Disinfectant Wipes and Sprays to Protect Your Home Against COVID-19

Disinfectant Wipes and Sprays to Protect Your Home Against COVID-19

By Megan Kearney
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Thanks to Covid-19, 2020 has been a record year for keeping things clean. People are looking for the best ways to minimize the risk of the virus infiltrating their living spaces, and to pull that off, they are arming themselves with the tools they need to get rid of germs as thoroughly as possible.

Disinfectant wipes and sprays are some of the best and most economical options for shutting down germs before they cause harm. You can use them on countertops, door handles, tabletops, toilets and just about any other high-touch surface that could harbor germs. Portable and convenient, they are easy to use and easy to store, and they contain a high enough alcohol content to destroy any germs they touch, including Covid-19 — as long as you choose the right options. Here’s what you need to know.

Know What to Look for in Disinfectants and How to Use Them Safely

Before you rush out in a frenzy and grab any disinfectant you can find to fight coronavirus, it’s important to keep a few things in mind. First, check to make sure the products you’re buying are on the EPA's list of approved products that are effective against Covid-19. Keep in mind that some of the most well-known products like Lysol and Clorox wipes are on the approved list, but they are sometimes in short supply. You might need to search for alternatives, but not all substitutes are as effective as these products. If a disinfectant isn't on the EPA’s list, don’t buy it and find something that is.

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Once you select a product, it’s also important to use it safely. Misuse is dangerous and could render the product useless. Disinfectants can affect people’s skin in different ways. Before using one, put on a pair of rubber gloves to avoid directly touching the disinfectant with your hands. You also want to avoid breathing in fumes from the product, so try to ventilate the area as much as possible when cleaning. Before starting, fully read the directions for product use and follow them exactly.

In addition, you should follow EPA safety guidelines to ensure you don’t run into any unexpected problems using the product. The organization breaks down guidelines into six simple steps to help you understand different products and use them appropriately.

Microban Sanitizing Spray for 24-Hour Protection

One of the best things about disinfectant sprays is they can infiltrate every nook and cranny when you use them. Almost any surface is in reach of a spray, including the hardest-to-reach corners and small spaces that wipes and paper towels can't access.

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If you want a powerful product that lasts, Microban disinfectant spray keeps on killing germs and viruses on surfaces for 24 hours after you use it. As an extra perk, it also gives odors a run for their money. The end result is peace of mind as well as virus protection, right when both could use a boost.

CaviWipes to Disinfect Hard, Non-Porous Surfaces

CaviWipes disinfecting wipes are designed to be extremely potent for killing germs on non-porous surfaces, and they do the job well, completely killing viruses and bacteria within minutes. Available online, CaviWipes are a top choice in professional settings where people can't take any chances by letting Covid-19 linger.

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If professionals trust them, then why not use them for your home too? Just be sure to take special care to wear gloves and minimize contact with your skin.


Fantastik Multi-Surface Disinfectant Degreaser for Fabric and Hard Surfaces

As one of the most recognized brands for helping families keep living spaces clean, Fantastik is a name you can trust when it comes to effectively protecting against Covid-19. This professional strength, multi-surface degreaser works on cloth as well as hard surfaces and knocks out both germs and grease, making it an optimal tool for most cleaning jobs. It also comes in a convenient spray bottle, allowing you to get into a lot of areas that wipes just can’t touch.

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Windex Multi-Surface Cleaner and Disinfectant Spray for Tile, Stainless Steel and More

Remember the days when Windex was a basic window cleaner? These days, it works its magic on much more than just windows. This cleaner, which has been a common household staple for generations, now contains powered up ingredients to disinfect all kinds of surfaces, including tile, stainless steel, countertops and car interiors.

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The convenient spray bottle disperses the solution evenly to thoroughly reach every crack and hidden corner. Even better, it doesn't leave behind a dull, dingy residue after attacking the germs and bacteria we want it to eliminate. Remember: Windex equals shine!

Benefect Botanical Disinfectant Wipes, Biodegradable Sanitizer Wipes

Some disinfecting wipes are loaded with chemicals that are hazardous to living things, and while that’s great for killing dangerous viruses and bacteria, it’s also not so good for humans. When you use disinfectants, they release their chemicals onto all the surfaces in your home, including your skin if you don’t wear gloves or you spill it on yourself.

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If this isn’t a risk you want to take, botanical wipes such as Benefect Botanical Disinfectant Wipes may be a better choice for you. Even without harsh chemicals, the wipes kill almost 100% of germs in a single wipe, including coronavirus.


Super Sani-Cloth Wipes for High-Touch Surfaces

Some surfaces in homes come in contact with human hands far more than others. We're talking about doorknobs, faucets, drawer pulls, appliances and all those fingerprinted areas on doors that grubby hands can’t seem to resist.

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These high-touch zones can be a nightmare to keep clean, but Super Sani-Cloth wipes make the job a lot easier. They are strong, easy to use, and offer an easy way to get rid of all the dirt, grime, bacteria and viruses that often accumulate on surfaces.