Proceed with Caution with Hydrogen Peroxide Sterilizers

Heat provides the most reliable way to sanitize and rid objects of transmissible agents — but many biological materials, electronics, and plastics are heat sensitive. For these, low-temperature gas sterilizers using ethylene oxide or hydrogen peroxide, for example, function by exposing the articles to high concentrations of reactive gases. While this use of chemical sterilants (or high-level disinfectants) eliminates the …