Monday, May 7, 2012

Homemade cloth wipes solution

After several friends have asked, I've decided to do a blog post on my wipes solution and system. When I first started cloth diapering, I didn't really have any desire to use cloth wipes. I thought they were gross sounding. I mean, that's the front line when it comes to poopy diapers. Why would I want to keep those around? Hypocritical I know.

Well, I've since changed my position and am a cloth wipe fanatic! I prefer them so much I'm considering having "family wipes." Why must the baby girl be the only one to get warm soft wipes?

What you will need:

-pitcher to mix your wash in
-your favorite baby wash
-baby oil
-tea tree oil or another essential oil
-wipes warmer (not necessary but oh so nice)

Instructions & Recipe

1. Combine 1 quart of water, 1 tbsp of baby wash, and 1 tsp of baby oil in pitcher. This usually makes enough wash for about 12 thick wipes.
Here is my current combo. I love the smell of this baby wash!

The solution suds a little, but don't worry.
2. Then take your wipes and dip them in the solution, wring them out, and roll them up lay them flat inside or fold them up so they pop out of the top! You choose!

I like to roll up my wipes. I have mostly Grovia wipes, but I keep a variety of flannel ones that I use for poopy diapers. Shown here are Grovia along the back and Swaddlebees in the front.


3. Wipe that booty and throw your wipes in with your cloth diapers. They can be washed together. Convenient non?
Here is my changing table setup.

I have the Prince Lionheart wipes warmer and attachment shelf that holds the warmer perfectly.  I usually do a batch of wipes solution every other day after I wash the diaper load and dry the wipes. I find them to be very economical and easy to use at home and on the go. Feel free to improvise with the recipe. Just be sure that you don't let it sit out for more than a couple of days as it will start to go bad. I've left this out for a week and it had a strange odor. I usually do a double batch of wash and make about 20-25 wipes. Of course this all depends on how many diapers and wipes the little one goes through that day. You can save the rest of the solution that you make and then put it in the refrigerator and use it the next day if you'd like.

Another option is a spray bottle and keeping the wipes dry. I don't like this option, but it may work for you and your family. Either way, reusable wipes are a perfect addition to cloth diapering. Green and oh so soft! They even keep down the smell when changing poopy diapers!

Happy wiping!