Cleaning Wipes

A few years ago I conducted a TV news interview with a city health official on the proper precautions to take when grilling outdoors. She had great tips on how to keep fresh veggies from being contaminated by raw chicken juice and how long meat should stay on the fire before one worries about carcinogens.

She also raved about her favorite cleaning shortcut–Clorox Disinfecting Wipes. The popular disinfecting wipes, which are packaged in a convenient pull-out container, is one of my favorite cleaning products as well.

The health official went on and on about how the sanitary wipes were ideal for quickly de-germing places, such as the car, park benches, grills, etc. Then, she did something that I, to this day, have not been able to purge from my mind: she used the Clorox Disinfecting Wipes on her hands.

Perhaps, she got caught up in the moment. After all, it was just her second appearance on TV. Still, I’m pretty sure most people know that Clorox Disinfecting Wipes are not to be used on human skin. The chemicals used in the wipes are designed to decontaminate hard, non-porous surfaces—-not skin.

That said, I give the product high marks for convenience and effectiveness. However, I would suggest that the company fine tune the way it packages its wipes. When the canister is empty, there is a puddle of cleaning solution (at least it smells like cleaning solution) at the bottom of the container. Meanwhile, the first 10 or so wipes come out quite dry. Also, I am not a big fan of the container’s opening. I often cut my fingers wrestling and fiddling with the plastic dispenser in order to get out a single wipe. A design modification on the topper is in order, but other than that, product is great for quick clean ups.

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Michele Cheplic

About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.