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Genius Uses for Baby Wipes You Never Thought to Try

Forget wiping baby bums! Create scent sachets, clean your pet, craft a travel jewelry box, and more.

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Use baby wipes 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, wipes make ideal travel companions. Next time you set off on the road, pack a small stack of baby 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.

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Shine your shoes and purse

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

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Recycle as dust cloths

Who knew? 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.

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Baby wipes can remove stains from carpet and upholsteryPhoto: Shutterstock

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.

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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.

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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.

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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. If that doesn’t do the trick, try one of these home remedies for sunburn. 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.

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Freshen up your drawers

To make lightly scented sachets for your dresser drawers, cut baby wipes into squares and add a few drops of your favourite essential oil, suggests Expert Home Tips. The squares will keep your dresser smelling fresh and prevent your clothes from taking on a woody scent. Here are the perfect scents for every room in your home.

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Put an end to pet fur

Rub down your cat or dog with a baby wipe to stop shedding fur in its tracks. The wipe’s moisture will attract loose fur and leave your pet smelling fresh. Baby wipes are gentle enough to use on their paws too, so keep a container near your entryway to assist with cleanup on rainy or snowy days.

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Erase deodorant marks on clothes

If you pull a sweater on only to find it covered in deodorant streaks, give it a once over with a slightly wet baby wipe. The wipe will remove the stain and the piece of clothing will dry quickly.

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Clean car windows

Pigeon poop all over your windshield? Rub car windows clean with the baby wipes stashed in your glove compartment.

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Recycle your baby wipe containers

Don’t toss those empty baby wipe packages just yet. Consider rinsing them out and crafting a first aid kit for your car or a travel jewelry box. The container will keep everything in one place and you won’t feel guilty if it breaks or cracks from being tossed around.

Originally Published on Reader's Digest