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Defining Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfecting

Cleaning removes most germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces. Clean with water, soap, and scrubbing. Sanitizing reduces germs to levels public health codes or regulations consider safe.

Sanitizing is done with weaker bleach solutions or sanitizing sprays. Clean surfaces before you sanitize them. Disinfecting kills most germs on surfaces and objects.

Disinfecting is done with stronger natural or chemicals solutions. *Clean surfaces before you disinfect them.

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