Baby wipes for adults...say what?! Every home needs a packet of these multi-purpose wipes in their cupboard, whether you have a baby or not! The uses are endless and you’ll soon wonder how you ever lived without them.
Editor's Note: This post was originally posted in April 2015 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness in April 2018.
Uses for baby wipes for beauty
Why are baby wipes for adults too? Wait and see how they can transform your beauty regime and become your most must-have 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. Baby wipes are great for removing eye makeup
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.
3. Get rid of hair dye stains
Now, this use of baby wipes for adults is a real game changer!
If you dye your hair at home, you'll know how tough dye stains can be to remove.
Keep a pack of baby wipes on hand to quickly clean up those drips and stains around your hairline and neck.
4. Baby wipes make a great 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.
Who says baby wipes aren't for adults too?
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
There's nothing that proves baby wipes are for adults too like their cleaning powers...they're the ultimate multi-tasker.
7. Wipe dust off houseplants
To remove any dust and get that brilliant sheen back, give the leaves on your houseplants 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 using baby wipes
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 with a baby wipe 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 makeup 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
Baby wipes are a must for adults and kids alike on days out...you'll never leave the house without them.
21. Why you should always take baby wipes 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. Uses for baby wipes in the gym
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 of baby wipes in the glove box of your car and they’ll definitely come in 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. Baby wipes are essential during hot summer months
This is one of our favourite uses of baby wipes for adults.
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
There are uses of baby wipes for pets too!
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
There are still a few more uses of baby wipes for adults. Keep reading to discover them all!
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?
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