I have been using the Swetwipes Body Wipes
Whilst this is a disability product review, the wipes weren’t initially designed for the disability market.
Swetwipes are now called Freshwipes
There are many times when I can’t shower
This is because of very high pain levels and/or chronic fatigue and it is one of the disability issues that frustrates me the most.
I have tried just having a wash down with a flannel but just a wet flannel doesn’t do it and using soap then means rinsing and even that is sometimes just too much.
On many occasions I have even used baby wipes and they really do not do the job. They are thin, you need to use so many of the things and they don’t get rid of body odour!
Someone mentioned the Swetwipes and so I contacted Liz the owner of Swetwipes to see if she was interested in me reviewing for the brand and here we are.
Swetwipes Body Wipes
The Swetwipes come in a recycled plastic pack and you get 12 of the 12″ x8″ (30x20cm) wipes in the pack.
When I first took one from the pack, I was convinced that I had grabbed too many as I normally do with baby wipes, but I hadn’t. They are just very thick wipes.
In fact they are so thick, that I can’t physically stretch them and I have tried!
And so it is quite surprising that they don’t contain plastics, they are made from plant based cellulose and so are kinder to the environment and biodegradable.
‘They will begin to decompose within 30-45 days if buried in the soil, or placed in the composter‘
They have a very light coconut scent & Liz has said that they are launching 2 new scents this summer (2021)
I am a big old boy, I am 6′ 4″ tall and I weigh in at just under 21st. One of the Swetwipes Body Wipes is okay for a quick wash and by that I mean neck, armpits, torso, the dangly area and bum!
2 would easily be enough for a full top to toe wash (avoid eyes area) but in between being able to shower, the one wipe wash is adequate.
And after using one of the Swetwipes Body Wipes, I was left feeling clean and fresh.
Being unable to shower affects me mentally, feeling unclean is horrible and you feel bad about yourself and you worry that people will think you smell or know you smell.
I am not afraid to be open and honest and so I have no issue in telling you that I have had a problem with patches of red skin that the doctor said was a fungal problem and so I have to use creams and sometimes a steroid cream.
So the Swetwipes will be a product that I continue to use!
The Swetwipes Body Wipes contain Chlorhexidine, this is is an effective antibacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal antiseptic product that is used in products like mouthwash and the Savlon cream.
It is also used in hospitals as a skin cleanser before surgery and if you have had surgery, you will have been given a Chlorhexidine wash to take home and use in the days leading up to surgery or in hospital to use before surgery.
It is also used by hospitals to sterilise the operating theatre equipment and tools!
Full list of ingredients;
- Aqua (water)
- Chorhexidine Digluconate
- Dehydroacetic Acid
- Propylene Glycol
- Benzalkonium Chloride
- Lauryl Glucoside
- Cocos Nucifera Oil
- Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract
- Citric Acid.
These wipes are not just handy for people who have a disability or chronic illness.
I wish we had these when we used to go camping when our daughters were kids and they would be very handy for whenever you have a trip away and can’t get to shower.
They would be a great addition to your rucksack if you cycle or run to work, a quick wipe down and you are fresh and ready for the working day!
You can read more about the Swetwipes brand, how it began and why on their About Us page
The Swetwipes are available from the website with free shipping costing;
- 1 pack – £4.99
- 2 to 4 packs – £4.75
- 5+ packs – £4.00
They are also available on Amazon with free same day delivery if ordered early enough or next day delivery if ordered later that day.
Or you can get them from the Disability Horizons website!