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Cloth Wipes

Monday, January 9th, 2012

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!

-Sarah

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

 

Top 5 Cloth Diapering Accessories

Friday, October 14th, 2011

 

If you are new to cloth diapering, the thought of diapering accessories might make you chuckle. I know I wondered “what in the world is a diaper accessory? Like diaper swag or something?” I quickly realized the term encompassed products designed to make using cloth diapers as effective, simple, and convenient as possible.

Cloth Wipes
If you are cloth diapering you might also want to consider using cloth wipes. They are super easy to use and far less expensive than using disposable wipes. You can wet them right at the time of use with a spray bottle or directly from the tap. Another option is to pre-wet them with water or a wipe solution and store in a water proof container. Optimally you would have around 25+ wipes in your rotation to ensure you have clean ones available on wash day.

 

 

Doublers and Inserts
A doubler or an insert is used to provide an extra layer of absorbency for your cloth diapers. Typically a doubler is used with a flat, prefold, or all-in-one while an insert is used to stuff in a pocket diaper, however they can be used interchangeably. They are helpful to use for overnight diapers, a ‘heavy-wetter’, or older children who tend to urinate less frequently but in large amounts.

 

 

Wetbags and Pail Liners
Wetbags and pail liners are used to store dirty diapers containing both the mess and the odor until wash day. A wetbag is smaller and usually holds about 3 diapers. It is used for when you are out and about to hold your dirty cloth diapers. They are an essential item in your diaper bag. You probably want at least 3 wetbags in your rotation so you always have a clean one available. A pail liner is used to store diapers at home and is available in two styles; a hanging pail or a liner for a trash can. A hanging pail can be hung from a hook or a doorknob. A pail liner can be used with a regular 13 gallon trash bin. On wash day you simply dump everything from your pail into your washing machine and then place your dirty pail in too. You will want at least two pails in your rotation so you always have a clean one available.

Cleaning Detergents
You will want to be sure to select a detergent that is ‘safe’ for cloth diapers. Many commonly used household detergents will cause build-up on your diapers and interfere with the absorbency of them. There are many brands well known to be safe for cloth diapers and any of these would be an excellent choice. You may experiment a little before determing what wash routine and detergent works best for your cloth diapers and baby’s skin.

 

 

Diaper Sprayer
A diaper sprayer is a hose and nozzle that attaches directly to your toilet and is used to clean messy (ie-poopy) diapers. You can spray your diapers off right into the toilet and then flush the mess away where it belongs. Diaper sprayers are a great tool for cloth diapering families and really make cleaning cloth a cinch! They are easy to install and come with all necessary parts for installation.

What cloth diaper accessory is a must-have on your list? What detergent have you found works best for your diapers?

-Sarah