If you have children, it’s highly probable you’ve already discovered the amazing effectiveness and versatility of baby wipes. Moms and pops all over the world use baby wipes for, well––pretty much everything!
- Want to clean the baby’s bottom? Check!
- Want to wash a sticky face? Check!
- Want to wipe up a mess on the floor? Check!
- Want to make the dashboard of your car sparkle? Double check!
Really, there aren’t many things you can’t clean with baby wipes. In fact, one of our best tips here at Honest® for flying with a baby is to bring wipes – a lot of wipes. Especially during sweaty summer travel, baby wipes will help make sure your baby (and your body!) are as fresh as possible. They come in different formulas and scents––or no scent––to suit all skin types and noses, plus you can purchase them in large packages to keep around the house, and small packages to take on the road and keep in your car. They’re like magical cleaner uppers you can keep on hand no matter where you go!
Baby Wipe Uses
Apart from the obvious use of baby wipes for cleaning baby bottoms during diaper changes, there are plenty of ‘alternative’ uses too, for the baby, for yourself, and for your environment.
Probably one of the most relatable and useful purposes for baby wipes is using them to disinfect and sanitize, especially during our current global situation. They can be used to sanitize anything and everything.
Granted, they aren’t endowed with disinfecting powers on their own. You wouldn’t want to cause skin irritation to a baby’s bum, after all. However, with the shortage of disinfectant sprays and wipes that hit the market during the lockdowns, savvy users figured out a way to transform those baby wipes and other flushable wipes into something a little more useful for germ fighting.
To give them disinfecting power yourself, all you need to do is to pour half a bottle of 70% isopropyl alcohol into the baby wipes container. Let them soak for at least an hour before you use them.
The rubbing alcohol gives each disposable wipe disinfecting properties, although we confess the smell could be a tad too strong for some. To counter the smell of your disinfectant wipe DIY project, you can try adding a few drops of your favorite essential oil into the container to help mask it. Pro tip: if your hand sanitizer smells a little too strong, you can also add a few drops of essential oil to the bottle! For even less hassle, try out Honest® Sanitizing Alcohol Wipes!
Baby wipes work excellently as makeup removing wipes, especially when it comes to eye makeup. That’s because they’re designed to be gentle enough for a baby’s skin; therefore, the chance of them damaging your skin, even if you have sensitive skin, is quite small.
Although just using cloth wipes to remove your makeup may not be enough to completely remove everything, they can be used in an emergency with effective results. Barring emergency use, they’re also an ideal candidate as a first step in your daily makeup removal routine, as long as you follow it up with a good cleanser.
You can also use baby wipes to freshen up your face and remove dirt and sweat after exercise, or during a hot summer day. Not only that, but baby wipes can even remove accidental makeup stains from your clothes! Are you starting to get a little glimpse of the magic yet?
Hand Washing Alternative
It might be obvious, but another one of the common baby wipes uses is for cleaning your hands, and the hands of your kids if you have children. They’re great at cleaning off sticky things as well as dirt. Keep them in your bag and around the house for multipurpose use. Don’t forget to keep a stash in the kitchen and bathrooms.
Baby wipes are a beautiful thing to use for removing stains from upholstery and carpets. The trick with stain removal though is to get to cleaning as soon as possible. The nice thing about baby wipes is that you can wipe it up immediately, which cleans off the major portion of the stain. In some cases, it may even remove the stain entirely. Win-win!
While you’re on your period, baby wipes are excellent for maintaining hygiene. Periods are already the worst, often leaving you feeling gross in general. Baby wipes give you an opportunity for a quick cleaning and freshening up when you don’t have time for a shower.
Table and Dashboard Cleaning
Keeping a box of baby wipes in your car can come in handy on more than one occasion. From spilling a drink to some other kind of emergency, your trusty baby wipes can clean nearly everything. Try keeping a designated container of wipes in the glove box just for cleaning your dashboard and other areas of your car.
Similarly, for tables and shelves in your kitchen and around the house, baby wipes are simple and effective. Even if they don’t disinfect the surfaces, they can still remove things like sticky spots and crusted on bits of food, so make sure you have plenty stashed around your home.
Wiping Kid Faces and Hair
Baby wipes can be used for wiping your kid’s faces as a quick fix. Everyone knows that with toddlers especially, meal times can become quite messy. You can use baby wipes to wipe food bits away from their hair to their feet, and everything in between. Heck, you can even use baby wipes for nose blowing, both for yourself and the kids!
Cleaning Dog Paws
There’s no need to stain or dirty up hand towels to clean the paws of your pets. A short trip outside during rainy season can cake a layer of mud onto dog paws, which can track mud inside the house. With a good and proper cleaning using a baby wipe, problem solved! You can also use baby wipes to catch pet hair on the couch and upholstery fairly easily.
Pacifier and Teething Toy Cleaning
It’s impossible to count the number of times toddlers drop their pacifiers, teething toys, or other such things. Immediately after picking it up, they typically put it right back in their mouth. To prevent germs and dirt from getting onto the hands and into the mouths of your kids, keep a container of baby wipes nearby and wipe clean anything that drops on the floor before they get it back.
Plants can gather a lot of dust even when inside your house, not to mention dirt if they’re outside. Baby wipes are soft and gentle enough to be used for cleaning your plants without damaging them. No dusty, dirty plant leaves allowed!
Shoes get dirty super easily, no matter how careful you try to be. However, with the right tools, cleaning them can be even easier. Use a baby wipe to clean the sides and tops of your shoes, and even the heels if you like to wear shoes with a bit of lift. This hack works even better on leather shoes and brings a quick shine to them, but it can also work well to clean other materials.
On hot, sweaty days, your underarms accumulate a lot of moisture very quickly. However, you can keep a pack of baby wipes in your bag and freshen up your underarms as and when necessary. Keep a small deodorant on hand as well to reapply after you’re clean and fresh. Bonus? baby wipes can even remove deodorant stains from clothes in case you make a mess because you’re in a hurry.
Wiping Excess Nail Polish
Not everyone can put on flawless nail polish without slipping it on the sides of your fingers by mistake. However, when that happens, you can use a baby wipe to remove excess nail polish. Easy peasy!
Removing Hair Dye Stains
If you color your hair at all, you already know that hair dye stains can be a nuisance to get rid of. However, with baby wipes you can remove the stains from your neck and hairline relatively easily. Provided of course, you get to them in time. Thus is the challenge!
Toilet Paper Alternative
In recent times, there’s been a shortage of toilet paper. However, baby wipes work as an excellent alternative to toilet paper, since they’re essentially designed for the same purpose. However, they definitely can’t be flushed down the toilet, so there’s that. Be sure to throw them in the trash if you use them for this purpose.
Setting Hair and Eyebrows
Forget about your hairspray, friends! Use a baby wipe instead to overcome frizzy hair. These work especially well if you’re going for a natural look. You can use a baby wipe to slick down those rebellious strands of hair without looking or feeling kinda crunchy.
Hemorrhoid Cream Alternative
Really, who knew? If hemorrhoids plague you, you can make an effective and cheap hemorrhoid wipe at home using a container of baby wipes. To do it, opt for an aloe-infused baby wipe pack and add a small amount of witch hazel to it. The witch hazel provides a soothing effect.
There are countless ways to put baby wipes to darn good use. They’re convenient, inexpensive, and great for emergencies. Really, what’s not to love? Plus, with baby wipes from Honest® you can rest assured that you’re using a product with safe, non-toxic ingredients.