Type of antimicrobial that (according to EPA specifications) kills or irreversibly inactivates at least 99.9 percent of all bacteria, fungi, and viruses (called microbials, microbiologicals, microorganisms) present on a surface. Most sanitizers are based on toxic chemicals such as chlorine, iodine, phenol, or quaternary ammonium compounds, and which (unlike some antiseptics) may never be taken internally. See also disinfectant and sterilant.

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