You'll be cleaning up your homes a lot more now that you spend more time there. You'll also be reaching for the antibacterial wipes to hold off coronavirus. But how effective are they? Before Covid-19 hit us, you probably bought the cheapest wipes available and used them to keep your kitchen counters clear of food spills. Now that we're all a lot more conscious of sanitation, it's worth knowing a bit more about how disinfecting wipes work and which ones are best to use.
There are two types of wipes available. The first are sanitising wipes. These are similar to baby wipes because they don't contain any harmful chemicals. They will reduce bacteria and viruses from surfaces, but they don't disinfect the area. You'll need disinfecting wipes for that. The active ingredient in most disinfecting wipes is alcohol, but they will also contain some of the following - chlorine, formaldehyde, glutaraldehyde, hydrogen peroxide or iodine. All of those ingredients kill bacteria by dissolving the germ's cell walls.
How to use them
You need to use them on all surfaces you touch. That means everything from the door handle into the kitchen to any surfaces you use need to be wiped down to kill the virus. Don't be too hasty when you clean up. The surface needs to be visibly wet to make sure the chemical and the germs you're trying to destroy are in contact, and then let the area air dry. Check the manufacturer's recommendation. Some wipes only need to be in touch with bacteria for 60 seconds. Others need several minutes. Don't be afraid to use several wipes on an area.
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