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
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.
* denotes a paid link. Read my disclaimer for more details