8 Things You Should NEVER Clean With Antibacterial Wipes

by Maria Konou

Antibacterial wet wipes are the easiest way to clean when you are in a hurry, or you have no other supplies on hand. You probably have a pack of antibacterial wipes at home, in your bag, and most likely in your car, as well. You might consider wet wipes the universal tool for cleaning, but that is actually far from the truth! In reality, there are certain surfaces and objects you should never clean with antibacterial wet wipes. If you do, you are most likely going to damage them, as well as harm your family’s health! So, in this article, we will show you the most common things you should never clean with antibacterial wipes.

Let’s take a look at the things you should never clean with antibacterial wipes

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8 Things You Should NEVER Clean With Antibacterial Wipes

#Wooden Surfaces

If you have wooden furniture and surfaces in your home that are not varnished, you cannot clean them with antibacterial wet wipes. The moisture, alcohol, and cleaning agents can actually penetrate the wood and cause damage if there is no varnish. This can cause your wooden floors to darken and even become stained. If the wood is varnished, you don’t really have to worry as much. If you accidentally spill something on your floor, you can clean it using a wet wipe! Just make sure the area is not left super moist.

Wooden furniture and surfaces without varnish can get damaged by wet wipes

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#Kitchen Surfaces, Furniture, and Appliances

Many people think antibacterial wet wipes are the perfect kitchen cleaning tool. That is far from reality. The kitchen is the place where you cook and prepare all of your food. It is important to actually clean and disinfect all the areas properly. Use powerful ingredients like vinegar and baking soda to ensure that all of the bacteria is dead and there is no cross contamination. This is crucial to protect your family, and keep your environment sterile.

Cleaning your kitchen with antibacterial wet wipes will not protect your health

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#The Bathroom

The bathroom is the main breeding ground of moisture and bacteria. Cleaning your bathroom surfaces with antibacterial wet wipes simply won’t do anything against the bacteria. It is important to use ingredients and cleaning solutions that will leave your bathroom spotless. Leave the wet wipes for other things, and clean your bathroom with ingredients like baking soda, white vinegar, and Castile soap.

Cleaning with antibacterial wet wipes won’t remove all of the bacteria

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#Moisture Absorbing Surfaces

Moisture absorbing surfaces are things like textiles, couches, pillows, and anything fluffy. Cleaning them with wet wipes won’t necessarily damage them, but it won’t really do anything. Cleaning items and surfaces like these requires for the product to sit in the fibers for a while. So, better save your antibacterial wipes for something that will actually work!

Cleaning textiles, couches, and carpets with wet wipes is pointless 

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#Children’s Toys

You should never clean anything that comes into contact with your mouth using antibacterial wet wipes. These ingredients are not meant to be ingested, especially by children. They can cause potentially dangerous side effects like irritations., allergies, skin rashes, respiratory reactions, and more. So, cleaning your child’s toys with antibacterial wipes is not an option, even if you are in a hurry!

Children’s toys should not be cleaned with antibacterial wet wipes

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You should never clean any leather items and furniture with antibacterial wipes, that is a recipe for disaster. Disinfecting wipes contain alcohol, and alcohol dries out leather very fast. Your leather goods will start looking white, dusty, and chalky. If the wipes do not contain alcohol, then maybe you can use them if a situation arises. It is better to clean leather with a gentle cleaner like baby soap and some water. After you are done cleaning the area, make sure to remove any excess water with a clean towel. This will ensure that your leather stays in good condition!

The alcohol in antibacterial wet wipes will dry out your leather furniture 

8 things you should never clean with wet wipes


Cleaning your eyeglasses with an antibacterial wipe might seem harmless, but it is actually damaging! Glasses have delicate lens coatings, which can get damaged when in contact with the chemicals and cleaning solutions they contain. Instead, always trust a special product designed for cleaning and maintaining eyeglasses, or maybe some warm water and dish soap if you are in a struggle.

Disinfecting wet wipes can damage the delicate lens coating of your glasses

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#Dishes and Food Containers

Remember that nothing that comes in contact with your mouth should be cleaned using antibacterial wipes. Sure, it seems very convenient to quickly wipe your food storage containers with a disinfecting wipe, but you shouldn’t do it. That is because these chemicals and ingredients in the wipes are not meant to be ingested by us. And, by cleaning your food storage containers with antibacterial wipes, they will linger on the surface. You need to wash your dishes and food containers with hot water and an antibacterial dish soap.

Never clean dishes and food containers with antibacterial wipes

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Now you know what to never clean with antibacterial wipes!

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Maria Konou

Maria Konou is a specialist in the field of digital marketing and fashion. However, she has always had a way with words. That’s what led her to her dream job here at Archzine. She has worked in many different fields over the years, but according to her, being an author has been the most rewarding. Maria is a huge plant enthusiast, loves everything fashion-related, is very sustainably aware, and is always open to learning about new things.