Wipes, Glorious Wipes

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As a non-mom (or rather, a dog-mom), it took me a minute to catch on to the wonder that is the wipe. But now that I’m initiated, I happily recommend them to anyone who asks. Here are 15 unexpected ways to use them…

Honest Company wipes

Honest Company wipes

First off, all wipes are not created equal. Often they can be soapy, foamy or greasy, or have really strong scents and leave residue.

Our hands-down favorites are from The Honest Company, one of our long-term sponsors. They’re the perfect amount of moist — not too wet and not too dry. They aren’t at all soapy and don’t leave any hint of stickiness. And they’re totally unscented, so when you’re done using them, they’re gone without a trace.

Honest wipes are bio-degradable and formulated without risky chemicals, so you can feel good about using them anywhere and everywhere. Best of all, their thick, waffle-like weave really helps them grab any gunk you might encounter, while keeping it off your hands.

Here are some ways to use them:

Beauty

  • Taking off makeup at night.
  • Removing chalky deodorant marks on clothing. Works like a charm.
  • Smoothing frizzy hair — I didn’t believe this until I tried it, but it actually works!

Home

  • Cleaning dog paws, faces and ears. And (ah-hem) other spots, too.
  • Removing scuffs on painted walls.
  • Dusting the leaves of houseplants.
  • Wiping off muddy sneakers — and polishing the scuffed toes of your trusty Converse.
  • Doing a speedy 30-second bathroom clean-up before company arrives.

Around Town

  • Freshening up after exercise. Works on both you and your yoga mat.
  • Cleaning hands and faces during road trips, airplane flights, beach days and other expeditions.
  • De-gunking your computer keyboard at work.

Kids

  • Wiping sticky fingers and ice-cream faces, of course.
  • Cleaning pacifiers or bottles that fell on the floor and bounced around in goodness-knows-what.
  • Ditto for wiping grimy toys.
  • Swabbing the handles and compartments of a stroller, which can easily become yucky.

Honest Company Wipes

Honest Company wipes

Honest’s travel packs are also perfect for stashing in your purse, diaper bag, glove compartment, you name it.

Bonus for all readers: Honest is offering $10 off a $25 purchase for first-time customers with the code CUPOFJO10.

How do you use wipes? Do you have any favorite uses we haven’t mentioned here?

P.S. Side note: How cute are their fall diapers?

(Photos by Nicki Sebastian for Cup of Jo. This post is sponsored by The Honest Company, a brand we have loved and used for years.)

  1. Sally says...

    I keep them in my bag of things to take to kids sporting events. Often a port o potty is the only place to go, and while I appreciate the hand sanitizer provided, I use that and then the wipe after. It provides more of that “just washed” feel that hand sanitizer doesnt.

  2. Ingerid says...

    As fabulous as wipes are, I feel compelled to mention that they are not flushable. Please, please do not flush wipes. They do not dissolve and they incur significant cost (your tax money) due to constant maintenance in water treatment plants.

    If it’s not toilet paper, poop, pee, or puke, it should NOT go in the toilet.

  3. Anonymous says...

    Wipes are great for wiping up “fluids” after doing the deed. I once got someone I was seeing hooked on wipes even after we had stopped dating! ?

    • em dee says...

      Ha! I was hoping someone would mention this and then it happens to be the first comment! Couldn’t agree more!

    • Heather says...

      I’m so glad you mentioned this!!! It took me several years into marriage to discover that a stash of wipes left in the nightstand was much easier than getting up and going immediately to the potty!

  4. Baby wipes are so great. I stash them everywhere. Great tips!

  5. We have used them for so many things also. Definitely keeping this list and sending this post link to my daughter. Love it!

  6. Madie says...

    Lordy yes, camping. I will never camp again without baby wipes. I also may never camp again *with* a baby, but that’s a story for another day…

  7. Just commenting to say your dog is adorable! What a cutie!

  8. lorena says...

    This wipes last forever! if you wash them you can reuse them over and over again! super eco-friendly :) I literally clean my kitchen and refrigerator with just one.

  9. Janet says...

    I LOVE Caroline’s top too!! Would love to know where it is from as well ;). Oh, and I also love wipes.

  10. Caroline. Love the wipes and all but are you going on a date with hot farmer or what?

    • Emily M. says...

      Ha! This comment just made me laugh out loud. Inquiring minds want to know, Caroline!

  11. Yes! I love experimenting with different wipes. I’ve never tried these and am excited to order some! I’m an avid feet wiper especially after a long night in the kitchen.

    But, PLEASE, don’t throw them in the toilet. Our apartment plumber has pulled out wads and wads from the pipes from our other tenants with young children.

