Cloth Wipes

I recently re-acquainted myself with an old friend…my cloth wipes! Years ago when I first started using cloth diapers, I used cloth wipes 100% of the time at home and disposable wipes when out and about. Slowly over time mostly due to a poorly organized diapering system, I started using disposable wipes more and more to the point that I was eventually no longer using cloth wipes at all! Then I re-organized my diapering area making it super easy to start using cloth wipes again. Right around the same time my three year old son found our missing box of Baby Bits Wipes Solution (which he hoped was candy and tried to eat…ew!) which was perfect timing! Right now I am feeling the love for my cloth wipes and wanted to spread it around. 😉

One big advantage to cloth wipes is that they are far more effective than disposables. A mess that takes 11 disposable wipes and 2 minutes of active wiping can seriously be done with one or two cloth wipes in half the time. Okay I haven’t actually done the math to calculate that, but you get the idea. Cloth wipes are simply better at getting baby’s bum clean! I also really enjoy the economical and ecological benefits of cloth wipes. Saving money while preserving the earth’s resources always make me happy. 🙂

If you are not sure how to incorporate cloth wipes into your cloth diapering routine there are two basic methods. You could opt to use either a wet or dry system. If you were to use the dry system you would simply store your clean, dry cloth wipes near your diapering station and wet them as needed. You would wet them with a prepared wipe solution and store it in a peri or spray bottle. The other option is the wet system where you prepare your wipes solution and soak your wipes ahead of time so they are ready for use at each diaper change. You could store wet wipes in a wipes warmer, recycled disposable wipes container, or even a large ziplock bag. Basically any type of container that will hold in the moisture will work to store your wet cloth wipes. Currently I use the dry system where I wet the wipes as I go. I have my pre-made wipes solution in a small spray bottle and usually spray baby’s bum directly and wipe accordingly. I definitely prefer this over using disposable wipes as the Baby Bits Wipes Solution has a pleasant, yet mild smell to it. I also feel that it’s more gentle to baby’s skin simply because I am wiping less.

Cloth wipes are easy to clean as well. I throw dirty ones right into my wetbag along with my dirty diapers and wash them all together. It doesn’t really add any extra laundry or work to use cloth wipes, but the advantages are big! I am very glad to be back to using my again.

Do you use cloth wipes? What method do you use? Do you use a cloth solution? Would love to hear your tips on making cloth wipes work for you!


PS. Tomorrow’s Tasty Tuesday recipe is for Garlicky Kale….yum!


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4 Responses to “Cloth Wipes”

  1. Chante says:

    I’ve never used cloth wipes but have entertained the idea. Your post is making me want to try it. I can fold the disposable wipes easy enough to get it good and full before I throw it away. How is it done with cloth wipes? Do you fold it over or just wipe once and toss it in the wetbag? Do you shake stuff off? I have a toddler, so sometimes the mess is….very messy. =)

    • Sarah says:

      You can usually fold over the cloth wipes a few times while wiping. Some brands of cloth wipes are larger than others making it easier to wipe multiple times per wipe. Depending on the ‘quality’ of the poop (solid vs runny) I often wipe baby’s bottom with the diaper when I take it off since I will be dunking it in the toilet. Hope that helps. 🙂

  2. Misty Fagan says:

    My son is 3.5 months old and we used disposable wipes for awhile, but he’s ridiculously sensitive to them and doesn’t even seem to like the sensitive wipes. Then I figured, I’m using cloth diapers, why the heck not use cloth wipes? So I use a system very similar to yours, except I just buy california baby diaper spray at target and use that.

    • Sarah says:

      I felt the same way….using cloth wipes while cloth diapering just seemed to make sense. 🙂 Glad you have a system that works well for you! 🙂