Adding Alcohol to Flushable Wipes?

Can flushable wipes be use for hands? I have grandkids and that was all I could find at the store. I'm not sure if I can add alcohol to them.

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April 5, 20201 found this helpful

For general hand cleaning (like if the kids are playing in dirt or outside), yes, but not for virus protection. These definitely do not have any protective ingredients.

Personally I am not wasting money on wipes and focus on good hand-washing with as hot a water as I can stand, soap and I sing two rounds of happy birthday to me (the song) to make sure I am washing long enough.

Here is what the CDC recommends for disinfecting:

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April 6, 20201 found this helpful

I agree 100% about soap and water being the best, I never liked sanitizers, but now with this coronavirus, besides using soap and water I am willing to use anything I can get a hold on, so we dont get sick. Thank you so much for your help!

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April 5, 20201 found this helpful

If you're just using them for quick cleanups why not just add water?


I don't see why you couldn't add alcohol, but whatever you add, don't flush them. They stop up plumbing.

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April 5, 20201 found this helpful

I do a lot of 'outside' work and I make my wipes from cut up rags that I can just wash and reuse.
These are not completely safe for controlling the virus but they work until I get inside and can wash properly.

You can use anything handy to 'store' these in - I like to use the large plastic coffee containers as they are easy to grip and hold several nice size rags but I have used a wide mouth container in a pinch. I place the container by my back door so it is always handy.

Damp Wet/Soak (not dripping wet) rags in alcohol (I use whatever strength I have on hand but 70-99% is best).
I add a little of anything available as I am not trying to make 'virus' protection wipes but the alcohol helps.


A few drops of Tea Tree Oil or liquid moisturizer or Aloe or Coconut Oil or Dawn. Then just reach inside container and squeeze the rags to help distribute alcohol and additives. Doesn't matter if it not mixed completely as the alcohol works great by itself.
I just add more alcohol if my wipes start to dry out. You can also add a little water if alcohol is limited.
These are just for initial cleaning until you can clean your hands properly - a good wash is always the best way to go.

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April 6, 20200 found this helpful

Alcohol can be used with a little water, its much better than nothing at all!

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April 6, 20200 found this helpful

Personally I do not find this as a good alternative to protective wipes. The best thing you can do is wash the kids hands with some hand soap and hot water.


Make sure they scrub there hands for a few minutes when washing their hands. Plus if you add anything to the wipes you should not flush them down the toilet for sure.

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