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The Terrible Cleaning Habit You Should Never Do In Your Bathroom
Everyone appreciates the convenience of a disinfectant wipe — especially during a pandemic. However, if you think you're actually killing germs while wiping your bathroom down with a single puny cloth, think again.
Using the same wipe on multiple surfaces simply redeposits grime from one to the next, which totally defeats the task at hand. Secondly, to fully disinfect, most cleaners have to remain wet on a surface for a period of time — usually five to 10 minutes — before they're wiped away.
Ivan Ong, a microbiologist and vice president of research and development at Microban, explained the issue, saying, “The use instructions for Clorox's disinfecting wipes stipulates [sic] that you should ‘Wipe surface, using enough wipes for the treated surface to remain visibly wet for four minutes. Let surface dry.’”
Additionally, cleaning professional Lily Cameron says that overuse of Clorox wipes “may expose your family to harmful chemicals without the germ-destroying benefit.” Next time you tackle your least favorite chore, it's best to save the cash, take time to scrub, and sleep soundly knowing you cleaned the bathroom the right way.