With Cloth Wipes Week coming up next Monday (12/14-12/22), we will swap tips on cloth wipes for the next couple of weeks! I use cloth wipes, but didn’t for 6-8 months after I started cloth diapering. Why? I was overwhelmed and thought it would be more work. So I had a trash can in the room for disposable wipes and a wetbag for my cloth diapers. Then it started to happen. DD was getting more mobile by the minute and I had to put the trash can in the bathroom with the door closed so she wouldn’t get into the icky mess. That is when I started rethinking my decision and embraced the world of cloth wipes only to find I had been making my life harder by having both cloth diapers and disposable wipes. You wash them and dry them together and you can make your own solution or buy it ready to spray, depending on preference.
I purchased a wipes warmer which made my life easier (make sure to use a cloth wipes compatible brand like Prince Lionheart), because they were pre-moistened and ready to go, but there are multiple ways you can store them. I love using cloth wipes and it gives me another outlet to shop for fun print and fabrics, although a cut up old T-shirt will do the trick as well. I prefer having both thin and thick wipes for different tasks and prefer larger wipes so I have more surface area to work with. A single layer terry or flannel wipe works great to get in cracks and creases, or for smaller jobs, and a nice thick two-layer wipe is absorbent and great for messy jobs. And whether you purchase them or make them yourself they are affordable and you can save hundreds compared to disposable wipes!
Do you use cloth wipes? Why or why not? What brands and fabrics do you love? Leave a comment to share with the rest of us!