A side effect of last year's H1N1 flu pandemic and the hysteria and hypochondria that ensued was soaring sales of disinfecting cleaning wipes. The items are costly relative to all-purpose sprays and cleaners, but shoppers saw disposable cloths that disinfect as an important investment. Single-use wipes got such a boost from swine flu that products began sporting claims to kill 99.9% of viruses and bacteria. With sales growing 24.7% from 2004 to 2009, wipes are the fastest-growing ...

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