Disinfectants come in a variety of forms, each with its distinct advantages and disadvantages. Aerosols are often considered the most convenient and fast-acting form of disinfecting various surfaces. That said, they can also be the most expensive way to dispense. A typical 12- or 16-ounce can may contain only 10 percent disinfectant with the rest being propellant.

Aerosol disinfectants are useful in various office settings where a quick spray is necessary, but cleaners also have to be conscious of building occupants and emitting sprays into the air. Cleaners need to consider disposal too, as some facilities have banned the use of aerosol cans.

Other forms of disinfecting include wipes and sprays. Both of these are widely used and come with their own sets of pros and cons.