    He looks at us and says in his this Russian accent, “It says its ok to flush, Liars, never flush!”

  12. Mallory says...

    Ahahaha the 30 second bathroom wipe-down before company. I relate SO hard to that.

  13. Susan says...

    Hello! Just a note about using baby wipes on dogs …. many wipes contain propylene glycol, which can be toxic for dogs. If you used a wipe to clean your dog’s paws and then they licked their paws, they could ingest a harmful amount of it. So, just be careful. If you’re in doubt, stick with wipes specifically made for dogs or use a homemade mixture. (Which, I know, sort of defeats the convenience factor of wipes!)

    • The happy news is there is no propylene glycol in the Honest wipes!

  14. Amy says...

    I always take them to my OB/GYN appointments. After they send you to the restroom, it’s nice to be sparkling clean before the exam. Also, I give my feet a quick swipe before putting them in those dreaded stirrups if I’m wearing sandals.

  15. Helen says...

    Caroline I love your blouse! Where is it from?

  16. Rebecca says...

    We also use take them camping – they come in handy when there are no toilets or running water. ;)

  17. May says...

    Thank you!
    Wipes that don’t smell or leave icky feeling on my skin are what I need to keep in the car instead of the liquid hand sanitizer that always manages to drip everywhere. The other uses you list are fantastic!

  18. Caitlin says...

    Now you’ve completely convinced me that I need wipes. Must buy!

    • Aga says...

      Just make sure to buy the BIO/DEGRADABLE ones and recycle the plastic packaging!

    • Amy says...

      Amen to what Aga says! And a gentle reminder that most of these things can also be accomplished with a reusable dish towel or washcloth, without the added trash generated. Sometimes convenience really is worth the waste, but oftentimes it’s not.

    • Daniela says...

      Thank you for this Amy, I was thinking exactly the same.

  19. kate says...

    I travel a lot for work and keep a travel size pack of Wet Ones antibacterial or a few Clorox wipes in a ziplock in my carry-on. First thing I do when I board the plane is wipe down the seatbelt, arm rests, and tray table! Wipes make it super easy and fast. I also wipe down the TV remote, door handles, and light switches in hotel rooms! I’m convinced it’s saved me from a lot of colds.

    If it’s an international flight, I’ll use a baby wipe to take off my makeup when I board and then do part of Lisa Etheridge’s flight beauty routine. http://www.lisaeldridge.com/video/23653/my-beauty-regime-on-long-haul-flights/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=17th+May+Newsletter+-+My+Tokyo+Travels&utm_source=YMLP&utm_term=My+Beauty+Regime+on+Long+Haul+…#.VgwET99Viko

  20. I use them for crafts! They make clean up easier, and they’re the best way to clean rubber stamps if you run out of (or forgot to get) regular cleaner – as long as they’re alcohol free!

  21. First of all, that dog is precious. Secondly, I’ve always loved having “baby” wipes around (no kids yet). I never travel without them. If I don’t have time to take a shower before bed, I at least wipe off my feet. I am a teacher and constantly need them at school… whether for my computer, desk, students, etc.

  22. You guys do such a great job making your sponsored posts interesting and useful. As somebody who has 2 kids under age 3 and (therefore) wipes galore, I’m thrilled to know they can be used for my benefit too–particularly to tame frizzy hair and remove makeup. Game changer!

    http://www.afriendlyharbor.com

  23. Aidel.K says...

    Jenny of Little Green Notebook did a post a while back of her best painting tips. One of the tips is to keep wipes nearby. What a game changer! Little drips come up completely with no smearing. PS–Hope you’re feeling better, Caroline!

  24. Caryl says...

    In love with Caroline’s top! Please share where we can find it :)

    • Iris Espinoza says...

      YES! Obsessed with Caroline’s top! Was it purchased online?

    • Gina says...

      I am pretty sure it is an older Anthro top:-)

  25. Meg says...

    They also make great stain removers for clothes when you’re on the go.

  26. Lauren E. says...

    In that first photo I thought Caroline had a really cool silver tattoo on the underside of her bicep!

    I’m planning on traveling to Paris for two weeks with only a carry on so I like that wipes can be used for lots of things that otherwise would’ve taken up space in my little quart-sized liquids bag.

  27. Erica says...

    Fragonard’s this cool little scent shop in Paris (maybe throughout France?). Also, I am a mom, I have wipes around all the time, but this post still informed me of the many more uses I can get out of them. And btw, I agree that Honest wipes are the best!

