Where you can still buy cleaning wipes and spray
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As people are trying to stay safe and disinfect their homes during the coronavirus pandemic, families are searching for ways to buy hand sanitizer, toilet paper and other household essentials to help them stay safe and healthy in quarantine.
One of the biggest problems, though, is that most of those everyday products are still selling out at lightning-quick speeds. This is especially true when it comes to cleaning wipes, which topped the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) list of disinfectants that can help protect against COVID-19.
Whatever you do, don't panic—you can still get your hands on enough cleaning supplies for the whole family (and skip the big crowds in-stores) if you shop them at these online retailers. While we'll be updating this list daily, supplies are selling out extremely fast, so we recommend not putting it off more than you need to. Here are the places online where you can buy cleaning wipes right now:
Where to buy cleaning wipes and spray
Cleaning wipes that actually disinfect surfaces are one of the hardest things to find right now, but you can still get them, specifically at the following retailers:
- Get the Scrubbing Bubbles Disinfecting Bathroom Cleaner at Staples for $4.89
- Get the Diversey Crew Disinfectant, 2 Pack at Staples for $53.99
- Get the Scrubbing Bubbles Flushable Antibacterial Wipes at Target for $3.99
- Get the Seventh Generation Lemongrass Citrus Disinfecting Bathroom Cleaner at Target for $3.99
- Get the Bona PowerPlus Hard Surface Antibacterial Cleaner Spray at Target for $7.99
How to use cleaning wipes
If you already have cleaning supplies around the house, you want to be certain that you're using them the right way. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), disinfection doesn't happen immediately—it can actually take up to three to five minutes.
Although wipes and sprays are on the EPA's list of disinfectants, you may not be enough to keep whatever surface you're cleaning—like a countertop, for instance—wet for the recommended amount of time to kill germs.
As a good rule of thumb, you may want to set a timer so you can monitor surfaces to ensure they're still wet. You may also want to make sure that you're sanitizing frequently-used objects and surfaces daily, especially when it comes to doorknobs, keyboards, faucet handles and more. You don't want to forget your phone, either—you can even use Clorox wipes or 70% isopropyl alcohol on Apple products, according to Apple.
Jonathan Chan, senior lab testing technician at Reviewed, recommends following best practices, and advises that if you're using wipes, you should make sure you're only wiping in one one direction, as studies have suggested that doing so can reduce the risk of recontamination.
Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.