Rethinking Wipes

Today, cleaning is more critical than ever and wipes are one of the best tools for the job. But demand for ready-made wipes is far greater than supply, so finding alternatives is essential. Learn more about wipes, alternatives and levels of cleaning in this helpful guide.

Types of Wipes

cleaning wipes in a container


Ready-to-Use Simple and convenient but supply is very limited

cleaning wipes

DIY Wipes

DIY Wipes Created by saturating compatible dry wipers in the right chemical Compatible wipers are essential - they retain their integrity when saturated in the chemical and don’t reduce its efficacy. Non-compatible wipers may break down and diminish the efficacy of the chemical.*

hand cleaning with wipe

Wipers & Sprays

Wipers & Sprays Dry wipers used to wipe surfaces sprayed with a chemical An important factor here is dwell time - the amount of time that a chemical must be in contact with the surface, and remain wet, to be effective. The dry wiper should not be used until the dwell time has been reached.*

Kinds of “Clean”

Cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting are not the same - it’s important to know the difference.

This general overview provides a quick comparison (always check product packaging for specific applications).

Cleaning Removes germs, dirt and impurities from surfaces. Does not necessarily kill germs but lowers their numbers and the risk of spreading infection.

Sanitizing Lowers the number of germs on surfaces - by removing or killing them - to a safe level, as judged by public health standards or requirements. Lowers the risk of spreading infection.

Disinfecting Kills germs on surfaces. Does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs, but by killing germs on a surface after cleaning, can further lower the risk of spreading infection.

List N - Disinfectants Effective Against COVID-19 Not all disinfectants are registered by the EPA as effective against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19). Those that have been approved by the EPA are included on List N. Updates are made to List N as additional items are approved - look here to see the latest:


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