Monday 18 March 2024

Disinfectant efficacy: Getting the temperature right

 Apart from a few exceptions, disinfection processes are considerably slower at low temperatures than at higher temperatures. This carries consequences for the use of disinfectants, especially in cold rooms where ‘cold-loving’ microbes present a contamination risk. To address this, either concentrations or contact times need to be increased, or an alternative disinfectant agent used. In this article, we take a look at the science.

Read the article for fre online:

Sandle, T. Disinfectant efficacy: Getting the temperature right, RRSL Life Sciences Series, 20th March 2023 at:


Posted by Dr. Tim Sandle, Pharmaceutical Microbiology Resources (

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