Why do we call them “baby wipes” anyway? Shouldn’t they just be called wipes? After reading what seems like a million uses for baby wipes…other than for wiping the baby…I think there should be a regular wipes section at the store as big as the baby wipes section. Have you ever noticed how much “real estate” is dedicated to baby wipes at your local Walmart or your local grocery store? It’s pretty impressive. But so are all the ways I discovered people are using these handy little helpers.
Even though we haven’t had a “baby” in our house for many years…we always have baby wipes around. Which got me thinking about what other people (with or without babies) are using baby wipes for….besides their babies.
The uses I found were practically endless…but here is a compilation of some of my favorites!
- Removing eye makeup. This is probably the thing I personally use them for the most. To make them a little more gentle for sensitive (or aging) skin, add a drop or two of fractionated coconut oil.
- Toilet paper substitute (for when the roll runs out.) A poll I read said 57% of us have done this! ;-) Baby wipes are a good alternative every now and then. Also handy for recently toilet trained children and for when they need a little extra help cleaning up. Just remember not to flush them.
- Removing hair dye stains from your forehead and neck when dying your own hair. Keep them handy and wipe stains right away. They are also good at cleaning up any mistakes you make during a DIY manicure or pedicure session or when you accidentally use too much spray tanner!
- Cleaning the inside of the car when you are at a red light or stuck in traffic. I thought I invented this! lol. I guess I’m not the only one doing this. It’s a great use of “down” time in your car and of baby wipes!
- Freshen up and cool down on hot summer days. Put some in a baggie and put it in the cooler for use at the beach or on day trips, or just put some in the fridge for those oppressively hot nights.
- DIY hemorrhoid wipes. Get the baby wipes with aloe, and then pour a bottle of witch hazel into the container. Much cheaper than the specialty wipes.
- Wipe down the leaves of houseplants to remove dust and get back that shine.
- Attach to a dust mop (like a Swiffer) to pick up extra dust. Baby wipes fit great on many flat dust mops and work great in a pinch, like when you run out of the disposable cloths.
- Remove pen, pencil, crayon, & paint! From most surfaces! Even skin. :-)
- Substitute for a stain remover “pen”. Baby wipes are surprisingly effective for stain removal, especially when you’re on-the-go. Someone who worked in retail said they used them to take makeup off clothes after people tried them on.
- Clean bird poop off your car. Bird droppings can damage your paint, so it’s important to remove them from your car as soon as possible. Keep a package of baby wipes in your car to you can clean them off quick.
- Get rid of deodorant marks on dark clothing. This is a lifesaver! BIG pet peeve!
- Preen your pets.
- Clean your puppy’s feet after playing at the park, before getting in the car.
- Clean messy cat faces, or dingleberries. :-D
- Remove stray hairs from pets. Give shaggy pets a daily rubdown with a baby wipe to remove excess hair and keep it off the furniture and rugs.
- Temporary flyaway hair tamer. Got a little static going on? Tame those flyaway hairs by simply smoothing them with a baby wipe. (You can also tame unruly eyebrows.)
- Wiping down public places. When you’re in a public place, just about every surface is contaminated. Keep baby wipes in your purse to use on restaurant tables, high chairs, shopping carts, changing tables and toilet seats in public places.
- Clean hairspray off of wood surfaces (tables, baseboards, cupboards, etc.) Unless you go outside to spray your hair, you’ll need to periodically clean up the hairspray overspray.
- Shine your leather. Leather shoes, jackets, and purses will sparkle after a quick baby-wipe rubdown! Also makes white tennis shoes look like new and leaves no marks on the shoes.
- Freshen up dresser drawers. Place a few drops of your favorite essential oil on a wipe and place it in a dresser drawer as a sachet.
- Moisten envelope glue before sealing. Genius! I despise licking envelopes!
- Wipe a chalkboard (or chalkboard paint) clean. Since they are made for sensitive baby skin they won’t remove paint from walls.
- And last but not least….a must have on camping trips – good for cleaning yourself when a shower isn’t available.
I hope it wasn’t just me, but I thought some of those were downright brilliant! Never occurred to me there were SO many uses for “baby” wipes….which obviously aren’t just for babies. :-)
How do you use “baby” wipes????