Does Fabuloso Disinfect or Just Make Things Smell Good?

Fabuloso has become a beloved cleaner known for its bright, vibrant colors and unique, lasting scents. But does Fabuloso disinfect, or does it just make things smell good?

Regular Fabuloso Multi-Purpose Cleaner does not disinfect, but it does remove dirt and grime while smelling wonderful.

However, Fabuloso Antibacterial Multi-Purpose Cleaner sanitizes non-porous surfaces throughout the home, while Fabuloso Complete Disinfecting Wipes have disinfecting power, killing various viruses and bacteria. 

Let’s learn more about this versatile, great-smelling household cleaner and its various formulations.

Does Fabuloso Actually Disinfect?

Regular Fabuloso is not a disinfectant. It is a multi-purpose household cleaner and degreaser that removes dirt, grime, and organic matter from most non-porous surfaces, including sealed wood.

Fabuloso’s line of products can be used on various non-porous surfaces throughout the home, including countertops, floors, toilets, sinks, showerheads, stovetops, and more.

As a cleaner, this versatile product also removes microorganisms, but it does not kill or destroy them.

Although Regular Fabuloso is not a disinfectant, the company does carry various formulas, including Fabuloso Antibacterial Multi-Purpose Cleaner and Fabuloso Complete Disinfecting Wipes.

Fabuloso Antibacterial Multi-Purpose Cleaner is considered a sanitizer because it kills bacteria on surfaces, but not viruses, mold, fungi, or mildew. 

According to its label, this antibacterial formulation kills 99.9% of Staphylococcus aureus and Klebsiella pneumoniae, two bacterial species known to cause serious infections.

Fabuloso Complete Disinfecting Wipes, on the other hand, is a sanitizer and a disinfectant because claims to kill (or destroy) 99.9% of viruses and bacteria on hard, non-porous surfaces. 

The viruses the product destroys include the Human Coronavirus, Influenza Type A Virus/Brazil, and Influenza A Virus H1N1. 

The bacteria Fabuloso Complete Disinfecting Wipes claims to kill are Staphylococcus aureus, Staphylococcus aureus – Methicillin Resistant (MRSA), Salmonella enterica, Salmonella typhi, Escherichia coli O157:H7, Streptococcus pyogenes, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Campylobacter jejuni.

Read also: 10 Benefits of Using Fabuloso in Laundry

The Difference Between Cleaners, Sanitizers, Disinfectants, and Sterilizers

Many people tend to use the words ‘cleaner,’ ‘sanitizer,’ ‘disinfectant,’ and even ‘sterilizers’ interchangeably. However, there are major differences between them that must be explained.

Let’s look at the major distinctions.

Cleaners remove dirt, grime, and organic matter from non-living surfaces through the use of soap or detergents (surfactants). They do not kill or destroy microorganisms but instead, remove them as they are wiped away. In the United States, cleaners do not need Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registration.

Sanitizers kill bacteria on non-living surfaces but not viruses. To be registered by the EPA as a sanitizer, a product must reduce bacteria by 99.9%, and it must list each one on the label. 

For the most part, sanitizers are typically used in food settings. However, they must be labeled for ‘food contact’ to be deemed safe. These products must be allowed to dry before touching food.

According to the EPA, for a product to be considered a disinfectant, it must kill 99.9% of viruses and bacteria, and it must specify which ones they are on the label. A product can be a sanitizer and a disinfectant since it must pass both types of testing procedures. 

Disinfectants can also kill mold, mildew, and fungi. Again, if a product has this ability, the microorganism must be listed on the label. 

For example, neither Fabuloso Antibacterial Multi-Purpose Cleaner nor Fabuloso Complete Disinfecting Wipes list fungi, mold, or mildew as the organisms they can kill or destroy.

Sterilizers, on the other hand, use heat, chemicals, irradiation, high pressure, or filtration to kill, destroy, or inactivate ALL types of life. 

This is an extreme method utilized in microbiology laboratories, such as the one I worked in, in hospitals, and in microchip labs to ensure a completely sterile environment. 

Kill Time (Dwell Time)

Kill time, also called ‘dwell time,’ is the amount of time it takes for a product to kill microorganisms.

The amount of time it takes for a product to kill germs must be listed on the product label and will vary from product to product. Therefore, it is important to read the product’s instructions thoroughly before use.

According to the instructions on the label for Fabuloso Antibacterial Multi-Purpose Cleaner, after diluting the product with “sterile deionized water” it can be applied to non-porous surfaces with a “mop, cloth, or sponge.” 

The product must remain wet for at least 5 minutes, then be allowed to air dry for it to sanitize properly. It is not necessary to rinse off the product.

Per the instructions on the Fabuloso Complete Disinfecting Wipes, the surface to be disinfected must be wiped “until [the] surface is visibly wet,” and it must remain wet for 4 minutes, then allowed to air dry. 

Especially dirty surfaces must be cleaned before disinfecting. Additionally, surfaces that will come into contact with food must be cleaned with water after disinfecting. The label advises against using the wipes on dishes, glassware, or utensils.

What Can I Mix with Fabuloso to Disinfect?

If you have regular Fabuloso among your household cleaners and want to give it some disinfecting power, you can add a few drops of hydrogen peroxide or rubbing alcohol to your cleaning solution.

Hydrogen peroxide has been long used as a disinfectant and cleaning agent since it is known to have a broad-spectrum effect against viruses, bacteria, yeasts, and bacterial spores.

High hydrogen peroxide concentrations or prolonged exposure can cause skin irritation. Therefore, safety precautions must be taken when used.

Additionally, extended exposure to hydrogen peroxide can cause damage to certain materials due to its bleaching power. 

Rubbing alcohol can also help with disinfection when added to your Fabuloso cleaning solution as it also has sanitizing qualities.

Read also: Is it Safe to Mix Fabuloso and Vinegar?


Does green Fabuloso disinfect?

The color of any Fabuloso product should not be considered as an indication of its disinfection properties. That being said, none of the green Fabuloso formulations listed on the product’s website are considered disinfectants.

Green Fabuloso Multi-Purpose Cleaner 2X Concentrated in Passion of Fruits Scent is not described as a sanitizer or disinfectant on its website since it does not list any microorganisms it kills or destroys.

Fabuloso Antibacterial Multi-Purpose Cleaner in Pine Scent is also green. Although it is not a disinfectant, it is a sanitizer since it claims to kill 99.9% of Staphylococcus aureus and Klebsiella pneumoniae.

How long does the smell of Fabuloso last?

According to Phoenix Research Industries, Inc., Fabuloso Multi-Purpose Cleaner can make a room or surface smell clean for 24 hours.

How to get rid of Fabuloso smell?

Odor-neutralizing sprays, air purifiers with activated carbon filters, baking soda, and activated charcoal bags can help remove any lingering, unwanted Fabuloso smell.

Activated charcoal bags or baking soda can be placed in closets or poorly ventilated rooms to get rid of the Fabuloso smell.

However, don’t forget about good old ventilation. Opening windows and doors as the weather allows can be quite effective at removing any remaining Fabuloso smell. Fans can also speed up the process.

To Wrap Up

While Regular Fabuloso does not have sanitizing or disinfectant properties, it is a great-smelling dirt remover and degreaser.

Fortunately, if a sanitizer or disinfectant is what you need, Fabuloso has a couple of formulations that can serve that purpose in a variety of pleasing fragrances. 

Be sure to read labels to determine the best formulation for your needs as well as the best ‘dwell time’ for each. 

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