I have to admit that switching to cloth wipes took quite a while for me. I began cloth diapering in 2005 and only this year have stopped buying disposable wipes.
What stopped me was the major convenience of disposable wipes. I had no simple system in mind on how to use cloth wipes.
It wasn’t until I visited my best friend in Oklahoma that I realized using cloth wipes is really easy. Her system consisted of a disposable wipes box, cloth wipes, and a wipes solution. There are dozens of wipes solutions available on Hyena Cart, Etsy and Diaperswappers but I prefer my friend’s recipe: 1 cup of water, tea tree oil and lavender essential oil.
Most of the time though my diaper changes go like this: **visualize me sprinting through the house because i have just discovered my child sticking her hand down the back of a poopy diaper** I grab 2 cloth wipes, get them wet in the sink, and quickly clean up the mess.
Amy Sue of Zany Zebra has a collection of recipes on her website Zany Zebra Designs.
Here is a list of some WAHMs that sell wipes solutions you can purchase:
California Baby Diaper Area Wash (can be purchased at many Target stores)
Rash Magic Wipes Solution (this one looks great for yeast rashes! it contains Grapefruit Seed Extract)
Cloth wipes can be as simple as a baby washcloth. I purchased some velour/sherpa wipes from a WAHM off of diaperswappers (I still use these!! Nov, 2011)
Popular cloth wipe material combinations are: flannel/velour, sherpa/flannel, sherpa/velour, flannel/fleece, knit print/bamboo.
Almost any cloth diaper making WAHM offers cloth wipes in their store. If you have a serger or know someone who does, making them would be a simple task. Make sure and cut the wipes to an 8×8 size. This is the best size for cloth wipes.
Many moms prefer a “rough” side and a smooth side- one for grabbing the other for wiping. I’m not a big fan of knit because it is too smooth. The ones I grab first are Ragababe or the single layer Charlie Banana wipes.
Do you have a favorite cloth wipe?