General Classification of Antiseptics, Disinfectants, and Sporicidal Agentsa

Chemical EntityClassificationExample
AldehydesSporicidal agent2% Glutaraldehyde
AlcoholsGeneral purpose disinfectant, antiseptic, antiviral agent70% Isopropyl alcohol, 70% alcohol
Chlorine and sodium hypochloriteSporicidal agent0.5% Sodium hypochlorite
PhenolicsGeneral purpose disinfectant500 µg per gram Chlorocresol, 500 µg per gram chloroxylenol
OzoneSporicidal agent8% gas by weight
Hydrogen peroxideVapor phase sterilant, liquid sporicidal agent, antiseptic4 µg per gram H2O2 vapor, 10%–25% solution, 3% solution
Peracetic acidLiquid sterilant, vapor phase sterilant0.2% Peracetic acid, 1 µg per gram peracetic acid
Quaternary ammonium compoundsGeneral purpose disinfectant, antisepticConcentration dependent on application, Benzalkonium chloride
  • a Table adapted from Reference 3.