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How do antiseptics differ from disinfectants?

How do antiseptics differ from disinfectants?

Grade:upto college level

1 Answers

Sunil Kumar FP
askIITians Faculty 183 Points
6 years ago
(1)Antiseptics are antimicrobial substances that are applied to LIVING tissue/skin to reduce the possibility of infection, sepsis, or putrefaction.

Disinfectants are antimicrobial agents that are applied to NON-LIVING objects to destroy microorganisms.

(2)Disinfectants are used in homes and businesses to disinfect items which could transmit germs. Antiseptics are used to clean areas of the body which are prone to infection or deep clean.

(3)Common antiseptics include mouthwash, cold sore, and yeast infection treatment creams. Disinfectants are commonly found in household cleaning products for kitchens, bathrooms, and other commonly touched items where germs are found. Both items can be found in common household items and in sterilized medical facilities.

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