Let’s hear it for the handkerchief

PUBLISHED: 09:45 14 May 2018

Is it time for the return of the good old handkerchief?

Is it time for the return of the good old handkerchief?

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So the Government is thinking about banning wet wipes? About time, says Sharon Griffiths.

Just think – there’s a whole generation of people who’ve never known what it’s like to have your mum spit on her hanky and scrub away at the chocolate round your mouth.

Such a shame these old traditions are fading out…

Instead, mums reach for the wet wipes instead and use them for cleaning everything from babies’ bums to kitchen worktops.

The trouble is, these wipes are indestructible. They block sewers, wash up on beaches, damage marine life and have even altered the course of the Thames because people insist on flushing them down the loo instead of binning them. So the government wants them banned in the next 25 years.

About time too.

Of COURSE they’re useful - especially on a day out. I wish they’d been around when my boys were disgustingly messy infants. But we survived without them. The grand-daughters are so unused to being attacked by a damp flannel that they hardly know what it is so don’t even squirm when I approach. Sitting ducks.

Wet wipes are everywhere in the house – for cleaning kitchens and bathrooms as well as babies. How, exactly, are they better for cleaning surfaces than a spray and a J-cloth?

Even Chinese restaurants have started giving us plastic-wrapped wipes instead of those lovely, steaming, lemon-scented cloths. Not the same at all. It’s just like being on a plane so you can almost smell the recycled air and the loos.

Many parents are indignant about the proposed ban, saying wet wipes are essential. You mean they’ll still be using them on their children in 25 years’ time?

Time to get out the hankies – and spit.

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