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17 Ways to Use Baby Wipes That Don’t Require a Baby

Recently, in my never-ending quest to organize my home, I came across the  half-full case of baby wipes I’d purchased more than three years ago when our younger grandson was born.

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My first thought was that since Sam is all potty trained now, I should find someone with a baby or take them with me to church next week and make a gift to the nursery—both good ideas provided those wipes are still good.

That’s when my mind flooded with all of the tips, tricks and ideas I’ve gathered over the years for alternative uses for handy-dandy baby wipes. I did a quick search to discover even more baby wipe tips, tricks and clever ideas. Here are a few of my favorites—plus a bonus.

Dirty keyboard

It’s a good idea routinely to power down first, then give a computer keyboard a good shaking to get rid of dust, debris and loose particles that can accumulate between the keys. But don’t stop there. Use a baby wipe to clean the dirt, gunk and dried spills that tend to build-up on the keys and surrounding areas. 

Makeup remover

Even if you have super sensitive skin, a baby wipe is ideal to remove make up, especially stubborn black eyeliner. 

Toilet tissue

A baby wipe is very soft and gentle, designed to clean up a baby’s bum. That’s what makes it an ideal substitute for toilet tissue when you didn’t notice the roll was empty. Caution: Even if the packaging insists those baby wipes are flushable, don’t do it. Statistics show that many emergency calls for a plumber are the result of flushed baby wipes.

Hair dye stains

It’s nearly impossible to keep hair dye away from the forehead and neck areas when applying to yourself. But not to worry. A baby wipe can whisk away those stains quickly and easily.

Car interior

I keep a package of baby wipes in the console of my car so that when I’m stuck at a  red light, construction area and other kind of delay, I can pull one out to quickly clean the dashboard, steering wheel and just about every surface I can reach. It’s amazing how much cleaning I can accomplish during these brief periods of time. Baby wipes are also great for wiping your hands after pumping gas and for mopping up small spills in the car. Leaves a nice fresh scent, too.

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Hemorrhoid wipes 

Instead of paying more for specialty hemorrhoid wipes, pick up a container of Baby Wipes with Aloe, then pour your own witch hazel into the container for a fraction of the cost of Preparation H Medicated Wipes with Aloe and Witch Hazel. 

Clean houseplants

A baby wipe is ideal to remove dust and then shine the leaves of your favorite houseplants. Caution: Clean only the top of the leaves as the oil in the wipe could damage or plug up the leaves’ delicate undersides that allow it to breathe. 

Dust mop

This is clever. If you’ve inadvertently run out of disposable cloths for your Swiffer or other dust mop, attach a baby wipe instead for a quick clean up. It will grab the dust and leave a little shine behind. 

Stain remover

Baby wipes are remarkably effective to remove lipstick or other makeup stains from a blouse or other garment. In fact, some people say a baby wipe works better than a stain remover pen. That being the case, it sure makes a lot of sense to keep a stack of baby wipes in your handbag or carry-on luggage when you’re on the go.

Bugs and bird droppings

Remember that pack of baby wipes in the car’s console? It will come in handy when your car gets abused by fowl or bugs. A baby wipe won’t damage the paint, but it will easily remove stuff that can if allowed to remain very long.

White deodorant marks

So annoying isn’t it, to get all ready to walk out the door only to notice streaky, white deodorant marks on your dark color shirt, top or dress? Not to worry. Pull a baby wipe out of the package and rub it on the stain for a simple fix—quick and easy.

Hairspray overspray

A baby wipe can effectively clean up hairspray that has landed on wood surfaces in the bathroom—floor, cabinet, door and its frame. Do this regularly to prevent stubborn hairspray build-up.

Shine shoes 

A baby wipe will clean and shine your leather shoes and just about anything else made of leather like furniture, handbags, belts, jackets and boots. Try it on your white leather sneakers. Seriously, you won’t believe how a baby wipe will remove the dirt and leave no marks. 

Markers and crayons

If you or your kids are the crafty-types, you’ve had your share of marker and crayon left on tabletops or other surfaces. It might take a little scrubbing but baby wipes work pretty well to clean those marks away without damaging the surface below.

Moisten envelopes

If you hate licking envelopes to activate the glue, use a baby wipe to do that for you. Works like a charm. 

Chalkboard cleaner

You can remove writing and all the white haze from a chalkboard—or any surface that has been treated with chalkboard paint—without damaging the surface at all.

Carpet and upholstery stains

I have dozens of readers who swear by baby wipes to remove coffee and other stains from carpets and upholstery. The secret is to get to those stains as quickly as possible. Good news: It really works! To make sure the oil in the baby wipe doesn’t sit there to attract more dirt in the future, be sure to rinse well with a clear water and a clean white cloth. 

