Skin-Friendly Wet Wipes: Learn Which Types Are Safe

Wet wipes are so handy to have around that you may have multiple brands and types around your house. Popular ones include baby wipes, antibacterial wipes, flushable wipes, and disinfecting wipes. 

You may be tempted to occasionally use a wipe to perform a function it’s not intended to do. And sometimes, that may be okay (for example, using a baby wipe to freshen up after a workout). But other times, it could be harmful or dangerous.

In this article, we go over the different types of wipes available and explain which ones are safe to use on your skin.

Which Wet Wipes are Safe for Skin?

It’s important to know which types of wet wipes are okay to use on skin. This is especially important if you or your children have sensitive skin, suffer from allergies, or have any skin conditions, such as eczema.

Here is a quick list of the skin-friendly wet wipes. We go into detail about each one below.

  • Baby wipes
  • Antibacterial hand wipes
  • Flushable wipes

These types of wet wipes are NOT skin-friendly and should not be used on your skin or other body parts.

  • Disinfecting wipes
  • Lens or device wipes

Baby Wipes are Skin-Friendly

Baby wipes are designed to be used for diaper changes. The wipes are soft and durable, and contain a gentle cleansing formula specially made for baby’s delicate skin. They can be used on other parts of a baby or toddler’s body, such as their arms, legs, and face (because you never know where poop might go!). Brands like Nice 'N CLEAN® BABY Wipes are hypoallergenic, alcohol-free, and contain purified water, so they are soothing on baby and adult skin.

Antibacterial Hand Wipes are Skin-Friendly

Antibacterial wipes are designed to kill bacteria on hands so are safe to use on skin. Many brands of hand wipes, such as Nice 'N CLEAN® Sani-Hands® Antibacterial Hand Wipes, are infused with moisturizing ingredients like aloe and vitamin E to help soothe hands and prevent dry and cracked skin. 

To get the most out of antibacterial hand wipes, make sure to wipe up to the wrists, both sides of your hands, in between all fingers, and your fingertips. Let your hands air dry completely after use and discard the wipe in a trash can. 

Flushable Wipes are Skin-Friendly

Moist toilet tissue is specially developed to be gentle on skin. For example, Nice 'N CLEAN® Flushable Wipes are soft and durable to provide a comfortable and effective cleaning experience. Flushable wipes can be fragrance-free or gently scented. Many of them contain moisturizing ingredients, such as aloe and vitamin E, for a more soothing wiping experience in your nether regions. Look for hypoallergenic wipes that are free of alcohol, parabens, and phthalates, like Nice 'N CLEAN® Flushable Wipes, to minimize skin irritation.

Disinfecting Wipes are NOT Skin-Friendly

Sanitizing and disinfecting wipes are fine to touch while you’re cleaning with them, but they should never be used to clean hands or other body parts. Disinfecting wipes, such as Nice 'N CLEAN® Disinfecting Wipes, contain chemicals that kill bacteria and viruses, which may cause skin irritation. These types of wipes are made to clean, sanitize, and disinfect nonporous surfaces, such as countertops, tables, and toilets. After using, be sure to throw it away in a trash can (never flush it down the toilet), and wash your hands with soap and water. 

Lens Wipes are NOT Skin-Friendly

Pre-moistened wipes designed to clean lenses (eyeglasses and sunglasses) and devices (computer screens, smartphones, touch screens) are not intended for cleaning your hands or other body parts. They are fine to touch during the wiping process, but these types of wet wipes, such as Nice 'N CLEAN® LENS Wipes, contain ingredients specially designed to clean glasses and photography equipment, not skin. We recommend washing your hands with soap and water after throwing away the lens wipe.

With so many different types of wipes available from the Nice 'N CLEAN® brand, you’ll always have the type you need to make your life cleaner and more convenient. If you prefer to buy in store, you can find our disinfecting wipes and antibacterial hand wipes at Costco. And select locations of CVS, Kroger, and Meijer carry our antibacterial hand wipes, as well as Amazon and 

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