The Importance of Disinfecting Wipes

disinfecting wipes for cleaning

The sudden appearance of COVID-19 shocked the whole world, and the struggle of beating the pandemic piqued people’s curiosity to disinfecting products. Germ-killing products such as disinfecting wipes were bought by many leaving store shelves almost empty. Some even went a little extreme and started panic buying germ-killing products, but as the pandemic stretched on we learned more about cleaning. As such, clean surfaces were prioritized as much as personal protective equipment. Although contaminated surfaces have a low COVID-19 infection rate, this doesn’t mean that we should stop. This is where disinfectant wipes appear in the picture. These must-have products have a lot of benefits and uses.

Disinfecting VS Sanitizing

Disinfecting and sanitizing are often interchanged since they have a thin line between them. Let us tell you the main difference between these two, and make their meanings clearer to you before jumping to the benefits and uses of disinfecting wipes. Disinfecting wipes are used to kill germs on surfaces and objects. Some contain a little amount of bleach and some mild chemicals to make its purpose possible. And using them on the skin is not recommendable since skin irritation and burn might occur if you accidentally do so. 

On the other hand, sanitizing wipes are simply used to lower the number of germs to a safe level, but do not completely eliminate them. That’s why sanitizing wipes are recommended for skin usage such as an alternative for hand washing in the event of washing stations not being present. Now that you know the difference between the two, then properly read the label to know which is which to avoid any accidents from happening. 

Benefits of Disinfecting Wipes

Kills Viruses, Bacteria, and Fungi

A lot of disinfecting wipes can kill viruses, bacteria, and fungi, but don’t always jump to conclusions that all can kill the COVID-19 virus. The right disinfectant wipe can kill off these, but make sure to read the label carefully. The label will dictate a lot of things including which germs does it kill and how to use them to achieve maximum results, so if the label includes COVID-19, then grab that disinfecting wipe and start wiping. 

Less Harsh

Bleach and disinfecting wipes are germ-killing products, but compared to bleach, disinfecting wipes are less harsh. Bleach contains harsh chemicals that may irritate the skin, airways, and can cause damage to the cloth. On the other hand, disinfecting wipes contain mild chemicals. Chemicals that are not too notorious, but can still kill germs as much as bleach.

Follow-up Cleaning

Cleaning was never an easy task, so don’t feel bad if you miss a spot or two. And there’s no need to bring out your tools and supplies again because disinfecting wipes are here to the rescue. Just pull out a sheet or two, wipe the missed spot, shoot it in the trash bin, and you’re all done. Not only that, but these products are effective on all non-porous surfaces unless stated in the label.

Alternative for Hand Washing

disinfecting wipes to clean hands

Hand washing is one of the crucial things that help stop the spread of the virus, but there isn’t a washing station wherever you go. This is where wipes come into the picture, but be careful not to use wipes labeled as a disinfectant when sanitizing your hands using wipes. Doing so might irritate your skin since disinfectant wipes are not intended for hand sanitizing. 

Take Them Anywhere

With how little these wipes are, bringing them with you wherever you go will not prove a hassle. If you’re planning to go on vacation in a hotel or house, you don’t have to pack your germ-killing products because disinfectant wipes will suffice. 

Accessible and Affordable

There are times when we forget to put these into our bags, but you don’t have to worry since almost every convenience store has them. Not only that, but they are also affordable, and let’s not forget the fragrant smell they leave on everything they touch. Might as well buy in bulk for a bigger discount!

Fights against cross-contamination

Unlike rags that transfer bacteria from surface to surface, disinfecting wipes don’t since they are disposed of immediately after use. Using them on highly-touched surfaces such as door handles, light switches, your gadgets, and more is highly recommendable to avoid any transfer of infection.

Common Misconceptions

All wipes are created equally

All wipes might be used for disinfecting, but that doesn’t mean that all of them kill the same germs. Some only contain a few chemicals that will kill bacteria, but never the COVID-19 virus, while others are specifically made to kill it.

Not reading or following directions properly

Before you start wiping away, take a minute to properly read the label and make sure to follow what the instructions say for maximum results. In the event of you forgetting to read the label, you might damage the surface you wiped or might disinfect it at all. Other wipes have a curing time before it starts to disinfect the surface.

One wipe for all kitchen counters or the entire bathroom

It is true that saving should be practiced during this pandemic, but never do it with germ-killing products. You might end up cross-contaminating surfaces and transferring the germs you are trying so hard to eliminate.

Immediate use after wiping

As mentioned earlier, disinfecting wipes have different curing times. Some require 4 minutes while others require 10, so be careful not to waste your effort and read the label properly.

A single wipe can disinfect the surface

Although the purpose of these wipes is to disinfect, it doesn’t mean that a single swipe on the surface can kill the germs. Two to three swipes on the surface will do the trick, but never one. 

The proper usage of disinfectant wipes in our homes (highly touched objects) helps prevent the COVID-19 virus and other germs from spreading. And executing the best disinfecting practices in our daily lives not only helps lessen the pandemic at present but also helps in preventing any future or seasonal contagious diseases that might infect our loved ones.