There’s been a lot of attention drawn to antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the past few years, especially with the coverage of MRSA (Methicillin-resistant staph aureus) cases in the U.S.

Understandably, this leads to the question of whether or not surface disinfectants can cause the same problem: by using disinfectants in commercial cleaning, can you cause the bacteria to become more resistant?

For a lot of reasons, the answer is thankfully “No.” The reason for this comes down to the difference between the way antibiotics and disinfectants work. According to infection experts Darrel Hicks and Nicole Kenny, the difference is a key versus a sledgehammer. Read on for a glimpse into what this means!