Very rarely in my life has there been a time when I’ve thought, “You know what I feel like doing right now? Cleaning the doorknobs.” (And by “very rarely,” I mean NEVER. I have never thought that.) When it comes to cleaning, there are certain things that are so tedious — especially when it comes to involving multiple cleaning tools. Thankfully, there’s something that takes the sting out of cleaning just about anything: disinfecting wipes.
Disinfecting (or sanitizing) wipes are a one-stop shop for disinfecting so many areas of your home, whether that’s your countertops, doorknobs, or toilet handles. With that kind of resume, is it any wonder that they’re a pantry staple for so many people?
But here’s the rub: With so many options available, how can you know which wipes are the best?
Never fear — we’ve got the answers. Here is our definitive list of the top seven best disinfecting wipes on the market.
Clorox Disinfecting Wipes
Price: $8.49 for a pack of two at Walmart (150 ct, or two individual packs of 75)
Description: “Clorox Disinfecting Wipes are triple-layered to clean, disinfect, deodorize and remove allergens for 5x Cleaning Power and leave a pleasant scent. Disinfecting Wipes clean and disinfect with antibacterial power that kills 99.9% of viruses and bacteria that can live on surfaces up to 48 hours, including staph, E. coli, MRSA, salmonella, strep and Kleb. These all-purpose disposable wipes remove common allergens, germs and messes on surfaces like kitchen counters, bathroom surfaces and more. Wipes are safe to use on finished wood, sealed granite and stainless steel. Disinfecting Wipes are also great on non-food-contact surfaces in the home, office, classroom, pet area, dorm and locker room. Clean with bleach-free wipes to keep dirt and germs away.”
Lysol Disinfecting Wipes
Price: $11.52 at Walmart (320 ct, or four individual packs of 80)
Description: “Lysol Disinfecting Wipes can be used as a convenient way to clean and disinfect your household surfaces. Each pre-moistened disposable wipe kills germs (on surfaces when used as directed) wherever you use it. No bottles, no sponges, no mess. Kills Salmonella Enterica (Salmonella), Influenza A Virus (H1N1), Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 and Respiratory Syncytial Virus on hard, non-porous surfaces in 4 minutes. Disinfects including: Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus (Staph), Influenza H7N9 and Streptococcus Pyogenes (Strep) among others. Removes allergens (Pet Dander, Dust Mite Debris and Pollen Particles). Effective disinfecting has never been easier. Lysol Disinfecting Wipes are also safe to use on your gadgets like Smartphones, Tablets & Remote Controls.”
Babyganics All Purpose Surface Wipes
Price: $7.99 at Target (75 ct)
Product Description: “Your baby’s got a full time job: 1. Crawl on floors. 2. Explore every nook and cranny. 3. Touch every possible surface. Your job? Making sure all surfaces are super clean and ready for baby exploration. Done!”
These wipes are formulated without ammonia, bleach, phthalates, or sulfates. According to Babyganics’s website, they are also fragrance free, plant-derived, durable, and non-abrasive.
Up & Up Disinfecting Wipes
Price: $2.99 at Target (75 ct)
Product Description: “Sweep away germs with the Lemon Scent Disinfecting Wipes from up & up™. Formulated to kill both the cold and flu virus, these disinfecting wipes kill up to 99.9% of germs. These multipurpose wipes cut through grease, grime or soap scum to provide you thoroughly clean countertops, cooktops, sinks, bathtubs and more, while the fresh scent instantly uplifts your mood. Great for use on a variety of surfaces, these wipes are perfect for your kitchen, playroom or any other room in your home, as well as for your car for handy cleaning. 100% satisfaction guaranteed.”
Mycolio Hospital-Grade Disinfectant Wipes
Price: $29.98 on Amazon (160 ct) or $19.97 for refill (160 ct)
Product Description: “mycolio DISINFECTANT & mycolio DISINFECTANT WIPES have a unique formulation of four active ingredients that work synergistically to create an unparalleled broad spectrum disinfectant ideal for daily use in home environments, medical facilities, schools, dental offices and more. Gloves are recommended when using mycolio wipes since these are true clinical-grade wipes.
mycolio DISINFECTANT & mycolio DISINFECTANT WIPES may be used on a multitude of non-porous hard surfaces in medical facilities yet is also gentle enough to use on home tables, chairs & more!” (Emphasis added.)
Seventh Generation Disinfecting Wipes
Price: $15.89 at Walmart (70 ct)
Product Description: Clean doesn’t have to be complicated. Seventh Generation Disinfecting Wipes clean and disinfect in one easy step, including cold and flu viruses. Our one-step disinfecting formula is designed for the hard, non-porous surfaces in every room in the house and does not require a rinse, even on food contact surfaces. . . Seventh Generation is committed to being a brand of environmentally conscious and effective household and personal-care products. . . A partnership with the Clean Well Company, makers of the disinfectant formula based on an essential oil, brings you a line of Seventh Generation Disinfecting wipes with Clean Well Inside. Specifically: Influenza A virus, H1N1, Rhinovirus type 37, Methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA), Staphylococcus aureus, Salmonella enterica, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa on hard, non-porous surfaces.
SaniDate Sanitizing Wipes
Product Description: “Use SaniDate Sanitizing Wipes' activated peroxide chemistry to easily and safely clean, sanitize and deodorize hard surfaces around the home and office. Take them on the go to kill 99.9% of bacteria on chairs, toilet seats, light switches, computers, shopping carts, gym equipment and more. With no harsh chemicals [you] . . . can feel good about a product that can be used around children and pets.”
There you have it — our seven picks for the best sanitizing wipes around. And if you're more of a DIY-er, check out USA Today's awesome article on making your own sanitizing wipes to fight against COVID-19.
What can we say? So many fabulous disinfecting wipes, so little time. (Not sure that saying really applies here, but whatever. You catch my drift.) Thank goodness for easy cleanup!