You all know that I wash and reuse my cloth diapers for a variety of reasons – the main ones being that
1. It’s better for your baby and reduces the amount of chemicals you have on their skin daily. Diapers are FILLED with chemicals and are why so many babies suffer from rashes.
2. It’s better for the world/environment and reduces the waste we have in landfills
But did you know that you can also make and use your own cloth wipes for the same benefits?
Cloth wipes are super simple. To start, you can buy bulk fabric in whatever pattern you would like. I have cute little Superman wipes made from flannel. Flannel is recommended because it’s soft and won’t irritate the baby’s bottom, but another fabric that works is terry cloth or “baby” terry. These are the only fabrics I would recommend to avoid hurting baby’s booty.
You can cut squares the size of a regular wipe out of the rolls of fabric you buy. I wash every other day, and go through about 25-30 diapers a wash. I use at least 1 wipe per diaper change and sometimes 2, so I would say you need to start with at least 40-50 cloth wipes. The final step in making the fabric is to sew the edges shut so that they don’t get destroyed in the washer, and the best way is to do a zig zag stitch along the edges of each wipe with a sewing machine.
(If you don’t have a machine a simple straight stitch will still help keep them from unraveling, or you can invest in cloth diaper wipes that are made for you)
I bought some used wipes as well on a Facebook group, so as long as you sterilize them with hot water and vinegar you should be fine! I love buying most things used because of how much I save.
Now you have options when it comes to the solution to wet the wipes. Obviously they need moisture, especially for those wild diapers babies make! You can either have the wipes already soaking in the solution and ready to use, or you can keep them dry and use a spray bottle to wet them during each diaper change.
Either way, the solution recipe is the same. This is my personal recipe and there are a few different ways to make the solution. You can multiply the amounts for bigger batches!
- 2 tablespoons organic coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap
- 3 cups BOILED water – I recommend boiling to prevent any bacteria from growing in your solution
- 10 drops of any essential oil mix you’d like, I do 5 tea tree drops and 5 lavender.
I don’t personally make huge batches because I want to prevent bacteria from growing and spreading in the solution. This way it gets used quickly, and honestly it’s so easy to make that I don’t mind having to do it often!
To use this recipe with wet cloth wipes: soak the wipes in an air tight container (like Tupperware) and use directly onto baby’s skin.
For dry cloth wipes: use a spray bottle or peri bottle (that’s the bottle they give you at the hospital) filled with the solution to moisten the wipe or your baby’s booty before using the wipe to clean them off.
I’m using a peri bottle because I didn’t have a tub big enough for my wipes to fit in.
All done! This is a healthy, natural, and cheap alternative to using disposable wipes.
Let me know how it goes for you and if you & baby enjoyed this recipe!