The 10 Best Disinfecting Wipes

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This wiki has been updated 13 times since it was first published in April of 2020. When it comes to fighting germs and disease-causing bacteria, disinfecting wipes are an effective weapon. Not only do these premoistened cloths get rid of microbes and viruses from hard surfaces effectively, but they do so in a matter of minutes. The choices listed here range from towelettes soaked in essential oils to disposable towels doused in bleach or hospital-grade ingredients. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Lysol Handi Pack

2. Clorox To Go Pack

3. Seventh Generation

Editor's Notes

May 17, 2020:

The terms cleaning and disinfecting are often used interchangeably, which may lead to confusion. Some people think the wipes serve the same purpose. They don't.

Specifically, disinfectant wipes are formulated to kill pathogens from hard surfaces and prevent them from spreading. Except for Seventh Generation, most disinfectant wipes are not intended for use on objects that may go in the mouth, like children's toys. This brand contains a cleaning agent known as sodium lauryl sulfate. It is combined with essential oil, and cleans, sanitizes, and deodorizes with no rinsing required.

Active ingredients, such as bleach, alcohol, and thymol ensure that viruses and bacteria die quickly.
Both the Lysol Handi Pack and the Clorox To Go Pack contain antimicrobial properties to rid surfaces of fungi, bacteria, and viruses.

Still, you must read the label and follow the manufacturer's instructions for safe and effective use. Most brands recommend leaving the surface visibly wet to give the agents time to work.

Some premoistened towelettes can dry the skin or irritate the eyes. Especially brands with bleach in them like the Dispatch Towelettes. Therefore, it is important to wear gloves, make sure the area is properly ventilated, and do not use in the presence of kids or pets.

Special Honors

Sono Wipes Sono wipes were originally designed for use on ultrasound machines to allow healthcare professionals to sanitize equipment without damaging vital components. The wipes kill over 40 pathogens without using bleach, alcohol, or other solvents. They are available in soft packs and canisters.

The Truth About Disinfectant Wipes Most households use some form of disinfectant to wipe down countertops, sinks, and appliances. However, objects like doorknobs, switches, and remotes are often overlooked. Read "Here's the Dirty Truth About Disinfectant Wipes" to learn about areas you may be missing and the benefits of using disinfecting wipes.

4. Grime Boss

5. Solimo Towelettes

6. PDI Sani Cloths

7. Rescue One-Step

8. Dispatch Towelettes

9. Clean Cut Cloths

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10. Metrex CaviWipes

Christopher Thomas
Last updated by Christopher Thomas

Building PCs, remodeling, and cooking since he was young, quasi-renowned trumpeter Christopher Thomas traveled the USA performing at and organizing shows from an early age. His work experiences led him to open a catering company, eventually becoming a sous chef in several fine LA restaurants. He enjoys all sorts of barely necessary gadgets, specialty computing, cutting-edge video games, and modern social policy. He has given talks on debunking pseudoscience, the Dunning-Kruger effect, culinary technique, and traveling. After two decades of product and market research, Chris has a keen sense of what people want to know and how to explain it clearly. He delights in parsing complex subjects for anyone who will listen -- because teaching is the best way to ensure that you understand things yourself.

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