39 unexpected uses for baby wipes


Baby wipes are not just for babies. Every home needs a packet of these multi-purpose wipes in their cupboard. The uses are endless and you’ll soon wonder how you ever lived without them!

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Uses for baby wipes for beauty

…say hello to your new skincare essential.

1. Wipe away excess nail polish

Keep your baby wipes on hand when you’re painting your nails – they can quickly fix any mistakes with minimal effort. They’re also incredibly useful for cleaning the nail area pre-manicure and for giving a little extra moisture to cuticles.

2. Remove eye make up

Beauty purists might recoil in horror at the thought of cleansing skin with a wipe, but they are fine for eye make-up. If you’re in a hurry or feeling lazy they will quickly dissolve stubborn mascara in seconds and are kinder to sensitive skin than cheaper cleansers.

They’re also a lot cheaper than most ‘beauty wipes’ found in the skincare aisle.

Young woman wiping off make-up, high section, close-up

3. Get rid of hair dye stains

If you dye your hair at home, keep a pack of baby wipes on hand to quickly clean up those drips and stains around your hairline and neck.

4. Toilet paper substitute

We’ve all been there…reaching for the kitchen roll when your loo paper has run out. 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 down the loo.

5. Tame flyaway hairs

If you have created a nice up ‘do but have flyaway hairs then don’t reach for the hairspray – take a wipe and gently pat down any hairs. Works a treat!

You can also tame unruly eyebrows.

6. Remove excess tanning lotion

If you’ve been a bit heavy handed with the tanning lotion, just go over the areas with a baby wipe.

They’re also excellent at removing stains from the palms of your hands.

Uses for baby wipes for cleaning

…it’s the ultimate multi-tasker.

7. Wipe dust off house plants

To remove any dust and get that brilliant sheen back, give the leaves on your house plants a quick wipe down with a baby wipe. They’ll look lovely and shiny again.


8. Clean away household dust

Attach a wipe using some tape to your broom and clean away the dust in those hard to reach areas. The dust will stick to the baby wipes instead of falling into the air – making it an absolute cinch to clean away cobwebs and dust balls.

9. Quick fix cleaning

If you’ve got unexpected guests coming over and no time for a deep clean, just grab a few baby wipes and wipe down the surfaces in your kitchen and bathroom. The clean and shiny appearance may only last an hour or so but it will give your guests that priceless first impression of a super clean home.

10. Spruce up a leather sofa

A quick wipe down with a baby wipe will collect any dust from your leather sofa and give it a temporary shine. A great quick fix for when guests pop over at short notice.

11. Stain remover

FACT: Baby wipes are amazing at getting out stains from pretty much any surface.

From cotton clothing to drawn on walls, sofa stains and carpet spills – give it a gentle rub before it sets and see the stain lift off. I recently removed an oil stain (from some Piri Piri chicken) from a cotton tablecloth with a baby wipe, a dab of liquid detergent and a quick rinse in the washing machine.

Baby wipes are great for cleaning leather. From a sofa to a leather jacket – before you buy specialist wipes or invest in a professional clean, just have a go with some baby wipes first. You could save a fortune!


Baby wipes are essential when decorating. Especially painting walls as they can actually get the matt paint off your hands! For a quick clean up after a day’s decorating – I recommend baby wipes.


– Natalie, EHT reader

12. Clean grubby light switches

Light switches are touched constantly, and you might start to notice they’ve discoloured. Give them a clean with a baby wipe and they’ll look good as new. Plus you’ll get rid of any germs laying on the surface.

13. Clean the outside of a fridge

Get rid of grime and mould on the handles and crevices of your fridge. They’ll quickly lift off with very minimal effort – for particularly grubby areas double up. They are also incredibly useful for cleaning the outside of most kitchen appliances too, like your microwave, kettle, toaster and coffee machine.

14. Get rid of dirt and mud from shoes and trainers

Use a baby wipe to quickly clean those grubby trainers, shoes or welly boots. You can wipe the sides and soles making them look like new again! You can also give leather shoes a quick wipe over to restore some shine.

