When I first thought of using cloth wipes, I had never heard of it before. Turns out, at least a gagillion other people thought of it first. Which doesn't hurt my feelings, but, in fact, makes me feel a lot better about the whole thing. :) A little validation can be a good thing sometimes, right? Right.
And the more I talked to people about using cloth diapers and the more I read all of your comments about using cloth diapers and read up on things a little myself, the more I kept hearing from everyone that it's just a lot simpler to use cloth wipes if you're already using cloth diapers anyway. Otherwise you have to have a trash can for used wipes (eew) as well as someplace to store the soiled cloth diapers. Everyone kept telling me that it's just easier and more convenient to just use cloth wipes too and throw the wipes and diapers all in the same container and then all into the wash together. And you know what? They're right. It's way easier. It just makes more sense. And the good news is, it's just as easy to make your own as it is to use them.
I've made cloth wipes two different ways.
1. The first way was to cut up an old well-loved flannel receiving blanket (I got mine for free when someone was getting rid of it).
2. The second way is to cut up an old t-shirt.
I'll cover both ways at the same time.
Step 1: Cut your fabric into 7" x 7" squares. (If you're using an old t-shirt, you are now done*. Ta-da!)
Step 2: If you're using flannel, serge or sew a tight zigzag stitch around the raw edges.
*The reason the wipes cut from old t-shirts don't need to be edge finished is because knits (the fabric t-shirts are made from) don't fray. Hooray!
Now to make your cloth wipes just as convenient as disposable wipes...
I think we can all agree on the fact that it's nice when you pull one wipe out of the container and it automatically brings the next wipe up, right? Isn't that a nice feature? I think so. And since cloth wipes tend to stick together quite a bit (as in, the friction of the fabric makes them stick together, there's nothing actually sticky on them), I think it would be a big pain to just put them in a bag or a basket or something and have them all come out stuck to each other, five at a time. So, to keep things easy and orderly, I thought I'd put our old wipes container back to work.
So now I'll teach you how to fold those wipes so they'll be easy-peasy to use. This process works well for both flannel and knit wipes. :)
So when I need to change Olivia's diaper I just spray a couple of wipes before I get started and then they're ready to be used right away. No hassle. Totally easy.
Well, that's it! If you have questions or other great suggestions for using cloth wipes, feel free to leave them in the comments!
See you all again tomorrow for more cloth diapering fun!
Edited to add: For those of you coming in from One Pretty Thing, you can see a list of all the Cloth Diaper Week posts (and some of my more recent thoughts on cloth diapering) HERE.