In the world of cleaning products, disinfecting wipes are rather new. Introduced in the late 1970s, they didn’t become a cleaning staple until the early 2000s. As the COVID-19 pandemic hit and disinfecting wipes disappeared from shelves people began to question: are they truly effective compared to traditional cleaning sprays?

Let’s break down the difference between wipes and sprays. Each has its pros and cons, but when it comes to keeping high touch surfaces clean and transmission of bacteria low, one stands out as the winning solution. 

Disinfectant Wipes

  • Convenience: Disinfectant wipes come already with the cleaning product on them. This makes them highly convenient as you don’t need to spray down a surface first. Once you are done with the wipe, simply dispose of it in a trash can.
  • Safety: With disinfectant wipes, you can trust that the correct ratio of chemicals will already be present. One con is that because you are coming into direct contact with the product it can be dangerous to people with sensitive skin. We recommend wearing gloves when using any brand of disinfectant wipes.
  • Accessibility: Using wipes allows you to quickly clean surfaces and share them with others to assist with cleaning. No need to pass around a spray bottle and towel. 
  • Effectiveness: Spraying a liquid on a surface can lead to expensive repairs or permanent damage to medical, gym, and even household appliances. With disinfectant wipes, you can easily clean a surface without causing damage and kill harmful bacteria. 
  • Environmental Impact: Disinfectant wipes can be harmful to the environment because they are not reusable or recyclable. Although, one wipe can cover a large surface area leading to less waste. 

Disinfectant Sprays

  • Convenience: While the market is full of various brands of cleaning sprays, they are not an all-in-one product. They must be used with paper towels or rags leading to more opportunities for bacteria to be transferred from surface to surface. 
  • Safety: When using sprays, hazardous chemicals are being forced into the air. These chemicals can land on food, toys, and can be inhaled. 
  • Accessibility: Disinfectant sprays take more time to use. First, you must spray down an entire surface then go back over with a towel. The process takes double the amount of time versus using a disinfectant wipe.
  • Effectiveness: Sprays can damage electrical equipment and can miss harmful viruses and bacteria. They lack the effectiveness of an all-in-one product. 
  • Environmental Impact: If you are looking for a better environmentally friendly option, sprays are the way to go. You can use reusable rags and even concentrated cleaning solutions mixed with water. 

Now that you know the difference between wipes and sprays it’s easy to see the best option for most businesses and homes. Disinfectant wipes perform better than sprays in almost every category. 

According to the American Journal of Infection Control, disinfectant wipes produced better results when compared to spray-based disinfectants. And a study from the journal from Antimicrobial Resistance & Infection Control found that wipes are actually more effective at killing bacteria than sprays. Even scientists agree that wipes are the best option!

With all of this information in mind, Pristex is proud to offer 3 different types of disinfectant wipes. No matter what you are trying to clean, our wipes can tackle it. From keeping hospital equipment free from harmful bacteria to keeping your kitchen countertops clean, we have the right wipe for you. 

Are you interested in learning more about our products and how they can help you and your business stay safe from harmful bacteria and viruses? Contact us today! We are excited to talk to you about our products because we believe that everyone should have access to the best cleaning solution available.