15. Clean your kids plastic toys

Give those toys a good clean with just a few baby wipes. You’ll get rid of any dirt, grime and germs while also making them look shiny and new again.

16. Get to those hard to reach areas

Baby wipes are an absolute wonder product for cleaning those hard-to-reach areas where dusters just can’t reach. Run a baby wipe along your blinds to catch any dust, or pull them through the slits in your garden chairs.

17. De-grease frying pans 

Wipe excess grease from frying pans and deep fat fryers before putting them into the sink for washing. They work absolute wonders in getting rid of grease so you can wash up with minimal effort.


18. Remove make up from clothes

Accidentally got some foundation on your clothes? Quick – grab a baby wipe before it sets and wipe it off. It works pretty much instantly.

I heard of this little trick from a friend who works in retail. Apparently they use them to take off make-up from clothes after people have tried them on.

19. Clean your kitchen bin and food waste bucket

Keep your bins clean in-between washes with a quick wipe down. You can get rid of food bits and spills really quickly – you’ll never have a dirty bin again!

20. Cut through window grime

Get to those fiddly hard to reach areas of your windows and really get into the corners and crevices with a wipe.

Uses for baby wipes on days out

…you’ll never leave the house without them.

21. Take them to the beach

No beach bag should be without a packet of baby wipes – they are an absolute essential! You can get rid of sand, salt water and sunscreen from your skin and hair in just a few seconds. No more itchy grains – you’ll happily go from beach to bar or car with ease.


22. Sanitise those germ-ridden public spots

Baby wipes are great for travelling when you’ll be in contact with a lot of items in public areas. Use them for wiping down toilet seats, handles, public phones etc.

23. Stash them in your gym bag

Use them to wipe down your gym equipment – treadmill, spin bike and more – and also use them to give yourself a quick freshen up for when you’re not showering at the gym.

24. Stash some in your camping kit

Don’t leave home without a pack of baby wipes! You can use them to clean yourself when you don’t quite need a shower, as an alternative to washing your hands and to clean dishes and pots and pans.

25. Keep them in the car for handy cleaning

Store a packet away in the glove box of your car and they’ll come in super handy! Use them to wipe away any petrol spillages or grubby hands and when you’re stuck in traffic, why not clean away dust from your dashboard and plastic fittings. Get into those fiddly areas like the cup holders and caddies too.

You can also wipe away any bird poo from the windscreen.

26. Feel fresh and stay cool in the Summer

During the Summer, keep a pack of baby wipes in your fridge for a quick cool down. You can easily get rid of any sweaty areas or dirt from the bottom of your feet while you’re at it. Perfect for keeping in your cooler bag on those beach days or picnic trips.

27. Clean the wheels of your bike, pram or shopping trolley

Save from mud and dirt trailing through your home by keeping a small packet of baby wipes by your door. Give the wheels a quick once over with a wipe to ensure you keep your floor nice and clean.

28. Wipe down your Yoga mat

You don’t know what nasties are lurking on that floor! Give your mat a quick clean with a wipe so it stays clean and germ-free.

Unusual uses for baby wipes

…these random but wonderful uses will put them to extraordinary use.

29. Press down letters and stamps

If you don’t like the taste of envelope glue or stamps, use the end of a baby wipe to moisten the seal. It works wonders and will save you from any potential paper cuts – ouch!

30. Clean pets and catch pet hair

If you’ve got a pet then use baby wipes to clean their muddy paws! You can also catch those malting hairs. This works wonders on furniture and the couch too – wipes are a magnet for pet hair.

31. Get rid off deodorant marks on your clothes

If you get frustrated with white deodorant marks, keep some baby wipes to hand. They quick mop up any white residue and leave your clothes nice and fresh.


32. Clean your keyboard

Turning your keyboard over and giving it a good shake is a good way to get rid of any dust and debris, but you should also be give it a deep-clean.

Unplug your keyboard and use a baby wipe to clean in-between the keys. You’ll be shocked at the amount of hidden dirt and gunk.

33. Wipe down dirty cookbook pages

Those recipe books will look good as new with a quick once over with a baby wipe.

