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Are You Using Clorox Wipes Correctly?

Posted June 29, 2018

The invention of Clorox wipes has been one of the go-to items for cleaning pretty much anywhere in the home.  Especially these disinfecting wipes that you love them so much and use them for just about everything and anything.

Often, many people wonder why to bother with any other cleaning products when you have such a quick and portable way to clean the mess.  Areas like countertops, bathrooms, shower tubs, lampshades, kitchen stove, many more!  Although some people do make a mistake – Clorox wipes make it very clear they should not be used on skin.

There can be a big difference between the things we readily do and the thing we should do.  We wonder – should we be using Clorox wipes on every surface in the home or anywhere?  This is what the experts say.

Can You Use Clorox Wipes on Any Surfaces?

Many consumers think Clorox wipes have one common ingredient in many cleaning products have – bleach.  According to a representative from Clorox informed that the wipes actually don’t have any bleach in them.  Thus, they are safe on all hard, non-porous surfaces.

Be advised that some surface protected by a sealant, even though the sealant may make the surface effectively non-porous, there are ingredients in Clorox wipes that can be bad for the sealant itself.  Thus, it won’t do any cleaning but rather create a bigger mess.  Often the best way to clean granite countertops is using hot water and dish soap.

So, What’s the Right Way to Use Clorox Wipes?

According to Dr. Ivan Ong, who is a microbiologist and VP of research and development at Microban said that in order to use the wipes that disinfect is to use precisely as the label instructs.  For example, as instructed in the Clorox wipes label –  ‘Wipe surface, using enough wipes for the treated surface to remain visibly wet for four minutes.  Let surface dry’.  Often the case, many consumers rarely time themselves for four minutes while ensuring the surface is wet as instructed.

Many users use Clorox wipes on a large surface and keep wiping until the surface appears clean and dry.  If it’s not used correctly, it might spread germs around the surface – you don’t want that!

Another expert, Dr. William Schaffner encourages consumers a “use it and toss it” method when it comes to Clorox wipes.  Basically, you use a single wipe for a single surface and then toss it.  Using it over and over, as mentioned earlier, create germs around the surface.

So, what do you need to essentially remember from this?  Make sure to follow the instructions on the label and only use on hard, non-porous surfaces.  If you didn’t follow the instructions in the past, not a problem!  Hopefully, you didn’t ruin anything.  Now, you can be much more mindful of how to use Clorox wipes now that you are informed with all the information about Clorox wipes.

Good luck and have fun cleaning! 🙌

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