What are wet cleaning wipes? Definition/history and classification.

There is a lot more to wipes than meets the eye. Through this series will be providing you a guide into the world of wipes and provide answers to the questions you might be asking. Today we are going to have a peek at what wet wipes is, its history and its applications.

Wet wipes are a familiar sight today. You can find them perhaps on your kitchen counter or in purses of mothers with a baby or kid in tow. Even offices, commercial establishments, and industrial facilities include wet wipes in their list of cleaning supplies. The fact is, these pieces of disposable, moist cloth or paper have become somewhat of a necessity in our lives.

From delicate cleaning to tough scrubbing, there is a wide variety of wipes and towels for your cleaning needs.

So what exactly are wet wipes, and how did they evolve?

Wet wipes definition

Wet wipes, also known as wet towels, disinfecting wipes, or moist towelettes, are small, pre-moistened pieces of paper or fabric that often come folded and individually wrapped for convenience. They are mainly used for cleaning or disinfecting.


Wipes can be a paper, tissue or nonwoven; they are subjected to light rubbing or friction, in order to remove dirt or liquid from the surface. Consumers want wipes to absorb, retain or release dust or liquid on demand. One of the main benefits that wipes provide is convenience – using a wipe is quicker and easier than the alternative of dispensing a liquid and using another cloth/paper towel to clean or remove the liquid.


Most wipes are made of non-woven fabric similar to those used in dryer sheets. These are then saturated with a solution of water and gentle cleansing agents such as isopropyl alcohol. For that added scent, softness or moisturizing capability, the paper or cloth may also be treated with lotion and softeners. The finished product is then folded and placed inside packets, boxes or handy dispensers.

History of wet wipes

According to Wikipedia, There is a story about the invention of wipes going on that American Arthur Julius is seen as the inventor of the wet wipes. Julius worked in the cosmetics industry and adjusted 1957 a soap portionor machine, putting it in a loft in Manhattan. Julius trademarked the name Wet-Nap in 1958, a name for the product that is still being used. After fine tuning his newfangled hand-cleaning aid together with a mechanic, he unveiled his invention at the 1960 National Restaurant Show in Chicago and in 1963 started selling Wet-Nap products to Colonel Sanders for use in his KFC restaurant.


The need for these handy, cleaning wipes started when people began traveling a lot. During these trips, they realized a necessity to clean up quickly and easily without stopping at a hotel or motel.

The first companies to take advantage of this new product were major brands such as BC Hygiene Max , who had the ability to purchase the costly specialized equipment needed for manufacturing wet wipes. But as technology progressed, producing these moist towelettes became more affordable, allowing smaller brands to venture into this business.

By the 1990s, a number of large supermarket chains began selling their own brand of wipes. Due to their lower prices, these store brands successfully lured consumers of other brands.

As the popularity of these scrubbing wipes increased, their use eventually shifted. What were once considered as primary hygienic tools for the body when on the road eventually became the number one means of cleaning babies instantly and conveniently.

Classification (types of wet wipes )-Based on applications

Wipes started at the bottom or more precisely, the baby’s bottom. Yet, during the past decade, the category has grown to include hard surface cleaning, makeup applications and removal, dusting and floor cleaning. In fact, applications other than baby care now account for about 50% of sales in the wipes category.

Wipes mainly cater into 3 categories:

1.Personal Care wipes

2.Household & home cleaning wipes

3.Industrial cleaning wipes


1.Personal Care wipes

  • Baby wipes:Baby wipes are wet wipes used to cleanse the sensitive skin of infants. These are saturated with solutions anywhere from gentle cleansing ingredients to alcohol-based“cleaners.” Baby wipes are typically sold in plastic tubs that keep the cloths moist and allow for easy dispensing.
  • Cleansing pads:Cleansing pads are fiber sponges that have been previously soaked with water, alcohol and other active ingredients for a specific intended use. There are different types of cleansing pads offered by the beauty industry: makeup removing pads, anti-spot treatments and anti-acne pads that usually contain salicylic acid, vitamins, menthol and other treatments).Cleansing pads for preventing infection are usually saturated with alcohol and bundled in sterile package. Hands and instrument may be disinfected with these pads while treating wounds. Disinfecting cleansing pads are often included in first aid kits for this purpose.
  • Cosmetic Wet Wipes: Make Up Removal, Anti-Ageing Wipes, Anti-Acne Wipes, Nail Removal Wipes
  • Personal hygiene: For instance: Feminine Wipes, Moist Toilet Tissue, Face Wipes, Hand Wipes, Body Wash Cloths.These are usually pre-moistened and come either individually packaged or in one larger container that can be resealed. These kinds of wipes can be useful when you’re doing outdoor activities, especially during warmer weather. The wipes can remove dirt and sweat before they settle into your pores. Some no-rinse wipes can even remove waterproof makeup.
  • Pet care: Today one can find even wet wipes for pet care, for example eye, ear, or dental cleansing pads (with boric acid, potassium chloride, zinc sulfate, sodium borate) for dogs, cats, horses, and birds.

2.Household & home cleaning wipes:

  • Kitchen wipes
  • Bathroom wipes
  • Food service wipes
  • Glass surface cleaning wipes

 Automotive care wipes

3.Industrial cleaning wipe

  • Degreasing / Machinery cleaning wipes
  • Car Wipes, Anti-bacterial Wipes, Dental Wipes, Detergent Wipes

When it comes to industrial applications, choosing the right wipe for the job can make an enormous difference in terms of performance, efficiency and economy. Rags and laundered cloths were once the all-purpose solution for wiping dirt and oils from equipment and hands. Convenient disposable wipes are now widely recognized as the preferred alternative.

Where do we use wet wipes ?

