Cloth wipes are a trusty sidekick to a fluffy cloth diaper stash. I’m using cloth diapers on our baby’s behind, so it just makes sense to use cloth baby wipes too. I’m already doing cloth diaper laundry, so adding in a few wipes is no problem. I won’t even start on the cost savings of using cloth wipes to disposables. Here’s how to best use cloth baby wipes.
How do I make cloth wipes? Before Summer Elizabeth was born, I purchased our stash of cloth diapers and kindly convinced my seamstress mother to stitch up a couple dozen wipes. I wasn’t too surprised when I unwrapped the package to find a slew of flannel “I love Grandma” wipes staring back at me. I should’ve known. Disclaimer: you definitely don’t need to have a sewing machine to make cloth wipes work for you.
There are oodles of cloth baby wipe tutorials floating around online to make the task easy. Here’s one to get your started. Don’t for a minute disregard the pile of soft cotton swaddle blankets either. Cut up those baby blankets and serge or stitch around the edges to make all the cloth wipes you’ll ever need.
What if I don’t sew? Handmade cloth wipes are great, but to be honest, a simple baby washcloth or square of soft well-loved t-shirt fabric squares cut with pinking shears make for great wipes too.
Handmade wipes by Blessings by Lauren
Where can I buy cloth wipes? Etsy is a great place to start! You can also pick up organic terry cloth wipes here.
How many wipes will I need? This question depends mainly upon how often you want to launder your diapers. We wash about every 2-3 days and get by very well with about 3 dozen wipes. At most changings, you’ll only need to use one wipe, but for the occasional bomb of a diaper, two.
How do I use cloth baby wipes? The simplest way to use cloth wipes is to store them dry and dampen them under the faucet with warm water at every change. You don’t really need to use fancy wipe warming devices or store them damp, though when you’re still dealing with nighttime changes, keeping a few freshly dampened wipes in a hermetic container next to the changing area speeds things up. Another option is to keep a spray bottle handy and spray the dry wipe or the baby’s bum and wipe the diaper area clean.
I’ve used both methods, but prefer faucet-dampening, unless our baby has a rash. In that case, I mix up a special three-ingredient diaper wipe solution and keep it in the spray bottle for diaper changes. I spray directly on the bum and wipe clean.
How do I wash cloth wipes? It’s easy! Just toss them in with your cloth diaper laundry and line dry.
Any more questions? If you’ve got any questions about using cloth wipes or diapers, please ask. I’m happy to help.
Read more: 3-ingredient diaper wipe solution recipe.