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Antibacterial Wipes: 10 Common Mistakes to Avoid

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The struggle is real—keeping things clean is a priority for everyone, and one of the best tools we have available are antibacterial hand wipes. But, as with any tool, there are right and wrong ways to use them. We’ve taken out the guesswork with this list of 10 common mistakes you might be making when using antibacterial hand wipes. 


  1. Not reading the label: Before you pop the top and start to wipe, make sure you are using the correct type of wipe for use on hands. They are not surface wipes and should not be confused with them.

  2. Improper storage: Make sure you close the package tightly before you put it away, or your wipes will dry out and become ineffective.

  3. Flushing them down the toilet: Antibacterial wipes are thicker than toilet paper. Avoid clogging your toilet and throw them in the trash instead.

  4. Using them after the expiration date: Antibacterial hand wipes have a shelf life. Remember, they are treated with cleaning agents that will eventually lose their effectiveness—and probably evaporate. Even if there isn’t an expiration date on the package, use them within two years of purchase to ensure they work properly.

  5. Using them for children’s toys and pet bowls: These are intended for use on hands – not surfaces. These wipes are treated with chemicals that should NOT be ingested, so don’t use them to clean anything a child or a pet will put in or near their mouth. Instead, use a water-based, non-chemical solution for those items.

  6. Using them on soft surfaces: Antibacterial hand wipes aren’t intended for use on your sofa cushions or your rugs. They are intended for use on your hands.

  7. Cleaning fruits and veggies: This is a huge no-no because the cleaning agents in the wipes are absorbed into the food and can be toxic when ingested.

  8. Leaving them in a hot car (and other hot places): On a hot, sunny day, it may be tempting to keep a package of hand wipes or cleaning wipes in your car’s glove compartment or in a cup holder. That’s a bad move because they’ll dry out in the heat. Wipes should be stored at room temperature—about 70°F.

  9. Using them on your smartphone screen: There are special wipes intended for use specifically on your valuable electronics and touchscreens. Don’t use hand wipes on these surfaces.

  10. Using them more than once: Antibacterial hand wipes should be used once on one pair of hands. Do not use them after someone else, and don’t let anyone use a wipe after you’ve used it. After a hand wipe is used once, throw it away in a trash receptacle.


Nice 'N CLEAN® SANI-HANDS® Antibacterial Hand Wipes are available in portable packs of 20—perfect for your purse or pocket, these wet wipes are more effective than gel hand sanitizers because they wipe away dirt and grime. Stock up so you’ll have plenty of wipes around to make hand cleaning and sanitizing convenient and effective when soap and water are not available. Just keep these 10 common mistakes in mind so you can avoid them!

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