Recently, I was at a girl's night at my sister in law's house. Olivia was with us and I was changing her diaper and we all started talking about cloth diapering. I was explaining how we do it and how I made cloth wipes. I'm sure I rambled for way longer than anyone was paying attention, as I tend to do when I'm excited about something. Then, once I finally shut my mouth (lol) my sister in law said "Wow, Rachel! You're pretty granola!" and I realized "huh. I guess I am!"
It's definitely not something I thought I would be doing before becoming pregnant. However, trying to cut down on how much waste our family puts out into the world has definitely always been a goal of mine. I realized that we could make a big impact on the amount of diapers and wipes that go into landfills by doing just a little more work. One more in the wash, one less in the landfill!
We started doing cloth diapers with Olivia when she was 4 months old and I wish we would have done it sooner, but hey. We're on a roll now! After about a month, I realized I'm already doing the laundry with cloth diapering, so why not try cloth wipes! And y'all it's SO easy.
Here's what you'll need:
- baby wash cloths (I use about 30 cheap ones from Walmart)
- witch hazel (I like the lavender one for a soothing affect and a light fragrance)
- filtered water
- a container to keep your wipes in
1. Put your wipes in the container! I like to roll mine up and place them into my container lengthwise.
2. Pour 2 cups of filtered water into a measuring cup.
3. Add 2 tablespoons of witch hazel to the water. I'll be honest. I just eyeball it.
4. Mix it all up.
5. Pour it over your wipes.
It's literally that easy. If you want, you can use a tiny bit of baby soap, as well! Once they're used, throw them into the bin with your dirty cloth diapers and wash them with the same wash routine. I end up having to make new wipe solution about twice a week (and I'm actually about to go do this as we speak). Let me know if you try it! Do you have other cloth wipe tips? Share them in the comments!
P.S. I've got a more in depth cloth diapering post coming up within the next few weeks, too. But, for a little extra insight into cloth diapering, you can check out my cloth diapering Instagram highlight!