BONUS: Make your own Baby Wipes

It’s easy to make your own wipes that you can keep in an old baby wipes container, a plastic storage container with a lid, or even a resealable plastic bag. Here’s how to do it:

Combine in a bowl or large measuring cup: 2 tablespoons each of baby oil and baby shampoo (or baby wash), 1 tablespoon white vinegar (to inhibit mold), 2 cups boiled and cooled (or distilled) water plus 1 or 2 drops essential oil (optional) to make it smell good.

Get a roll of high-quality paper towels. Cut the roll in half with a serrated knife to create two short rolls that look toilet tissue, or tear off sheets by hand and pile them in a stack. Remove the cardboard cores from the short rolls.

Pour some of the liquid in the bottom of your container of choice, then a half roll of paper towels, and finally pour the rest of the liquid over the top. There you go—homemade any wipes. Left for an hour or so, that half-roll of paper towels will absorb all the liquid. Apply the lid. To use, open the container and pull a wipe from the center of the roll.

Dried out baby wipes. Use this same procedure to rescue that container of dried out baby wipes you’re about to toss in the trash. In most cases, evaporation is the culprit and adding a little distilled water to the package to moisten the wipes is enough to restore them back to usefulness. In some cases though, those wipes need a little extra boost because they are super dried out. In that case do this:

Make up the same solution as above, as you would to make your baby wipes from scratch. Slowly pour a small amount over your dried out package or container of baby wipes (take it easy because you don’t want a dripping mess).

Close the baby wipe lid and turn it upside down. Rotate the container a few times to allow the mixture to soak into the wipes.

Repeat as necessary until the wipes are pleasantly moistened.

As for my leftover stash of baby wipes, I opened one of the packs and was pleasantly surprised to find it really wet and totally useful—good to know since I’ve decided to donate half of the stash, and keep the rest for all of the reasons/uses above.

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7 replies
  1. Diane says:

    Love this! I recently rediscovered my love of baby wipes as well. When my kids were little I used them for so much beyond “baby” needs. Then, at some point I stopped buying them. But, I am back in the game again. I keep a pack in my car, my work bag, at home… everywhere!!! It’s nice to know I’m not crazy – or alone! 😉

  2. Lynnell Caldwell says:

    When my kids were babies, I used baby wipes on the hot car seat to cool it down. Car seats have greatly improved over the years, but back then it was a plastic cushion where baby hands would rest. It would be blistering hot! Being in Southern California, it would really heat up and the baby wipes worked like a champ.

  3. Terri says:

    You know that area where the wall-to-wall carpet meets the baseboard, and your vacuum cleaner just doesn’t get down into that crevice as well as you’d like? With your fingers, drag a baby wipe along in that crevice and it will grab all the nasties down in there. (This only works if your back can handle bending over and you can shuffle along at the same time–you might have to talk someone into doing it for you!)

  4. Spice Weasel says:

    thank you from the bottom of my well..bottom. Your suggestion about re-hydrating dried out baby wipes has been a life saver. I can’t believe how much more comfortable I am now. Your timing was impeccable.

  5. Jennifer Swan Hopkins says:

    Hi Mary,
    I am a local business owner in Florida ( and locally within Arts & Ends). In addition to handcrafted night lights and lampshades, my business includes teaching classes for chalk painting (I’m a retailer of a locally owned brand, Dixie Belle) as well as other fun techniques. Baby wipes are great in this application as they are not only conveniently packaged, but they are lint free which is essential in painting. I advise using a generic wipe that has no aloe, oil, (or if using a cleaning wipe, no bleach) – but feel free to experiment. Here are some other baby wipe uses for artists and crafters:

    Chalk Mineral Paint (go DBPC!) can be distressed with baby wipes. The baby wipes drag the paint leaving a light coat. It will now appear more worn than chipped. Add Unicorn Spit highlights to some of the distressed areas again with a baby wipe.

    Clean Cricut mats with baby wipes. When it dries (can take a day+), it will be sticky. In case you got overly ambitious in your cleaning, you can use a product called Zig Two Way Glue to replenish your stickiness. NOTE: Always cover the outer inch of your mat with tape before applying any glue as your Cricut machine’s rollers use that area!

    Unicorn Spit will come right off of your hands with baby wipes! We spitters have all proudly worn the finger-stained “badge of honor” after a project, but know that visually admitting to your addiction really is an option, lol.

    Epoxy: Baby wipes will take up this sealer (one use is for Unicorn Spit projects), removing it from surfaces you may have dripped on. Does not work on clothing…

    Want to blend colors when painting (chalk or acrylic, Unicorn Spit…)? Try using a baby wipe! Also try using a wipe for applying Unicorn Spit.

    When I make my night lights and shades, I use my finger for spreading the glue. Baby wipes remove the residue from my sticky fingertips so I don’t get it all over during the shade creation process.

  6. chibibarako says:

    I was introduced to baby wipes as a costumer. When I’m in full Klingon greasepaint, and I need to be human before I get home, baby wipes are the easiest most portable way of dealing with the situation.


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