Baby wipes don't kill all germs

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Do Baby Wipes Kill Germs?

Are they for more than just babies?
Baby wipes don't kill all germs

© Adam Radosavljevic | Dreamstime.com

Life changes when you have a kid. Whether your first, fourth or fifth, a new child in the home can bring a host of new challenges and joys all at once. With each new addition, you will undoubtedly begin to stock diapers and baby wipes to clean up their bums after every bowel movement. But can baby wipes’ cleaning powers be translated to adult hands or other surfaces in need of disinfection? 

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The temptation to replace hard-to-find liquid hand sanitizer or other disinfectant wipes with easily portable and gentle baby wipes can be difficult to resist during the coronavirus pandemic. But do withstand the urge. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, baby wipes may make hands look clean but are not designed to remove germs from hands. And according to UCHealth, a collection of Colorado hospitals, baby wipes are not effective disinfectants. Not a single baby wipe product is listed among the EPA’s list of disinfectants for use against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

The formulas for two popular baby wipe brands, Pampers and Huggies, are made with up to 98% and 99% water respectively. Ingredients in both brands include various fibers to make up the gentle cloth, cleaning agents that aid in cleaning insoluble oily messes, pH buffers to maintain an infant’s naturally healthy skin pH level and preservatives to prevent bacteria growth in packaging. Neither brand lists an ingredient with the specific role of disinfecting or killing germs. 

In response to a customer comment asking whether their baby wipes are disinfecting, the Huggies team responded, “These wipes are not designed to be used as a disinfectant wipe, but are both gentle and hypoallergenic.” The brand also wrote that the wipes are not anti-bacterial. 

Best not replace your disinfectant wipes or hand sanitizer with baby wipes any time soon. Instead, stop the spread of sickness by washing hands frequently with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. 

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Also, keep your home clean using antibacterial products. Forgetting to properly sanitize and disinfect after cleaning is one of several ways you are cleaning your home wrong, as well as a common household mistake that may be making you sick. So ditch the baby wipes for anything other than baby bums and instead adopt other habits to make your home healthier.