June 22, 2007

Diaper Wipes, The New Duct Tape

This past father’s day, I had the honor of collaborating with my fellow blogfathers about what the meaning of fatherhood is to me. In my little section, I opined that “diaper wipes are the single most utilitarian tool outside of duct tape.” That got me thinking, what are the many uses of diaper wipes? So, while sitting here in front of my new Flat Screen HDTV (Thanks Honey!), I’m gonna list as many as I can think of. Here we go.

Diaper wipes are good for…

  • Wiping Butts (duh)
  • Wiping Noses
  • Wiping Faces
  • Wiping Bodies when baths aren’t possible (lavender scented work best)
  • Getting Dust Bunnies
  • Cleaning the bannister
  • Removing crayon from the coffee table
  • Polishing your shoes
  • Wiping snot off your computer screen
  • Cleaning grout on kitchen tile
  • Wiping dried oatmeal from the floor
  • Cleaning high chair trays
  • Cleaning the blades on your windshield wipers
  • Wiping little handprints off doors
  • Cleaning outer ears
  • Wiping handprints off your brand new 37″ Flat Screen HDTV
  • Making Dads look sensitive when passengers have to move diaper wipes package from floor board of car
  • Slicking hair back of your kid when a comb can’t be found
  • Wiping dirt from the top of a soda can
  • Doing a quick wipe down of the toilet rim before visitors arrive
  • Helping remove hot lightbulbs from lamps
  • Okay, that’s a good list. What else can you think of?


    1. They are also very good at wiping down stainless steel appliances. Work a treat at this house.

      They clean crayons off the wall without removing paint.

      That’s all I can think of right now

      Comment by Kin — June 23, 2007 @ 12:03 am

    2. I wipe down my leather seats and cupholders in my car with them–mostly because when I notice they need cleaning, I always have diaper wipes with me.

      Comment by Amy — June 23, 2007 @ 6:31 am

    3. They do great as on the spot stain removal for clothes. We’ve used them lots of times after going out to eat to get the spaghetti sauce or chocolate spots out of clothes.

      Also, when you are potty-training, you’ll find a few more ways to use them. *smile* I’ll let you figure that out.

      Comment by Julie — June 24, 2007 @ 6:43 am

    4. Hey, it seems to me that you’ve got the beginnings of a book here…sort of like 1001 Uses For Vinegar. Who published that? Rodale, maybe. Or you could do any anthology, with sections for Fathers, Mothers, Aunts, Uncles, Siblings, Pets (purely an ‘as told to…’), and so on. Man, I’m on a roll here–thinkin’ like an editor!–anyone want to hire me????

      Comment by ByJane — June 24, 2007 @ 12:05 pm

    5. Baby Wipes: The New Duct Tape?

      I use baby wipes for a lot of different things around my house. Sure, I use them on my kids who still

      Trackback by Strollerderby — June 24, 2007 @ 12:12 pm

    6. I don’t even have a baby yet but I do have babywipes. They work well for cleaning rubber stamps (for scrapbooking, etc.) and are a lot cheaper than the ones that are purposefully marketed for such a purpose.

      Comment by Molly — June 24, 2007 @ 2:10 pm

    7. Tons of people in the Army use them when they go out into the field - for baths, toilet trips, gear, whatever.

      In fact, they also have Hoo Ahhs brand “field towels”. You know, because passing around baby wipes just isn’t manly. :)

      Comment by Lisa G. — June 24, 2007 @ 4:53 pm

    8. Wipes are also great for cleaning ceramic floor tile and for wiping fingerprints off of doors and walls. They work better than the Windex wipes!

      Comment by Lisa — June 24, 2007 @ 5:00 pm

    9. While sitting on the um, throne, I just used my oldest son’s flushable wipes to clean the door and shelves. Pretty much everything I could reach at the time. Worked great.

      Comment by whit — June 24, 2007 @ 5:09 pm

    10. 10. Today I used the wipes to clean some ickylooking sticky stuff off the little slide at Liberty State Park .Yes yes it was me. No no, I’m not germaphobic , I just didn’t want it on the butts of my babies all day. You’re welcome . So file that under “cleaning public playground equipment”.

      Comment by Twinshere — June 24, 2007 @ 8:38 pm

    11. Ambiguous gray stains on carpet and leather couches! I heart baby wipes, too!

      Comment by Jen M. — June 25, 2007 @ 11:46 am

    12. Great make-up removers when I am just too tired to hit the sink at bedtime. Also ditto on the emergency spot-treatment on clothes and car upholstery. And they also work great as emergency shoe wipes when muddy kids try to get back in the mini-van at the park, AND they take pencil marks off of my in-laws walls (Shhh!)

      Comment by Michele — June 25, 2007 @ 1:20 pm

    13. I often use them at restaurants or other places where we eat (like the cafe at Top Foods or the tiny little tables at Starbucks) where I’m not sure when the last time was that these tables were wiped off. It may not be antibacterial, but it is something! Baby wipes are also great post-eating out when a trip to the bathroom to wash up is not always easy/convienent.

      Comment by Deanna — June 25, 2007 @ 9:05 pm

    14. 13 comments, all from women, all about wipes, all missing the point:

      What kind of TV did you get?

      Comment by Rattling the Kettle — June 25, 2007 @ 9:24 pm

    15. If they dry out, baby wipes are still pretty good for wiping down TV screens. So, yeah, let’s hear more about the TV.

      Comment by Darren — June 26, 2007 @ 8:28 am

    16. She got you the TV!!! Can we please trade… wives!?

      Comment by Keith — June 30, 2007 @ 5:06 pm

    17. baby wipes are great for cleaning the car, seats, cup holders, dash, doors, they are also great for when you have to eat in the vechicle on long road trips that so that you can wipe your baby faces and dirty hands. and some times some moms might tickle thier kids on long road trips while dad drives. some moms even might wipe the vechicle down also wile dad drives.

      Comment by Brett — November 3, 2007 @ 12:20 pm

    18. baby wipes are great for cleaning the car and eating in the car. i know some moms might tickle thier little ones with baby wipes on long road trips to where ever they go to

      Comment by brett — November 16, 2007 @ 10:06 pm

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