Cloth baby wipes are a must if you are choosing to cloth diaper your baby!!! When I began cloth diapering I purchased two packages (24) of the Bum Genius Flannel Wipes for under $25. I have not since bought any more wipes and I am still washing and reusing these wipes everyday! I love these wipes, they are very soft and thin and serve to not only wipe baby’s bum, but to clean-up messes as well.
Now, I do love my wipes, but for the frugal mommy, there is an even more economical way to use cloth wipes. I recommend using one of your husband’s old cotton tee shirts and cutting it up into 7″-8″ squares. Using and old cotton tee shirt also gives you a wonderfully soft wipe for your baby’s bum and is easily washed with your diaper load.
The reason that cloth wipes go hand-in-hand with cloth diapers is because of the laundry issue. You don’t want to go separating out the dirty cloth diapers and dirty disposable wipes, just dump them all into one diaper pail! If you end up with a disposable wipe in your laundry it will create quite a mess with your velcro tabs.
Once your cloth wipes have been washed with your diapers, where should you store them? I have a small pile by my changing table on clean folded wipes of which I place a few wetted wipes in a wipes container so I can grab one during a dirty diaper changing. For a wipes container, I use a wipes warmer, but a plain rectangular tupperware container would do the trick as well.
Now, what to wet your wipes with? I use water generally, lately I have been putting my castile soap to use! I fill my bathroom sink with water and squirt two squirts of castile soap in the water and soak my wipes to use later. I also keep a small squirt bottle by the changing table with water or a wipes solution.
For a wipes solution recipe, please visit Zany Zebra’s website. Again, you can always stick with just water, but for those extra messy days it is a good idea to have a pre-made wipes solution on hand!
When I am out and about, or when my son is with his care provider, I place a few pre-wet wipes in a reusable ziplock baggie, so it is basically no different from grabbing a disposable wipe. I also keep a small spray bottle with a wipe solution in the diaper bag for the extra-messy days.
It’s that simple! Consider switching to cloth wipes, even if you can’t 100% commit to cloth diapers, the wipes are a cheep and easy alternative to those disposables.