Can I Use Disinfecting Wipes on My Hands?
One of the most common misconceptions is that all wipes are created equal, kill the same germs, and can be used anywhere. This is FALSE. We will explain...
There are two government agencies that maintain registrations and approvals for wipes - the Food & Drug Association (FDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This will help understand the difference:
- FDA Registered: Wipes that are safe for skin & body
- EPA Approved: Wipes that are approved to be used on hard surfaces (like tables & countertops)
Many people reach for Lysol or Clorox wipes to wipe down their hands, but in fact it is safer to use a product like Germ Wipes™ that is specially formulated to be safe for your skin. To tell if a wipe is EPA approved, simply look for an EPA number on the label (it's required to be there if they are EPA wipes). If found, the wipe should NOT to be used as a personal care wipe (such as a hand sanitizing wipe or baby wipe) as they are not intended for use on the skin or body. There are many chemicals in EPA registered wipes that have not been validated safe for our bodies.
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