Now that we are cloth-diapering, cloth-toilet-papering, green-living crunchy folks, it only makes sense to continue down the green mile and check another thing off the list – cloth baby wipes. This was super easy to do since I’d already made 6-inch square toilet cloth (as I call it – it replaces our toilet paper). See my tutorial on toilet cloth if you want more information that you probably care to read (smile) about cutting the squares.
But for this post, I’ll break it down for ya real quick-like (gotta start talkin’ like a Georgia girl since we’re gonna be movin back home this summer!). These homemade wipes work just as good, if not better, than disposable ones because they are thicker and, therefore, have more fiber to grab the fun bits off those precious little chubby buns.
- Your Oil of Choice (grape seed, sweet almond, jojoba, and olive oil. Check out this organic one from Amazon, with a combination of many oils).
- Brownie Pan
- Filtered Water
- Optional drops of lavender or another yummy essential oil (like sweet orange, rosemary, and cedar wood or a blended oil like Gentle Baby (Geranium, Jasmine, Ylang Ylang, Rosewood, Roman Chamomile, Rose, Lemon, Lavender, Palmarosa, and Coriander) to fill your nostrils with something other than stank-nastiness. These oils also aid in reducing bacteria and fungi and softening the skin, all of which lead to less diaper rashes. (where to buy high quality essential oils)
- 1 yard of fleece fabric (or jersey cotton, but it’s not as fluffy)
- Fabric scissors or pinking shears (where to buy)
- Old baby wipes container or a container that closes so the wipes stay moist
I bought three yards of fleece fabric on sale at JoAnn’s for $6-ish a yard and cut it up into 6-inch squares with pinking shears. The pinking shears aren’t totally necessary since fleece doesn’t unravel – the number one reason I bought it because I didn’t want to do any sewing what-so-ever! Jersey cotton would also work, but it’s not as fluffy as fleece. As I mention in my toilet cloth post, fleece is NOT a green fabric, which I didn’t figure out until I’d already bought the darn stuff. But, you can buy organic bamboo cotton fleece at Amazon for the same price per yard as fleece at JoAnn’s (when it’s not on sale, about $12)! You get 60 wipes out of one yard of fleece, which lasts for about a week for us! A lotta bang for your buck there!
- Cut the fleece into 6-inch squares, and oil up those bad boys one of two ways – by dunking them like a Southern Baptist (I grew up Southern Baptist so I’m allowed to poke fun) into a holy pool of your oil of choice (I already had mineral oil, but learned later it is not green or even healthy for the skin. I no longer use it!) and filtered water in a brownie pan (hmm, ironic brown reference there).
- OR Keep a glass spray bottle (essential oils destroy plastic, where to buy) with a solution of three parts filtered water to one part oil and spray it on the poop cleaners each time you use them. I did the first method because I figured it would be the easiest way to do it – my Little G-Dog wrestles like a baby alligator when we try to change his diaper, so I need wipes quick, like yesterday. There is NO time to spray them and sing sweet songs and listen to birds chirping, By then, he’d have taken a nose dive off the table and be running around his room with poop stuck to his chubby little butt (and yes, the latter part of that has actually happened!).
I soak all the wipes at one time and store the extras that don’t fit into our poop cleaner container in a plastic zip-lock bag so they stay moist. Then I dump the dirty ones in the cloth diapering pail we already have in the bathroom, along with the stank-nasty cloth diaper. And that’s it! Voila!