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Here’s How to Revive Dried-Out Disinfecting Wipes

A person wipes down a surface with a disinfecting wipe.
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Many of us have a stockpile of cleaning supplies on hand. At some point, though, we’re all going to run out of the things we need, or our supply will just go bad. If you ever open your container of disinfecting wipes, only to find dry, useless sheets, though, here’s a quick fix.

If it’s been a minute since you reached for disinfecting wipes, when you do, you might realize they’re dried out. You can easily rehabilitate them using a home staple: alcohol.

Let’s say your canister of Lysol wipes has become difficult to use and just doesn’t have enough solution to try to make a difference on your countertops or other areas you need to sanitize. Grab some isopropyl alcohol (at least 70%) and pour it over the remaining clothes in the canister.

Lysol Disinfectant Wipes

Just in case you need a new set of wipes.

Seal the container shut and allow it to sit for 20 or so minutes so that the alcohol can absorb. Once the wipes have soaked up all the alcohol, you’re good to use the wipes again—just be sure to use them correctly.

You should wipe down a surface and let it dry completely in order to fulfill what’s called contact time. This is the amount of time it takes compounds like alcohol to kill germs and bacteria. As long as your disinfectant doesn’t have specific instructions on wiping it away, a dry down is the best way to use these clothes.

The next time you reach for your disinfecting wipes only to find them dry, grab some alcohol, and you’ll be good to go.

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Shea Simmons is an Atlanta-based writer who has written about everything from whether Crisco is a good moisturizer to how to KonMari your space. Her work has appeared in Bustle, My First Apartment, and Make It Grateful. Read Full Bio »
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