Along with our change to reusable nappies, we also switched to reusable baby wipes to help minimise the environmental impact of our baby. The results were brilliant, we have cut down the amount of wipes we use, they seem better for his skin and they clean better. We chose Cheeky Wipes Bamboo Cloth baby wipes and are really happy with the switch.
Preparing reusable baby wipes
Preparing the baby wipes for use can be as easy running them under the tap. You don’t want them to be too wet, but a bit of moisture helps remove mess!
We chose to also purchase the Cheeky Baby Wipes Washable Wipes Kit White which includes extras to store and wash the wipes.
Using this allows you to keep a few days worth of wipes ready to go in the tub. To do this:
- Add the wipes into the tub – you’ll need about one wipe per change and the wipes stay fresh in the water for 2 – 3 days
- Add water as instructed – the tub that comes with the kit has an indicator line
- Add a few splashes of essential oils (Lavender & Chamomile) – this keeps it cleaner and smelling fresher!
We keep the wipes in the change station, so they are ready to go when needed!
The kit comes with a clean and dirty bag, so you can take wet wipes out and about, and bring them home to wash.
Using reusable baby wipes
Using the wipes is just like any other wipe. The Cheeky Wipes are quite absorbent – more so than most disposable wipes. They are also nice and soft, so no complaints from the little one.
We have two sets of wipes – one set of Micro Fibre Cloth Baby Wipes which we use in the kitchen for wiping hands, faces and the high chair. The other set of bamboo wipes is used for nappy changes. The wipes are brilliant in both contexts.
Washing reusable baby wipes
We just chuck the kitchen wipes in with our everyday laundry. As they are microfibre, they dry pretty fast once washed and so are ready to use again in no time.
The nappy wipes can be washed along with the reusable nappies.
Reusable baby wipes are easy!
Overall, we’ve found the reusable wipes to be more effective than disposable wipes, and it is important that we are reducing the amount of waste that we are producing. As with our approach to the nappies, we haven’t completely eliminated our use of disposable wipes, but it is much reduced. Prior to switching to the reusable wipes, we were using 2 – 3 packets of baby wipes per week, so the switch has already paid for itself after just a few months.