Household Uses for Storebought and Homemade Baby Wipes
Baby Wipes Aren't Just For Diapers
Are you always on the look out for the quickest way to clean up small messes? Disposable baby wipes are a staple in most homes with babies or young toddlers. Almost everyone knows the basic function of a baby wipe. But did you know that baby wipes are handy for a variety of jobs?
Whether you want to save money by using what you have on hand, use up stock-piles of wipes after baby has been potty-trained, or just need a quick fix for a sudden mess; here are some alternative uses for those extra wipes.
Dusting and General Cleaning
Keep a pop up container of wipes in a convenient location and use for quick dusting. They work very well on wood and laminate and will pick up pet hair too. Easy to use on difficult places, such as molding, between crib slats, and mini-blinds.
Use a baby wipe to wipe out an ashtray, remove sticky residue from labels, and to clean grime from corners and light switches. Using disposable wipes is easier and cleaner than a rag for dusting ceiling fan blades and other, neglected high places.
If you use a wipe on wood, such as coffee tables, it is advisable to follow up as soon as possible with some furniture polish to keep the wood conditioned and shiny.
Use wipes in the car for cleaning a dusty dash or a sticky steering wheel. They can also be used to wipe grime and greasy fingerprints from leather upholstery. Wipes can be used in a pinch to clean windshields and mirrors. (but may leave streaks depending on the brand.)
Wipes will polish chrome nicely, too. My husband even uses them on his precious Harley for a quick clean.
Use for a quick wipe-down when unexpected guests arrive or anytime you just need to freshen up the faucets. Will shine up the counters and toilets as well.
Wipes are also handy for cleaning the sticky spills such as lotion that have mysteriously appeared in a drawer or cabinet.
They clean soap scum from shower surrounds, and are easy to use in hard-to-reach places, such as behind the commode (use a rubberband to secure a wipe to an old toothbrush...this makes a great cleaning tool for corners and small crevices). Best of all, they can remove globs or sprinkles of toothpaste a messy brusher may have left behind!
Kitchen and Dining Room
Better than napkins for messy meals such as BBQ or other finger foods. Wipe down the table and highchair after meal. Especially great for eating out. They also remove tough grease and other foods from microwave tray and stove top. I use them to clean the dust out of the refrigerator vent. They are easy to get into the grooves.
Use to clean screens, keyboards, computer mouse, phones, and to wipe down dusty electrical cords. I also use them to clean my sewing machine, and my husband uses them for cleaning power tools.
Scrub stains with a wipe before washing. They work especially well on make-up, soda, food, crayon, blood, and marker stains. Dampen the stain and rub with the wipe or leave the wipe on the stain for a few minutes before washing.
Use one to wipe the dryer fuzz leavings off of the appliances.
Baby Wipes and Surfaces
Sanitize later as usual
Clean as usual when needed
Clean and condition soon
Sanitize as usual when needed
Clean later as usual
Clean and condition soon
Clean as usual when needed
Launder as usual later
Spot clean later if needed
Follow up with routine grooming
Use on adults and children alike for cleaning. Wipes will remove make-up, facepaint, and ink doodles. Great for a quick freshen-up between showers or bath or after intimacy.
Pour one full bottle of witchhazel astringent into a tub of baby wipes. For smaller pads, cut the stack of wipes in half before soaking.
Allow to sit overnight. Use for first aid. These can be bandaged over cuts, scrapes and bruises to provide relief for minor discomforts.
Soak wipes in witch hazel for soothing relief of hemorrhoids and episiotomy stitches. Also good for cuts, scrapes and bruises.
Provide relief from puffy eyes when used as a face cloth or compress. Keep a container in the fridge for cool compresses and to clean dirt from around cuts.
Wipes can clean up paint drips that manage to miss the drop cloths. Even works on semi-dried paint, and will remove wet paint from carpet.
Very handy for cleaning brush handles, paint cups, and hands after either an art project or a home remodeling project. For dried latex-based paints that have dripped onto counters or vinyl floors, lay the wipe over the spill for a few minutes before wiping. The pain should peel right up.
Home made baby wipes
Cut a roll of paper towels in half. Find the softest towels! Remove the cardboard roll, and place paper towels in a plastic container.
Add 2 cups of water, and three tablespoons of gentle baby shampoo. Shake the container frequently for maximum absorption.
I keep a wipe nearby to clean glue off my fingers during a craft project, to dampen thread before threading, to clean up excess glitter, and to remove paint or ink from my hands and work surfaces.
A dried out wipe can be made into a sachet bag for drawers. (Or, spray with a favorite cologne and tuck into car or a/c vents for a light room freshener.)
Keep a special decorated container of wipes near your child's art area for cleaning finger paint, watercolors, magic marker, and crayon marks from art desks and skin.
My new favorite use for wipes is for my artwork. Damp wipes are wonderful for blending watercolor pencil. To blend small areas, tear a small segment of wipe and rubber-band it to a pencil or cotton swab.
I let a few dry out and tear them into small pieces to blend graphites and charcoal. It offers a unique texture. Also, they clean up the graphite dust and eraser shavings from the table after after I'm done.
Using Wipe Containers For Storage
After the bins are empty, they become great storage containers for small items in kitchens, bathrooms, nurseries, craft rooms, garages, and in the car. After removing the labels (with a baby wipe) I cover them in fabric or stickers and use them in every room for catching clutter.
- In the nursery they are great for sorting hair bows, pacifiers, baby socks, and small puzzles.
- They make great storage for crayons too.
- In my bathroom I use them for hair accessories and cosmetics.
- In the kitchen drawer they are a catch-all for clips, batteries, twist-ties, etc.
- In the garage they are useful for sorting hardware and small parts.
- I made a first aid kit with a smaller container to keep in the car,
- Sharps container at home for disposal of insulin syringes.
- Sorting small game pieces and puzzles
- Toddler toys; make great drums, mailboxes, and sorting containers.
- Utility room: bleach pens, extra sponges, soap samples
Alternative Uses For Baby Wipes
Do you use baby wipes for any of these alternative uses?
Baby Wipes Have So Many Uses!
Those are just a few of the many great uses for baby wipes ( and their containers ) Be creative and see how useful baby wipes can be in your daily life. I can't believe I ever lived without them!
Personally I have been very happy with Parent's Choice and dollar store brand wipes. They are durable, affordable, and don't leave behind residue or lint. They also seem more soothing not only for diaper changes, but for cosmetic and first aid use.
I recommend testing the wipes on your skin and your children's skin before using them frequently to test for allergic reactions. Also, keep in mind that baby wipes are NOT anti-bacterial.
If you need to clean something thoroughly, such as a public restaurant table, shopping cart handle, or any potentially germy mess, consider keeping hand sanitizer or a small package of bleach wipes handy. Just be sure not to grab the bleach wipes when doing an emergency diaper change!