Wet wipes

Wet wipes are infused with a mild disinfectant like isopropyl alcohol, and are used for cleaning. In a pinch, they’re safe on the skin, but as a general rule, wet wipes are better at mopping up dirt or liquid. Most wet wipes come individually wrapped for easy transport and convenience.

It’s worth noting that some wipes also contain CHG (chlorhexidine gluconate), which is used to reduce the spread of infections in hospital settings, but can also be beneficial for at-home use, especially in patients who have other invasive lines/drains.

Since adult wipes and wet wipes are so similar, here’s an easy way to remember the difference –– not all wet wipes are right for use on the body.

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