It only took me a year, but I FINALLY got around to making some reusable cloth baby wipes for Little Man. We’ve been using cloth diapers since he was about 3 months old, and I’ve been meaning to switch to cloth wipes, too, but I just kept putting it off…until now. I found this tutorial by Lady Lee’s Home, that made it look so easy and painless. So I did it, and I’m SO glad we’ve finally switched!
They’re soft and durable, and it’s ZERO extra work to clean them since I just throw them in with the diapers to wash (with my DIY Cloth Diaper Detergent!) Bonus: Even the hubs likes them! He says they smell better and work better than disposable wipes 🙂
Moral of the story: If you’re on the fence… JUST DO IT. They’re worth it! You can easily buy cloth baby wipes like these, but they can get expensive FAST, and making them is a cinch!
So, What Do You Need?
- Fleece- I found 2 yards on sale at Wal-Mart for 99¢. Can’t beat that! You can also use old baby blankets or check thrift stores/the clearance section for fleece (or flannel!) bed sheets.
- Pinking Shears– Completely optional, but they help reduce fraying during washing. You can just use regular scissors if you’re not worried about that. Another option would be to use regular scissors or a rotary cutter/mat, but sew or serge the edges of your wipes.
- Almond Oil (Or Baby Oil, or Jojoba Oil, or melted Coconut Oil, etc…your choice!)
- Your favorite baby wash– I LOVE this kind that I found at Walgreens (every now and then it will be on sale at 2 for $7 and I snatch up several 🙂
- Empty wipe container (and/or a spray bottle)
First I washed the fleece to reduce shrinking in the future, then I ironed the edges. (You can iron the entire thing if you’d like, but I didn’t think it was necessary.)
Next, I used Pinking Shears to cut the raw edges of my fleece. Again, pinking shears are great because they have a zigzag blade, which helps reduce fraying. They won’t completely prevent fraying, but it does help significantly, in my opinion. You could just as easily use regular scissors, or even a rotary cutter if you would like; however, if you go that route, I would suggest sewing or serging around the edges if you’re worried about fraying.
After that, I started cutting my fabric into strips. I wanted the finished product to be a 7×7 inch square. (About the size of a disposable baby wipe), so I cut the first strip 7 inches wide.
Next I cut those strips every 7 inches to make the 7×7″ squares. Easy Peasy!
Since I cut kind of fast I had to go back through and trim some of them up a little bit. They don’t have to be perfect, but…you know… somewhat square-shaped 🙂 I ended up with a little over 100 squares! I took about 20 of them for my facial cleansing wipes, and used the rest for baby wipes!
I folded them so that they would pop up each time I took one out (like Kleenex or baby wipes do). See this short video on how to fold them:
Now, for the Solution:
It’s this easy: Mix 1/4 Cup Almond Oil (or jojoba, or baby oil, or melted coconut oil….) with 2 Tablespoons Baby Wash and 1 Cup of water in a small bowl. I used a whisk to make sure it mixed well. You can do what I did, and pour the solution straight over your homemade wipes in a container, OR put the solution in a spray bottle and spray directly on the individual wipes as you’re ready to use them.
See how easy that was? I wasn’t kidding!
What About You?
Do you use cloth wipes? Did you make your own or buy them? What kind of solution do you use?
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