They can do anything. Yes, they wipe poopy asses. Besides that, they do so much more. I learned this firsthand while I was pregnant with my first child. I was holding my nephew and he projectile vomited all over me. Not knowing I would need a change of clothes on my visit, my sister handed me a baby wipe and said, “it works, I promise”. Sure enough, just about all of the vomit was gone. I mean, I still had a wet spot, but the vomit was gone and I now smelled great instead of stale/curdled milk. Wow. I was amazed. What else could they do? And why the hell didn’t I know about this BEFORE kids?!?!
We keep wipes everywhere. A pack in the car glove box. A pack on the dining room table. A pack in own bathroom. Yep. When I had given birth and was told NOT to use toilet paper, I was at a loss. My nether regions were sore, I had to clean myself somehow, and the bath-thingy they sent me home with wasn’t working. My sister (not the same one who handed me the wipe) suggested using a baby wipe. It was soft, hypoallergenic, and believe me, it was helpful. I use wipe for cleaning my kids hands in a pinch, wiping faces when we are on the go, and I have been known to hand them to non-parental types who have a spill that they are worried will become a set-in stain. They can be used for EVERYTHING!
I have no idea what is found as the cleaning agent in baby wipes. I looked them up, but I can’t pronounce ONE of them. Regardless, as long as they are safe (which they appear to be, according to the explanations of the cleansers) and effective (just take a look at any of the my clothing I wore from baby #1’s arrival until now), then I will keep using them. I do wish I had known about them before kids. I would’ve saved myself so much time and money with bringing my clothes to a laundromat.