I don’t know about you, but it drives me crazy when I buy a pack of wipes and I have to throw out the last few because they’re completely dry. Or when I’m in the middle of changing a very smelly diaper and the wipes have dried out before I’ve even pulled them from the plastic. The problem: packages with no resealable lids or tabs. It seems like I’m just wasting money!

The sticky resealing tape that comes on some wipe packages just doesn’t hold up for me.  The big bulky hard boxes are just plain inconvenient. The ziplock bag in my purse doesn’t quite do the trick.  I need something that closes and that is small enough to fit in my purse. To avoid dry wipes and to maintain convenience, I’ve actually chosen to spend more money on wipes just to get the soft packages with the hard, plastic, closable lid.

So the other day I saw some wipes on sale. My hesitation: they were the big package of refills rather than the nice individual packages with a closeable lids. Of course, I bought them anyway.  I’d be insane to pass on such a krazy coupon deal!

A few days later, I finished my last hard-plastic-closable-lid package from my stockpile and started thinking about how I could refill my closeable container. I decided to see if there was some way to remove and reuse that closeable lid.

Here’s what I discovered: If you are very careful, you can gently peel that plastic flip lid right off the empty packages!

So, off to the grocery store I went to find something that would adhere the closeable plastic lid to a Ziploc bag. Lo and behold, I’ve found two things that work; one solution is more temporary, the other more permanent.

The Temporary Solution: Permanent Double-sided Tape. You can find the tape I used on Amazon or at most retailers. I picked up my tape on a 50% off clearance sale for about a dollar. I call this temporary, but I’ve used it for more than three weeks, and it has continued to adhere perfectly. But I can also peel it off if I want to attach it to another bag, and it’s still sticky!

Then I thought maybe I should try to find something a little more sturdy. I did some research, picked up several different types of adhesives, and tried them multiple times. Some worked better than others, while others just gave me a headache. Through trial and error, I was able to come up with a more permanent solution.

The Permanent Solution: E6000 Clear Multi-Purpose Adhesive Glue. I bought a 1 oz. tube at Wal-mart for $2.97, or you can find it on Amazon for $3.26. This adhesive works really well, especially with the Ziploc bag. I would keep my eye out for sales on this, but it’s not too expensive and it only takes a little adhesive to stick. You could make a lot of wipe packages for very cheap.

Regardless of which method you choose, here’s what you do:

  1. Gently peel the closeable lid off of your empty wipe package. When I say gently, I mean it. If you’re not careful, you can snap the plastic lid.
  2. Line the bottom edges of the lid with the double-sided tape or E6000 Adhesive.
  3. Stick the lid to the Ziploc bag, to make a refillable package (make sure you are aligning it so when you cut the slit, it lines up with the middle of your wipes) or directly to your refill package. I’d suggest making them with Ziploc bags so you can conveniently refill your handy new container. Let it sit overnight, at least.
  4. Using scissors, cut a slit in the middle of the bag inside the newly attached lid.

Enjoy your new handy refillable wipe containers. I took mine to the babysitters today, and she loved it! So far, I have used this method on a package of face wipes, baby wipe refill packs, and on Ziploc bags! I have the convenience of the closeable lid without the added expense of those types of packages. Dry wipe dilemma, begone!

***Just a little side tip: If you do have dry wipes, simply re-wet them. I put water in the package, seal it and let them soak it up!

This has been a guest post by Becky from Pendleton, OR
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16 thoughts on “Not Again! How to Solve the Dry Wipe Dilemma”

  1. Mary Moore says:

    I always add a small layer of water to the bottom of my refillable containers before I put new wipes in. That way, when the wipes get dry, I just flip the container and the water gets absorbed into the dry wipes!

  2. Anonymous says:

    I personally have never had to deal with this problem. I’ve noticed that the top section seems to contain more moisture than the bottom, so I flip it and use the part that may dry out quicker first and I’ve never had a dry wipe.

  3. A. S. says:

    Very cool. E-6000 will stick just about anything to anything. Have used it to glue gems to cab settings!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Also instead of water I sometimes spray a little bit of mild toner like rosewater to rewet them — whatever I have on hand.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Becky, great idea! You point to two ideas, the annoyance of wipes drying out, and the dilemma of the convenience vs price on the package types – and you know, I always thought it was a shame that the nice hard plastic lids were just thrown away. Now, I will definitely save the lids for at least a few more uses on the packages that come with only the resealable sticky.

  6. Becca Riedy says:

    I buy the wipes by the box which comes with 3 large bags that can be used to fill a plastic container 6 times. I have 3 of them. One in the dining room, one in the bedroom and one at my sons school. Then I have 2 smaller plastic travel cases that I fill and keep in my purse and diaper bag. We have never had a problem with them drying out.

  7. Becareful with E6000
    • Contains toxic solvent Perchloroethylene which can cause cancer. kidney and liver damage.

    • Toxins are absorbed through the skin and lungs,. Keep off skin and do not breathe fumes.

    • Candra Long says:

      I work at an earth-friendly drycleaner, so I know about the Perchloroethylene- bad stuff. Good advice to keep it off your skin and don’t breathe the fumes!

  8. Anonymous says:

    I use the empty containers to hide money & jewelry. I’m pretty sure that that’s the last place most home invaders and burglars will look, unless their screaming babies are waiting in the get-away car to be changed.

  9. Have you thought about patenting this idea? I know sometimes I don’t want to take a diaper bag in to the store with me, but would rather just throw a diaper and wipes in my purse. The larger refill packs with the hard flip open lids are too bulky but a thin, refillable plastic pack with a flip top lid would be perfect! Plus, it could go beyond diapers once the kids get older, and simply dispense any kind of wet wipe you put in there! Just a thought…

  10. Or you could just add some water and a small amount of mild baby soap to the bag to keep them moist. =)

  11. Michaels Craft Stores sells E 6000 for $3.99 for a 2 oz tube. Don’t forget to use your coupon from the Michaels Ad in Sunday Paper to get 40% off any one item. Which makes this larger tube $2.39 + tax.

  12. It seems to me that re-wetting them is a much easier and more economical solution…and if you buy those plastic ones with the hard lids, you can refill them with the wipe refills you bought. You simply have to fold them in half lengthwise and shimmy them in. I do it all the time.

    • I mean I guess it’s cute to be able to make this on your own, but I too would just stuff wipes from a refill pkg into an old one of these containers. That’s free and more green.

  13. A great, creative solution. I usually just add water!

  14. Cool idea. Do you have pics? I’m having a hard time visualizing this!