If your using cloth diapers then using cloth wipes will be a BREEZE! According to babygearlab you can save $315 each year! And cloth diapers will save you more then $2000! Check out my Cloth Diapering 101 – Tips & Tricks for Beginners for more info about cloth diapering.
For making your cloth diapers you can use either a sewing machine or serger. I didn’t have serger when I made my cloth wipes so I did the “Turn Around Top Stitch Method” (video below). If you’re using a serger you can easily go around the edges..don’t really need a tutorial for that! But it would be cool if you added color thread like yellow or blue!
You can use Cotton Velour, Flannel, Bamboo, Terry Cloth…anything that can absorb. Some people use fleece but I HIGHLY recommend that you DO NOT use fleece. It will just smear the poop around and fleece is not absorbent. I used all flannel. In the future I might make flannel on one side and cotton velour on the other.
There are many ways you can make your wipes. Some only use one layer and just surge the edges or a zag stick around the edges on a sewing machine. But I liked the idea of having 2 flannel pieces together, turned and top stitched. It’s up to you what you decide, one can be done quicker and others just a bit more work.
Save even MORE money an make your own cloth diapers. Check out the video tutorial here.
Here’s a video on how to make cloth wipes…..
This cloth wipe solution is my favorite!. The Aveeno Lavender & Vanilla Baby wash smells SO GOOD! I had so witch hazel that I got free from coupling and decided to throw that in for those nasty unwanted rashes and it’s been doing wonders!
The bottle I use currently is T.N. Dickinson’s Astringent 100% Natural Witch Hazel, I love that it contains only 14% alcohol so it does not burn. I recently discovered Thayers Alcohol-free Rose Petal Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera which smells really good, gentle on the bum and anything containing Aloe Vera is a miracle healer!
Boy I sure do use Coconut Oil for EVERYTHING. My Hot Oil Hair Treatment, Healthy Homemade Granola Bars…and my babies bum. If you’re an organic mama then buy this Viva Labs Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil and if you’re not so keen on organic you will do fine with regular coconut oil. I melt it down in the microwave and then pour it in with the rest of the solution.
Tea Tree Oil is an awesome anti-fungal solution. Since I use a cloth wipe warmer I really wanted to add these to rid any bacteria and I have not had one sign of mold in the warmer or cloth wipes. Also, a couple drops in your diaper pails is also a great idea to keep the smell to a minimum.
Last but not least is AQUA! I like to do 2 cups of HOT water since it’s going into my warmer and to help the coconut oil if I didn’t melt it all the way down.