3 Green Alternatives to Wet Wipes

Sales for wet wipes, especially in the UK, are on the rise. People use them for a variety of cleaning purposes, oftentimes concerning the body. After use, they flush the wipes down the toilet, thinking nothing of it. However, those wipes often go on to block sewers and harm wildlife. When they pile together, they form massive fatbergs. These are composed of garbage, fats, and oils and the sheer size of them causes water bills to rise.

The UK plans to ban wet wipes to prevent this destructive pollution from harming their local waterways. They will use other ways to replace the plastic product, and if you need a way to be greener, read the list below. These three alternatives to wet wipes are a natural, green way to clean our bodies and homes.


Flannel can be used for a variety of cleaning purposes in addition to its wearability. Instead of using a wet wipe on the toilet, opt for a flannel cloth saturated with warm water. You can even make your own solution of cold chamomile tea and baby oil. This will clean just as well but in a greener way.

You can use flannel for more than the body as well. Use it to wipe down counters, floors, shoes, and children’s sticky fingers. You can use it again and again in your cleaning, just remember to wash it between uses though.

Cotton or Wool

Makeup wipes are another form of wet wipe that commonly pollutes sewer systems. You can remove makeup by applying olive oil to the face and wiping with a reusable cloth, whether that be cotton or wool. Olive oil obviously does not remove makeup as effectively as chemical removers, but it is natural and green.

Cotton and wool can also be used wet to wipe down the body, floors, counters, and basically anything else. Be sure to wash the cloth between uses to prevent the spread of bacteria.


If you want to avoid wipes by the toilet, consider purchasing a bidet. Bidets are popular around the world, especially in Europe. They spray water on the skin to clean it without using an abrasive wipe or a cloth. This would mean you use more water daily, but at least water can go through the water cycle. Wet wipes will only sit in landfills, clog sewers, and intrigue a hungry animal.

Similar to a bidet, a shower toilet (created in Japan) combines the uses of both a toilet and a bidet in one product. You can use regular toilet paper and use water to clean up the rest. Keep in mind that the price may deter some, but over time it will likely save you money from buying wipes every month.


The main factor needed when replacing wet wipes is reusability. A cloth is reusable until it is used so much it falls apart. A bidet does not require a cloth, just water. Each of these options will help you to cut down on waste, though you will lose the convenience. Convenience is not a priority though when the pollution we created is harming others.

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Lacey Jolley

I love exploring, experiencing new places, and eating good food! I'm amazed every day at how well the Earth provides for us, and I want to return the favor. I hope to help others learn how we can make our world a better, cleaner place.

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