Saturday, April 24, 2010

Cloth Wipes Part 1: Using Cloth Wipes while at home!

With the passing of Earth Day it's a perfect time to pick up a new green habit. If you're not already using cloth wipes with your cloth diapers then you should make the resolution to switch! I'm often asked about using cloth wipes so I've written a comprehensive article all about wipes. It'll be a three-part series, so stay tuned for the next two segments.

Part One: AT HOME
Keep 5-6 wet cloth wipes in a plastic container at your changing station. I use an old disposable wipes container, but anything will work fine. I like having the wipes almost dripping, but not actually have standing water in the container. You can moisten the wipes with either a Wipe Solution or plain water.

Keeping just a few wet at a time ensures you’ll use all of the wipes before they turn musty. No matter how natural disposable wipes claim to be, they always have a preservative; they have to or they’d be really stinky once we buy them! Cloth wipes do not have any chemicals whatsoever, making them great for baby’s skin but they last only a day or two with plain water, and just 3-4 days with a wipe solution, before they start to smell funny.

On a nearby shelf, within arm’s reach, keep a stack of dry wipes. Next to it, have a bottle of wipe solution or water handy. This way, you can easily moisten more wipes to be ready for the next diaper change. Or, if you have a really nasty diaper and you use all of your pre-moistened wipes, you can wet more right away without leaving your baby’s side.

Dirty wipes can go into the diaper pail with cloth diapers and be washed right along with diapers. If you don’t use cloth diapers, you can wash your cloth wipes with towels, baby clothing, etc.

-Heather Hicks, Copyright-All rights reserved CDO, LLC


Jennie said...

I love cloth wipes! I make my own out of flannel and use the Baby Bum Drops (my favorite!) for a wipe solution. But I keep mine in a mist bottle and spray it straight on my baby's bum, then wipe with a dry cloth.

Theresa K said...

Using cloth wipes makes so much sense if you are using cloth diapers. Before I realized there was such a thing, we were forgetting disposable wipes inside the cloth diapers and finding them in the dryer like a dried up fabric softener sheet...I love knowing what is in the wipes that are touching my kids skin! (which is usually babybits from )

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