How to use cloth wipes?
Cloth, or reusable, wipes are an easy progression when using cloth nappies yet there is a whole world of confusing information out there on the best, or correct, way to use cloth baby wipes.
How you use them is really a matter of choice. There isn’t a best way, a wrong way or even a right way to use cloth wipes for baby.
How we use cloth wipes
Although we don't believe there is a right or wrong way, it might be helpful to share how we use cloth wipes to give an idea of options. Our wipes are stored dry in the nursery on the changing table (now a storage table since she became too mobile to be changed at a height). A bowl of water is washed and replenished each morning and kept out of baby's reach. At changing time we dip and squeeze/wring and then use. The used wipe gets put into the used nappy and dry-pailed (chucked in the nappy bin) with everything else. Wipes are washed as part of the nappy washing.
There are lots of different approaches to using cloth wipes which can be confusing or off-putting so we’ve put together this article to debunk some of the myths and complications surrounding using cloth wipes. The main thing to remember is that what ever works for you is the best way, for you.
Essential Oils: These are anything but essential. In truth, we are not comfortable with the idea of adding neat essential oils to water that will be added to the skin of a baby. Oil and water don't mix so, oil in the water – not for us.
Soaking wipes: it is not necessary to soak wipes but it is a matter of preference and convenience. It might be easier to soak depending on where you carry out nappy changes. Alternatively, run under the tap or, like we do, dip and squeeze in a bowl of water on the changing table. Some report funky smelling wipes after a day or so of soaking so we suggest making them up every 24 hours and putting any unused in the nappy pail.
Clean and dirty boxes: again, not necessary. An old ice cream tub is good enough to store wipes and dirty ones can just go with the dirty nappy. A matter of preference, perhaps a nice to have, but not a necessary expense.
Making up a solution: again, it’s not necessary to use anything in the water but if desired, a tiny blob of baby wash could be used if you like. We have stuck with just plain water to no ill-effect.
Storing: Store in the bathroom if you plan to run under the tap or store next to the changing mat if not. Where they are stored is best decided as part of the bigger picture of where nappy changes are carried out and how the wipes will be made wet combined with the layout of your home. Going via the bathroom might not be convenient.
What about going out? When we go out we wet a few wipes and put them in a small plastic bag (reused packaging usually) or in a small wet bag. Depending on the facilities where we are going we might instead take them dry. If we aren’t familiar with the facilities, we take them already wet to be on the safe side. In the early days we used disposable wipes to go out. We had been bought a few packs and chose to use them up that way.
Washing: washing cloth wipes is no different to washing reusable nappies. If there are lumps of poo, knock them into the toilet before adding to the dry pail. Wash as part of the normal nappy wash routine.
Which are the best wipes: well, we love Muslinz wipes and Bells Bumz wipes and of course you can buy them from us. There are other brands on the market as well as lots of beautiful handmade offerings. If you don’t want to buy specific wipes, you could always pick up a few flannels next time you go shopping or cut up some old t-shirts.
Most of the fancy ways of using wipes are simply embellishments to the basics. The process can be as simple or as complicated as you desire but remember this; it’s only a wet cloth.
As ever, if you have any further questions please feel free to get in touch via the contact form or our social media pages.