difference between disinfectants, antibacterials and antiseptics

Disinfecting wipes
disinfectant: lysol disinfectant
Lysol disinfectant:
disinfectant: potable aqua
Steramine Quaternizing Tablets
Stearmine Disinfectant Tablets
Clorox germicidal
Happy Preppers site for survivalists + preppers
Facebook: happypreppers.com
Pinterest: happypreppers.com
Google + happypreppers.com
Twitter happypreppers.com
------------------------------------------------- Revised 08/21/18
(C) Copyright  2012-2019 by
HappyPreppers.com. All rights reserved. The site happily targets concerned
citizens who are self-reliant survivalists, preppers and homesteaders with original content on survival following
societal collapse. You may link to our site, but you may not reproduce any part of our content, or store our
content in any retrieval system to represent it as your own. Further, you may not transmit content in any other
form or by any means, including (but not limited to) electronic, photocopy, mechanical, or recording without
written consent. HappyPreppers.com makes no warranties.

HappyPreppers.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising
program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com,
amazonsupply.com, or myhabit.com.

Thanks for visiting our
survivalists prepping site!

article on the difference between antibacterials, antiseptics and disinfectants has been archived by
waybackmachine.org. It's been saved as many as 7 times between April 9, 2016 and Aug. 21, 2018. This helps
protect our copyright.

Do NOT copy. Linking to the article is okay.

privacy policy
37 foods to hoard before crisis
Top ranking prepper Web site - prepping and survivalism
nine reasons to love a Big Berkey
Sugar isn't as bad as you may think
Prepper's Guide to the Food Saver
Dehydrated spinach uses
Prepper Deal Alerts Check
daily deals for prepping
gear and food storage.
Waterstraaws suck, but here's why to get one
Survival tabs
Best water purifiers for preppers
Water storage Options
Are water pouches worth the expense?
nine reasons to love a Big Berkey
Antibacterials, antiseptics and disinfectants
Antimicrobial activity of antiseptics versus disinfectants

Difference between antibacterials, antiseptics and disinfectants:
What's the Difference between disinfectants, antiseptics,
antibacterials and antibiotics? All are chemical agents and it can
be slightly confusing to know the difference as these
antimicrobial products may seem interchangeable, but
antibacterials, antiseptics and disinfectants each have their

Hospitals and other health care settings extensively use both
antiseptics and disinfectants. As a prepper, you may need
clarification about the differences...

Antibacterials, Antiseptics and Disinfectants
What's the difference between a disinfectant and an antibacterial?
  • Antibacterials and antiseptics apply to skin (living tissue)
  • Disinfectants apply to surfaces (not living tissue)

Below is a summary to help clarify:

  • Disinfectants: Disinfectants apply to surfaces (not skin). it's
    chemical that destroys bacteria. Think of a disinfectant as a
    sanitizer. A disinfectant destroys bacteria that can be in
    liquid or tablet form. Tablets can be activated by water, such
    as Steramine quarternizing tablets. Other good examples of
    disinfectants include Lysol products, such as Lysol Wipes,
    pictured right or bleach. A disinfectant is stronger than an
    antiseptic. It kills bacteria, and also viruses and fungi.
    Germicidals are disinfectants. Any substance or agent that
    kills germs on surface contact especially pathogenic
    microorganisms is a disinfectant.

  • Antiseptics: Antiseptics apply to the skin (not to surfaces) to
    prevent the growth and reproduction of disease-causing
    microorganisms. An antiseptic is gentler than a disinfectant,
    because its applied to living tissue. The microorganisms an
    antiseptic deters include bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and
    viruses! Believe it or not, some mouthwash is an antiseptic.
    Mouthwash antiseptics include ingredients such as
    cetylpyridinium chloride, chlorhexidine (available by
    prescription from your Dentist), or zinc chloride.

  • Antibacterial: Antibacterials apply to skin and are active
    against bacteria! An antibacterial is anything that is active
    against bacteria, such as a soap, alcohol spray, antibacterial
    gel or even saliva! Many people are surprised to know that
    saliva has natural antibacterial properties. Saliva is the
    reason why wounds in your mouth heal quickly. Think about
    your instinct to lick a wound ~ it's nature's way of starting
    the healing process. There are many natural antibacterials,
    and vinegar is one of them!

    Many essential oils are natural antibacterials:
  1. bergamot essential oil
  2. cinnamon essential oil
  3. clove bud essential oil
  4. geranium essential oil
  5. lemon essential oil
  6. lime essential oil
  7. oregano essential oil
  8. sweet orange essential oil
  9. rosemary essential oil
  10. thyme essential oil

  • Antibiotics: Antibiotics are an agent that kills or inhibits the
    growth of a microorganism appliedtopically or orally.
    Antibiotics are transported... used in or on the body to kill or
    inhibit the growth of microorganisms. Antibiotics have no
    effect on viruses.

The general public, preppers included, use antiseptics and
disinfectants because of the growing concerns about microbial
contamination and infection risks.

When there is no doctor, preppers will need to be creative about
their medical supplies. Following is a list of antibacterials and
disinfectants to consider stocking. Many have uses beyond their
wound cleansing properties.


  • Steramine (disinfectant). Pictured right, Steramine is a
    commercial strength and economical household sanitizer that
    applies to surfaces and not the skin/ The tablets sanitize
    food contact surfaces and equipment in restaurants, bars,
    daycares, gyms, assisted living facilities, hotels, schools and
    other industries. This sanitizing agent

Happy endings...
As a prepper you'll extensively use antiseptics, antibacterials,
antifungals and disinfectants. Hopefully now you'll have a better
understanding about how they fit into your prepper inventory.

Related articles...

More prepping articles...

Prepare to live happily ever after! Learn to store food, water, fuel,
and survival medicines. Get tips about sanitation, self defense
and more at

Prepare to live happily ever after with us at happypreppers.com - the emergency
preparedness Web site of prepping, survival,
homesteading, and self-reliance.
Bugging out with a Bivvy?
Emergency heat sources  that don't require electricity
Sweet orange essential oil ~ USDA Organic
Germicidal wipes
What's the difference between an antibacteiral and an antiseptic