Why I Switched to Cloth Wipes

Posted 07-16-2014 at 03:22 PM by toneylarson


When my hubby and I decided to cloth diaper, we did not at all consider cloth wipes. It wasn’t something we had heard much about and cloth diapers seemed like a big enough change anyway.

We got our first diapers from a nice woman on raigslist and they were pretty much brand new. She also hooked us up by including two diaper bags, three travel bags, and a dozen cloth wipes and wipe soap. She hadn’t been a user of cloth wipes, but had exchanged the diapers she had because they were faulty. The diaper company sent her cloth wipes along with the replacement diapers as an apology. She then told me she wished she had known about them sooner because she loved using them.

Now, I had nothing against disposable wipes. Really, when my husband started using them he lamented not knowing about these miracles wipes when he was a bachelor. We used them for everything from bottoms to dirty hands and faces to table wiping to dusting. Any surprise mess was a job for the wipes. They were convenient, easy to use, have-on-hand tools. But I made a point of trying the cloth wipes because of this kind woman’s passion and I had to say goodbye to the disposable miracle wipes.

My main reasons for doing it were not wanting to spend money on wipes and the (cloth nerd) coolness factor, but I did have a couple small issues with disposable that made it worth it. Some of the disposable cloth wipes had a smell I didn’t like. Some were slimey and some fell apart too easily. For us, the brand we favored was more expensive. The cloth soap, however, is all natural (we use a gel cube) and smelled a lot better than some of the disposables I had purchased. We bought a blue spray bottle and a small green pepper spray sized bottle for travel from the store for a dollar. We can spray as much soap as we need, which is great for dried on, tougher messes. The first wipes we got had a scrubby flannel side and a soft fleece side for all around cleaning. They were a little larger than disposables and are still usable for those surprise messes, though we don’t use them for table cleaning and dusting anymore!

Then I worked up the courage and made my own. It was super easy and fun! I could make the exact size that I wanted, which I measured to fit perfectly into a disposable diaper box for storage, and had all the fun colors that I wanted.

I recommend cloth wipes to anyone. You can even make your own soaps and have the exact scents you want, knowing exactly what is in it, which is always a huge plus for me!

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3 Responses to “Why I Switched to Cloth Wipes”

  1. HappyHannah on July 17th, 2014 10:15 am

    I love cloth wipes also! Just curious: How did you make your wipe? Did you use a serger?

  2. toneylarson on July 17th, 2014 2:03 pm

    I used a flannel material and cut the size that I wanted and put two pieces wrong sides together. Then I just used my sewing machine on the regular foot and chose a stitch that runs over the edge (I guess they’re called overedge stiches). It holds them together, keeps them from running and is SUPER simple. Hope this helps :)

  3. Umlot on July 20th, 2014 1:42 am

    We’re doing cloth wipes, too! Doesn’t make sense to buy disposables for us. Hopefully we’ll fully convert to cloth napkins as well. Once I get the motivation to continue sewing those mitered corners. :-)

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