We buy our wet wipes in bulk, whether we have babies or not. The reason for this is the pure convenience of having these little buggers around (want to make your own wet wipes? You can find out how here). We use wet wipes of the homemade and store-bought variety in so many ways around our house that you can find a supply of them in nearly every room of our home. Here are my top 7 ways to use wet wipes, besides their intended purpose.
Removing nail polish
Toilet paper frays and holds the nasty scent of fingernail polish remover long after you are done using it, plus it dries out quickly and doesn’t hold up to extensive polish removal. If you use a wet wipe instead, not only will your nails and hands not dry out from the fingernail polish remover, but you will have less odor, have to use less remover, and you’ll remove your nail polish quicker than you would with even a cotton ball. For this reason, I only use wet wipes to remove my fingernail polish, and have excellent results for my efforts.
Best makeup remover
Makeup remover pads and wipes are expensive and useless to me, not when I can use a wet wipe to get the job done for me instead. I add a dab of Aloe Vera gel and a drop of Vitamin E oil to my wet wipe, then use a circular motion to remove all pesky makeup, including glittery eyeshadow and stubborn eyeliner. One wet wipe is all you need, and not only will your skin be clear and makeup-free in no time, but you’ll infuse it with healthy nutrients and exfoliate it more effectively than with soap and water alone at the same time!
Wet wipes are also great to use to remove excess makeup when getting ready for the day, such as smeared eyeliner or mascara, or wandering eyeshadow.
note: I also use wet wipes to wipe my armpits in the summer, just in case they get a little too off-putting for my taste. These wipes can discreetly refresh you so you can put on more anti-perspirant without just covering up the sweat smell you are trying to hide.
Bathroom cleaning agent
After applying makeup or lotion, I take a wet wipe and wipe down the bathroom cupboards, mirrors, and even the toilet seat (I wipe the toilet last, of course). A single wet wipe can quickly refresh your bathroom in a pinch, removing toothpaste spots, water stains, makeup smudges, and oily spots from sunscreen and lotion. A quick bathroom pick-me-up, a wet wipe can make any bathroom look spotless in seconds!
The perfect sweeper helper
To me, few things are more annoying than trying to get that last little bit of dirt off the floor when sweeping. Wet wipe to the rescue- I simply wipe the offending area with a wet wipe to quickly and easily scoop up the errant line of dirt that no amount of sweeping will pick up, then toss it in the trash.
Get rid of static hair and protect the scalp
I use wet wipes with a bit of Vitamin E oil rubbed into them to wipe down my wild hair after blow drying. The wet wipe calms the hair down and the oil gives my hair a bit of shine. On really sunny days, I get the wet wipe a bit more moist and add a dab of sunscreen to it, massaging the wipe until the sunscreen is absorbed. Then I wipe the wet wipe all over my hair, especially over my part, so I can protect my scalp as well.
The car cleaner
You know those crumbs you get in the weirdest of places, and the spills you get where you put your change and other items when you’re driving? A wet wipe is perfect for those quick messes that will otherwise become a quick pain in the butt, and is also great for wiping off your dash or removing that splatter of bird poop you were unfortunate enough to score while you were parked at the mall. I keep a stash of wet wipes in the car at all times anyhow, not just for the car, but you never know if you’ll need one when traveling.
Remove excess perfume or cologne
This is perhaps my favorite use for wet wipes- the removal of too much perfume or cologne. A quick swipe over your wrists, neckline, or anywhere you think you have too much ‘smell good’ on will save you from smelling like a perfume tester at the mall. It’s much more effective than trying to use soap and water, and much quicker as well, and allows you to get on with your day faster with much less paranoia about how badly you reek of your favorite hue.
Who knew there were so many ‘other’ uses for wet wipes?