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Old 03-22-2013, 07:06 PM   #1
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Surface wipes that are EPA approved to kill Norovirus; available at Staples.com

I know there have been a lot of posts about what will actually kill Norovirus, so I thought I would contribute what I have learned in anticipation of our trip next month. As a physician, I consult with my most trusted sources when I have questions like this, so I checked the CDC's website (Centers for Disease Control). They reference a list of EPA-approved products that kill Norovirus (these are surface products, not for hands). http://www.cdc.gov/norovirus/preventing-infection.html

Here is the direct link to the EPA's list which is referenced on the CDC's page:
http://www.epa.gov/oppad001/list_g_norovirus.pdf

I was able to find the Oxivir wipes and spray at www.staples.com (though not in my store, it is available online):
http://www.staples.com/oxivir/directory_oxivir

I was unable to find easy sources for many of the other approved products, even on the sites I am able to order from as a physician.

I know there is controversy on this forum about wiping down surfaces or not for Norovirus, and I will not add my opinion here. However, if you are one that wants to wipe down your room/bathroom at the resort, you could consider these wipes as an option. Notably, many of the wipes I have read about online (and in this forum) such as certain Wet Ones, some Clorox wipes, etc that have been thought to kill Norovirus are NOT on this approved list. Bleach solutions that are 5.25% bleach are also listed on the CDC's site as approved to kill Norovirus, but as others have said, it would be difficult to travel with bleach, and it may harm some of the soft goods in the room or your own clothes/luggage, etc. Regular Clorox wipes at my stores actually contain no bleach at all, so would not meet the CDC's requirements to kill Norovirus.

Here's to an illness-free trip for everyone!
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Old 03-22-2013, 07:32 PM   #2
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Thank you for the info.
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Old 03-22-2013, 07:37 PM   #3
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Thank you for the information.
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Old 03-22-2013, 07:41 PM   #4
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Thanks for the info. I just ordered some from ebay
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Old 03-22-2013, 07:57 PM   #5
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Thanks. Just ordered from ebay as well. $12 with free shipping.....
now...that's a big tub....and we are flying and probably will just need for the plane and hotel room. So.....maybe pack some in zip lock baggies? Seems stupid to bring 160 of them???
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Old 03-22-2013, 07:58 PM   #6
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I know there have been a lot of posts about what will actually kill Norovirus, so I thought I would contribute what I have learned in anticipation of our trip next month. As a physician, I consult with my most trusted sources when I have questions like this, so I checked the CDC's website (Centers for Disease Control). They reference a list of EPA-approved products that kill Norovirus (these are surface products, not for hands). http://www.cdc.gov/norovirus/preventing-infection.html

Here is the direct link to the EPA's list which is referenced on the CDC's page:
http://www.epa.gov/oppad001/list_g_norovirus.pdf

I was able to find the Oxivir wipes and spray at www.staples.com (though not in my store, it is available online):
http://www.staples.com/oxivir/directory_oxivir

I was unable to find easy sources for many of the other approved products, even on the sites I am able to order from as a physician.

I know there is controversy on this forum about wiping down surfaces or not for Norovirus, and I will not add my opinion here. However, if you are one that wants to wipe down your room/bathroom at the resort, you could consider these wipes as an option. Notably, many of the wipes I have read about online (and in this forum) such as certain Wet Ones, some Clorox wipes, etc that have been thought to kill Norovirus are NOT on this approved list. Bleach solutions that are 5.25% bleach are also listed on the CDC's site as approved to kill Norovirus, but as others have said, it would be difficult to travel with bleach, and it may harm some of the soft goods in the room or your own clothes/luggage, etc. Regular Clorox wipes at my stores actually contain no bleach at all, so would not meet the CDC's requirements to kill Norovirus.

Here's to an illness-free trip for everyone!
And I'd assume it would kill strep, flu, cold virus and other fun things right??
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Thanks for the info! I've never had any issues with sickness at WDW, but the more I read about people getting sick, the more I worry that it just means I'm overdue!
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Old 03-22-2013, 09:59 PM   #8
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Forgot to mention free shipping on Staples if you join their free rewards program.

