10 surprising ways to use vaginal wipes
Vaginal wipes are one of those things that you don’t fully appreciate (or even think you need) until you start buying them regularly. Then, all of a sudden, you wonder how you ever lived without them.
Have to change your period product at the airport? No more awkward bloody fingers walking from the bathroom stall to the sinks, thanks to the wipes stashed in your bag. Need to clean up after sex but don’t feel like getting out of bed because you just had the most incredible orgasm of your life? No worries, just grab that pack of wipes from your nightstand drawer.
While the obvious way to use vaginal wipes is when you’re in the bathroom and your vag (or butt, or whatever) needs a little extra freshening up in between showers, there are dozens of other ways to put these multitasking sheets to work.
Of course, keep in mind that the exact degree of wipe versatility depends on the brand you choose, their ingredients, and portability (i.e. you may not want to lug a Costco-sized pack of 1,000 wipes with you on your next adult sleepover).
In honor of our recent product launch – check out Flex Wipes here, if you haven’t already – our team came up with a few of our favorite (unconventional) ways to use vaginal wipes in our day-to-day lives. Read on to learn more.
Oh, and here’s our reminder to put your wipes order on auto-ship, since there’s pretty much nothing worse than realizing you’ve run out on day one of your period.
How to use vaginal wipes to freshen up down there
Before we dive into all the weird and unexpected ways the Flex® team uses vaginal wipes, here’s a quick crash course on how to use vaginal wipes the way you expected to use them when you bought them: To clean and freshen up your nether region.
Vaginal wipes are perfect for during your period – they make changing products a little less messy – and they’re also great for nixing any day-to-day odor you might feel self conscious about.
But first, a disclaimer: Your vagina is technically self-cleaning (thanks to vaginal discharge), so it doesn’t need any special product to stay healthy. (1) Douches, in particular, are a no-no. They’re known to be detrimental to vaginal health, throwing off your pH and leading to irritation or even bacterial vaginosis. (2) So, don’t use vaginal wipes INSIDE your vagina, or any “cleansing” product, for that matter.
Also keep in mind that certain brands of wipes and washes contain harsh, synthetic, or irritating ingredients that do more harm than good. Always make sure to do your research before purchasing a new product, read the ingredients, and do a patch test to double-check that you don’t have an unexpected allergy. Learn more about the all-natural, chemical-free ingredients in Flex Wipes below.
Here’s how to use Flex Biodegradable Wipes in three easy steps:
1) To freshen up down there during your period or any other time, gently wipe wherever needed. Don’t use too much pressure on your labia or attempt to clean the inside of your vagina – remember, the vagina is self-cleaning! Always wipe from front to back if you’re using Flex Wipes after going to the bathroom. This way, you’ll avoid introducing any unwanted bacteria to your vagina or urethra (bacteria = increased likelihood for annoying UTIs and other bacterial infections).
2) To clean your menstrual cup with Flex Biodegradable Wipes, first, dump out the contents in the toilet. Use a wipe or two to clean the entire surface of the cup, inside and out, and then give the cup a few seconds to dry before reinserting.
3) Flush the used wipe down the toilet to dispose, or toss in the trash. Flex Wipes were designed to be plumbing-friendly, so no need to stress about clogs!
Note: These steps are specific to Flex Wipes and do not necessarily apply to other brands of vaginal wipes. Always refer to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
Ingredients in Flex Biodegradable Wipes: Clean, body-safe, & gynecologist-recommended
We’re not one of those companies that tries to hide our ingredients in the smallest font possible on the back of our packaging. We take pride in creating products that are legitimately healthy, safe, and effective for all.
So, in case you were wondering whether our wipes could double as a makeup remover (totally can!) or wine stain blotter in a pinch (we haven’t tried it, but it might work!), here’s exactly what you’ll find in Flex Wipes:
Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Extract, A skin- and eye-friendly, glycerin-derived gentle cleansing agent that leaves skin soft, rather than dry or tight., A naturally derived, gentle, sugar-based surfactant., Tocopherol (Vitamin E), A salt of Benzoic Acid, found naturally in cranberries, prunes, plums, cinnamon, cloves, and apples and used as a preservative in cosmetics and personal care product formulas., Naturally-occurring salt which acts as a deodorizer, balancing agent, and stabilizer., A naturally-occurring chelating agent that prevents deterioration of the product., A moisturizing, naturally occurring Alpha-Hydroxy Acid (AHA)., A naturally occurring preservative, also known as Vitamin C!
