I’ve said it before and I will say it again. If you use cloth diapers…cloth wipes are just a natural extension of that. You already have a place to throw the used ones. You already have a way to wash them. You buy these once (or you can make your own) and they can go through all your kids. Once your kids are grown, they make great washcloths or cleaning rags. What’s not to love?
You are going to be using these a lot, and not just to wipe little behinds. These are great for hands and face as well. When we have a runny nose in the house I don’t reach for a tissue; even the softest tissues can’t hold a candle to my cloth wipes! I started off with about 50 wipes when Sophia was born. Now, I probably have more like 80, but we use them for everything!
These are my absolute favorite. I have been using them continually for 19 months. They have been washed at least twice a week that whole time. I have only had to cut stings from the edges maybe twice ever. Stains come out easily. They never shrunk from washing. We have the girly assortment and the colors continue to be bright. And the best part… these are still totally soft.
Fab Wipes are 8”x8” and are two ply. One microfleece side (100% polyester) for wiping wet messes and a velour side (85% cotton and 15% polyester) for solids. Fab Wipes come in either a boy or girl assortment. These are available in many cloth diaper stores and are made in the USA. (These are on sale right now!)
These will stay buttery soft FOREVER! They can withstand years of abuse. The only reason that these aren’t my number one favorite is that I wish they were a little thicker. I know there are many who actually prefer the thinness of these wipes because it is so easy to get the little crevices clean! Personally, I like to feel a little more fabric between me and a poop! But they really do a great job at diaper clean-ups. These are also the PERFECT cloth wipe for a runny nose. They will never let you get that raw skin from blowing too much. Ragababe always mails them wrapped in a pretty ribbon. I like giving these as gifts. Even for non- cloth diapering mommas, these made amazing washcloths because they are SO soft!
Ragababe Cloth Wipes are only available from the Ragababe website. They are approximately 7.75”x7.75” and are made from a single layer of unbleached organic cotton sherpa. Available in 9 different edge colors. Made in the USA.
I have about a dozen of these in my cloth wipe stash. I think they are a good buy and are reasonably priced. They do stay decently soft and don’t shrink after repeated washings. I do find that about once or twice a month I have to trim loose stings from the edge serging, but nothing major.
GroVia Cloth Wipes are 8”x8” and are made from 88% polyester and 12% cotton. They are only available in white and are made in China.
These are my least favorite of any cloth wipes I have ever tried. I purchased them on Amazon even before Sophia was born. I wish I had known better. These shrunk upon washing. Also, no matter what I do, after the first wash they are never soft again. They have the texture of a terry kitchen towel. The edges also fell apart after a few months of use. I currently have these in my rag bag and use them for cleaning around the house. While not a total waste, I do not recommend these as cloth wipes for little behinds.
Prince Lionheart Cloth Wipes are 7.5” x 7.5” when new. After multiple washes mine are 6.5”x 7”. They are supposed to be machine washed and air-dried. I don’t have time for that! Made from 100% rayon from bamboo and only come in white. I felt that for the quality, the price seemed high. Finally, these are made in China.
Thirties’ website claims that the average household will spend upwards of $500 on disposable wipes from birth to potty learning. While there is obviously some expense involved in buying cloth wipes; there is still a huge savings when you use them. If you want to save even more money, you can even make your own! Keep your eyes open for a new post coming soon…how to make your OWN cloth wipes!
Do you use cloth wipes? Any favorites?
Jenn is a long-time cloth diaper educator and a passionate small business advocate. She has worked in the reusable diaper industry for over a decade, helping millions of families via her websites All About Cloth Diapers, Thinking About Cloth Diapers and Cloth Diaper Geek as well as hundreds of small businesses during that time. Her goal always to provide simple, reliable information.