Antibacterial vs Antimicrobial
In the quest for having a clean, healthy home, many people tend to buy products that have benefits beyond cleaning up stains or dirt. Not only do products say that they can clean messes, but many also promote their effectiveness in the fight against germs. Lots of products claim to have antibacterial properties, antimicrobial properties or both. What’s the difference between the two, and why is it helpful to know?
When we think about antimicrobial or antibacterial cleaning products, we think about their effectiveness at getting rid of germs. But what exactly do they each mean? What we commonly consider as “germs” are actually bacteria, viruses and fungi. Other microorganisms fall outside of the class of “germs” in this context.
Definition of Antimicrobial
A cleaner with antimicrobial properties means that it is formulated to kill or inhibit the growth of bacteria, viruses and fungi on inanimate objects and surfaces. There are other areas that fall outside of human health claims, that are still classified as antimicrobial. These are typically used to protect items such as textiles, toothbrushes, washing machines and even paints. Under these applications the article is protected from bacterial attack.
Definition of Antibacterial
An antibacterial cleaner is designed to kill or inhibit the growth of bacteria only. Examples of harmful bacteria are e coli, listeria, pseudomonas, staphylococcus and salmonella.
Benefits of Antimicrobial Products
When it comes to finding a cleaner or polish that can give you more germ fighting power, look for items with antimicrobial properties. This means that you can better protect your home against bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms that we’d rather not have in our homes.
Thinking Rightly About Getting Rid of Germs
Before you start buying up every disinfectant in the hopes of getting your home germ-free, don’t waste your time. Our homes are always going to have some level of microorganic life in them, and normal cleaning efforts will never give us a nearly sterile environment. What’s better is to keep up with a weekly cleaning schedule to minimize dirt and grime (which often carry around germs) and to focus your microbe-fighting skills on areas like bathrooms, floors and kitchens where most microorganisms are found. Remember, not all bacteria are bad, such as probiotics which we even have some inside of us, it's better to clean smarter instead of trying to reach an impossible goal.
Find the right Bona products that can help keep your home clean and healthy. Our line of surface cleaners is powered by hydrogen peroxide to safely fight germs. Also, our new Bona Floor Polishes and microfiber deep cleaning pad have antimicrobial properties to help you clean smarter and keep out unwanted microorganisms.