Review: Clorox Disinfecting Wipes

cdwThis isn’t necessarily going to be your typical ‘review’ post. After all, we all know what Clorox Disinfecting Wipes are and what they are meant to do, right? But what we don’t know is why (or if) Clorox wipes are better than the others out there that you can buy. And that’s what we’re going to explore here.

What they are:

Just in case you aren’t familiar with them, Clorox Disinfecting Wipes are disposable wipes that contain a cleansing and disinfecting solution that not only cleans your surfaces, but kills the germs that may be lurking on them as well. According to the manufacturer:

Clorox pioneered the breakthrough of disinfecting wipes made for hard, nonporous surfaces, and they’ve just re-engineered them so they are now thicker than ever and textured to cut through tough, sticky messes easily. Clorox Disinfecting Wipes are bleach-free and are safe to use on hard surfaces from glass and stainless steel to marble and granite. The new wipes also contain a streak-free formula that makes them ideal for quick cleaning of mirrors, windows, and metal fixtures. And, as always, the Clorox Disinfecting Wipes kill 99.9% of bacteria, including salmonella, E.coli and the flu virus.

Here’s my take on them:

First of all, it’s pretty much a given that kids and germs go together hand-in-hand. Especially kids who are in daycare and school, and who have a tendency to either suck their thumb or stick their fingers in their mouths. Yep, those would be my kids, I’m talking about. So any product which promises to kill bacteria, especially the flu virus, is something that I’m all over.

I’d used Clorox Disinfecting Wipes in the past and honestly hadn’t been too impressed. They did not seem to hold up and it would take several wipes to go through one mess, or to clean an entire countertop. So I had changed to using a disinfecting spray and paper towels, and then over this past winter to a competing disinfecting wipe that I’ve been quite happy with. So when Mom Central asked if I would be interested in reviewing these new, improved  Clorox Disinfecting Wipes, I was curious as to how they would compare to the brand I’d been using (we’ll call it “Brand A”).

The first test was the bathroom counter. This is an area which requires daily wiping (at least it should get it, not that it always does, but I do try – sometimes…) to get at the assorted toothpaste, and shaving cream smears inevitably left on it. One reason that I liked the “Brand A” wipes that I’ve been using is that I can generally clean the entire countertop – and sink – with just one wipe. So how did the new Clorox wipes that I’d been sent to try compare?

Yep, did the job with just one wipe. Tie score between the Brand A wipe and the Clorox wipe.

Next, I tested the other area in my house that needs to be wiped down on a regular basis (same disclaimer as above – what can I say, I’m a busy mom!  :)). Namely, the kitchen countertop, sink, and stovetop. Even with my Brand A wipes, it’s been taking me generally two or three of them to do this whole job. So how did the Clorox wipes do here?

I was actually quite impressed. On a similar ‘mess-level’ as to what I usually am dealing with, it only took me about 1-1/2 of the Clorox wipes. Slight advantage to Clorox.

After using the Clorox wipes several more times – and giving a few to the girls to clean up various spills of their own with – I am pretty sold on the ‘improved’ Clorox Disinfecting Wipes. Clorox is a brand name that I know and trust, and not only do their wipes come in a convenient pop-up canister, but they come in various scents as well (like Lavender).

The bottom line:

Clorox Disinfecting Wipes are a good solution to keeping our homes clean and virtually germ-free.  As the Clorox website says, the improved wipes contain:

  • Better cleaning in a thicker, textured wipe
  • Low-streak formula for use on shiny surfaces like glass and mirrors
  • Effective against common bacteria such as Staphylococcus (Staph.), Salmonella, and E.coli*
  • Pre-moistened disinfecting wipes that kill 99.9% of germs including viruses that cause colds and flu (Rhinovirus and Influenza A2)*

*When used as directed on hard, nonporous surfaces. See label for organisms.

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Re-Visiting this review (January 2010):

I do still buy and use the Clorox disinfecting wipes on a regular basis – pretty much as often as I do the one competing brand that I also like. I’ll buy either one – generally whichever is on sale when I’m at the store, whichever one I happen to have a coupon for, or both.  One thing that I do definitely like better about the Clorox wipes though are the decorative canisters that you can get, so I can leave the canister of wipes sitting out on my counter, right where it’s convenient, instead of hiding them away in a cupboard or closet. I’m still very happy with how durable the wipes are and how well they clean.

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