Collection: Antiseptics/Disinfect/Clean

Antiseptics and disinfectants are both used to kill microorganisms, such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi. However, there are some key differences between the two.

Antiseptics are used on living tissues, such as the skin. They are typically used to clean and disinfect wounds and cuts. Antiseptics are usually less concentrated than disinfectants because they need to be safe for use on living tissues. Antiseptics: Alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, iodine, and chlorhexidine gluconate

Disinfectants are used on non-living surfaces, such as countertops and floors. They are typically used to kill microorganisms that can cause disease. Disinfectants can be more concentrated than antiseptics because they do not need to be safe for use on living tissues. Disinfectants: Bleach, quaternary ammonium compounds, and phenol

Antiseptics and disinfectants can be a helpful way to prevent the spread of infection. However, it is important to use them safely and correctly. Alcohol should not be used in a wound but around it because it kills good live tissue causing pain.  Only antiseptics with BZK should be used in the wound and alcohol can be used to disinfect instruments or around the wound.  Alcohol breaks down oily barriers on our skin and helps the bandages to stick better and keeps bacteria from getting into the wound.