What Are Examples of Disinfectants?

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According to Disinfected, there are three major types of disinfectants: alcohols, chlorine and aldehydes. Isopropyl alcohol and ethanol are examples of alcohols used to disinfect surfaces. Formaldehyde is the most commonly known example of an aldehyde disinfectant. Wikipedia states that disinfectants are applied to nonliving surfaces for antimicrobial purposes. They differ from antiseptics and antibiotics, which are used as antimicrobial agents for living beings.

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