Don’t be afraid of using cloth wipes!
For baby, you can use the diaper to get the bulk of the poo off, then use the wipe for what’s left. You’ll find you may only need one or two cloth wipes when you used to need 6-8 disposable baby wipes to do the same job! Seriously!
For you, if you are really scared, start off by using the cloth wipes for number 1’s only. You’ll save a bunch of toilet paper and they are a cinch to wash! Just throw in with any of your other laundry and you are good to go! You can keep a little waterproof bag (even a plastic bag) in the bathroom. Just throw them in until you are ready to wash. Simple!
I already posted about places that have in stock cloth wipes. Let’s talk about making your own now!
On the very simplest level, you can use scissors and cut up anything to use. Old towels, t-shirts, even socks. Just be aware that they may fray. You can stop that from happening by cutting with pinking shears. Even with the fraying, the cloth wipe is still completely usable.
Here are a few links to other ways to make your own wipes from things you may already have at home!
How to make cloth wipes if you have a sewing machine
How to make cloth wipes if you have a serger
How to make cloth wipes out of t-shirts with no sewing required
No sew cloth wipes using receiving blankets
Here’s a few things you may also find interesting:
Environmental and financial facts about switching from toilet paper to reusable cloth wipes
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.
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