|Junk in the trunk|
Recently, we've started using cloth wipes as well. It all started when I read this post on my favorite natural parenting blog about homemade wipe spray. It sounded interesting but I wasn't ready to commit to it just yet. Then a faithful blog reader and I were emailing about cloth diapering (Hi Amy!) and she sent me an estimate of the amount of money one spends on disposable wipes when you have a diaper-wearing child. Assuming you use only two wipes each diaper change, the article estimated that you spend roughly $450. Then I thought about the fact that I have never seen my husband use only two wipes. He's usually in the 5-7 range; so we're talking about nearly $1,000 in just wipes!
That sealed the deal. We ordered a stock of cloth wipes that day and haven't looked back since. At first, I was kind of grossed out by the idea- probably like you are right now. But, then I got to thinking... it's not all that different from using cloth diapers right? Plus, I was already washing diapers every other day, so what could a few small pieces of cloth wipe add to that laundry task?
How it all works ...
Like I mentioned, we first had to decide on and order our supply of cloth wipes. After a lot of
Once the wipes came in, I needed to make spray solution. If you Google "Homemade Baby Wipe Solution" you'll find 4,000 entries on different kinds you can make. I chose to go with the Healthy Mama, Healthy Baby recipe and it's worked great for us; except I didn't add tea tree oil because we don't have any.
Then, we just got a small basket to keep the dry wipes in and keep the wipe solution right next to it on Bea's changing table (which she is outgrowing):
Whenever we change a diaper, I just spritz the wipe down to get it wet and wipe Tiny's tush until it's clean. You could also spritz your baby's bottom directly, but I've found that it usually makes her pee everywhere
Then the old diaper and the used cloth wipe(s) go into our "wet bag" to await washing:
|Looks like it was washing day huh?|
The most important step to all of this is the flushable liner (We use Bummi's version) that goes into each one of Bea's diapers nowadays:
Every two to three days, I cart everything to the trusty old (and I mean old) washing machine. First, I cold rinse everything. Then, I hot wash it with a few scoops of Rockin' Green Detergent and/or Funk Rock if it's especially smelly. Then we do another cold rinse. Finally, they get dried!
I'm tell you-- it's SO EASY to cloth diaper and cloth wipe. The best part is really the savings. For all the diapers (30), covers (8) and wipes (36) that we own, I would say that we've spent less than $250 for everything. That's a lot cheaper than $3,000! And, even when your kid figures out how to operate Velcro, it's still really cute. Right?:
|Looks like it's time for the non-Velcro version of those covers ...|