I use baby wipes for crafting. Very handy for wiping rubber and acrylic stamps, cleaning ink mats and wiping ink stains off my fingers. I also use them for wiping down the surface and collecting all the stray bits of paper, ribbon and sticky tape after use.


– Claire, EHT reader

34. Use as an alternative to haemorrhoid cream

Pick up some baby wiped with Aloe in them and then add a few drops of witch hazel into the container. This alternative is much cheaper than speciality wipes and can do the same job.

35. Create scented sachets for your wardrobes and drawers

Cut your baby wipes into squares, add a few drops of your favourite essential oils and place it in the corners of your wardrobes and drawers. A quick and cheap way of lightly scenting your clothes!

36. Clean a chalkboard

Teachers in the know use baby wipes to give their chalkboards – and whiteboards – a good clean at the end of the day.


37. Remove fingermarks from appliances

You can get rid of those grubby fingermarks from all your appliances with just a quick wipe. You can also clean tablets and phone screens!

38. Wipe your remote controls

Remote controls can get extremely grubby so make sure they’re kept clean and germ-free by giving them a good clean with a baby wipe. They’re thin enough to get in-between all those tiny buttons.

39. Reuse as dusting cloths

Finally, when you’re done with your baby wipe – and if it’s not too dirty – leave it to dry out and re-use as a dusting cloth.

You can even launder some baby wipes like Huggies and continue to re-use!

 Thanks for reading! Do you have any unexpected uses for baby wipes?


Let us know in the comments section below!


A keen money-saver and fan of all things natural, Anushka enjoys making her own beauty products and is partial to a bit of crafting. Never short of a clever tip or two, she's always looking for new ways to make her money go even further.

  1. 1 Bee Reply

    Lots of uses for alcohol hand gel too. Cleaning silver, stainless steel kettles, bins fridges etc. Used with a baby bud get into difficult places with ease.

      1. 3 victoria green Reply

        I always use pampers to take my make up off at night .its so much better than the so called wipes that claim to take off makeup . and dont’ ..my skin feels much better using pampers .I don’t get that tight feeling that you get with so called makeup wipes

          1. 7 christime short

            I would givem yo my frirnd as she has had a baby thesr wou7 be very useful for her hsving the new baby
            Christine short

          2. 9 Patty Guido

            Abidjan,please tell people about the propelyne glycol in baby wipes,it’s toxic to dogs and I just found this out. I’ve been using them on my dog,his butt,nose,paws and mouth and I never knew that ! I hope he’ll be okay. I’m pretty worried about that now. I haven’t noticed any changes in him so,so far so good. Thank you Patty G

  2. 11 Kirsty Macfarlane Reply

    I use the unscented ones for my dogs ears she’s prone to the odd flare up I find them and then a little bit of lavender oil on the OUTSIDE of her ear. Great if your dog gets grubby ears!

    1. 13 Stacey Linning Reply

      Hi my dog has itchy and annoying ears at times I know it’s a build up of wax can you tell me do you rub the oil onto the babywipe then rub the inner ear canal? Or rub onto the outside of the ear(on fur)?

      1. 14 Anushka F Reply

        Hi Stacey, I would seek advice before using the baby oil trick on a pet. The baby oil can be used on us humans but it’s probably best to get an ear cleaner from the Vet’s or pet store for your dog.

  3. 15 Sue Reply

    They’re great at getting rid of grass stains on satin shoes, as we found out after wedding photographs were taken on a damp lawn.

  4. 20 alison Reply

    baby wipes are not so great for the environment- they do not biodegrade and cause problems in the sewage system if flushed.
    there are plenty of much more eco-friendly substitues, such as old socks (who doesn’t have a collection of single socks?- and don’t thrown ripped clothes away, just cut/tear into wipe sized pieces) with a little environmentally friendly cleaning product if necessary- often water is enough.
    be glad for the environment when your baby no longer needs disposable nappies or wipes…

    1. 21 Michelle Reply

      Actually bug spray works wonders on those foggy headlight lenses. And I’ve found Magic Erasers to be my “new best” friend:) A little more effort into using them verses baby wipes. But I SWARE by them! Work for EVERYTHING 😊

      1. 25 julie Reply

        I just always keep them I my handbag , in case a passer by is sick or a child treads in dog poo , or an adult for that matter you would be amazed at how many people I have given them out too over the tests and seeing people clearly happy for just a wipe is truly makes you feel as if you have helped someone out for that day and I am sure they will not forget your help in their time of crisis .

