Monday, November 5, 2012

Why I Use Cloth Wipes


I will begin by saying that I totally recognize that there are about a bazillion other blog posts about the wonders of cloth wipes. This post is simply me chiming in to say that I like them too!

I didn't believe any of the praises I read about cloth wipes for months.  I honestly just thought it was a bunch of crazy zealous earth mamas. But enough people were writing about how using cloth wipes was really simple and you could even make them yourself for nothing.  I eventually decided that buying a dozen cloth wipes to test out wasn't going to hurt anyone.

Guess what? Everything people have said about cloth wipes is true.

- They are easy to use. All I have to do is spray a little bit of my wipes solution onto a cloth wipe, use, and then toss the wipe with the diaper.  Before, I would have to try and separate the disposable wipe out from the diaper and throw each into their individual trash can [gross].  Now, it all goes into the same trash can, which all gets washed together.  Easy peasy.

- They are cheap.  The first pack of cloth wipes that I bought cost me $11.  Since then, I have just made cloth wipes with leftover flannel my mom gave me.  I have more than I could even possibly need for the same price as a 700-count box of disposable wipes.

- They are environmentally friendly. In all honesty, I'm not a particularly earth-friendly person. A lot of times I feel like recycling is just too complicated.  I mean, seriously, who can actually keep track of what those numbers actually stand for? But using cloth wipes is really, truly, a straight-forward, visibly environmental thing that I can do.  I don't create waste with all those disposable wipes, and I don't have to add wash time or detergent to my load of cloth diaper laundry. I actually get a little proud of myself knowing that in this silly little way, I am helping reduce trash by using cloth wipes.

Do you use cloth wipes?  What do you like about them?

4 comments:

  1. How does the solution work? because lets be honest Pinterest is full of a billion ideas for the greatest clean solution and I have no idea what is real and what is funky! Also random question, do you CD at night?

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  2. Yeah, I had a lot of trouble figuring out which solution to run with. I actually think I spent two solid weeks researching my options. I ended up going with a tablespoon each of baby oil and baby shampoo mixed into a spray bottle full of water. It seems like its working pretty well so far. And I do cd at night. I *just* started having to stuff an extra insert at night, though. I am curious to see how I feel about using cloth overnight when Adelle really starts peeing at night.

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  3. Hmm, once again, this is something I haven't done but am seriously considering it as wipes are expensive... and I literally have to buy a new package almost every week! (Amazon won't ship to our military address overseas, sigh.) I'll just have to see if I can get the hubby on board. Poopy cloth diapers still trigger his gag reflex. :-P

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  4. Hi Becca (and welcome!) - I hear you about trying to deal with shipping - we did that while we were stationed in Hawaii. I do still use disposable wipes for poo, cause it just feels more sanitary to me. But for wet diapers, cloth wipes are equal, if not a little better, than regular wipes. Good luck with the convincing :) I think you have a pretty good case though!

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