“ Brand: Reliance Medical „
===Motivation=== As I mentioned in previous reviews, just over a year ago I switched from the pill to a natural form of birth control called Sympto-Thermal Method or Fertility Awareness Method. One aspect of this method is charting my basal body temperature every morning, which obviously means I need to clean my thermometer every day. The leaflet in one of my thermometers recommended using 70% Isopropyl Alcohol. I find the easiest way to do this is with individually wrapped alcohol swabs (often called pre-injection swabs in this country). This review will focus on Reliject pre-injection wipes. ===Look, Feel & Smell=== These 70% Isopropyl Alcohol Swabs come in a small cardboard box containing 100 individually wrapped swabs. The 5cm x 5cm packets are teal and blue and look slightly more interesting than the run of the mill packaging used by most other brands (UHS, Sterets, etc.). Like other brands the packets are foil lined to ensure the wipes stay moist. They are easy to rip open without tearing the wipe inside. The wipes themselves are soft, flexible and measure 3.1 cm x 6.2 cm making them much more practical than the tiny Sterets swabs I reviewed recently. These wipes carry a definite alcohol scent but don't smell nearly as bad as the Uhs brand wipes, perhaps because these are slightly less saturated (they are nice and moist, but not so moist you're afraid they might drip). ===Uses== As the name pre-injection swab suggests, these wipes can be used to clean skin prior to an injection. I also like to keep a few in the first aid kit for wiping off cuts and grazes. However, they also work really well for cleaning small objects like thermometers, headsets, keyboards, mice, doorknobs, pens and pocket knives. ===Price & Availability=== A box of 100 Reliject swabs is currently available on Amazon for £1.95 + £0.99 shipping. They are also listed for similar prices on a number of medical supply websites, but then shipping tends to be more if you aren't placing a large order. ===Conclusion=== These wipes are my favourite 70% isopropyl alcohol swabs readily available here in the UK. They have a nice texture and size for cleaning my thermometer but don't smell nearly as bad as some brands. I will certainly buy them again.