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13 Household Items That Should Stay Away From Disinfecting Wipes
1. Granite Countertops
Disinfecting wipes contain citric acid, which can damage both sealed and unsealed granite, leading to stains and deterioration that may require replacement. Instead, use undiluted 70% isopropyl alcohol or antibacterial soap, wipe with a clean, lint-free cloth, and allow the surface to air dry for safe disinfection.
2. Carpets And Rugs
Carpet and rug fibers readily absorb moisture, so using disinfecting wipes on them can cause damage and discoloration. To clean spills or stains on these surfaces, blot with a clean cloth and use a spot remover product or club soda for effective, damage-free treatment.
3. Copper Fixtures
Don’t use disinfecting wipes frequently on porous metals like copper and aluminum, as the quaternary ammonium can be corrosive. You can clean copper with soap and water, and sanitize aluminum items like water bottles using dish soap and hot water, or a dishwasher's sanitizing cycle.
4. Wood Floors
Using disinfecting wipes on untreated or even treated wood surfaces can cause damage like swelling, cracking, or warping, as well as dull the finish. To properly disinfect wood, mix vinegar, dishwashing liquid, and water in a spray bottle and spritz away, then wipe the surfaces down completely with clean, soft rags.
5. Food Containers
Disinfecting wipes should not be used on food or drink storage and serving ware, as their active ingredients can be hazardous if ingested and potentially cause nausea or vomiting. Clean these items by hand or in a dishwasher's sanitizing cycle, and use antibacterial dish soap for items that cannot be machine-washed.