I bought these because I was looking for some freshening wipes to take on a train ride with me. I usually purchase baby wipes or beauty branded wipes but these were so cheap I thought I'd take a chance on them. They are Tesco's own Everyday Value brand and should be available in most major Tescos.
When I first opened these wipes I thought I had made a mistake and actually purchase kitchen cleaning wipes because of the texture and smell of the wipe. However, when I checked the packaging it was clear these are meant for using to freshen up. The packaging shows small pictures of what you might use these wipes for so there are pictures of dirty hands, handbags, mothers and children, spilled drinks, food and beach towels. The pack is also printed with the phrase: "Formulated for freshening and cleansing".
Like I said though I immediately thought these were actually made for cleaning up kitchen or bathroom messes because the fragrance is rather astringent and it reminds me of disinfectant cleaning fluid. It's not at all a pleasant fragrance although admittedly it is a fresh smell and it's also neutral so both genders could use these. It simply doesn't smell like something you'd want to use on your skin though.
The size, shape and texture of the wipe is also disappointing. The texture is quite coarse and the wipe is made of a strong but porous material. It's not a soft material and feels more like a paper towel than a fluffy wipe. The shape of the wipe is rectangular and is no bigger than the packet itself. They are a little bit too small and I often find myself having to use two or more to successfully freshen up. The wipes are rather coarse and tough which means they don't stretch or rip during use which is good but again they don't offer any comfort.
The wipes are moist and cool when using. They do hold enough liquid in their material to be able to successfully cleanse and freshen you up. They are also quite good at cleaning and are able to tackle dirty hands, sweaty body parts and dirt on skin or handbags very well. They do not leave any residue after use so they can also be used for things like cleaning a computer keyboard or wiping down a grimy phone.
These are not my ideal wipe by any means as I like something that offers me a little bit of luxury. However, as a basic wipe these do the job of cleaning and freshening reasonably well. They were very cheap at only 65p for a pack of 100 so I would probably buy again as I have found myself using them for multiple things.
I've never been a person who has been into wipes ( for use on the body ). When my son was born, I was told by the midwife to stick with water and cotton wool while changing his nappy, as it was much more gentle on the skin as it was so delicate. This continued til he was potty trained, and the same with his younger sister. My son did go onto using toddler toilet wipes, which made sense with them being moistened, and only just getting used to not wearing a nappy, it was important not to use anything too harsh but something that wouldnt dry out that area. I bought these while shopping in Tesco, not for bums but for general cleansing of my two mucky children, costing 60p for 100 wipes.
Why did I buy them?
Over the holidays, the children and I have been very busy and have been to many places, such as art galleries, different stay and plays, soft play centres, parks etc. While travelling to these places, mostly by foot or public transport, the kids have eaten snacks which have left them looking and feeling abit grubby, especially their hands. Not knowing where the nearest toilets were, I bought these to ensure I could keep them clean while on the go. The price was perfect, as I didn't want to spend too much as these were destined to be used on hands only, nowhere else.
What are they?
100 wipes containing mild cleansing agents, to help with freshening up while out and bout or simply at home.
How are they packaged?
They come packaged in the typical rectangular shaped plastic packet, that is mainly white in colour. Writing and pictures are in blue. At the top is the ' Tesco ' logo, underneath the sub brand which is ' Everyday Value ' ( Tesco's basic line ) and then the actual product name and amount which is ' 100 handy wipes '. Below this are some silhouettes, in blue, of different thing such as hand prints, bags, cutlery etc.
On the back it says what the product does, directions of use, general warnings, ingredients list, company contact details and shelf life when opened which is 6 months.
How to use?
To open, there is a clear label on the front of the packet, which covers a hole. Once its peeled back you can pull the wipes out if and when needed. To ensure they remain moist, you have to place the label back over the hole.
These can be used like many wipes out there, on hands and other body parts that get grimy and grubby.
Throw away once used in normal bin. Not to be flushed down the toilet.
Aqua, Cetearyl Isononanoate, Ceteareth-20, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycerin, Ceteareth-12, Cetyl Palmitate, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Propylene Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Parfum, Disodium, EDTA.
How do I find them?
White in colour. These appear, at first, to be very small, and not the same size as a standard wipe. But then I noticed they were folded in two places. Overall size is 7.5 inches long and 4.5 inches wide. To look at them, I felt they were a tad small but big enough to do the job I needed, but I found them very thin. When you lift them up you can see some areas are thicker than others, and the dimpling in the material didn't run constantly through it. Some areas lacked structure completely and looked very weak. These to me looked nothing like normal wipes for the use on the body.
They were moist, but not dripping wet, which for me was a good thing as I didn't want to worry about wiping my childrens hands THEN drying them! So enough moisture to clean hands. I did feel these cleaned their hands ok, I didn't have to apply too much pressure or rub or wipe their hands like a mad woman, but these were more used on food stains such as chocolate, crumbs, rather than anything more stubborn. Could have been more softer, but not rough in texture do didn't damage their skin.
Although the general structure of these are weak and thin, they didn't tear, they held their shape ( just about ), so they performed fine. But these have been used once in a while, running along side a different form of wipes in my sons rucksack, and the quality look and feel to them are very different if you compare the two.
As mentioned, Ive only used these on my childrens hands. My daughter has eczema but thankfully not on her hands ( at the moment ), so I haven't noticed any irritation on her or her brother, but I personally wouldn't use these on any other body part, as I much prefer water and cotton wool, especially on my daughter as the ingredients in these aren't the best!
No perfume or smell to these wipes, completely unscented.
Would I buy these again? I would if I was desperate and had literally pennies in my wallet, and there was limited choice, because they did do what they were supposed to do, for me. These are part of the basic range, so I wasn't expecting something amazing, but felt they should have been alittle more thicker, more consistent in look, softer and generally a touch better in quality. But I wouldn't actively go out to re purchase again. Theres much better quality out there for a fraction more in price.