When we made the decision to cloth diaper BC, I didn’t fully know what I was getting myself into. I knew that things had come a loooong way from using safety pins to snuggly fit babies into washable diapers but what I didn’t know was how to wipe their bottoms in an efficient and eco-friendly way. I’d previously used Water Wipes on abc but what was the complimentary wipe for cloth diapers?
When shopping for my cloth diapers, I saw lots of listings for cloth wipes and instead of buying them, I decided that I would take my chances in just making them. Each of the wipes takes maaaaaybe 5 minutes to make so if you have a good hour of free time, you can get a good stack going.
Easy DIY Cloth Wipes
These wipes are not only really easy to make, but they’re also environmentally friendly and can be used for other things besides wiping your baby’s bottoms. I normally use a serger for mine but you can also use a basic sewing machine–I’ve got instructions here for both.
2 Yards Flannel Fabric
1 Spool of thread
Scissors or Rotary cutter/mat/ruler
Sewing Machine or Serger
- Cut fabric into 7.5×7.5 squares.
- Place wrong sides together.
- If using a serger, serge around the edges. If using a sewing machine, use a zig zag stitch going around the square.
- Wash before using
Yes friends, making your own cloth wipes is JUST that easy. What I love most about these wipes is that they get softer with every wash. These can be washed right along with the cloth diapers easily.
My suggestion is to not use some really pretty fabric on these because, well, poop. There’s nothing like having some beautiful fabric with a poop stain on it!
After you’ve made your wipes, the question of, “well what do I use to make the wipes wet?” normally arises. I’ve got you covered with that as well!
DIY Cloth Wipe Spray
8 oz Glass spray bottle
Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap
Lavender (or other scented) Essential Oil
- Melt 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and pour into clean glass spray bottle.
- Add 1 tablespoon of Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap.
- Add 10 drops of essential oil.
- Fill to the top with distilled water.
- Shake and spray!
I’ve seen where some people will keep the wipes pre-soaked in the solution. I prefer the spray because it makes it easier to travel with and sometimes when the wipes are too wet, it’s just too much.
It takes a negligible amount of time and money to make both of these items that help to reduce your carbon footprint!
If you cloth diaper, what are you using to wipe your baby’s bottoms?