Dried Out Baby Wipes: Repurpose

A question from a reader:

Anyone have any ideas (or even one!) for making use of a couple boxes of baby wipes that have dried out? I hate to throw them away!

I wish I had an answer for her, but honestly my kids go through wipes so quickly I don’t think I’ve ever had a box dry out. My biggest issue is losing the travel wipes case! I think I’ve lost at least two cases per kid over the past seventeen years!

I posted the question on my Facebook page and got so many great responses I figured I would share some of them with you.

  • Mix up a light solution of baby soap and water – pour into the box and let soak.
  • Use them as washcloth at bath time by using like regular wash cloth.
  • Keep them in the bathroom to wipe down the counters and toilet. Just wet and add a little handsoap, and viola!
  • Use them for wiping off eye makeup.
  • Use to wipe noses.
  • Use them on your swiffer mop to dust your floors or with mop solution.
  • Use the boxes for crayons, art supplies, small toys, keys, hair accessories, or planters.

What do you do with dried out baby wipes?

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  1. I’ve always just added a little water back in–only the liquid evaporates, not the cleanser! 😉 They still work just as well!

    • I do the same thing! They are always just like new again. It’s happened to me several times and I’m so glad I thought to do that and didn’t waste them! 🙂

  2. I don’t use baby wipes anymore, but once you figure out what to do with all the dried wipes, you can use the container to store plastic grocery bags.


    I actually do this with tissue boxes, but it’s the same thing. We have boxes in our vehicles, the bathrooms and in the kitchen. LOVE this storage tip…

  3. I do the same thing as Jackie, I just wet them again and put them in a ziplock bag to keep them moist.

  4. I’ve rewet them before and never had a problem. However, my favorite thing to do is to use the empty box to store prewet reusable wipes. If you use cloth diapers it is both easier and cheaper to use cloth wipes. All you do is fold cheap baby washcloths in half and pour a solution of baby shampoo and water over them. Wash them with the diapers and put them in a travel wipes case when you are out and about. It saves a ton of money over the long run, you can make up as many or as few as you need so you never really run out.

  5. I’m going to basically say the same thing as the others…just toss a little water in to rewet them. It also works if you use the flushable wipes and someone leaves the box open and they dry out!

  6. blossomteacher says:

    I was going to suggest wiping noses…I find they are soooo much more absorbent and soft than most tissues, but my little ones hate the cold wet feeling of a fresh wipe.

  7. most people use them to get soap scum off the showers or clean showers or sinks I have heard. I did it with one of the showers that has the clear door and it really worked well. I have also just gotten some water and wet it a little. I have issues with my little one opening the diaper container and not shutting it or thinking it is shut and then they are all dried out. Lesson learned I only put about 15-20 wipes in them just in case

  8. Thank you so much, I got good information about interviewing it helped me a lot.

    • Cornelia says:

      You can also use the dried wipes as a backing to material cut animal shapes and sewing that to a baby blanket. Make a great picnic blanket for kids. Sew onto soft fabrics to give more strength.

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