Wet wipes have been labeled “the biggest villain of 2015” by The Guardian. These disposable wipes, which are essentially an instant soapy washcloth that doesn’t require rinsing, promises to disinfect, and gets tossed after use, have become extremely popular – too popular, in fact.
Parents carry baby wipes in their diaper bags and use them for diaper changes and emergency cleanups. Many adults stock so-called ‘flushable’ wipes in their bathrooms for better cleaning than what they get with ordinary toilet paper. Hospital staff and classroom teachers frequently wipe down surfaces with antibacterial wipes. Travelers stock their bags with wipes for emergency hand cleaning.