Graduation Year


Document Type




Degree Name

MS in Public Health (M.S.P.H.)

Degree Granting Department

Public Health

Major Professor

Rene Salazar, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Steven Mlynarek, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Thomas E. Bernard , Ph.D.


Active Ingredient, Surfactants, Textile Substrate


Over time, there is an increased need to adopt more advanced and effective ways of disinfection. The emergence of the coronavirus-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic reminded the world on the importance of disinfection. Disinfection has been a routine in the healthcare setting. However, with the current pandemic problem, it is more prominently and persistently done in the domestic setting and other business settings beyond healthcare. As such, the use of most disinfectants and detergent wipes to achieve a near sanitized environment has become a common practice around the globe. This research presents the efficacy of disinfectant impregnated versus detergents wipes through comparison. It reviews various publications to establish whether disinfectant wipes are more effective than detergent wipes. The research information utilized were gotten from current literature review, governmental websites, and numerous articles. This research also analyzes the influence of the textile substrate and the usage of the different types of active ingredients on disinfectant wipes. The results of this study were found based on available data, which demonstrated that there is no particular wipe for all surfaces. Different disinfectant impregnated wipes are applicable to various surfaces based on the types of materials used and the active ingredient. This study seeks to review how certain material types and disinfectant solutions are preferred over others during surface decontamination. The lesson learnt from this research show that there is a particular wipe type for every surface. There remains a considerable gap in the availability of research data about disinfection wipes which should encourage further research interest.