People can’t get enough antibacterial wipes right now as they’re reevaluating their cleaning habits. Even the less-germophobic of us might be scrubbing down every surface in our homes. But… should we? Of course, it’s important to keep things clean, but if you’re making any of these mistakes with antibacterial wipes, you could be sabotaging your cleaning process.
Using it for more than one thing
It may seem less wasteful, not to mention easier, to use a single wipe on several different things; for instance, using only one or two wipes to clean your whole kitchen. But there are a couple of reasons you shouldn’t do this. “One wipe should be used per area,” says Kathy Turley, director of marketing at Home Clean Heroes. “You don’t want to use the same wipe to clean the toilet handle and then use it on the front doorknob.” Thinking about that example seems obvious, but it applies across the board. Using the same wipe for multiple surfaces can spread germs and dirt from one space to another. Not to mention, a single antibacterial wipe likely doesn’t have enough power to effectively clean several different surfaces.
Not reading the label
We know, labels are boring. But reading the label on your antibacterial wipes can help you use it to greatest effect. The label reveals “how long the product must remain wet on a surface to inactivate all the bugs,” something you’ve probably never even thought about, explains Karen Daw, medical germ control expert. She says that in many cases, the surface should remain wet for at least three to four minutes to kill the germs on the surface, and the label will specify that.
Also, the labels on the wipes can actually reveal what types of microbes it’s effective against. Don’t assume that every type of wipes kills everything. After all, it’s antibacterial wipes, which means that it’s equipped to kill bacteria – not necessarily viruses. “Don’t assume the antibacterial wipe is also effective against viruses,” says Daw. “The label will clearly list the time needed to inactivate specific bugs.”
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