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What Is A Disinfectant Wipe?


The most popular type of disinfectant wipes is made of nonwoven synthetic fibers. These kinds of synthetics are the most preferred because quats are easily released from synthetic fibers such as polypropylene and polyester. However, when it comes to abrasiveness, wet-strength and absorbance, cotton-based wipes are superior to disinfectant wipes made from synthetic fibers.

Disinfectant wipes are capable of acting on microorganisms in two ways. The first one is to inhibit their growth by breaking down their proteins and cell membranes. The second one is by out rightly destroying any existing viruses, fungi or bacteria. 

The chemical content of these disinfectant wipes largely vary from one brand to another. Some wipes contain ethanol, hydrogen peroxide or isopropyl alcohol. Other disinfectant wipes contain different types of chemicals classified as “quats” or quaternary ammonium compounds.

Disinfectant wipes must have the EPA label that indicates the product is not intended for personal use. This would mean that these kinds of wipes should not be used for wiping any parts of the body. After the process of disinfecting an area using such wipes, the user must thoroughly wash his or her hands.

Disinfectant wipes are not the same with sanitizing wipes. The latter is not totally effective for killing viruses, fungi, mold and mildew. When using disinfectant wipes, always check product instructions indicated on the label to ensure you are using it properly by following the length of time the product requires to efficiently kill pathogens.

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