Wet wipes could be spreading bacteria in homes and hospitals

an image of some wet wipesA new study finds that detergent wipes are spreading bugs in hospitals, as researchers warn that the wipes should not be used on more than one surface

Wet wipes could be spreading bacteria rather than killing them in homes and hospitals, scientists have warned.

Researchers said that detergent wipes in the home could also be increasing the risk of infections, by passing germs from one place to another.

They said the greatest risk was in bathrooms – especially if the same wipe was used on different surfaces near sinks and lavatories.

The majority of UK hospital infection control policies support the use of clinical detergent tissues to clean wards.

The first study of its kind tested seven commercially available wipes on the most common hospital infections including MRSA and C. difficile.

The research, published in the American Journal of Infection Control, found that the wipes were inconsistent in their ability to remove spores of the bacteria from hospital surfaces following a 10-second wipe.

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