When you have a newborn baby, the advice generally given is that you shouldn't use baby wipes on their supple behind (despite the fact that it says "baby" in the name). The consensus is that cotton wool balls and water works best. But cotton wool balls suck.
Sure, as a means to clean something, they are somewhat effective. Just put them in a little water and they soak it up like a sponge, creating a nice wet, soft tool with which to clean what you like. But the thing about cotton wool balls is that they're inherently fragile, and tiny bits or strands of cotton can peel off at any moment, and they do. So despite giving a good clean, there's a good chance you'll be left with tiny, soaked cotton pieces all over the place. As far as baby's behinds go, they say to use a dry piece of cotton wool to mop up the remaining moisture from cleaning, and that's even worse, as you leave a trail of wispy, dry, cotton that's hard to pick off.
I suppose cotton wool balls can be useful, but they aren't for anything I do. We have sponges, baby wipes, toilet paper, any number of assorted cleaning and drying products that are infinitely less annoying. Hell, even if you have to use cotton wool, cotton buds are better, as they're less likely to unravel than a giant, uncontrollable ball of cotton. When the supply of cotton wool balls runs out in my house, I breathe a sigh of relief.
My rating: 1/5