  5. 26 martyn shepherd Reply

    This should not be named 39 unexpected uses, if anything there was 1 ,it should of been called 39 general uses for baby wipes

  6. 30 Natalie Reply

    Baby wipes are essential when decorating, especially painting walls as they can actually get the matt paint off your hands! For a quick clean up after a day’s decorating – I recommend baby wipes.

  7. 32 Claire Boston Reply

    I use baby wipes for crafting, very handy for wiping rubber and acrylic stamps, cleaning ink mats, wiping ink stains off my fingers then for wiping down the surface and collecting all the stray bits of paper, ribbon and sticky tape after use.

  8. 33 Michelle Reply

    In the winter, I dry baby wipes out on my radiators or on a ‘smalls’ hanger and use them instead of tissues on my son’s runny nose, They’re so much softer than paper tissues or even cloth hankies and so much gentler on little one’s noses 🙂

  9. 35 Alisha Reply

    I buy baby wipes, all types, they are all good, i Use them to get paint off my hands because i love to paint, they also get the paint off my wooden table. I also use it to take off my make-up and is very good product to have with you, i keep a pack in my bag all the time.

  10. 38 Gregg Fitz-john Reply

    You left out my 2 main uses for always being armed with baby wipes. Cleaning up cat vomit there brilliant for. We never leave for a festival without a pack of them. When your getting into your tent at night after unlacing muddy para boots you need them to wipe the mud off your hands. Also used to clean plates and knives and forks after eating. One of the best inventions ever the baby wipe.

    1. 39 Anushka F Reply

      Cat vomit hey? That’s an interesting one! I will bare that in mine, I am putting together an article for cat owners – thanks Gregg! Baby wipes are also fantastic for festivals, agreed.

  11. 43 Kirsty Reply

    I have a horse and always keep a pack or two in my grooming box. Even use them for a quick last minute wipe of my tack and riding boots at shows gives a lovely shine.

  12. 54 Dean Haywood Reply

    Please advise readers NOT to use baby wipes on leather of any type. There are so many different types of leather around with different finishes, baby wipes may look like they are doing no harm to the leather but long term they can be detrimental. You would be better off just using a damp cloth or better still proper leather cleaning products.

    1. 55 Anushka F Reply

      Hi Dean, thanks for the warning. A suitable leather cleaner would be the best way to treat it, but for an occasional quick fix I don’t think it would be too bad on everyday leathers.

  13. 65 Jeanette Reply

    I don’t recommend that you use baby wipes as a toilet wipe substitute as councils and water suppliers have proven that they do not disintegrate and therefore block up sewage pipes. (Just saying)

  14. 67 Natasha Reply

    Can definitely vouch for baby wipes and leather sofas I have two children under two so you can imagine the mess! Food, milk and any thing else you can think of gets all over my leather sofas I wipe them down regularly with just a baby wipe and it makes it look like they have had a really good clean! They are great!

  15. 75 Hayley Coney Reply

    I use them for muddy paw/boot prints on my kitchen floor after I’ve taken my beloved dog for walkie’s 🙂 thanks for putting together all the tips

  16. 81 Liz Mingo Reply

    A definite mutual to take everywhere, I’ve worked with children for years (I use the unperfumed ones) my partner used to laugh at me taking wetwipes with me everywhere) but since has often asked me if I have them when changing a tyre, refuelling the car or checking under the bonnet, I do have to mention to him ‘ they are very useful aren’t they?

  17. 85 Tania Liddle Reply

    If you drop gloss on laminate flooring baby wipes can get it off without staining laminate, even if it has dried they will still remove the gloss.

