Makeup remover wipes are your skin’s best friend when it comes to taking off makeup and gently cleansing your face at the end of a long day when you don’t have energy for a full rinse. But did you know they have the power to do so much more than dissolve waterproof mascara?
Those moist cloths can do everything from shining your shoes to setting your eyebrows, to cleaning a yoga mat, and even dusting furniture. Stick with a non-oily wipes like these Yes to Cucumbers Hypoallergenic Facial Towelettes ($7.66, Amazon) and you’ll suddenly be armed with a multi-purpose cleaning, correcting, and stain-removing tool!
It never hurts to toss a pack of makeup remover wipes in your bag — you’ll be surprised and pleased to see how those little squares can really clean up a mess and save the day. Marvel at these 21 ways to use a wipe, and who knows, you might come up with a few of your own.
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Fix Makeup Mistakes
Gently dab the wipe on mascara droplets, loose shadow, or eyeliner and voilà! It’s gone!
It's super annoying when you end up with deodorant on your shirt, but a wipe can help. Just gently rub the wipe on the stain until it disappears and you're good as new!
Clean Makeup Brushes
Don’t have the time do deep clean your makeup brushes? Use a makeup remover wipe on them instead. As it whisks away the cosmetics, it’s killing any lurking bacteria, too.
Remove Fresh Clothing Stains
If you happen to spill a little something on your blouse or get foundation on your collar, hold a wipe on the spot and let it soak the stain up. If there’s still something on your clothing, try blotting it from the other side of the fabric, and then gently wiping away the residue.
Patent Leather Pumps
If you have a pair of patent leather and vegan (non-leather) shoes that are looking a little lackluster, lightly swipe the wipe (go ahead say that phrase three times fast!) on your shoes until they are gleaming again.
Clean Your Computer Screen
A wipe or two is all you need!
Dusty, grimy vases, frames, and candle sticks will look new again in seconds once with a few wipes. It can even get into those annoying tiny crevices!
Clean Workout Equipment
Use a wipe on sticky, sweaty equipment at the gyn before you hop on.
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Skip the Shower
Speaking of the gym, if you don’t have time to hit the shower after your workout, use a facial wipe or two to clean yourself up.
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On hot days, use the wipe around your hairline to freshen up your look and smooth out flyaways.
Facial wipes are formulated to be gentle on your skin, use them to clean your hands instead of a harsh alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Calm Hot Flashes
If it's hot and sticky out, or if you’re dealing with hot flashes, a cold wipe will be your best friend. Toss the wipes in the fridge for about 20 minutes to chill them. When you’re feeling sticky or uncomfortable, apply the cool wipe to the back of your neck and wrists.
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Clean Your Phone
A wipe can remove grime, makeup, and germs from your phone’s screen.
Fix Tanner Mistakes
If you use a fake tanner, a makeup remover wipe can quickly fix a tanning mistake. Go over the problem area immediately with the wipe and it will pick up excess product.
On your way to a job interview or any type of meeting and suddenly not feeling fresh? Use the wipe to quickly freshen up.
Use a wipe to quickly pick up dust around the house.
A Quick Bathroom Clean
If you have guests coming over and your bathroom counter is getting a tad grimy, but you don't have time to do a thorough clean, use a makeup remover wipe.
Clean Your Yoga Mat
For yoga mats, you might want to use a remover wipe made with witch hazel like Dickinson's Refreshingly Clean Cleansing Cloths ($6.49, Amazon), or one that has an uplifting scent like eucalyptus.
Tame Unruly Eyebrows
Smooth a wipe over your brows, then use your finger to set them, before using an eyebrow pencil or brush.
Soothe Bug Bites
Bug bites will be less itchy if you gently wipe a witch hazel-based makeup remover wipe over them. Witch hazel is a mild anti-inflammatory (reduces swelling) and contains tannins which will reduce irritation and can gently speed up the healing process.
Witch hazel-based makeup remover wipes can also gently reduce puffy eyes. Lie down and place a wipe over your eyes for at least 60 seconds.