Baby, DIY & Home

How Cloth Wipes Save Us Hundreds of Dollars a Year


We’ve been using cloth diapers since birth (see why we decided to cloth here) and it felt like a no brainer to take the next step and do cloth wipes as well, but with the convenience of throwing out a poopy wipe, it was a bit difficult to persuade me to change up my routine. But once my husband showed me how cloth wipes save hundreds of dollars a year, I was SOLD!

We were spending $8 per week on wipes. That’s certainly not breaking the bank by any means but over the course of one year, that small, manageable $8 a week turns into a whopping $416 a year! Now I don’t know about you but I can think of a lot better things to spend $416 dollars a year on. That’s a lot of “Treat Yo Self “days! Imagine the fancy coffees, haircuts, and expensive lipsticks that could buy (those are my vices)!

That being said, we still have a stash of wipes on hand incase of a big mess… you know the ones. Also when we are out and about, I would rather use my Huggies Clutch N Clean Natural Care Wipes* because I hate extra bulk in my bad. The less stuff I can have in my bag, the better! Plus the clutch is really cute. I’d have this in my purse or car whether I had a baby or not! Speaking of mu bag you can see what I keep it it here!

So the first step to starting cloth wipes was deciding we wanted to switch. The next step was not as simple… we had to actually make the switch. We had an abundance of baby wash clothes like most new parents have. For now those will do the job.

We also needed to come up with a bum spray to moisten the cloths before wiping the baby. I bought a few sprays locally that worked well for us but we were flying through them and I didn’t always have them on hand. That’s when I decided to make my own spray. Here’s the recipe:

  • 2 cups lukewarm water
  • 1/8 c baby shampoo
  • 1/8 c baby oil

How Switching to Cloth Wipes Can Save You Hundreds of Dollars

How Switching to Cloth Wipes Can Save You Hundreds of Dollars

Mix it all up really well and pour into a spray bottle or a pump and use as needed. You’ll likely go through it rather quickly so you won’t need to worry about it going bad on you.


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  • Tiffany McKay

    Great idea! I love finding new ways to save money 😀 I started following you on Google+, Twitter and Facebook!

  • Cynthia L

    I wish I would have known that when my daughter was a baby! Thanks for linking to the In and Out of the Kitchen party.

  • Jann Olson

    Saving money is always good. Those days are behind me. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  • Kelsey @ Vintage Storehouse

    Awesome idea! I’ll definitely have to remember this. Thanks for sharing over at ReLoved Fridays! I hope to see you again at this weeks party!

    Kelsey @ The Vintage Storehouse & Co.

    • YES!! It’s a really money saving tip that WORKS! and is super healthy for the kiddies!


  • I would love to add this to my home diapering routine 🙂 It is so funny that it was your husband’s idea, since my husband and I are totally reversed on this! He loves his wipes. Maybe I’ll just get a few packs for him and get started on some cloth wipes! Thanks for the encouragement! What would be a good replacement for “baby oil”?