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What Are Universal Green Wipes Used for?

What Are Universal Green Wipes Used for?

Universal wipes are disposable disinfectant wipes used in a range of settings. The wipes are made with a formula that kills a broad spectrum of potentially infectious agents. They’re also made with a detergent that cleans simultaneously as disinfects. 


Hence their name, universal wipes are intended for use on virtually any non-porous surface and can be used in many different environments from hospitals to care homes to dental clinics, vet clinics, beauty salons, and more. 


In this article, we’ve broken down the uses of universal disinfectant wipes.

Surfaces

Universal antibacterial wipes can be used on hard surfaces to damp dust, spot clean, and disinfect. They are not made with bleach or other corrosive substances that will damage materials, but it’s important to remember that they are only effective on non-porous, hard surfaces. This is because bacteria and other microorganisms can get trapped in the tiny cracks and crevices on porous surfaces and cannot be reached by a wipe. 


Here are some of the most common surfaces you can and can’t use universal wipes on.

  Use on

  Do not use on

Plastic

Fabric

Glass

Concrete

Metal

Wood

Rubber

Paper

Vinyl

Sponge

Universal wipes are pre-moistened with disinfectant solution meaning there’s no need to mix and make up cleaning solutions. There’s no need to use extra materials such as disposable cloths. Because of this, cleaning and disinfecting times can be cut down and streamlined. 


Examples of surfaces universal wipes can be used on:


  • Examination beds and chairs.
  • Windows, walls, and screens.
  • Worksurfaces and countertops.
  • Privacy curtains (if they are plastic).
  • Touchpoints like door handles, buttons, and railings.

Devices

Universal wipes can also be used to clean and disinfect non-invasive medical devices, provided they are made from non-porous materials.

What is a non-invasive medical device?

A non-invasive medical device is a tool that does not enter the body, either through an orifice or an open wound. Invasive tools require a much higher level of disinfection and are usually sterilised using an autoclave to reduce all harmful microorganisms to zero. Non-invasive devices don’t need such a high level of decontamination because the skin’s barrier will protect the body from any potentially infectious material.


Still, it’s important to maintain good levels of hygiene to minimise the chance of cross contamination at all touchpoints.

  Use on

  Do not use on

Stethoscopes

Scalpels

Blood pressure monitors

Urinary catheters

Pulse oximeters

Speculum

MRI machines

Central lines

X-ray machines

Hypodermic needles

In healthcare settings, there are lots of non-invasive medical devices that are used frequently throughout the day which need to be disinfected between uses.


Using a universal wipe to clean these devices can significantly speed up disinfecting between patient appointments. Wiping down a blood pressure monitor between patient visits or disinfecting a stethoscope after use with a universal wipe takes no time and helps you maintain excellent hygiene levels.

Skin

Universal wipes aren’t designed for use on the skin, so if you’re looking for wipes for personal care or keeping your hands sanitised, it’s better to buy a product made for that purpose. Here are some similar wipes made specifically for use on the skin.



While you shouldn’t use universal cleaning wipes on your skin, they are safe to use with your bare hands. The formula that most universal wipes are pre-dosed with isn’t corrosive or irritant, meaning you don’t need to put disposable gloves on to use them. It’s one of the benefits that make using universal wipes easy and efficient. 


Where are universal wipes safe to use? Find out in our blog.

PDI Sani-Cloth Universal Wipes

PDI Universal Wipes are ideal for all uses above. Made with quaternary ammonium and detergent solution, Sani-Cloth AF Universal Wipes are alcohol-free, unlike other universal wipes. They kill a broad spectrum of bacteria, fungi, and viruses (including Covid-19 and norovirus). They also eradicate TB, something that not all quat-based disinfectants can do.


The lack of alcohol means these wipes can be used around patients sensitive to alcohol, like young children and those with respiratory problems.  

Find out answers to more common questions about universal wipes in our blog.

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