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?