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A New Journey in Cloth Baby Wipes

Posted by CDB Guest on 2/8/2010 to Cloth vs. Disposables

After having 4 babies in 5 years, I grew frustrated with the expense of disposable baby wipes.

Even purchasing them by the case taxed the bank account. Researching homemade wipes opened up a whole world of opportunity. In general cloth baby wipes can be broken done into two categories: disposable and reusable.

Disposable Baby Wipes

A. Prepackaged
These are the most commonly used and the most expensive. These can be purchased at almost any store and join disposable diapers in the landfill by the millions.

B. Homemade Paper Towel Wipes
Many moms have had success with making wipes using a soap solution and rolls of paper towel. Paper towels are a very thin wipe and it necessary to use more than one to take care of messy cloth diapers.

Both of these methods involve waste, as they are discarded in the trash. They also present a serious drawback to the cloth diaper user. If the wipes accidentally join the diapers in the wash, a mess can result. The fibers will fill Velcro tabs.

Reusable Cloth Baby Wipes

A. Wash Cloth And Water
This is the simplest method, as it involves only a cloth and water. It requires trips to the sink and if soap is not used, there is the potential for a rash to develop.

B. Cloth Wipes and Homemade Solution
This is a simple combination of cloth baby wipes and a soap solution. It can be easily stored in a wipe warmer or any container with a tight fitting lid.

The following recipe was taken from The Urban Homemaker catalog.

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tsp Dr. Bronner’s soap
  • 3 drops tea tree oil
  • 3 drops of lavender oil

Cotton fleece wipes, knit terry wipes or flannelette washable wipes can be purchased to use with the solution.

Baby washcloths work well, too. A stack of cloth wipes sit in a basket beside the container of wipe "juice". Keeping the wipes immersed in the water tend to make them slimy. Using more water can cause an unpleasant odor if the "juice" isn’t used fast enough.

The cloth wipes can be easily tossed in with the cloth diapers for washing. If you are out and about, you can soak a few cloth baby wipes and put them in a resalable plastic bag, such as Ziploc for easy use on the trip.