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Dos And Don’ts Of Using Disinfectant Wipes

Keeping surfaces disinfected and clean is a top priority with the current situation. Clorox Expert Disinfecting Wipes are a great choice to make part of your disinfecting routine as they are quick, convenient and kills 99.9% of viruses and bacteria. They will help keep spaces clean while protecting the health of those around you. The Clorox Expert Disinfecting Wipes can be used as a home disinfectant throughout the household, and for high-traffic areas in various public facilities such as offices, schools, workshops, mosques, gyms, restaurants, supermarkets. Clorox Expert Disinfecting Wipes – On The Go can also be used on the go or stored in your car to disinfect car surfaces, including the steering wheel, radio and buttons, glove box, cupholders etc. Let’s go through some points to consider when using wipes and dos and don’ts.

Is a disinfecting wipe the best choice?

There are many different areas that you want to clean and disinfect. Disinfecting wipes are very easy and convenient and great for using on high-touch surfaces such as those listed below (always check the manufacturer’s guidelines when it comes to certain items):

  • Doorknobs and handles
  • Cabinet pulls
  • Appliance handles and buttons
  • Touchpads
  • Keyboards
  • Remote controls
  • Game controllers
  • Phone cases
  • Kitchen counter
  • Faucets
  • Trash lids
  • Microwave
  • Stovetop
  • Toys
  • Toilet flush
  • Electronics

When you are disinfecting larger areas in your home, including the floor, or public spaces, opt for a more suitable method such as a Multipurpose Disinfecting Solution like the Clorox Multipurpose Disinfectant Cleaner. This will prevent wasting wipes unnecessarily and be a better practice for those larger areas.

Which surfaces can disinfecting wipes be used on?

Disinfecting wipes can be safely used on many different surfaces in various settings and environments. It’s essential to always take a few moments to read the label first and, as mentioned earlier, check the guidelines of certain items you are disinfecting. Safe surfaces for disinfecting wipes include:

  • Stainless steel
  • Sealed Granite
  • Finished Hardwood and Vinyl
  • Laminate
  • Sealed Fiberglass
  • Acrylic surfaces

It’s good to note that disinfecting wipes are not safe to use on unfinished wood or extremely worn out surfaces. There are also some keys dos and don’ts when using disinfecting wipes, check them out below:

Key dos and don’ts to note


  1. Before you get started, take a minute to read the label for directions and precautions to ensure you are using them safely and as intended. You can also check surface compatibility. It’s a good idea to do a test wipe in a small area of the surface to double check the surface does not get ruined.
  2. If you are cleaning a highly soiled surface such as food splatters, drink spills, coatings of grease or other substance stains like toothpaste, first clean with a Clorox Multipurpose Disinfectant Cleaners, warm water and a microfiber cloth. This will clean the surface and lift away any dried-on particles. After that, you can go ahead and use your Clorox Expert Disinfecting Wipes.
  3. Once you have finished using disinfecting wipes on a food preparation or eating surface, make sure you rinse the surface with potable water and then dry off with a towel. This should also be followed for children’s toys and objects they may put into their mouth.
  4. Dispose of the wipe properly once you have finished. Disinfecting wipes should be disposed of in a trash can and not flushed down the toilet as they can cause clogs in pipes and septic systems.
  5. Once the wipe is dry or becoming dry, it’s time to throw it away.


  1. Do not continue to use the same wipe once it’s dirty. Make sure to change it to avoid cross contamination.
  2. Do not save and reuse wipes as this could transfer viruses and bacteria from one surface to another.
  3. Do not keep children and pets in the area when you are using the product and follow the precautionary instructions on the label. When not in use, keep the wipes out of the reach of children and pets.

Disinfecting wipes vs antibacterial wipes

Clorox Expert Disinfecting Wipes is dermatologist tested and can kill 99.9% of viruses and bacteria in one minute. Whereas antibacterial wipes kill bacteria and not viruses, so they would not be a protective measure against COVID-19 virus. This is the most significant difference. If your wipes state “sanitizing” or “antibacterial”, they’re most likely for your hands, but check the label to confirm.

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