Disposable wipes are the thorn in my side.
Everything else created solely for convenience is easy for me to ignore (doesn’t mean I don’t still use them from time to time, like paper plates).
Yet, I can’t escape the grip of the disposable wipe. They are easy, they are ready to go, they are portable, they are disposable.
And on the other hand, they are very very bad for my septic system, they leave lint on the cloth diapers if you wash them, they are gross to throw away when the have poop on them, they are a continuing cost.
It’s pretty clear that the negatives outweigh the positives, right?
I won’t even get into the healthiness or lack thereof with disposable wipes. The ones I use are Huggies. Wow, I sorta shamefully cringed when I wrote that.
You know what’s worse?
I have at least 100 cloth wipes of various brands dispersed throughout the 4 bathrooms in my house. My kids don’t bathe that often yet I have enough “wash cloths” for them to bathe a couple of times a day.
And even worse, I have plenty of Blissful Booty wipes solution to last me months.
If you’ve been a reader long you know I’ve used cloth wipes off and on throughout the years. (Thought About Using Cloth Wipes? 2008)
The biggest thing holding me up is the lack of a system.
What is your system? Do you use a disposable wipes container and lay them in?
Do you wet each one when needed or are the all moistened and ready to go?
Based on my past limited experience, I prefer them moistened in a box. However, I know that they can get nasty if I prepare to big a batch.
I ran across a blog tonight that contains a 2 part series called Cloth With Solution 101. I’ve learned to not be surprised at the irony of “stumbling” across information at just the right time since it happens so often.
Here is an excerpt from Julie of Little Monkey Store‘s blog:
Over the last couple of years I have had the opportunity to try out a variety of different cloth wipe solutions – homemade, cubes, just add water, and ready to use. Some of the brands have worked great, some not so great and some work fine. In Part One we’re going to cover the basic types of wipe solution and the pros and cons of each one.
Homemade Wipe Solution
Making your own cloth wipe solution is relatively quick, easy and inexpensive. There are quite a few recipes available online and on our blog to get you started. You can make them as simple as you want or you can use extras such as pure aloe vera gel or some nice smelling essential oils. You control exactly what you add – a huge plus if your little one has allergies or skin sensitivities. In the beginning we made our own in a huge batch every few days since the number of diaper changes for a newborn is huge and we went through a lot of wipes.
The positive of making your own is that you know exactly what is in it and you typically have all the ingredients you need right at home. The con of making your own is using oil. If you use oil in your solution, you will need to wash your cloth wipes separate from your diapers. Oil is nice in wipe solution as it helps the wipe glide better and gives a bit of moisturizing at the same time, but the oil can transfer to your diapers if you wash your wipes and diapers together.
Wipe cubes are handy, all you need to do is add one or two cubes to two cups of hot water, let the water cool down and the solution is ready to use. Cubes are available in all sorts of different scents and formulas. It’s always best to pick up a sample or two to try out first – to make sure that you don’t encounter any sensitivity to a particular scent.
The positive for using wipe cubes is that the cubes travel well as there is no liquid to transport and with wipe cube solution, you can wash your wipes with your diapers. Definitely cuts down on a load of laundry. The downside of wipe cubes is that boiling water melts the cubes the best, but it takes time for the solution to cool down enough to use.
To read Part II about “just add water solutions” and “ready to use solutions” click here.
I think I’m a just add water type of gal.
So, should I do it? Should I re-commit myself before thousands to start using cloth wipes again? I’m a bit of a commitment-phobe.
*Deep breath* I’m taking the plunge. At least part of the way. I will keep the disposable wipes in the car for trips not for running out there and grabbing when needed ;)
Anyone else want to join me?
Oh, and my title? Nah, I don’t hate cloth wipes, my actions however
do did imply that.