Antiseptics are basically designed to kill any possible microorganisms on your skin. They are normally used for hand washing or before doctors are to perform a surgery. Antiseptics might not be as strong as disinfectants, as they don’t have enough power to kill most of the bacteria on your skin. However, they prevent their growth and accumulation. Alcohol, chlorhexidine and anilides are some common household antiseptics.
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Disinfectants are not to be used on your skin but they are designed to kill microorganisms on inorganic household objects and are mainly used in cleaners. These substances destroy the cell wall of microbes or interfere with the metabolism and hence, have strong power to kill most microorganisms. Disinfectants are mainly used for floor cleaning, toilet bowls, kitchen shelves and other household items. Glutaraldehyde, vantocil, phthalaldehyde and formaldehyde are some common disinfectants to be used for household cleaning.
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