Household Uses for Storebought and Homemade Baby Wipes

Updated on May 6, 2016
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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.

Vehicle Detailing

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.

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Bathrooms

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.

Electronics

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.

Laundry

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

Surface
Safe?
Follow Up?
Formica
Yes
Sanitize later as usual
Metal
Yes
Clean as usual when needed
Wood
With caution
Clean and condition soon
Stainless
Yes
Sanitize as usual when needed
Plastic
Yes
Clean later as usual
Leather
With caution
Clean and condition soon
Vinyl
Yes
Clean as usual when needed
Cloth
Yes
Launder as usual later
Upholster
Yes
Spot clean later if needed
Children
Yes
Follow up with routine grooming

Personal 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.

Ahhh...relief

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.

First Aid

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.

Paint

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.

Crafts

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.

Art

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?

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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!

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        Ana Maria Orantes 2 years ago from Miami Florida

        Hello miss Jayme. Congratulations on the hub of the day. I like your idea of the baby 's wipes. I tried the one that are made for glass only. I also, tried the one that are made with bleach solutions to clean the bathroom only. I used it as a wiper on my skin . It was painful. You did a great job.

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        Susan Deppner 2 years ago from Arkansas USA

        Great list of baby wipe hacks! I haven't had any on hand since my kids were little. Guess I'd better add them to the grocery list. Congrats on Hub of the Day honors today!

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        Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

        Jaymie, congrats on HOTD! I love your creative and useful ideas to use baby wipes for every day use, except on babies. I would love to use it for cleaning my keyboard and for dusting as well. Kudos!

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        Virginia Kearney 2 years ago from United States

        Terrific ideas! I haven't bought these since my kids were little but I'll add them to my list. I use cloth towels that can be washed for a lot of the things you mention but I certainly would use the baby wipes for electonics, car (I hate dust on my car dash) and in the bathroom and fans with lights. Great ideas!

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        Jayme Kinsey 4 years ago from Oklahoma

        @frogyfish--They really do work well. Love using them on the keyboard.

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        Jayme Kinsey 4 years ago from Oklahoma

        @PaisleeGal -- They are really handy. I can't believe I lived so long without them!

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        weepaws 4 years ago

        I also like Parent's Choice baby wipes. I am allergic to most household cleaners, so I rely heavily on baby wipes. I have even used them to wipe down walls, cabinets and floors. An empty container is also good for storing receipts, extra keys or to make a small toolkit or sewing kit.

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        Pat Materna 4 years ago from Memphis, Tennessee, USA

        Very interesting ideas here. I never thought about using wipes until my grandson came along. I was able to care for him for his first year, so I got used to having wipes everywhere. Now I always make sure and keep them next to the toilet paper for fresh ups. I will have to add them to my crafting area too next time I do a project. Thanks for the useful tips!

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        frogyfish 5 years ago from Central United States of America

        On soap scum and stains? Great, those are new uses. I have made your paper towel and witch hazel wipes, so will have to do some more now. I need to wipe my keyboard right now. Thanks for great tips.

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        Jayme Kinsey 5 years ago from Oklahoma

        Yep. They were work great for electronics. They can be wadded up to reach some small crevices.

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        MundaneMondays 5 years ago

        oops thanks

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        MundaneMondays 5 years ago

        lol thanks for visiting my page. I myself take advantage with these on my tablets and electronics, they also minimize dust.

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        Jayme Kinsey 5 years ago from Oklahoma

        Thanks Kim, that's pretty cool. Didn't know they made bamboo wipes, but they would be good for the environment. I've notices that baby wipes take make-up off better than the expensive cosmetic removal wipes. And seem more gentle.

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        Kim TZ1 5 years ago

        Hi, I love using all natural baby wipes to wipe my makeup off when I don't have the time to wash my face! I particularly like Bum Boosa Bamboo wipes. I don't feel bad using them because they are made out of 100% bamboo, so they are renewable. (Frugal and saving the environment) :)

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        Jayme Kinsey 5 years ago from Oklahoma

        Thank you. Indeed, runny noses are another great use for wipes. Much more soothing than dry tissue.

        @Angela, exactly! It's a shame to waste them, even when they have dried out!

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        angela lett 5 years ago

        I have a 17 month old, so I can relate to some of the uses for baby wipes thou have mentioned. We have so many round the house these days, I don't want them to go to waste. Great hub.

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        Eric Dierker 5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

        Right on! really good points. I assume it is the great lanolin. My fav is my son's runny nose, really cool to clean and moisturize at the same time as giving a small dose of sterilization.

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