To answer OP about what else it kills, here is the data from the Oxivir wipes site:


Bactericidal and Virucidal in one minute, kills HBV, HCV, HIV-1 (AIDS virus) in one minute, Tuberculocidal in five minutes and kills fungi in ten minutes
Can be used to clean most hard, nonporous environmental surfaces with confidence
No VOC’s, no added fragrance, no NPE’s
Non-irritating to skin and eyes and contains no substances which at the given concentration, are considered to be hazardous to health per OSHA standards
Patented technology contains a high performance surfactant system that delivers faster and better cleaning results
The active ingredient breaks down to water and oxygen
Disinfectant Claims (Contact Time)
Fungicidal
Fungicidal (10 min.)
Hepatitis B (1 min.)
Hepatitis C (1 min.)
HIV (1 min.)
Hospital Grade
Influenza A (1 min.)
MRSA (1 min.)
Norwalk / Norovirus (1 min.)
Virucidal
VRE (1 min.)
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Thanks so much for the info!
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Old 03-23-2013, 04:41 AM   #10
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I work in a hospital and in our medication room we have two kinds of wipes. One is just a giant tub of regular cleaning wipes. The other is a little smaller (75 extra large wipes) that are PIDI Sani-Cloth Bleach Germicidal Disposable wipes. On the front it says 'Bactericidal, Fungicidal, Tuberculocidal, and Virucidal in 4 minutes. On the instructions it has instructions for leaving it on for different lengths of times depending on the surface and what you want to kill, ranging from one minute to four minutes. It says Kills pathogenic organisms including Bacteria (then lists alot of bacterias), Multi-Drug Resistant Bacteria (then lists alot of those including MRSAs), Bloodborn Pathagens (lists Hep B, Hep C, HIV and a couple more), Viruses (flu, Hep A, Norovirus, and Rinovirus), TB, and Pathogenic Fungi.

It apparently kills alot of stuff, but also warns you to use on hard surfaces only and to be sure and wear gloves when using. It smells very strongly of bleach.
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I am one of the pro bleach users. I make my own to travel with, i make these the day of travel or the night before. I spray full strength Clorox onto a heavy duty paper towel and immediately put on a zip lock bag. i do not let these air dry. When we arrive I remove the towels and dampen a bit and start my wipe down of the room.

I love the info you posted and like the idea of purchasing wipes to travel with that are already concentrated enough to be used against such common sicknesses. Thank you for your research!!!

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I am one of the pro bleach users. I make my own to travel with, i make these the day of travel or the night before. I spray full strength Clorox onto a heavy duty paper towel and immediately put on a zip lock bag. i do not let these air dry. When we arrive I remove the towels and dampen a bit and start my wipe down of the room.

I love the info you posted and like the idea of purchasing wipes to travel with that are already concentrated enough to be used against such common sicknesses. Thank you for your research!!!

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Good idea!!!! This would have been a lot cheaper but I already ordered-oh well! next time!
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Those sound terrific. But, in all reality?? Aren't you really better off making constant runs to the restrooms to wash those hands, while in the parks?? That's where I figure I'm going to be picking up the most germs...on railings and handles and such in the parks!!! Have you ever watched kids in a line at an attraction???? Very yucky stuff is going onto those railings and handles!!!!
So, don't forget to add hand washing to your day in addition to that room sanitizing!!
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Those sound terrific. But, in all reality?? Aren't you really better off making constant runs to the restrooms to wash those hands, while in the parks?? That's where I figure I'm going to be picking up the most germs...on railings and handles and such in the parks!!! Have you ever watched kids in a line at an attraction???? Very yucky stuff is going onto those railings and handles!!!!
So, don't forget to add hand washing to your day in addition to that room sanitizing!!


Best thing mentioned. Before eating, actual washing of hands (not just hand sanitizers) the old fashioned way with soap and water. Also, keep things out of your mouth... a lot of people don't even think about it. You have your hands full and use your mouth as a third hand. Much more likely to spread through touching common areas and not washing, than a contaminated room.
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