I'm guessing the cheap washcloths you got from WM were polyester, which doesn't absorb anything. I bought a pack once and had the same experience. TRU has their rainbow wipes on sale 12/$5 until today or tomorrow.
I'm a fan of cotton washcloths just because they are cheap and they work for us. I bleach my diapers every load so I don't worry about bacteria when I use them to wipe hands and faces.
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