Super Simple Cloth Wipes
When I first started cloth diapering I used disposable wipes, but I soon realized how cloth diapers and cloth wipes go hand in hand. It’s so much more convenient to throw the wipe and diaper together in the wet bag. I use cloth wipes for 4 reasons: skin sensitivity, money, environment, and convenience.
MJ has super sensitive skin, and I don’t want to spend much time preparing wipes every few days, so for us, simplicity is best.
My favorite cloth wipes solution includes only 3 ingredients:
1. Coconut oil (I generally use unrefined but refined works as well)
2. Baby body wash
Optional: 2-4 drops essential oil, such as tea tree oil or lavender oil
1. Gather cloth wipes and a wipe container (more info about what I use below). I usually make a batch of about 20 wipes. 20 fit well in my wipe container and they last for 2-3 days. If the wipes sit for more than 3-4 days they start to smell a little musty and can become moldy.
3. Mix 4 tsps coconut oil with 1 1/2 cups hot water. Hot water is not absolutely necessary, but quickly liquifies the coconut oil.
4. Add equal parts (4 tsps) baby wash. I have used many different brands. Early on I had quite a few Johnson’s body washes (shower gifts), and used those. Because MJ bathes with Aveeno, I now use that most often.
5. Pour solution over wipes.
More About Wipes and Containers
For wipes, I use some baby wash cloths, some Charlie Banana cloths, and some pieces of cotton or flannel.
Any wipe container you can find will suffice. I use a Price Lionheart Wipe Warmer that was a baby shower gift. Sometimes I plug it in and sometimes I don’t. When MJ was an infant I wanted her wipes to be warm, but as she got older I became less concerned with the temperature.
This simple solution is also great to add to a spray bottle and spray a dry wipe or baby at each use.