Cloth wipes are not just for people who cloth diaper. In fact, my husband REFUSES to use disposable wipes because it does such a better job and keeps his hands clean. I do use disposable wipes while we’re out running errands, or need to do laundry. But, in my opinion, disposable wipe are great for everything BUT wiping poo off baby butts.
Why Use Cloth Wipes
- Cost Effective
- Environmental Impact
- Chemical Free
- Comfort & Effective
How Much are Cloth Wipes
This price is going to range depending on the quality and retailer you purchase cloth wipes from. You can use baby wash clothes, look for them second-hand at consignments or non-profit recycle stores, or from online or traditional retailers. I use Thirsties Wipes and we love them. These wipes are going to be on the higher end, but as many times we have to wipe butts, I’m okay with it. They have two layers of fabric, one side being velour like which grabs heavy messes, but gentle enough. They come in a pack of 6 and are available for around $12 (at the time of this posting). You need at least 4 packs, but Thirsties Baby recommends 6, which comes to $72 new. Baby wash clothes are $6 a pack for 10, which comes $24.
*A small investment in cloth wipes will save you about $350-$450 for one child.
Wet Wipes vs. Dry Wipes
When it comes to cloth wipes, you can go two ways. The wet system or the dry system. We use dry wipes and make our own solution. And what I mean by dry wipes is, we store them dry and apply the solution to the wipes at the time of changing. The wet system stores the wipes wet, generally in an old diaper container with the solution on it. I don’t care for this system because wipes could be too wet, or dry out, or attract mold.
Laundering & Care
Cloth wipes can be washed with cloth diapers, and cared for the same way. If you are not using cloth diapers, then wash them in a separate load by themselves with Dreft or a natural detergent, on hot with an extra rinse cycle. I store dirty wipes in a cloth bag designed for dirty cloth diapers/wipes and wash it with my wipes. Hang-dry the bag and dry wipes on low heat.
This solution recipe is what I use. Use any baby wash, just choose one with ingredients you are okay with.
- 2.5 Parts Baby Oil
- 1.5 Baby Wash
- 4 Parts Hot Water
- Combine ingredients and store in a squirt bottle of choice. An empty baby oil container is perfect for this.
*Savings Calculator: https://www.thirstiesbaby.com/customer-center/savings-calculator