Oz)
Purefypro Disinfectant Spray
Disinfectant Spray
Hospitals, senior care, childcare facilities, and household use
Unscented spray killing 99.9999% viruses within 60 seconds
$35.95 ($1.12 / Fl Oz)