Consumers have heard of flushable wipes, usually marketed towards women who want that "extra clean" feeling after a bowel movement. However, on the Friday, October 16, episode of Shark Tank, it was all about wipes for dudes' butts -- and armpits, faces, and wherever else dudes want to feel clean by using the Dude Wipes. As reported by the Chicago Tribune, Dude Wipes are marketed towards men, and were created by four Chicago-based guys who used to use baby wipes in addition to or instead of toilet paper to get clean.
It's a theory posited by Empire star Terrence Howard, who once said that a woman who didn't use baby wipes in addition to regular toilet paper was a deal-breaker for a relationship with him, as reported by Jezebel.
"Toilet paper - and no baby wipes - in the bathroom. If they're using dry paper, they aren't washing all of themselves. It's just unclean. So if I go in a woman's house and see the toilet paper there, I'll explain this. And if she doesn't make the adjustment to baby wipes, I'll know she's not completely clean."
Lori Greiner liked the idea of the Dude Wipes, but she stepped out of the deal in order to leave the floor open for the Shark Tank dudes to make a deal. As Mr. Wonderful and Robert Herjavec hemmed and hawed over a $300,000 deal and the amount of equity, Cuban was able to swoop in and solve the issue. The former duo hesitated over giving 27.5 percent equity versus 25 percent equity, and that small amount of a difference became an issue for the dudes who made Dude Wipes and the sharks. Wanting to put an end to the drama, and criticizing the other sharks by saying their quibbling proved they didn't really care about Dude Wipes, Cuban stood up and offered up $300,000 for a 25 percent stake in the Dude Wipes firm, and the dudes took him up on the deal. Robert and Mr. Wonderful looked woeful as they lost out on the deal.
On Amazon, the Dude Wipes have garnered quite a bit of positive customer reviews, no doubt helped along by their Shark Tank appearance that gave them a large amount a visibility. The description of the Dude Wipes product also likely helps along their sales amounts, with folks apparently seeing a good purpose in carrying around the Dude Wipes in their pockets or wallets.
[Images via Dude Wipes]