  18. 87 Barbara Boden Reply

    I use baby wipes to clean the glass on the door of my log burner. It cleans the soot marks off brilliantly.
    I also use them for household cleaning in general, crafting and anything else I might need a quick clean up.
    There is always a packet in my car for those little emergencies such as spills, children’s sticky fingers and crumb removal from the seats plus cleaning the steering wheel and dashboard. Whoever invented baby wipes should get a big handshake. They are indispensable.

    1. 88 Anushka F Reply

      I agree! I keep some in the car too and I always take them with my on day trips. So many fantastic uses – what would we do without them? 🙂

  19. 91 Joyce Meatyard Reply

    I use baby wipes as they’re perfect size for cleaning the banister rail when you go up the stairs flip it over & use the other side to wipe it again on the way back down in case you missed a bit.

    I also use baby wipes for cleaning my steering wheel as they leave no polished residue which prevents the steering slipping through your hands.

    Baby wipes are perfect for cleaning dusty or finger printed CDs/DVDs, I use one wet to remove residue & have a dried out one to dry & remove streaks.

    The baby wipes are ideal For wiping my dogs eyes if they get stringy when walking dog on a windy day as they’re so mild & gentle & don’t sting.

    Baby wipes are Great for my partner when cleaning my tyres on my wheel chair or cleaning mobility scooter all over.

    I use baby wipes to clean my jewelry from earnings to the links in my belcher chain as using one with a hair pin cleans inside the belcher link really well & my creole earrings.

    Baby wipes are really helpful at cleaning my stair lift & disabled shower seat & other disability equipment between sterilising times.

    I have a very low immune system & due to disabilities I have to go to hospital weekly, so I always carry baby wipes as due to higher risk of picking up infection I keep one in my hand at all times so I never have to touch a handle or lift button or equipment, (maybe a bit OCD)

    1. 92 Anushka F Reply

      Hi Joyce, thanks for all the really useful tips! I also use the different sides for cleaning banisters and window sills 🙂 I agree they are also fantastic for car cleaning, I keep some in the glove box.

  20. 98 Pam Reply

    I witnessed an accident in the street recently where an elderly lady tripped and fell , cutting her face which bled very badly , while the ambulance was coming , a young lady with a baby pulled out the baby wipes and did a great job of cleaning up the ladies face and her jacket, first aid !

  21. 100 Michelle Costelloe Reply

    Can’t help thinking however, that all these wipes aren’t very good for the environment , & I know for a fact my plumber had to unblock my outside communal drain caused through people’s sticking baby wipes down the loo, so are they bio degradable one wonders…

    1. 101 Anushka F Reply

      Hi Michelle. That’s a very good point, as with all similar products we should not use them excessively or flush them down the toilet. I have read that’s a growing problem. I like to save some that haven’t got too grubby and launder them so they can be re-used as cleaning cloths.

  22. 105 jody Reply

    Some really good uses but as they are not antibacterial I wouldn’t use them to clean the kids toys nor the fridge or any other surfaces through the house, I much prefer an anti bac wipe.

  23. 108 Sue gillespie Reply

    Thankyou for your fantastic ideas. I alway have baby wipes in my home, ready and waiting for my grandchildren, as they are handy to have around to wipe mucky little fingers. X

  24. 110 Marilyn (Lott) Reply

    Do not ever flush baby wipes! In fact, never put anything down the loo that has not come out of your body. This may seem disgusting when you read it, but I had a hideous plumber’s bill because a granddaughter flushed a tampon.

    1. 111 Anushka F Reply

      Hi Marilyn, yes I did mention not to flush them down the toilet. They make a good alternative to loo paper but yes not good for plumbing!

  25. 114 Roma Reply

    Yes baby wipes are a Gem! I use them for almost everything! I have found that with my 3 year old, things can get pretty grubby. I had missed using baby wipes when my little one was potty training, but I still buy them and use them daily. Anything I need wiping down I always reach for the baby wipes! Fab ideas guys thanks for sharing all! God bless 😄

    1. 115 Anushka F Reply

      Aww no worries I’m glad you liked the article. They are so useful even people I know who don’t have kids still use them!

