Cloth wipes

First let me start by saying that I used disposable wipes until November 2011. We started cloth diapering November 2010. So you see the two do not necessarily go hand and hand.

When I decided to try cloth wipes everything I was reading said you could use them even if you use disposable diapers. They suggested attaching a small bag to your changing table. I remember reading this thinking “really?”, but yes really. You don’t even have to buy a fancy wet bag you could just use a gallon ziplock until you decide you love using cloth wipes. (cause you will)

Why will you love them? Let’s start with the cost. The cloth wipes I purchsed with shipping worked out to be less than $1 each, about 70 cents I think. Buying the largest box at the best price for the non sensitive wipes they are 3 to 4 cents per wipe. So once you’ve used your cloth wipe 140-200 times it’s cheaper. Now your cloth wipe can be and usually is sensitive without paying extra for less. That sounds like a lot of uses? One box of 576 wipes at $12 plus tax lasts appox one month with a newborn. So the $23 spent for reusable wipes pays for itself in two months.

Reason two they are environmentally friendly. Less waste, less trash, less space used in a landfill. Feeling crafty? Those flannel receiving blankets your not using …. They have a future as wipes. (especially the blankets that were to small to ever wrap a baby)

Three … THEY WORK BETTER! Yup, it’s true. There’s a grippy side and a smooth side, try finding that in a disposable wipe.

Four. You can put whatever you like on them. There are tons of recipe’s for wipe solution. You really can use just water too. Disposable wipes are pretty much regular, sensitive, and sometimes aloe.

I am sure there are other reasons, but those are mine.

Previously when doing a diaper change it was a financial transaction for me. If baby pee’d when you weren’t fast enough changing a diaper, meaning clean diaper got wet, I would say “your wasting quarters”. When we needed to use more than one wipe during a change I would think “your throwing away nickles”. Now it’s no big deal. It’s about what’s important, getting baby’s bottom clean.

While you can find several recipe’s online here is my recipe for wipes solution;

This is made in a container roughly the size of a reusable disposable wipes container.

1-2 drops teatree oil This is the ingredient to be careful with. If baby is sensitive use less of this or add more water.
2-3 drops lavendar essential oil
1 tsp (appox) baby wash
1 squirt (very technical I know) baby oil

I put them in the container in this order. Then fill halfway with water. Fill with wipes folded and rolled.

Tada! Use as needed.

I will have you know I started with a recipe that called for something like 1-2 drops teatree, 2-4 drops lavendar essential oil, 1/2 cup baby wash, 1/2 cup baby oil, and 3 cups of water. I was not a fan.

When I tried out cloth wipes and decided to use them we just used water. So I went back to that.

When changing DD’s messy diapers I felt that her butt looked clean, but didn’t smell that way. That was when I added the teatree oil and lavendar essential oil. From there I got adventurous. I have noticed that since adding the baby wash and oil my babies bottoms are not a sensitive if I accidentally put in more teatree than planned.

Washing? If you cloth diaper wash them with your diapers. Otherwise wash them with the rest of your baby’s clothes. Gross you say? What do you do with the outfits your baby has a blow out in? You wash them. Same difference. If your clothes are clean the washer is clean, bottom line. Drying them? Don’t. I mean they are clean and going to go back into a wet wipes solution. Or dry them. Hang them, put them in the dryer, end result, the same.

Thinking about trying it out? Get these from Mama Jo’s diapers. All you basically pay is shipping. If it says sold just send her a message. That’s what I did. Then I bought these.

Do you use cloth wipes? What solution do you use?

This is in no way a sponsered post. I bought these products and posted because I believe in them.


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