  28. Dawn says...

    my kids aren’t little anymore, but we still have them stashed everywhere! they come in handy when I’m painting furniture or walls in our house; small splatters, drips, and hands wipe up quickly and better than plain paper towels ?. we use them to dust, too.

  29. Ann says...

    Great post, great tips, and thanks for the discount code. More posts from Caroline, please!

  30. I’m a huge wipe acolyte! I usually go for the soft cloths in the purple pack at CVS! they’re good if you bike/walk to work, have a sticky desk, eat a burrito…

    Can you tell me which perfumes you have on your bathroom sink? Im a perfume nut and really cannot deal until I know!

    H

  31. I’ll definitely try to smooth my frizzy hair!

  32. tracey peer says...

    Wipes are our 2 year old’s all time favorite “toy”… she wipes down the floor, tables, toys…seriously- hours of entertainment. Bonus- she’s a messy eater and also loves to clean herself- much easier than trying to let her wash her face at the sink 5x a day ;)

    • Rebekah says...

      My two year old is the same! Have at it, I say!

  33. elizabeth says...

    Biodegradeable you say….but how do you dispose of them?

    • Charlene says...

      Throw them away – some compost facilities can also take them. Just wanted to say never ever flush wipes. Even if they say flushable on them they are not. They may make it down your pipe, but cost municipalities millions of dollars (and in turn the public).
      – Wastewater Gal

    • elizabeth says...

      Hi Charlene, my comment was rhetorical, but yes, absolutely don’t flush em ; ) I love you for posting that. If at all possible I would say don’t buy ’em either!

      The danger of something like the eco wipe is that even though the Honest Co has removed the chemicals (which is great, really great), the wipes still pile up in landfill, so they give us the warm and fuzzies with their ‘eco’ creds, but they are ultimately still causing huge problems for communities around disposal and sometimes even with sewers.

      They are convenient once, for the person who wiped away their makeup, and then they are a nightmare for all of us. http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/canadians-piling-up-more-garbage-than-ever-before-as-disposables-rule-1.3248949

      I mean part of me wants to celebrate the Honest Company for trying to be better than the worst offenders, but on the other hand I still get irritated that they’re framing convenience products as necessities.

  34. Grace Kim says...

    I’m cracking up at this! I’m in Korea and here they use wipes (what they call “wet tissue”) for EVERRRRRRRYTHING (which is funny because good luck if you need a napkin that you can actually wipe anything with!). I’m so used to it now (plus I have a 10 month old!) that I forgot it’s not common in the states to use them for things other than wiping a baby’s ahem…until a few days ago my American friend who moved here recently commented about how she loves how Koreans use them for any and everything!

  35. Hannah says...

    I’m a regular at Glastonbury festival (among others) and my packing list is basically wellie boots, glitter and wipes. You will always make friends if you have glitter and wipes in your backpack. X

  36. Laura C says...

    I use wipes to clean my fingers after applying my foundation. Then wash my hands.
    You clean pacifiers with a wipe? I couldn’t!!
    xox

  37. Caz says...

    I also don’t have kids or pets and I always have wipes at home.
    My skin gets quite dry in winter so I usually shower every 2nd day, wipes are great to freshen up.
    Also, maybe TMI, but I keep them handy in the bathroom for their original purpose (freshening up after, uh, toilet stuff) but for myself!
    I don’t think they’re great for makeup removal (they can irritate sensitive eyes), but they work in a pinch/when you’ve had a few drinks and the normal routine is just TOO HARD.

  38. Aside from using them for my three-year-old daughter, I also love using wipes as a makeup remover. I put a little bit of baby oil on a sheet and it works really well at removing even waterproof makeup from my face.

  39. My husband uses them to clean the grease from his bikes! It was a bit of a surprise when I saw it on the shopping list for the first time when we were first dating :o

  40. Karen says...

    We always keep wipes in our car. Once when my husband was dropping me off at work, I stepped out of the passenger seat right into a pile of dog poop on the sidewalk. Never have I been so grateful to have those wipes. And I didn’t have any qualms about using giant stacks of them to do the wiping, many times over!

  41. Rene says...

    I use wipes to clean off my phones and it’s great for removing spots from carpet.

  42. Melissa says...

    Please share where her top is from..love it!

  43. Kathryn says...

    Wipes are magic for fresh pen marks on tables.

  44. Kate says...

    Sorry if this is TMI but as an adult with IBD, I use wipes for their, ahem, intended purpose. Travel packs of Honest wipes in my car, bag, office, everywhere. Makes such, such a difference, I can’t even tell you. (Plus I use them for all the other things too!)

    • Kate says...