  26. 124 Laura sayer Reply

    I work for a charity that amomg other things sells jewellery and we use baby wipes to clean the display boxes of dust and dirt before the costomer buys..

  27. 126 Heidi Reply

    Baby wips are good for cooling down wen wether is hot I use baby wips for my makeup to thay are very soft on the skin I buy in bulk it less price

  28. 128 Liza Reply

    I use baby wipes to clean the litter tray and scoop (+of course cat vomit too). I also use them to clean hair brushes as they make it easier to remove hairs, etc. Also as bad as it sounds instead of blowing a bunged up nose over and over again finishing off with a wet wipe in each nostril makes your nose feel much cleaner and clear !!!

    1. 129 Anushka F Reply

      Ooh great tip with the snotty nose Liza! I get a very sore nose when I have a cold, and this could help me a lot. I’ve never thought of cleaning a hair brush with a baby wipes either – thanks for sharing, I’ll try it out very soon.

  29. 130 Wayne Holmes Reply

    I use baby wipes each time my shoes/trainers are dirty, it brings them back to the white theyou once we’re and without the need for a deep clean, and soon they’ll be back looking new.

    1. 131 Anushka F Reply

      Great tip Wayne, I also do the same. They make the rubber on my white converse come up like new – great for when they need a quick clean instead of a full on washing machine wash.

  30. 132 Claire Reply

    I use baby wipes to clean everything inc the interior of my car (leather seats and the dash). I also use them to clean the kitchen cupboard doors, painted walls, bird poo off the floor (we have 3 parrots), the upvc on the window frames. I also use them with a bit of milk to clean the dye off my face. The best is to have handy when I’m out and about and one or sometimes in my case all the kids need the toilet. I find public toilets loo roll is not that soft on the youngsters skin so it just helps give the final clean. Also very good for this time of year for sticky hands after ice creams, lollies and candy floss etc.

    1. 133 Anushka F Reply

      Thanks for sharing Claire! I love baby wipes too, don’t leave the house without them. They are an absolute godsend on days out 🙂

  31. 145 Nan Reply

    Great summary of uses. We have another one to add if you don’t mind. When we were young and really bumped our heads, mummy came with a big cool knife and pressed it on the area. For our baby, we have used baby wipes since they always seem cool fresh out of a packet and with a hand holding it, the effect is similar. It also helps as the baby gets upset, cries and might get hot, then it continues it’s use as a coolant.

  32. 150 Helen Reply

    And LEGO! As with keyboards and remote controls. No, not every individual piece (!) but the base-plates and larger pieces can get very dusty when left lying around.

  33. 154 JULIE TAYLOR Reply

    Baby wipes are really good but not for polishing anything as they leave awful smear marks on everything.

    Clothing too, i have used these on clothing in an emergency but they have also left oily marks behind.

    1. 155 Anushka F Reply

      Hi Julie I agree some surfaces don’t like baby wipes at all… it’s a bit of trial and error in my home. It works really well in my kitchen and bathroom, not so much in the living room.

    1. 163 Anushka F Reply

      I do yes! To get rid of the initial layer of dirt and grime, but then I make sure I finish with a sponge and hot water.

  34. 166 Theresa Reply

    Baby wipes are fantastic when children start feeding themselves or you genuinely have an accident and spill food down your clothes. The baby wipe not only cleans the mess of your clothes but always gets the stain out as well. I never go any where without them. Whether i have the children, grand-children or grown up children. I take them every whete. You should too.

  35. 175 Mary Fisher Reply

    I use by wipes for almost all the jobs in the house. I use the slightly scented ones which leave a lovely clean smell

  36. 177 white Reply

    You should never ever use baby wipes on a whiteboard. Over time the chemicals damage the board and you can then never get it properly clean again. Am a teacher and dealing with a stuffed whiteboard at the moment because the teacher to have that room before me used the wipes instead of the whiteboard cleaner. Which is really frustrating as the school provides the cleaners and not baby wipes.

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