Pre-treated cleaning wipes have become more prevalent in the cleaning aisle. They’re easy to use, the packs are generally resealable, and there’s little mess. But our test found wipes consistently performed worse than spray cleaners.
Three wipes in our test garnered 3 of the lowest scores and we’ve made them “don’t buys”. We also found they often performed much worse than sprays of the same brand and they’re less economical. The wipes we tested come in packs of 36 or 40 and cost an average of 13¢ per wipe. In comparison, the spray cleaners we tested have, on average, 584 sprays per bottle. So, for example, if you use 5 sprays to clean an area, such as your kitchen bench, it’ll only cost 6¢ and you’d have an average of just under 117 applications per bottle.
You should never flush wipes down the toilet, even if they state they are flushable. Our previous testing of wipes found “flushable” ones don’t break down as readily as claimed. None of the wipes in our test claimed to be flushable.