What Makes a Disinfectant Hospital-Grade?

Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, disinfectants, hand sanitizers, and sprays have saturated the market, with brands creating varying claims of efficacy. Some products will feature the categorization of “hospital-grade”, but many people don’t know what this means. While words like “powerful”, “strong”, or “effective” can be used without any evidence to back them up, the term “hospital-grade” refers to a specifically tested type of disinfectant. Hospital-grade refers to a disinfectant that has been tested and approved by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a disinfection which kills bacteria, viruses, and fungus. Since its founding, the Environmental Protection Agency has been involved in monitoring and testing various disinfectant products, and it continues to do so. This specific EPA testing has been conducted since the agency established the Antimicrobial Testing Program (ATP) in 1991, and has been updated with specific testing requirements as recently as 2020, when the Agency proposed the passage of the APEP, which monitors disinfectant efficacy after the products are sold, instead of simply prior to their sale.


What Does the Antimicrobial Testing Program (ATP) Entail?

The Antimicrobial Testing Program (ATP) puts the tested disinfectants into three separate categories, ranging from most to least powerful: hospital disinfectants, broad-spectrum disinfectants, and limited disinfectants. The most rigorous testing is required to gain the title of hospital-grade disinfectant; the product must be shown to be effective in eliminating two relevant bacteria: Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus. These two bacteria must be eliminated to gain this impressive categorization, and many broad-spectrum or “general” disinfectants cannot work properly against the two. Broad-spectrum disinfectants are proven effective against gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria, such as Staphylococcus aureus and Salmonella enterica. Lastly, limited disinfectants refer to the lowest category of rigor, as they are only proven effective against one major group of microorganisms, like gram-positive bacteria.


Who Can Use a Hospital-Grade Disinfectant?

Hospital-grade disinfectants are accessible to all, regardless of one’s connections to the healthcare industry. PureLine is home to chlorine dioxide (ClO2) experts who have engineered an EPA approved disinfectant: Pure 100. Pure 100 is made of two ingredients: water and chlorine dioxide. This disinfectant spray was deemed hospital-grade by the EPA, yet it also was designated as being in the lowest toxicity category, meaning that it’s gentle enough to use on kitchen counters, childrens’ toys, and pet beds. Buy Pure 100, the hospital-grade disinfectant with no noxious fumes, harsh chemicals, or volatile organic compounds (VOCs) today.