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Old 08-03-2011, 03:35 PM
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Although there are no babies in my household we do use the wipes fairly often and keep them on hand.

I thought these would be a good item to stock up on, but how long are they good for unopened (in the plastic box) and still in the plastic wrapper?

I emailed Kimberly Clark who makes the Huggies brand and here is the answer
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Thanks for your e-mail about HUGGIES® Soft Skin baby wipes.

In answer to your inquiry, unopened wipes have a two year shelf life.

We hope that this information is helpful. Thanks again for visiting our web site.


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2 years aint to bad. Wonder if you vac sealed them would you get more. Thanks for the info.
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Thanks for sharing. I've wondered about the official answer. I've had three kids in the past ten years and still keep them all over the house and vehicles. Love them. In know I've had some unopened that have lasted a long time and were fine when I opened them. Sometimes the already opened tubs in the car dry out. I pour in some water and they're good to go again.
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Baby wipes are great, but it sounds like someone pulled a number out of their rear because real shelf-life testing would take time and space, and they will change something before that amount of time is up anyway. It's a soft paper wipe, with water and a few mild ingredients. If I can keep some in my store room long enough, I will find out how they are at 3 or 4 years for myself.
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A person could just keep the components and make them up at need.

Bounty paper towels, baby shampoo, baby oil, and water.
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I'm also sceptical of this number, as I've used wipes stored for over three years, and they were just as new.
dont know if they were kimberly clark products...

After using that really old box, I decided they would make great long term storage for toilet paper (less bulky in storage, and more sanitary) and have been storing them ever since
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Thanks for posting. We pick these up when we see them on sale, and throw them in our boxes of goodies to send to our soldiers over seas. Good to know how long they last. I'm quite sure that they don't last long once our soldiers get them though.
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All I know is that after a few months in a hot Florida trunk, they are useless...
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All I know is that after a few months in a hot Florida trunk, they are useless...
Even if left unopened! Heat is a killer of these guys! By as one person pointed out...add a splash of H2O and you're good to go!
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I have 2 cases from Sam's Club! Nice storage item and cheap alternative for..uh...personal bathroom sanitation!!!
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When the wipes dry out it's mostly the water that evaporates. Most of the chemicals in it stay in the wipes so all you really have to do is add water and they'll be good to go again.
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Although there are no babies in my household we do use the wipes fairly often and keep them on hand.

I thought these would be a good item to stock up on, but how long are they good for unopened (in the plastic box) and still in the plastic wrapper?

I emailed Kimberly Clark who makes the Huggies brand and here is the answer
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Thanks for your e-mail about HUGGIES® Soft Skin baby wipes.

In answer to your inquiry, unopened wipes have a two year shelf life.

We hope that this information is helpful. Thanks again for visiting our web site.


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Thanks for the info. This is just an FYI from one of my experiences...

I have two children and had stuck some old wipes in the back of a cabinet when my oldest child was a baby. I was cleaning out the cabinets and realized how old they were. I would guess they were around 5 years old. They were a little dryer than usual when opened but I would have been able to use them like they were. I added a touch of tap water and they seemed like normal again. I think two years is great but I think they will last longer.
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"Yes, yes, yes!"
To everyone that has just reused the dried out baby wipes by adding water, I feel, you are exactly right. We keep a good stock of the wipes around for just portable bathtubs now that our daughter had grown up. Usually we store them in heavy duty freezer ziploc bags ad just add a spash of water depending on how wet we've gotten them or how dried out they became because we left the bag open by accident. I've been carrying around the $1 store pack in my truck through hot Florida weather for over 2 years and all I do is just is just spash in some more water as needed.
I believe everyone is right that these things wil last nearly forever becasue it is only the moisture that'll dry out and not actually the cleaning chemicals that, I'll surmise, are just crystalized into the wipes. And, since some wipes are a plastic material I'd bet they would last forever, safely, if kept out of direct sunlight.
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Baby wipes are great, but it sounds like someone pulled a number out of their rear because real shelf-life testing would take time and space, and they will change something before that amount of time is up anyway. It's a soft paper wipe, with water and a few mild ingredients. If I can keep some in my store room long enough, I will find out how they are at 3 or 4 years for myself.
They did the same thing the canned foods industry does with their "best by" date.

I use Wet Ones singles and I have some from 2007 that are still fine. And I don't use climate control so they get a lot of heat here in the west Texas summer. I keep some packed in my gun show cases too. They get a lot of heat in the van, and are still good.
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If they told you that it has a 2 year shelf life...go by it. Wipes are preserved with preservatives. Canned foods are preserved with high heat/pressure to destroy microbial growth in a sealed environment. Wipes are stored in plastic and preserved with preservatives. Preservatives will lose effectiveness after a set period of time. Anything with water can grow bacteria/fungi. By the time you see bacterial/fungal growth, it is too late.
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They say two years just to put that in everyone's head. So then once two years is up you go and buy more.
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After opening, store in a ziplock type bag and they will not dry up. (I keep them in my jeep this way.)
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All I know is that after a few months in a hot Florida trunk, they are useless...
How use do you think YOU would be after a few months in a hot Florida trunk?!!
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I buy the huge rolls they put out to wipe with by the front door. They come in a two pack box. Way way cheaper than b wipes. Find a store manager. And refill a a otterbox with them.
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