When wet cleaning wipes were first produced, they were probably produced for hand cleaning. Maybe even its inventor did not anticipate that it would be indispensable for our lives in many different areas of use. Especially with the pandemic process that started in 2019, people understood the importance of cleanliness and hygiene more. Wet wipes aspire to a very important task, apart from cleaning and giving a fragrance. By increasing their effectiveness with different liquid substances, they have become our strongest weapon in our fight against bacteria and viruses. They were also very successful in these tasks. Now there is at least one in every home, every car, every office, every handbag.
They have become our practical useful assistants that we use frequently in all areas of our lives. Here are the different usage tips of cleaning wipes, from using as a dust cloth to using it as a make-up remover;

Wet Cleaning Wipes Usage Areas


Quickly clean your belongings

Our daily use items are exposed to dust and dirt every day. Use wet cleaning wipes when dusting the places such as bookshelves, coffee tables, tables, windows in your home or office. The environment will smell nice and your belongings will remain dust-free for longer.

Remove stain marks from drapes and clothing

If there is a stain on your clothes or tablecloth, you can intervene quickly and remove the stains with a wet wipes.

Get rid of paint pencil marks on the wall

You can clean the walls your child has painted using cleaning wipes. 

Let your cabinets smell beautiful

So by placing wet wipes under wardrobes, drawers, curtain backs and armpits, you can make your home smell more economically and harmlessly.

Don’t worry about lime and soap stains in your bathroom

Make the dried lime and soap residue on the tiles, sinks, shower cabinets and shower curtains in your bathroom best way sparkling by using wet cleaning wipes.

Remove food residues from your pots and pans

If there are burnt food residues on your pots and pans, fill them with warm water by putting three or four wet wipes inside. Leave it like that overnight. Remove the wipes and wipe. Dirt will come off immediately. Then wash and rinse your pot.

Polish chrome surfaces

Chrome surfaces may appear scratched and pale even after cleaning. You can easily polish all chrome surfaces, be it your refrigerator, toaster, or even the wheel rim, by wiping them with a wet cleaning wipes.

Avoid dust on electrical tools 

Television and computer screens attract dust particles because they carry a static electricity charge. For this reason, you should frequently dust your equipment such as televisions and computers. If you dust these tools with a wet cleaning wipes, you will prevent dust accumulation for a long time. Also, regularly clean your cell phone with a wet cleaning wipes.

Remove the garbage smell

Nobody likes the smell of garbage in the house. Sometimes even if you throw away the garbage, the bad smell will not go away because bacteria are settled in your trash can. Wipe the inside of your trash can with a wet cleaning wipes and drop a few wipes at the bottom of the trash before putting a bag. You will get rid of the bacteria in your garbage to a certain extent and your garbage will not smell like it used to.

Shine your plants

Although the broad-leaved plants in your homes and offices look beautiful, they easily collect dust due to the large leaf surfaces. With a wet cleaning wipes, you can easily clean the leaves without damaging the plants.

Wipe off your leather items

Cleaning your leather-covered items with a wet cleaning wipes makes your work easier and your furniture looks like new.

Your sneakers and bags smell beautifully

Your sneakers and bags are highly susceptible to bad smells due to the way they are used. Sometimes even strong perfumes and fragrances cannot prevent them from smelling bad. If you put a <em>wet wipes</em> in your shoes and bags the night before using it, you will solve this problem.

Clean your pet

Your cat or dog’s hair will stick to fabrics, carpets, and furniture. You can easily collect and clean them with wet cleaning wipes. You can also wipe your pet so that it smells good. You can also use the <strong>wet wipes</strong>s to clean your pet’s paws.

Clean your keyboard

Periodically shaking your computer’s keyboard is a good way to get rid of dust and debris accumulating on the bottom and between the keys. But that’s half the job. Use a wet wipe to remove dirt, dried debris  from the keys. Make sure the cable is disconnected before wiping them.

Take care of your car

If your new car’s good smells was finish , use wet cleaning <em>wipes</em>. Place a wet cleaning wipes under each seat in your car. You will see that all bad odors, including cigarette smells, are gone. When the <strong>wipes</strong>s dry, replace them with new ones. If birds contaminate your car window, you can clean your car window whenever you need it with a wet cleaning wipes in the glove compartment.

Get out of the sand on the beach

Of course, walking on the beach is great. What is really annoying is the sand sticking to your feet after you go in and out of the sea. In such cases, you can easily get rid of the sand adhering to your feet by using a wet cleaning wipes.

Take control of fluffy hair

Do you need to go out urgently and your hair is full? Wipe and straighten your hair with a wet tissue. Also, your hair will smell good.

Take precautions immediately for your sweating

Keep the wet cleaning wipes in your closet. When you sweat, use cold wet wipes and get rid of bad smells and refresh.

Get rid of deodorant stains

Although deodorants advertise with the guarantee that they do not leave stains and marks, we all know that they do not reflect the truth. Easily get rid of deodorant stains on your clothes with a wet cleaning wipes.

Remove makeup

Especially difficult to remove blush, black eye pencils and mascara can be easily removed by using a wet cleaning wipes.

Soothe your skin

If you stay in the sun too much, you can temporarily cool your face with a wet cleaning wipes. You can also use the wet wipes to treat cuts and abrasions. Although most wipes do not have any antiseptic properties, they will be a good choice to clean the wound before applying the appropriate treatment.

Remove hair dye from your skin

Although dyeing hair at home is much cheaper than going to the hairdresser, we can carry the dye to our skin. You can also get rid of this with a wet cleaning wipes.

Provide personal hygiene 

Ensure their hygiene by using appropriate wet wipes for people with limited mobility and special needs.

Fight Bacteria and Viruses

While you are outside your living area during the day, regularly provide your personal disinfectant by using suitable wet cleaning wipes for your hands.

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