| Wet wipes could be banned as part of the Government’s plan to tackle plastic pollution.
It’s a prospect that will strike fear into the heart of practically every parent I know. It’s the worst news for me because I’m ashamed to admit that I’m a wet wipe addict. I’m thinking of starting a support group. I know they’re terrible for the environment, taking years to degrade and clogging up pipes, river banks and coast lines. When it comes to keeping on top of domestic chores, they are a lifesaver and an essential part of any busy parents survival kit.
They are perfect for cleaning sticky toddler hands, for giving my bathroom a quick once-over when I don’t have time (or can’t be bothered) to deep clean it, and nothing is more effective at getting child related stains out of clothing than a trusty wet wipe. I stash packets of them everywhere I can think of including my car and the office desk. Everywhere in our house wouldn’t be complete without a pack of wet wipes. You never know when you’re going to need to mop up a Petit Filous spillage, or get sudocrem out of the carpet when your 18 month old decides that’s were it needs to be and then there’s always the threat of the dreaded poonami. I’ve even been known to give the dogs a quick pat down after a muddy walk. I honestly don’t know how I would function without them.
I could use reusable cloths in the kitchen but who wants to wipe down their child’s high chair with a germ-infested rag when I can use a fresh wipe?
So when I got a chance to try out Mum & You biodegradable wet wipes I was interested to see how they stacked against existing wipes. To be honest I was a little unsure when I first heard about them simply because I was expecting them to be thinner and not as strong as existing wipes but I couldn’t have been more wrong. If you got me a blind test on them, I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be able to tell the difference. These wipes are 100% biodegradable, contain zero plastic, zero chemicals and are made from 98% water. The beauty of them is, they’re designed to be thrown away with your general household waste and will completely biodegrade in 4-6 weeks. Brilliant. What’s not to love?
To give them complete test I thought I’d give them the same workout as my normal wipes do and clean everything I would normally clean with them. In no particular order:
- Cleaning the inside of the car: For when you are at a red light or stuck in traffic. I thought I invented this! I guess I’m not the only one doing this. It’s a great use of “down” time in your car and of baby wipes!
- Cleaning your screen: Why pay for expensive screen wipes when a baby wipe will have your laptop, phone, or tablet sparkling in seconds.
- Remove pen, pencil, crayon, & paint! From most surfaces! Even skin.
- Getting marks off paintwork: Grubby fingerprints, crayon scribbles, food smears – baby wipes deal with them all without damaging anything.
- Cleaning the bathroom: When I don’t have time (or can’t be bothered) to deep clean it, nothing is more effective.
- Dusting the skirting boards: The dust sticks to the wipe rather than floating off around the house.
- Cleaning remote controls: Nothing in the home gets more exposure to sticky fingers.
- Cleaning car seat straps: Say no more!
- Holding ice lollies: Wrapping a wipe around the lolly stick will help catch the drips before they end up on your child’s clothes.
- Getting rid of marks on clothing: When you’re already left the house and you notice a child related mark on on your top and because you have enough washing to do as it is, just wipe it away.
I know it’s ridiculous of me to want my girls to grow up on a healthy planet when I’m cleaning up their mess with something which is polluting it. This is why I’m hopeful that wet wipes manufacturers like Mum & You will find a way around the ban, and make their products less environmentally unfriendly so parents like me can still get our fix. Here’s hoping.
What do you think? Did I miss anything? What do you use your wet wipes for? Let me know in the comments below