Can I Make my Own Wipes?
No, you should not make your own wipes. Studies have shown that the bleach in the cotton fibers contained in gauze may shorten the effectiveness of some disinfecting agents when stored in containers. Germicides, especially iodophors or chlorines, may be inactivated or absorbed by the gauze.* Environmental Protection Agency registered hospital grade disinfectants require users to follow instructions of the product and are labeled with the statement “It is a violation of federal law to use this product in a manner inconsistent with its labeling”. The label directions must be followed to ensure proper effectiveness of the product. Using the product off label puts the product at risk of being ineffective. **
*Source: Cottone's Practical Infection Control in Dentistry, Dr. John A Molinari., 2nd. edition. Philadelphia: Williams & Wilkins, 1996:195.
**Source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Infection Prevention Checklist for Dental Setting: Basic Expectations for Safe Care, Page 18 “Cleaners and disinfectants are used in accordance with the manufacturer instructions”, https://www.cdc.gov/infectioncontrol/guidelines/disinfection/cleaning.html