Baby Wipes: 8 Extraordinary Uses

Wipes do more than clean up baby's bottom! Here are new ways to put them to work.

From Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things (Reader's Digest Association Books)

Use for quick, on-the-move cleanups
Baby wipes can be used for more than just cleaning babies’ bottoms. They’re great for wiping your hands after pumping gas, mopping up small spills in the car, and cooling your sweaty brow after a run. In fact, they make ideal travel companions. So, next time you set off on the road, pack a small stack of wipes in a tightly closed self-sealing sandwich bag and put it in the glove compartment of your car or in your purse or knapsack.

Shine your shoes
Most moms know that a baby wipe does a pretty good job of brightening Junior’s white leather shoes. But did you ever think of using one to put the shine back in your leather pumps — especially with that 10 a.m. meeting fast approaching?

Recycle as dust cloths
Believe it or not, some brands of baby wipes — Huggies, for instance — can be laundered and reused as dust cloths and cleaning rags for when you straighten up. It probably goes without saying, but only “mildly” soiled wipes should be considered candidates for laundering.

Buff up your bathroom
Do you have company coming over and not much time to tidy up the house? Don’t break out in a sweat. Try this double-handed trick: Take a baby wipe in one hand and start polishing your bathroom surfaces. Keep a dry washcloth in your other hand to shine things up as you make your rounds.

Remove stains from carpet, clothing, and upholstery
Use a baby wipe to blot up coffee spills from your rug or carpet; it absorbs both the liquid and the stain. Wipes can also be effectively deployed when attacking various spills and drips on your clothing and upholstered furniture.

Clean your keyboard
Periodically shaking out your computer’s keyboard is a good way to get rid of the dust and debris that gathers underneath and in between the keys. But that’s just half the job. Use a baby wipe to remove the dirt, dried spills, and unspecified gunk that builds up on the keys themselves. Make sure to power down before you wipe the keys.

Soothe your skin
Did you get a bit too much sun at the beach? You can temporarily cool a sunburn by gently patting the area with a baby wipe. Baby wipes can also be used to treat cuts and scrapes. Although most wipes don’t have any antiseptic properties, there’s nothing wrong with using one for an initial cleansing before applying the proper topical treatment.

Remove makeup
It’s one of the fashion industry’s worst-kept secrets: Many models consider a baby wipe to be their best friend when it comes time to remove that stubborn makeup from their faces, particularly black eyeliner. Try it and see for yourself.