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Does anyone make their own wipes?

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 

I'm trying to think of as many money saving things I can do before this baby comes.  I recently lost my job & with dh being a full-time student, we really have no extra money.  

 

Those of you who have made your own baby wipes, is it worth it?  Will it really save me a good chunk of money over time?  Oh, and how do you do it?  Thanks for any info you can give me, I greatly appreciate you ladies.  smile.gif

post #2 of 15
I made my own by cutting up a flannel sheet into squares. We keep them in the bathroom and moisten them with warm water before using. I keep a package of store bought wipes in the diaper bag for when we're out and for wiping grocery cart handles, etc, but we go through them very slowly- have been using the same small package since January.
post #3 of 15

I definitely plan on using cloth wipes!!! we're just going to get a couple yards of flannel from the fabric store, cut it in 10x10 squares, get a wipe warmer, saturate the wipes in a water/calendula/lavender mixture, roll them up and keep them in a tupperware container to keep them wet. I don't think we'll be using a wipe warmer although i've read some people roll up their moistened cloth wipes and keep them contained and wet that way- but I don't want a spoiled baby who cries at cold wipes when we're traveling.

 

 I LOVE naty brand babywipes and use them myself for everything, but I go through them pretty slowly... maybe a pack every 2 weeks. for a baby i'd imagine you go through a pack every three days!

post #4 of 15
We bought the super-cheap washcloth packs (I think 12 for $3) at Walmart/Target and just wet them with water. Cheaper and easier you shall not find, imo!

To be honest, they lasted through 2 kids, but we *just* bought new packs because they're looking pretty darn tattered at this point and would probably disintegrate entirely if I tried to use them for #3. So I'd estimate about $15 for wipes for 3 children.
post #5 of 15

We only used cloth wipes and I made 90% of them.  I totally think it's worth it and it really doesn't have to be super complicated or expensive. I went to goodwill and found some flannel sheets and then cut them up as desired.  I zigzag stitched the edges but I really don't think that is even super necessary.

We used straight water for the wipes because we don't like lots of extra smells and it worked great.  We rarely had diapers rashes and when we did they were incredibly mild in comparison to my plastic diapered nephew's insane rashes.

 

Anyway goodwill rocks for old sheets
 

post #6 of 15
Thread Starter 

Thanks very much!  

 

I think I'll try both cutting the flannel/sheets & the baby washcloths (what a simple idea, duh! lol) and see which I like better. 

 

I know cloth is better than disposable, but when I think cloth all I can think about is "oh shit, MORE laundry?!"  irked.gif  As it is I'm the only one who does it & it almost makes me ill to think about adding to it. 

post #7 of 15
I made 8x8 inch terry wipes from old bath towels and we love those. Just serged the edges. Also did flannel ones but had one get stuck in the washing machine and that was a costly visit greensad.gif At least the repair man thought it was a baby sock - I didn't correct him and say it was a butt wipe! I'd suggest doing 2 layers with flannel or washing them in a mesh lingerie bag.
post #8 of 15
Thread Starter 
Omg we've had that happen before...a $200 baby sock! LoL
post #9 of 15

Oh my gosh thanks for the recommendation about the lingerie bag! I would not have thought of that!

post #10 of 15

I really want to do the homemade wipes as well - I have a box full of my husband's old 100% cotton undershirts that I usually cut up and use to clean the house.  Would those work?  I'm thinking I'll give them a try.

post #11 of 15
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by rainydaycraft View Post

I really want to do the homemade wipes as well - I have a box full of my husband's old 100% cotton undershirts that I usually cut up and use to clean the house.  Would those work?  I'm thinking I'll give them a try.

I don't see why not!  

 

I think I'm going to do what pp suggested & buy a package of baby washcloths.  I figure if I'm going to be washing diapers, might as well do the wipes too! ;)  

post #12 of 15

Yeah, I think the washcloths are a really great idea.  I'm sure there are multipacks at lots of stores.  I cut up one of his T-shirts last night, and it gave me 12 wipes - they're ugly as sin, but I'm sure they'll work.  :P  Still, I'll probably grab some washcloths too. 

 

I think even if I wasn't cloth diapering, I'd want to use cloth wipes.  All my life, I've hated the smell and feel of regular wet wipes, even the kind adults use to wipe their hands.  It always feels so filmy to me.  Blech.

post #13 of 15

Yes!  I started making wipes 3 years ago when my son was just a little baby.  They work great!  I use flannel on one side and an old baby bath towel on the other side.  I use old baby bath towels that I find at yard sales.  I make mine 8X8 and 4X8.  (The smaller size wipes fit in a travel baby wipes case.)  I absolutely love these wipes and plan making some girl print ones this time around.  :)  This is a great way to use up flannel/knit scraps from other projects.  There is a photo on my blog here: http://emersonfamily.wordpress.com/2011/02/24/cloth-wipes-how-to/  

post #14 of 15
I bought a bunch of cheap baby washcloths at a discount store with baby 1 and they are still going strong. I made some additional flannel ones with my serger for kid 2 and they've not held up quite as well. I just get them wet with tap water and put them in a wipes warmer.
post #15 of 15

I make ours from snuggle flannel when its on sale at Joanns for 2.99 a yard. When I was just using a sewing machine I'd turn and topstitch but with a serger I can just do it so much easier now .

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