If you've decided to use cloth wipes on your cloth diapering journey, you may have noticed they cost more than you expected. And if you're into saving money, you might have thought, "I bet I could make those." Or maybe even, "what else could I use as wipes?" Or even better, "how can I get these for free?"
I thought all of those things when I first started. Lol. I actually looked through our wash cloths and dug out the ones that I could use as wipes. We have such a ridiculous amount of them, I figured no one would miss them. And then I went about trying to figure out how I could get some for free. And that's when Cottonbabies put some up as seconds so I got some super cheap. Soon after that, they put up a deal for free wipes with a purchase of a certain amount (don't remember the exact amount right now) and I actually DID get some free!!
But I knew I was still short the amount I needed and I also knew I'd spent enough building up my stash for my little man. So now I had to circle back on the original thought, "I bet I could make those."
From what? First of all, the wipes I had were flannel and I had some flannel, but they were also serged along the edges. I didn't have a serger and there was no way I was buying one. I got together with some friends though, and we put two pieces of flannel together and sewed them along the edges using the zig zag stitch on the sewing machine. Yes, we thought they would unravel a little in the wash that way. But, they were free to us and scissors work wonders on stray pieces of fabric. J
Cloth wipes are great for more than just diaper changes too. You can use them to wipe noses, clean up sticky hands, and wash messy faces after dinner. They're easy to use and just throw into the wash. And even better, when you make them yourself, you can use any print and fabric you want and make them whatever size you want.
Here's some websites that explain making wipes a little better than I just did:
Along with the wipes, I needed a wipes solution. I'd made some disposable wipes in the past and knew I could just use a little soap that I already had. Here are some recipes:
If you would rather buy your wipes and solution, we've got some great ones over at the store. Just click the button to the right and visit the "diapering accessories" section for some great ones. But if you're feeling adventurous, try making some! J