Do Wet Wipes Actually Kill Germs? Find Out the Dirty Truth!

Researchers swabbed three common objects…from four bar-and-grille restaurants…E.coli…was found on 4 percent of ketchup bottles and 8 percent of menus.

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What is the Use of Wet Wipes?

There are several types of wet wipes. The most common ones are the ones that you use when changing a baby’s diaper. They contain ingredients that act as mild cleansers and skin conditioners. Baby wet wipes are specifically formulated for cleansing and nurturing the delicate skin on a baby. They can be fragranced or unfragranced.

However, these types of wet wipes are not antibacterial. They really are only a convenient alternative to wiping with a cloth and water.
There are also wet wipes that are designed to kill germs. Some are surface cleaning wipes and others can be used to wipe hands and other parts of the body.

What are Germs?

Germs is an umbrella term that covers viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites.

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Viruses

Viruses are microscopically small carriers of infectious disease.
Nearly every type of organism is susceptible to being infected by a virus. Incredibly even bacteria is not immune to viral infection!

Bacteria

Bacteria are ten to one hundred times larger than viruses. Not unlike humans, they get their energy from sources such as sugars, proteins, and fats.
Some bacteria can double in number every fifteen minutes, while others take weeks or months to multiply.
Bacteria can be the underlying cause of a huge range of diseases, such as mild skin irritations to pneumonia.

Parasites

Parasites differ from bacteria and viruses because their cells include a defined nucleus, similar to a human being.
There are some types of parasites that can only replicate itself within a host organism and others can multiply on their own.

Fungi

Fungi are most commonly found in the form of spores and molds. They can cause disease in humans in the form of yeasts. Skin infections and pneumonia are the most common ailments caused by fungi.

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Do Disinfecting Wipes Kill Viruses, Bacteria, Parasites and Fungi?

If you need to clean off germs from a surface such as a table, baby high chairs in restaurants, or even your tray table in the airplane, then disinfecting wipes are going to be what you need.

Similarly, if you want to wipe your, or your child’s hands, after touching something dirty or before eating then individual personal hygiene wipes are perfect for this purpose.

However, did you know that most household surfaces do not need to be constantly disinfected. The overuse of disinfectants may breed superbugs. This is of course different to public spaces where germs do need to be killed so as to not spread illness.

Only use disinfecting wipes when out and about or when you don’t have access to soap and water.

Dispose of Wet Wipes Sensibly

Many people make the mistake of thinking that wet wipes can be flushed down the toilet. In fact, they are made from materials that is not easily broken down in a sewerage system.

Flushed wet wipes are responsible for some serious blockages of underground pipes.

If you use wet wipes at diaper-change time, make sure you wrap it properly (along with the disposable diaper) and place it in the trash or dedicated diaper disposal.

Antibacterial surface wipes and personal care wipes should also be put in the trash. Look for wipes that are biodegradable, which means they will break down over time.

The Final Verdict – Do Wet Wipes Actually Kill Germs?

If you need your wet wipe to kill germs, look for one that contains antibacterial properties, such as Savvy Travelers Klean Offz. Using an ordinary wet wipe to clean your hands or a dirty surface isn’t going to do much at all!

 

How do you make sure to keep nasty germs away? Do you have antibacterial wipes or gel with you all the time? Let me know in the comments below!

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References:
Introduction to Bacteria, Viruses, Fungi, and Parasites
The Table At Your Favorite Restaurant May Be Way Grosser Than You Thought
The Trouble with Disinfecting Wipes

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