      Also reminds me of your posts about how to make your home welcoming to guests. I would add, keep a pack of wipes accessible in the bathroom. You never know who may need them for a variety of reasons.

  45. Eileen says...

    Looks like Nina already mentioned cleaning brushes for paint but I use them to clean makeup brushes. The honest wipes really are cloth-like as they describe so they withstand the back and forth of the brush while cleaning with water and soap.

  46. I hate sticky and greasy wipes too! These seem to work very well though! Glad to know!

    Have a great weekend!

    Love,
    Mariam
    http://www.thepetitebijou.com

  47. Nina says...

    Oh can I add in even when wipes say they are biodegradable and can be flushed, I’ve heard from several plumbers they will clog pipes. I used one box of flushables when my son was potty training and got a clog (thankfully not plumber worthy though a friend of mine did) and I moved to white wash clothes with cetaphil cleanser- white because I bleach them.

  48. Nina says...

    1st oh mythos you’re dog is oh so cute! On to wipes….I use them for mixed media art- you can wipe excess color off your canvas, clean brushes, cut out the colored on dried up ones to put into art, clean stamps off, hands naturally. Also a non-scented, non-stinging wipe is great for kid’s boogie noses though I found boogie wipes (a brand name) work we best.

    • Nina says...

      Oh my gosh, I meant…stupid auto-correct!

  49. Megan says...

    Where is this shirt from??

    • Branna says...

      I’m wondering the same thing! LOVE!

  50. Jodi says...

    We keep them in the car & use them constantly. Perfect for cleaning your hands before munching on snacks, cleaning the steering wheel, coffe spills, cleaning your hands after snacks (hello, white cheddar popcarn!), etc, etc…

  51. Oh man. I feel so mixed about the wipes and was surprised that I haven’t yet seen a comment articulating my thoughts. Speaking from the perspective of a dog-mom, I do love wipes for camping and when I have a boozy night out and can’t fathom washing my face (and I totally drunkenly use the other side to wipe down the bathroom sink- ha!), HOWEVER, other uses just seem like a big waste- financially and environmentally. I know most wipes are compostable, but I just can’t bring myself to use a wipe to clean the house when a rag or sponge and spray cleaner works just as well, or use them on my dog’s paws (damp, old towel for that), or for spot cleaning, etc. Even when I need to freshen up after exercising, I’ll just bring a washcloth, dampen it in the bathroom, and then pop it in a re-used plastic bag and toss it in my gym tote. I’ve also started using oil cleanser on my face, which you apply to a dry face and then washcloth off with hot water- just as refreshing as a wipe, and without the waste. Plus, the one that I use is amazing- highly recommended: http://www.luxaskin.com/product/deep-cleansing-facial-oil/

    I can absolutely see all the uses for families on-the-go with young children, but for a dog-mom, I try my best to have limited use for them and encourage others to think about the waste when you’re running through wipes all the time!

    • Katherine says...

      YES! Thank you. I never understood wipes out of the context of messy children and camping, in which case they are a small luxury when everything else is enough to manage already. Even if they are compostable, the plastic they come in is not.

    • Ris says...

      Absolutely! *Even if* you compost them and recycle the container, which not every single person is willing or able to do, manufacturing and transporting these products requires resources. Recycling items and packaging should be secondary, not the way we assuage any guilt about frivolity.

    • Stephanie says...

      Amen

    • Aga says...

      100% agree! I posted something similar about our immediate and thoughtless convenience forsaking our planet, but it seems my comment was censored :(

    • Andrea says...

      I love oil cleansing for my face! I’ve been doing it about a year and my skin has never looked better. I’ll have to check out the brand you recommend.

  52. Alisa Cunningham says...

    Wipes (and boxed milk) saw us through a 10-day train trip through Rajasthan, India when my son was four years old :).

  53. charlieg says...

    How do you use the wipes on hair? Wet or dry?

    Thanks.

  54. One more use for wipes (since Halloween is coming up):

    Taking off face paint quickly and completely.

    Seriously … Works like a charm and keeps my boys from melting down at the sink.

  55. Getting any mark out of clothing- lipstick, makeup, you name it!

  56. Haive says...

    Just a heads up: Please please please make a note that people should not flush wipes of any sort – even those that are labeled “flushable”. They cause bad clogs in sewers and wastewater treatment facilities, leading to expensive and unnecessary maintenance and repair costs.

  57. I read an interview with Brad Pitt once where he admitted to cleaning himself with wipes when his kids were babies and there was no time to shower. My husband and I quickly adopted the phrase “Brad Pitt shower”, as in, “We have to be there in half an hour? I’m just gonna do a Brad Pitt shower then.”

