The Task: To switch from disposable baby wipes to cloth ones.
The Why: It's cheaper, it's better for the environment, and it isn't wiping my kids butt with god-knows-what. Besides, once we made the switch to cloth diapers, disposable wipes kinda become a real annoyance. Wipes that can get tossed in the wet bag with the diapers make way more sense than little poopy cloths than need to be carted to the outdoor garbage can.
The How: I'm using some old receiving blankets cut into squares and some inexpensive baby wash cloths. You can buy cloth wipes from most cloth diaper companies, but this seems to be working fine for us. I make my own wipe solution and keep it in a spray bottle. I labelled it "bum spray" but really we spritz it on the cloth before using it, not directly on the baby. Used wipes just go in the wet bag and get washed with the diapers.
Homemade Bum Spray (a.k.a Baby Wipes Solution)
The ratios are approximate, I just eyeball it. In a small spray bottle combine:
- 1 part Dr. Bronner's Castile soap
- 1 part olive oil
- 3 parts water
- a few drops of lavender essential oil
The Verdict: I like this so much better than disposable wipes. It works better, smells great, and avoids the whole wasted-pack-of-disposable-wipes-because-they-were-left-open-and-dried-out problem. The fact that it saves money and is better for the environment is pretty awesome too.
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