For the longest time when I first started cloth diapering I used disposable wipes. I thought cloth wipes would be more difficult and since it was my husband's idea to start cloth diapering I wanted to be successful. I was wrong; cloth wipes weren't more difficult than
disposable wipes. Actually, cloth wipes were easier because I could throw them into my dry pail with my diapers. When I was using disposable wipes the whole process was so annoying because my dry pail was in my son's room but our diaper sprayer was in the
bathroom (obviously!). Well, you can't flush disposable wipes down the drain (trust me, I know from a very bad experience) so I'd have to take the stupid disposable wipes out of the diaper, throw them in the garbage and then get to my diaper spraying. Yet another step in the process and when you're a busy mom.
Finally, after the fifth terrible diaper rash from teething poop I decided that I wanted to be in charge of what I was wiping my child's butt with. Onto cloth wipes and choosing a solution to soak my wipes with. I did create my own solution but after looking into the cost and the time and effort that I put into measuring, I realized that time was money so buying wipes bits or a solution was worth more than the few dollars I was saving.
There are two main ways of storing your cloth wipes and solution. I've done both and while they're both effective one can save you more time than the other.
1. Spray bottles + wipes - This is the way I did my cloth wipes for years. Simply mix your solution, pour into a spray bottle and then during the diaper change spray the wipes. The downside of this method is the time that it can take during a diaper change. If your
child is like mine they want that diaper change over and done with so they can go play; they don't care if there's poop or not they just want out. Spraying wipes equals more time to try to corral your little one to hold still.
2. Place wipes into a holder and pour the solution over the wipes - This is the busy mom's way to do cloth wipes. Simply place your dry, clean wipes into the wipes container and pour your wipes solution over the wipes, letting them soak up the solution. The only thing you need to be careful of is washing your wipes frequently enough so that they don't start to get moldy.
What do you use for your cloth wipes? Have you been sitting on the fringe waiting to make the switch? Come over to the cloth wipes side, the water's nice!
Daphne Date 5/9/2013
I made my own out of flannel. It was a nice thing to do while pregnant for someone who isn't ubber crafty.
Amanda Date 5/9/2013
I just use plain water and that has worked well for us through 2 babies so far. I started with the spray bottle at first with baby #1, but he was so sensitive to everything (especially disposible wipes), my pediatrician said to use just water was fine. We have some terry cloth wipes which I use if it's really messy, and that works for us :)
Samantha Ireland Date 5/9/2013
I should be doing cloth wipes... I just need to rip the bandaid off and go for it!
Amber Date 5/9/2013
I made my own using fleece. They are 6"x6" and I only need one wipe per diaper change. I had so much fun making my own and picking out the fabrics.
I also bought California Baby Diaper Area Wash spray and it was amazing, but now I just make my own spray with water and baby wash.
Amanda Topping Date 5/9/2013
Me too! Just rip it off! I just made some wipes with paper towels. Whats the best fabric and size that everyone has used? Im a sewer so id rather make my own.
Arielle Swanson Date 5/9/2013
cloth wipes are awesome. one of my grovia terry cloth wipes does the job every time - in a year of cloth diapering I've only had to use more than one wipe on a diaper change just 2 or 3 times. And I'm already doing the diaper laundry, adding wipes to that was no big deal.
Lindsay Coffman Date 5/10/2013
I love using cloth wipes. They're actually easier than disposable & do a much better job cleaning.
Laura Date 5/10/2013
For our cloth wipes, I went to the thrift store and got lots of receiving blankets and baby towels (the kind with the little corner hood thing). When I got home, I bleached and stripped them. I cut them into squares and sewed them together so that one side of the wipe is flannel, and the other side is soft terry (it's like poop velcro). They work like a dream and my total cost for about 50 wipes was $4.
Amanda O'Mara Date 5/10/2013
This is a well timed post. I've been considering cloth wipes for some time now. Once I run through my disposable wipe stash, I'm making the switch with CJ's wipe solution.
Rebecca K. Date 5/10/2013
I waited for AGES to start using loth wipes -- but once I did we saved so much money. Also, we don't use a special container or warmer -- just wet a few wipes in the sink before diaper change; it works great!
Tanya P Date 5/10/2013
I have my wipes all made....I just need to find a container to put them in!
