Antimicrobials destroy or inhibit the growth of microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, protozoans, and fungi. You might find antimicrobials in your home, school, or workplace. A common type is a sanitizer. Sanitizers destroy 99.9% of bacteria in about 30 seconds. It is important to note that sanitizers are effective against bacteria and not other forms of microorganisms. A sanitizer is used to reduce, but not eliminate microorganisms. Sterilizers are another type of antimicrobial. Unlike sanitizers, sterilizers are used to destroy or eliminate all forms of microbial life such as fungi, viruses, spores, and bacteria. They are mostly used in a medical setting. Disinfectants are another type of antimicrobial. They are similar to sterilizers because they kill bacteria and fungi, but are only effective against certain viruses. They are typically used in household surfaces as well as medical settings.