    • Kate says...

      Omg I love that hahaha!

    • YESSSSSS. I’m going to start calling it that now!!! hahaha. I do a “shower” like this probably once a week ;)

    • Danielle D. says...

      I love this too. I’ve had way too many days of running from one event to another with little time to freshen up. You gotta do what you gotta do and sometimes life calls for a Brad Pitt shower.

    • Lennie says...

      LOL me too!

  58. Leah says...

    My baby boy is 13 1/2 years old, but I buy the Costco wipes to use around the house and for the dog. Not sure I would have used this particular brand on his baby bum, but I love the huge “buy in bulk” box. Baby wipes are definitely something I couldn’t give up!

  59. Katherine says...

    My husband briefly had a job that required proper business dress (normally it’s jeans and t-shirts in his work) and we ended up with ties and trousers that were dry clean only, while we almost never dry clean anything. The guy at the shop gave us a great tip to spot clean the wool or silk with wipes. It’s genius. Especially since we did have a baby and lots of spots to clean way too regularly!

  60. Nikki says...

    The red sandals are adorable!
    Where can I find them?

    • Andrea says...

      Those look like Saltwater sandals! Check Modcloth :D I got them in white from there.

    • Grace says...

      They are Saltwater Sandals! You can find them on Amazon. Some of my favorite sandals (so comfy).

    • Alissa Moghtaderi says...

      I have had a pair of Saltwater sandals in my closet every summer since 1982 (when I was two years old). Though now they last me more than one season, since my feet stopped growing some time ago! They are trusty, reliable classics, though they can be hard on the feet if you’re walking miles on city streets.

  61. ariel says...

    The top you’re wearing is gorgeous! Please share!

  62. Bethany says...

    Thanks Caroline! I love posts from dog moms, as I’m not sure I’m ready to be a tiny humans mom.

    • Laurel says...

      Ditto! Me too!

  63. Theresa says...

    I love Honest wipes! They are the best wipes!! We use them for many no kid things. Good for wiping up cat hair on the couch!

    • Should say non kid things. :)

  64. Jen says...

    we always bring wipes when we go camping!

  65. Jeremy says...

    We use them when backpacking to wipe off sweaty bits: makes for “a refreshing shower” when it’s really cold, when high and away from lakes and rivers, when in the desert or where you don’t wish to share a watering hole with a hippo.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      wow, you are awesome!

  66. Franziska says...

    What a cute post! Reading Caroline’s thoughts on many of the products that are usually labelled as “mommy”-stuff is so refreshing for us folks that are too young / not ready for a family yet. I’m a huge fan, go Caroline!

  67. I love wipes! My favorites are Acure Unscented Argan Oil Cleansing Towlettes – also not overly soapy/oily/goopy, also easy on the environment. After cleaning my face each night, I use the back side of the wipe to give my sink a quick once-over for easy ongoing maintenance. (On sale now on their site: http://www.acureorganics.com/product-p/050.htm)

  68. Shawn B says...

    You know when you get a terrible headcold and your nose dries out and it hurts when you use a kleenex? Use the wipes – so much gentler and more hydrating.

  69. I use wipes for everything! They’re also great for getting dog hair off furniture (do a spot test first)
    They’re also great for taking permanent marker off skin.

  70. Jenn says...

    Only COJO could make me suddenly have an intense want of wipes. I’m sitting at my desk thinking I must try these wipes, I must!

    Haha, on another note, what are those perfumes on the sink? Looks like Chloe, Diptyque and something else?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      I’ll ask Caroline! She’s sick home from work this week. We are praying it’s not mono. (Insert horrified emoji here.)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Her answer: “It’s Eau Duelle from Diptyque, See by Chloe and Diamant by Fragonard (weird thing from France)”

    • Jenn says...

      Oh nooo!! Sending get-better juju to Caroline! Mono is a nightmare and I wouldn’t wish it on anyone! (But also slightly curious if she’s been kissing hot dates. hee!)

      Thank you for the answers!! Based on the other two that I also like, I’ll have to check out the Fragonard! (Are Caroline and I scent twins?)

      (Did I use enough exclamation marks in my response? !!! a few extra for good measure)

  71. Oana says...

    I have no kids but I have (and use) wipes everywhere: in my car, at the office (I have a “wipes drawer” with a stock of them), bathroom and in my bag. Siempre wipes!!!

  72. Hannah K says...

    Wondering the same thing! :)

  73. Taylor says...

    Where is Caroline’s top from? It is beautiful!

    • Louise says...

      I have this top and I got it from an Australian online seller called Little Tienda. http://www.littletienda.com.au