Darah Date 5/11/2013
I've been wanting to try this. It seems a lot easier than having to separately dispose of a wipe, especially when we're out and about. I could just toss the cloth wipe into my wet bag.
Brittany K Date 5/11/2013
Great tips! I'd like to try making my own sometime soon!
christine k. Date 5/11/2013
We have all sorts of cloth wipes. Still trying to decide on my favorites, though I think Lil Helpers are a new leader! (and Thirsties Fab)
Lindsey Young Date 5/11/2013
I would love to try cloth wipes!
Kimberly Price Date 5/12/2013
We switched to cloth wipes too, which surprised me because I really thought I'd prefer to just use disposable wipes. It's nice not to need a trash can next to our changing table just for the wipes.
Leela Date 5/12/2013
We use cloth wipes and plain old H2O. We just spray his bum directly with a spray bottle and catch the runoff with a cloth wipe. We then use a second wipe to dab him dry. He has really sensitive skin so this method works well for us.
Maggie Martin Date 5/13/2013
I LOVE cloth wipes. I didn't staying using them until I had my second. I can't believe I cloth diapered almost two years before using them! They are one of the best investments I've made in my stash. We have the Diaper Rite wipes, great quality got a great price. Cloth wipes are so much better and efficient than disposables!
jennifer laur Date 5/13/2013
when we started cloth diapering, we were using to disposable wipes. it was a pain in the butt, i'm so glad i decided to try cloth wipes. they work soooooo much better than disposable.
Samantha Lippard Date 5/13/2013
I love cloth wipes! I have several Thirsties wipes and Booty Luster- much easier than disposable wipes!
Rachel N Date 5/14/2013
I have been using cloth wipes since I started using cloth diapers 3 years ago. I find them super easy. I do the pour solution over wipes in a container method and have never had issues with mold or smell.
Gabrielle Date 5/14/2013
We started with disposable wipes since we'd been gifted with a bunch of them. The major downside has been that you end up with a dirty diaper that needs to go in the diaper sack, a dirty wipe that needs to go to the trash, and a clean baby who wants to be picked up-- too many things to juggle.
Have begun switching to cloth wipes as the supply of disposables dwindle, but so far using them dry or with plain warm water. Works well so far, but planning to make solution as soon as supplies arrive. A
zab di Date 5/15/2013
Oh boy!!! Im so afraid to make the change into cloth wipes...
I feel great using cloth diapers and maybe I will feel awesome using cloth wipes but I seriously think they are difficult...
One day Ill be brave enough and Ill make the change!!! hehe
Laura Date 5/15/2013
SOON I will start using cloth wipes!!! :)
Elina V. Date 5/20/2013
Elina V. Date 5/20/2013
Love using cloth wipes. We use diaper mix that contains calendula and tea tree oil, and our 2 1/2 month old has yet to get a single rash. It's better for babies bum!
Chelsea Date 5/30/2013
I love my cloth wipes and hate when I have to resort to disposable wipes when I am traveling. It's so easy to just toss the cloth wipes in with the diapers. I also use them for more then just my baby boy's butt!
Mary S Date 10/13/2013
We made the switch to cloth wipes pretty quickly after changing over to cloth diapers. I love it! It's not any more work than 'sposies - just wash them with our cloth diapers!
Mary Date 1/25/2014
After using cloth wipes for the longest time, using disposables just doesn't really work. They're so flimsy! And they take a lot more than just using one cloth wipe!
Andrea Date 2/5/2014
When I first started cloth diapering, I didn't even know that cloth wipes existed! I just knew that I HATED disposable wipes--there was nothing to wrap them in before tossing them in the waste basket, and they were just GROSS!!! So, I cut up a flannel receiving blanket from the hospital and made cloth wipes! Turns out, I wasn't the first one to have the idea--Great Minds think alike! :)
Cristi Date 2/21/2014
At first, I considered disposable wipes. But after some research (including this blog post), I realized that cloth wipes are what I want to do! It just seems so much easier than buying disposables all the time. I'm hoping to make my own!
Jody Date 6/20/2014
I wasn't sure that I'd use cloth wipes when we started, but I prefer them over disposables. I use baby washcloths now, but I may make some larger, thicker ones later.