The Two Biggest Mistakes to Avoid When Using Disinfectant Wipes

Disinfectant wipes are a convenient, easy tool for combating the spread of COVID-19 and other viruses, but only if you use them properly. It may not be obvious because they are so simple, but there is definitely a right way and a wrong way to use disinfectant wipes. Avoid making these mistakes next time you reach for your wipes.

Not respecting the dwell time

After wiping an item, let the formula remain wet on the surface for three to five minutes. Every solution is different, so check the labeling on your wipes and follow the instructions. The label will tell you the length of time a surface must remain wet with solution to kill germs.  After you wipe off an item, you should let it stand for three to five minutes. You might notice, labels for both Clorox disinfecting wipes and Lysol disinfecting wipes says the surface should remain wet for four minutes to disinfect the area fully. Each brand is different, so check the labels. You want to see the wetness on the item, and leave it on long enough to do its job of killing germs.

Reusing wipes on more than one surface

Use one wipe per surface, then toss it in the trash. Reusing wipes can spread germs from one object to another, so think twice before using the same wipe on a doorknob, handle and other object with the same wipe.

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