10 alternative uses for vaginal wipes
Without further ado, here are our ten favorite unconventional ways to use Flex Wipes, in no particular order. Have you come up with your own ingenious use? Let us know! Email email@example.com or hit us up on social media @flex.
1. After spin, yoga, Crossfit, or any sweat-inducing activity
It’s always a good idea to de-sweat your pubic area – and the rest of your body, TBH – after an intense workout. If you don’t have time for a full-on shower, grab your vaginal wipes and give yourself a quick “alternative” shower.
Focus on your vulva/groin, armpits, under your boobs, back, neck, and face (avoiding your eye area), since these are the places that tend to get the sweatiest. Remember to throw on a clean, dry pair of underwear, too. Sweaty undies are the perfect breeding ground for yeast infections.
2. For post-sex (or masturbation) cleanup
You know that moment when you’ve just had mind-blowing sex and you really, really don’t want to move – but you’re also covered in something that’s slowly dripping its way towards your precious percale sheets?
If you’re prepared with a bedside pack of vaginal wipes, you only have to move a single limb (your arm, to your nightstand drawer) to avoid any clean-up catastrophes. And there’s nothing like clean, dry, post-orgasm cuddling.
3. When you really don’t feel like showering
This one’s pretty self-explanatory. And no judgment – seriously, I mean, we’re still in a pandemic. If you’re using Flex Wipes as your faux shower, you’ll also benefit from a super fresh (but subtle) chamomile and rosemary scent from all-natural plant extracts, plus skin-soothing aloe vera.
4. When you spill something on a brand new pair of sneakers
We’re definitely not claiming that vaginal wipes have stain-removing superpowers, but they’re pretty excellent in a pinch, especially when used on less-porous surfaces (i.e. rescuing your new pair of Adidas or your favorite faux-leather backpack from salad dressing gone rogue). One of our team members has even used Flex Wipes to remove a *cough* semen stain from a dry-clean-only throw blanket.
5. To wrap up your used menstrual disc, tampon, or pad before throwing it out
Here’s a situation we’ve all found ourselves in: Out in public somewhere, at a friend’s house, or, worse, at your f*ck-buddy’s place, casually removing your menstrual product of choice, when (gasp) you realize you used the last squares of toilet paper to wipe.
There’s nothing left to wrap up your soon-to-be-discarded bloody tampon, disc, or pad. Instead, you have to awkwardly bury it at the bottom of the tiny bathroom trash can and pray that no one sees it. Stowing a pack of vaginal wipes in your bag ensures you’ll never have to live through this reality EVER again.
6. When there are no sinks nearby but you REALLY need to wash your hands
Okay, obviously, you should always use soap and running water to wash your hands when it’s available. But if you’re somewhere where this isn’t an option and your fingers are covered in chip dust and you really need to
sext someone but don’t want to get said chip dust all over your phone, the pack of vaginal wipes in your backpack could be lifesaving. Just make sure to wash your hands for real when you eventually encounter a sink.
7. During the next toilet paper shortage
We’re not saying we’re expecting one, but we’re not not saying it, either. Rather than filling your entire basement with a lifetime supply of Charmin, just keep a few extra packs of vaginal wipes on hand. They’re more pleasant to use, more effective, and equally flushable.
8. As an impromptu face wipe
Yes: You can totally use (certain brands of) vaginal wipes as face wipes. The skin on your vulva and labia is extra sensitive, which means most vaginal wipes are made with gentle, non-irritating ingredients – the same kinds of ingredients you look for in facial cleansers and moisturizers.
Of course, everyone’s skin is different, so read the ingredient list and stay away from the eye area. We love using Flex Biodegradable Wipes as makeshift face wipes on the go – they’re body-safe from head to toe and the aloe, cucumber extract, and oat extract add a nice dose of soothing moisture to boot.
9. During your next beach or camping trip
There’s nothing worse than getting back in the car after a long day at the beach, only to realize you’re still totally covered in sand – and that it’s somehow made it into places where it’s DEFINITELY not welcome. Say goodbye to sandy cracks with a quick post-beach wipe-down. You’ll get rid of that gross, oily sunscreen residue, too.
10. When applying self-tanner
As most self-tanner-devotees are aware, you have to be extra careful when applying tanner to dry, thicker-skinned areas like knees, elbows, palms, and ankles (if not, they’ll go like five shades darker than the rest of your body). To avoid this fate, next time you self-tan, follow up by gently dabbing a vaginal wipe on all those dry skin spots to blot away excess product.
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