FDA vs EPA Wipes

October 15, 2020
October 15, 2020 Mark One

Once workers get back in the office, it’s crucial for businesses to follow proper hygiene practices to keep their premises sanitized. However, the problem is, we’re currently experiencing a massive shortage of disinfectant products.

At the beginning of August, the chief executive officer of Clorox, Benno Dorer said in an interview that people could expect a shortage of their name brand wipes. According to Dorer, the shortage is expected to continue in 2021.

Since then, Clorox has increased its production by 40% but even that won’t seemingly be enough. That’s because, since the COVID-19 outbreak started, the demand for sanitizing wipes has increased by more than 500%.

Why’s There a Shortage of Disinfectants?

Before the pandemic started, demand for disinfectant products was stable. In normal situations, the manufacturers usually see a relatively minor spike in sales. Factories are normally equipped to handle the planned increase in demand. But all of that changed when the panic started.

For the most part, the shortage is rooted in the crushing demand. But that’s not the only reason for the shortage. The supply chain for such a specialized product simply cannot be scaled substantially at a moment’s notice.

Currently, things are looking better. Most products are expected to bounce right back before the end of 2020. But it may take a bit longer for disinfectant wipes due to the complexities in the supply chain, including certain materials used for making them.

As Scott Grawe of Iowa State University explains, most companies usually don’t have too much stock on their hands. The price of storage isn’t low and most companies are now struggling to manufacture enough wipes to meet new demands.

Even when new disinfectant supplies are manufactured, the problem is where to send it first. More often than not, they end up sending it to healthcare facilities first because of a larger need for big quantities of wipes.

EPA-Approved vs FDA-approved Wipes

When faced with a lack of name-brand disinfectants, business owners need to look for alternatives. The problem is, most owners never faced a shortage of this magnitude. Most people usually don’t read the label of cleaning products they use on a daily basis.

For that reason, they’re not sure where to start. Understanding basic standards and regulations can give buyers an easy way to ensure they’re using the right products for the right environment. For starters, you need to become familiar with EPA-approved and FDA-approved wipes.

FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) Wipes

FDA controls items like antiseptics and drugs. Products approved by it can be safely used on the skin. An FDA-approved pack of sanitizing wipes is required to have an NDC number, so make sure to check the label for it.

Here a few facts about FDA-approved wipes you should be aware of:

    • They have more than 60% alcohol
    • Contain a simple formula with 2 ingredients
    • They’re safe to use on skin as well as electronics
    • Don’t need gloves to use or hand washing after use
    • No need to wash a surface it was used on

EPA (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) Wipes

Even though most people don’t consider products like pesticides as disinfectants, however, according to the EPA they are. The organization has strict regulations so every product that is submitted for approval must have undergone strict lab testing in independent facilities.

Here are a few things you need to know about EPA-approved wipes:

    • They have only around 20% of alcohol
    • Contain many chemical components
    • They aren’t safe to use on the skin
    • Most EPA-approved products require gloves
    • Most require hand washing after use

How to Find an Effective Disinfecting Wipes Alternative

Why is it important to know all of this information? To avoid paying for a misleading product. Since the pandemic has started, many companies and individuals have been labeling their wipes as disinfectants, even if they aren’t.

To keep you and your employees safe, you should try an alcohol-based product that’s safe to use on the skin and surfaces around the office. Mark One Medical has the right product for you and your company during the shortage.

Mark One alcohol wipes can clean desks, chairs, door handles, and other high-touch objects. Unlike most EPA-approved sprays and solutions, Mark One wipes don’t require you to wear gloves while cleaning.

An even more effective method is using a disinfectant spray. For routine disinfecting, the CDC recommends using products with 70% or more alcohol. Mark One has created a solution to cleaning that is faster and easier than using wipes for high-touch surfaces. Their non-aerosol alcohol spray uses bag-on-valve technology to provide a better cleaning experience. With no aerosols, this spray only contains the cleaning solution with no additive chemicals.

Mark One Medical has recently invested in a new facility in Ohio, and by the end of the year, they’ll begin domestic production of cleaning wipes. In short, when it comes to Mark One, you won’t have to worry about a shortage of supplies.

Here are a few basic things you should know about Mark One alcohol wipes:

    • The product contains 75% of alcohol, which exceeds CDC’s recommendation of 70%
    • The package contains 80 wipes that are fully disposable and environmentally-friendly
    • Every package comes with a usable pop-top lid which makes this a versatile cleaner

What to Keep in Mind When Shopping for Wipes

The fact of the matter is: we’re not sure for how long the wipe shortage will last. In the meantime, you need to find an alternative that abides by the government regulations, makes your office a germ-free environment, and keeps your employees confident in their safety.


Here are a few things to keep in mind:

FDA Wipes vs EPA Wipes

FDA Wipes vs EPA Wipes


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