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Baby Wipes for cleaning guns?
« on: September 21, 2010, 03:54:41 PM »
I saw a thread on CGN about cleaning guns with baby wipes and how it's supposedly quite common.  This post especially caught my eye.

Has anyone else heard about or do this to clean their guns?

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Re: Baby Wipes for cleaning guns?
« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2010, 04:05:07 PM »
I've never done it. I use old t-shirts, MPro-7, Hoppes No9, Hoppes Oil as protectant and Slipstream for all lubing.

I figure I should use the products designed for the application at hand. Gun cleaning products are designed for dirty guns. Baby wipes are for stinky babies.
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Re: Baby Wipes for cleaning guns?
« Reply #2 on: September 21, 2010, 04:11:53 PM »
 :scrutiny

Seems like an expensive alternative to oily rags.

Not to mention that while some baby wipes may have lanolin and/or alcohol, they're more likely to have water, aloe, and a host of other stuff that may be good for a baby's butt but probably isn't great for your guns.
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Re: Baby Wipes for cleaning guns?
« Reply #3 on: September 21, 2010, 04:20:48 PM »
:scrutiny

Seems like an expensive alternative to oily rags.

Not to mention that while some baby wipes may have lanolin and/or alcohol, they're more likely to have water, aloe, and a host of other stuff that may be good for a baby's butt but probably isn't great for your guns.

I won't do this any time soon.  But it just sounds really weird so I started a thread about it.
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Re: Baby Wipes for cleaning guns?
« Reply #4 on: September 21, 2010, 04:36:04 PM »
D-Lead Wipes. They are similar to baby wipes but the chemistry is specific for the heavy metal industry and I don't mean music. The materials used are specific to higher absorption of lead and other heavy metals so they are great to wipe up with after a shooting session. A few wipes on the gun with a D-Lead wipe, run the bore snake through the barrel, a few drops of fresh oil and a quick wipe of the hands and you're done for a the short haul. I still tear my guns down for a major overhaul on occasion but this makes short range sessions not so much of a pain.
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Re: Baby Wipes for cleaning guns?
« Reply #5 on: September 21, 2010, 09:00:03 PM »


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Re: Baby Wipes for cleaning guns?
« Reply #6 on: September 25, 2010, 12:31:24 AM »
I actually tried using 70% isopropyl alcohol as a solvent on a lightly soiled shotgun.  Actually, I used more as a degreaser so I could re-grease the entire thing (because it needed it).

Gun in question was the Win 1300 that I mention from time to time (which I might buy off the owner for cheap).

I know that alcohol is a used as a solvent in other things, and it seems like it can remove oil/grease.  I'm certain that it can also remove carbon.

Anyone have an opinion on using alcohol to clean guns?
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Re: Baby Wipes for cleaning guns?
« Reply #7 on: September 25, 2010, 11:21:11 AM »
The other 30% of that isopropyl alcohol is water. If you use it as a solvent on guns you're going to have to followup quickly with something to displace water. You may as well skip the alcohol and use a solvent intended for guns that won't attract moisture.
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Re: Baby Wipes for cleaning guns?
« Reply #8 on: September 25, 2010, 04:03:33 PM »
The other 30% of that isopropyl alcohol is water. If you use it as a solvent on guns you're going to have to followup quickly with something to displace water. You may as well skip the alcohol and use a solvent intended for guns that won't attract moisture.

Well, that explains everything.  :facepalm

Just for the record, would it be OK to use the 99%?
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Re: Baby Wipes for cleaning guns?
« Reply #9 on: September 25, 2010, 04:23:00 PM »
Even 99% isopropyl alcohol is 1% water, and it's very hygroscopic.

Stick with gun cleaners.
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Re: Baby Wipes for cleaning guns?
« Reply #10 on: September 25, 2010, 07:34:50 PM »
Well, on the bright side, now I know...
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Re: Baby Wipes for cleaning guns?
« Reply #11 on: July 20, 2012, 11:50:08 AM »
I often see and correct Marines who use Baby Wipes to clean their weapons.  There is a reason you should not use Baby Wipes and I will explain it now so that everyone knows 'why'.

First, a list of ingredients found in Baby Wipes;
Potassium Laureth Phosphate = Salt & Alcohol.
Glycerin = Holds other ingredients together, retains water from surrounding environment.
Polysorbate 20 = Detergent.
Tetrasdium EDTA = Acid used to dissolve limescale.
DMDM Hydantoin = Preseravative used in Shampoo, Conditioner and Baby Wipes.
Methylparaben = Anti-fungal agent containing acid.
Malic acid = Citric acid.
Aloe Barbadensis = Moisturizer.
Tocopheryl Acetate = Vitamin E that slowly absorbs into human skin when applied.
Ammonium Salt = Amonia and salt, and acid.
Cocamidopropyl Betaine = Detergent used in bath products.
Methylchloroisothiazolinone = Preservative used in water based personal care products.
Methylisothiazolinone = Anti-microbal.

Nothing in the above list is good for your weapon.  Baby wipes contain water which will cause corrosion (rust) to form on metal.  Salts, which
combined with the water will accelerate corrosion.  Acids, which breaks down the oil on the metal.  Detergents which, once again, break down the oil on the weapon.  Preservatives which cause the water and salt to stay on the surface longer, aiding in corrosion.
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Re: Baby Wipes for cleaning guns?
« Reply #12 on: July 20, 2012, 03:59:12 PM »
I still havent found a better degreaser than good ole breakleen, i love that stuff
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Re: Baby Wipes for cleaning guns?
« Reply #13 on: July 20, 2012, 04:40:40 PM »


 :shrug


Nice!  In a pinch, I think baby wipes would work but I would not recommend them for the reasons JesseL gave.
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Re: Baby Wipes for cleaning guns?
« Reply #14 on: July 20, 2012, 10:48:01 PM »
I forgot about this thread.  I actually have never used a baby wipe.


Thanks for breaking it down, that was quite informative.
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