50 alternative uses for baby wipes

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

Those many years ago when I was pregnant with my twins I was so grateful to receive practical gifts at my baby shower, such a nappies, lotions, Tupperware (maybe that’s when the obsession began) and baby wipes.  It wasn’t long after the twins were born I learnt that they reacted to a particular brand of baby wipes.  As they got older I learnt that they have very sensitive skin, both now have eczema. So I had quite a few packs of baby wipes that I couldn’t use on bottoms.  Instead I used them for other everyday purposes.

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I created a list below of 50 alternative uses for baby wipes.

Please remember, using wipes as suggested below isn’t the most environmentally friendly option, using a rag, duster or microfiber cloth is always a better alternative.

  1. General dusting
  2. When you have run out of toilet paper
  3. When you have run out of tissues, use for your nose
  4. Clean shoes
  5. Clean the ink off rubber stamps you use when scrapbooking or crafting
  6. Clean dolls
  7. Clean the car interior
  8. Wipe over phones/tablets
  9. Remove sticky stuff off the floor
  10. Remove the dust from leaves of indoor plants
  11. Removing makeup
  12. Remove scuff marks from the floor
  13. To clean hands while at a picnic
  14. Use to clean yourself while camping
  15. Clean leaves of fake flowers/plants around the house
  16. Clean your computer keyboard
  17. Clean the home phone
  18. Clean up coffee spills from the coffee table
  19. Clean leather couch
  20. Clean the stair case
  21. Clean the walls
  22. Clean the bathtub
  23. Clean the bathroom sink
  24. Clean the bathroom benches
  25. Clean bat and bird dropping off car
  26. Clean bird droppings off outdoor furniture
  27. Clean animals feet so they don’t get dirt through the house or in the car
  28. Clean white deodorant stains off clothing
  29. Cleaning around the cat litter tray
  30. Cleaning cats bottom
  31. Clean kids hands while crafting
  32. Clean up the craft table
  33. Clean windows and mirrors
  34. Clean the outside of microwave
  35. Clean the outside of dishwasher
  36. Clean the outside of fridge
  37. Clean hands after filling the car up with fuel
  38. Clean wooden blinds
  39. Clean remote controls
  40. Wipe seats on public toilets
  41. Wipe over public high chairs
  42. Wipe over trolley handles
  43. Wipe over public change tables
  44. Tidy up fingers when using nail polish
  45. Wipe over dirty cookbook pages
  46. Wipe over sunburn to soothe
  47. Use on hot day’s to wipe your face, neck and hands
  48. Wipe down the table after dinner
  49. Use to clean a blackboard
  50. Use to clean a whiteboard


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julie mcdonald February 20, 2013 - 1:54 PM

I carry Kleenex Wet Wipes in my handbag at all times but have a box of Huggies wipes in our four wheel drive. I spilled raspberry cordial on the back seat of my car once and just sopped up the excess then left 3-4 wipes sitting on top of the stain. After an hour, the colour was completely gone with no trace of stain. They are brilliant things!

Katrina February 20, 2013 - 2:52 PM

they would of been perfect to pick up the sticky cordial…versatile!

Lisa Barton-Collins February 22, 2013 - 11:05 AM

My favourite is to clean the car interior. I must buy some more! Looking forward to meeting you on Saturday!

Shelley February 23, 2013 - 6:25 AM

Most wipes contain parabens and other nasties so you really shouldn’t use on your face. All of the other ideas are great though!

s. davey February 24, 2013 - 8:27 AM

clean outside of toilet and kids potty training seat

mamafox March 1, 2013 - 6:45 AM

I can’t imagine not having wipes in my life now. Especially in the car. Saved us when travelling with a car sick baby, wiped down the leather upholstery, wiped down the child, less time on the side of the road in the rain 🙂

Sindi April 14, 2013 - 11:13 PM

I find wipes are great if your animals or child have had a wet ‘accident’ on carpet. Just leave a few over the mark and they should soak up. If it is a lot, try clean with a damp cloth first then leave the wipes on for a few hours/overnight. They will turn yellow and it is amazing how much they soak up.

Katrina April 17, 2013 - 8:58 AM

That is a great tip Sindi, never thought of leaving them on a wet spot overnight. Thanks for sharing 🙂

Rachel September 9, 2013 - 9:28 PM

The shocking use for baby wipes I have found is they cut through grease on your hob splashback/tiles. I’ve tried many sponges/products to remove the grease from our stainless steel cooker hood but nothing comes close to baby wipes!! Makes me wonder what’s in them and we’re using them on our babies bottoms!

Katrina September 27, 2013 - 8:27 AM

That is very scary indeed. 2 of my kids have very sensitive skin and there was one popular brand that always hurt their skin.

Angelina April 2, 2014 - 12:10 AM

I wouldn’t recommend using it for toilet paper as tr alcohol and other chemicals could be very harsh and harmful to such delicate sensitive areas 😉

Terri-Ann May 7, 2014 - 11:29 AM

Considering wipes are for babies bums, can’t see why couldn’t use as toilet paper, as long as not flushing them…. … I have damaged my leather lounge from using baby wipes on it.

blu-k May 7, 2014 - 12:43 PM

yes, and they are not biodegradable so should not be flushed down the loo.

Donna May 7, 2014 - 2:03 PM


Jackie January 9, 2015 - 7:28 AM

I love baby wipes. I found they even got permanent marker off my plasma TV! I have 3 boys and the first thing I turn to when they make any kind of mess is the baby wipes!

Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 9, 2015 - 7:30 AM

Wow permanent marker on the plasma, my heart just skipped a beat, so pleased you could get it off!!

Katrina Jefferson January 9, 2015 - 9:53 AM

I use nappy wipes to clean inside the window sills and fly screens

Kristen January 9, 2015 - 12:01 PM

I use baby wipes to clean spit up stains or other things off of microfibre furniture! I have cleaned up water stains,

Derylie Wickens January 8, 2016 - 1:11 PM

My grand kids have eczema but we found it improved a lot when we switched to Bosisto laundry detergent, probably as it leaves less residue. Well worth a try!. I bought it at Woolies.


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