The terms, disinfection and sanitization, refer to the test methods used to determine the concentration and contact time required to reduce bacteria to a desired level. With disinfectants the test organism (bacteria) is exposed to the solution for 10 minutes (on hard surface – stainless steel rings) at room temperature in accordance with the AOAC Use Dilution method to demonstrate efficacy of products intended to kill bacteria. The method requires 100% kill in 59 of 60 tests.

With Sanitizers the test organism (bacteria) is exposed to the solution for 60 seconds (on hard surface – glass squares) at room temperature in accordance with the ASTM Non-Food Contact Sanitizer method to demonstrate efficacy of products intended to kill bacteria. The method requires 99.9% kill over parallel control in 5 of 5 tests.

OdoBan is also tested as a fungicide and mildewstat. With fungicides the test organism (fungi) is exposed to the solution for 10 minutes (on hard surface – stainless steel rings) at room temperature in accordance with the AOAC Use Dilution Method to demonstrate efficacy of products intended to kill fungi. The method requires 100% kill in 10 of 10 tests.