7. They Create Antibiotic Resistance
As with antibacterial soaps and hand sanitizers, antibacterial wipes may contribute to bacterial resistance to traditional antibiotics. As bacteria become resistant to antibiotics, it becomes more difficult to find medications capable of killing bacteria in patients with infections. This results in “superbug” infections, like MRSA, that are difficult to treat. The American Medical Association advises avoiding the use of antibacterial soaps in order to prevent the mutation of bacteria into microorganisms that are not susceptible to current antibiotics.
6. They Can Destroy Sealed Finishes
While antibacterial wipes may not kill germs as effectively as you think, they can damage the finishes on your furniture. The alcohol content in antibacterial wipes can be destructive to hardwood floors and furniture. Over time, the use of wipes can dull the finish and destroy the beauty of your wood. Additionally, the chemicals in antibacterial wipes can eat away at the finish of polished surfaces such as marble or granite countertops. Alcohol can also damage leather surfaces, leaving them cracked and worn.
5. They Leave Behind Chemicals
Unlike soap and water, antibacterial wipes can leave behind harmful chemical residues on surfaces. This makes them unsafe for use on items like children’s toys, highchair trays, and skin. Avoid using antibacterial wipes on any objects that may end up in a child’s mouth. Wash toys in hot, soapy water and then dry them with a towel to kill germs and keep them clean and sanitary. Wash hands with warm water and soap and pat dry with a soft towel. If you do keep sanitary wipes in your purse or diaper bag for wiping hands when water is not available, be sure they are products designed for use on skin rather than on hard surfaces.Related: Remember to Wash Your Hands! 11 Common Items That Can Carry Germs