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Cloth Wipes: My Hesitant Journey, With Photos

When I first started cloth diapering, I saw some cloth wipes. Honestly, my first thought was, that is just too much trouble for too little benefit! However, as time went on – and I became more and more of a cloth diaper addict – I began to consider using cloth wipes. A few months ago, I purchased cloth wipes for the first time.

Homemade Cloth Wipes


All Or Nothing

I wanted to start out small so I bought a 10-pack of JABaby wipes. For the first few months, they sat on my changing table nearly unused. There were several problems with me jumping into using cloth wipes. I tend to be an all or nothing type, person.

Only having 10 wipes, was not enough to use cloth wipes full time so it was difficult for me to commit if I could not go all in. I also did not have any wipe solution and was hesitant to pay money for something that I was not sure I wanted to commit to doing on a continual basis. In addition, I was extremely skeptical about using the cloth wipes for solid waste.

Jump Right In

A few weeks ago, I decided to put all that aside and jump right into using cloth wipes. To overcome my problems I did a few things. To start out, I realized that I do not have to be all or nothing about everything. Using my cloth wipes until they are gone and then switching to disposable wipes while they are in the washer is okay.

Instead of paying for a wipe solution, I used a wipe solution that consists of 1 cup of water, 2 tablespoons of baby soap, and 1 tablespoon of baby oil. This was great because they were all things I had around the house. I also only committed to using the wipes for wet diapers and continued to use disposable wipes for solid soiling.

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Love Using Cloth Wipes

Surprisingly, I found that I love using the cloth wipes. They are just as easy to use as disposable wipes. Especially, after I learned to fold the wipes into my wipe container so they popped up just like the disposable wipes. When I am ready to change a diaper, I simply grab a wipe, squirt some wipe solution on it and I am ready for a change.

How To Make Cloth Wipes

Sensitive Skin

I also really like using the cloth wipes because my daughter has extremely sensitive skin. I found that the softness of these flannel wipes was just right.  In addition, by using my own wipe solution with the cloth wipes, I also know exactly what is being put on her skin. This is a major plus for me!

Solid Soiling

The biggest hurdle I have not yet overcome with using my cloth wipes is using them with solid soiling. I just cannot bring myself to put a heavily soiled wipe directly into the washing machine. To avoid this, I have tried using my diaper sprayer to wash off the soiling but this just gets complicated. So, for the time being, I am just using my cloth wipes for wet diapers. Who knows, soon I may be ready to take the next jump.

Unnecessary Waste

It’s funny, I initially started using cloth diapers because I did not want to create so much waste. Why was I not concerned that I was creating unnecessary waste with all those disposable wipes! I have even gotten more wipes to be able to use them full time. Now that I see how easy and fun it is to use the cloth wipes, I do not see myself turning back.

How I Made Cloth Wipes

What did you first think when you found out about cloth wipes? Were you hesitant, as I was? Do you use them now?