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Homemade Cloth Baby Wipes

Part of why I cloth diaper my baby is because I’m …cheap? You could say frugal, which maybe sounds nicer… but frugal gives me mental images of reusing coffee filters until they fall apart. The again, cheap doesn’t sound great either… so… we’ll say I’m heavily budgeted. And I’d rather buy delicious food than disposable things that don’t have to be disposable. Or I’d rather save for a someday house down payment. Okay, let’s say one reason for cloth diapering is financial prioritization. I like that better.

So when I used two containers of wipes in 2 weeks, I decided it was time to switch to cloth wipes too. Wipes aren’t really something I want to add to my weekly shopping list. Plus, I only had about 20 flannel receiving blankets… so it’s not like I’d even have to buy fabric.

I cut up 2 of the receiving blankets into 16 squares each. They ended up around 7”x7” each.

All you have to do is cut the squares, and then zig-zag stitch around the edges to prevent fraying. If you have a serger you could use overlock, but zig-zag on a regular machine works fine too.

See how that turns out?

It only takes a little while if you just sit down and do them all at once…

And then you’ll have a big stack of wipes, ready to go! If you already cloth diaper, it’s not a big deal to add wipes to your laundry too.

I keep a spray bottle in my diaper changing area, and fill it with a mixture of water, witch hazel, and a few drops of tea tree oil and lavender oil. I make enough to fill 3 spray bottles at once, and those 3 bottles last about 2 weeks before I have to mix up some more.

So far so good!

Emily Chapelle :SAHM & Navy Wife blogging grain-free real-food recipes, cloth diapering, babywearing, breastfeeding, co-sleeping, crafts, decor, & more.

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  • What is the wipe solution content? Is it 8oz. water with one drop lavender and one drop witch hazel? A tsp? A Tbs? Please share, it sounds lovely!

    • it was about 2 cups water, a splash of witch hazel - maybe 1-2 Tbsp. Too much witch hazel and it irritated her... then 1-2 drops lavender and 1-2 drops tea tree oil.

      since then i've gotten lazy and mostly just fill up the spray bottle with water, then add 2 drops of lavender oil and shake it up before each use.

      • just a word of caution tea tree oil and lavender oil are poisonous and can cause allergic reactions in some. i wouldnt apply it on irritated or broken skin ie diaper rash. just water should be fine :)

        • Lavender is actually good for some cuts, scrapes. And these oils are not poisonous. Where did you get this info??

  • i'm curious about the cloth diapers and baby wipes...i don't have any children yet, but i'm always researching for when that day comes. i want to be thrifty when my cute little extra cost comes around. i do have a question though...how do you handle outings/vacations? where do you put your dirty diapers and wipes while you're out and about? just curious how you handle that

    • When we're out and about for a day trip or even a couple days, we use cloth - just get a large wet bag with a zipper top to store the dirties till you come home.

      For longer trips and airline travel, we use the gRefills in our gDiapers - still the cloth outer part, but the inside is flushable/biodegradable. None of the chemicals in "regular" disposable diapers so much friendlier on my little one's bottom, and also far better for the planet than disposables, but without the laundry issue that cloth inserts pose.

      I hope that helps!

  • How do you work the spray bottles in with the cloth wipes? Do you spray the wipe before each time? Spray the kids bottom? lol. Are there any tips to keep these pre-moistened to skip the spray bottle part?

    • I use a wipes container. you can get it in the baby aisle. I put burts bees baby wash and a few drops of burts bees baby oil into the container and fill it with warm water. I put all the wipes in and let them absorb the water, ring out the excess from the wipes and dump the excess water from the container. Done! Literally takes all of two minutes.

    • I use a perineal bottle (that i brought home from the hospital) and put my solution in there. 2 c Warm Water, 2 T coconut oil, 1-2 T dr bronners liquid soap, a few drops of essential oil. Fills two bottles and last a long time. We just squirt some on a dry cloth wipe and then throw the wipe in the diaper pail with dirty diapers. (Not sure how people use a sponge and water because you would have to empty the water and clean the sponge every time.)

    • many people put the cloth wipes in a container and put enough water in to keep them moist but not setting in water.

  • I do something similar but leave mine damp in a wipes container ready for use. My recipe is 2 Tbs. olive oil, 2 Tbs. Burt's Bee's Baby Wash and 2 cups of water. I soak the wipes and wring them out.

  • We're expecting our first in Oct 2013 and plan on CDing. I plan to make these cloth wipes and visited Jo- Ann's last night to check out the flannel fabrics. Almost all cute fabrics for kids said 'Not intended for baby wear' Should I be using those fabrics for making baby cloth wipes ( for face and bum )? Here are a few examples: http://www.joann.com/snuggle-flannel-fabric-pastel-hands-feet/prd29108/


    • I think the reason those fabrics are listed that way is they aren't flame retardant and baby sleepwear typically is. :) But, I could be wrong! ;)

  • The concept of baby wipes is a bit off to me... actually I just use a sponge, water and soap. I use the same mild soap I'd use to give my baby a bath and I have a sponge and a container that I always keep on the changing area (not the same sponge I use to give him a bath!). I also have 4 little towels to dry his bum before putting on the next (cloth) diaper.
    I've seen the whole "cloth wipes" concept around quite a lot and really I don't get it haha
    Yours look nice anyhow haha ;)

  • I make fitted flannel crib sheets as gifts for moms to be and to do so, I have to cut 8 inch squares out of the corners of the fabric. I turn these into wipes--so for each crib sheet, I make 1 double layer wipe and 2 single layer wipes. Now our daughter and son in law are expecting their 1st baby and this is just 1 more economical item I can make for them to go along with their cloth diapers. To make a fitted crib sheet for a standard USA crib mattress, simply buy 2 yards of 42-44 inch wide flannel, cut an 8 inch square out of each corner (you don't even have to trim the selvages of the fabric, then either serge or zigzag stitch each of the 4 sides. Serge or zigzag stitch 1/2 inch seam allowances for each corner, then cut 4 12 inch pieces of 1/2 inch wide elastic and stitch it stretching it a total of 24 inches--12 inches on each side of the corner seams.

  • I see that you only used one layer of fabric for the wipes. Other people I've seen use two layers. Have yours help up well? Thanks!

    • Mine held up well for as long as I wanted to use them! I felt like 2 layers would've been too thick and bulky.