5 Reasons You Should Keep Baby Wipes in Your Car

Even if your ‘babies’ are long off to college, there are still plenty of great uses for those wipes… 

My son is still a toddler, but I’ve already decided that baby wipes will be a permanent fixture in our car, long after there’s officially a ‘Baby on Board.’ Many of us have that mangled up box of tissues floating around the backseat, but the wetness of baby wipes makes them far more versatile. Beyond the obvious of cleaning up random food and coffee spills, here are five reasons to keep a stash of baby wipes in your car:

1.  Quick Clean

If you have an eternally pristine and perfectly detailed car interior, then you can skip this tip (and you’re probably winning at life in general).  For the rest of us, baby wipes are perfect to do a quick clean of your car at a red light or even the ‘panic clean’ when you have an unexpected passenger joining you in a few minutes.

Dust your dash, wipe down the console, and even rub them over upholstery to pick up stray pet hair (just be sure to use a light touch on the seats, so they’re not damp when your guest joins you).  Bonus: Unlike the disinfectant variety, wipes made for babies don’t have a strong smell, so the scent won’t give away your secret.

2.  Fashion Boost

If you’ve arrived at your destination and notice as you swing your legs out of the car that your shoes are looking a little lackluster, a baby wipe can be used for a quick polish.  You can even give your purse a touch-up if needed or skim one over your clothing as a makeshift lint roller.

3.  Window Poop

Nowhere near a gas station and staring at a gifted glob on your windshield from one of our feathered friends?  Hop out with a wipe and get that mess out of eyesight fast.

4.  Under the Hood

If you’re doing an oil check, you can use one to wipe down the dipstick, or simply clean off the dirt/grease from your hands whenever you’re under the hood.  Baby wipes are also a great way to get the gas smell off of your hands after a fill up.

5.  Hopefully you won’t need them for this, but…

Driving along and getting a telltale whiff that perhaps you didn’t look down as you walked to your car?  In a pinch, you can use wipes for a superficial cleanup of your shoes/floor mats until you get somewhere that a thorough cleaning can be done.

Also, be sure to curse the owner of that furry friend vehemently – it helps.  Just make sure there isn’t an actual baby in earshot as you do so.

Image via Flickr by Abi Porter


Amy McLellan

Amy McLellan

A full-time mom with a full-time career and a full-time life, Amy McLennan is an unapologetic perfectionist who thrives on finding THE 'best answer'.

She spends hours researching a variety of topics and loves every minute of it, but what she loves more is sharing what she finds with others. Knowing most people don’t have the time (or maybe the attention span) to scroll through lengthy articles, she aims to offer brief, clear, practical information you can read and implement easily.

Amy is a proud mom of a uniquely awesome little boy and is married to an equally awesome man. She is a member of Mensa International and works as an Operations Manager in New Brunswick, Canada.
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