A year (and change) ago, this thread inspired me to switch my whole family to cloth. Dd had just potty learned and we had all of her CDing wipes sitting around. Dh did not even think to protest. We were both unemployed at that time and needed to keep spending down. Even the little things count.
Anyway, I thought I would share some of the logistical tricks I use. We have two bathrooms. One also has the washer so we just throw the wipes in directly. The other is upstairs. I use a little flip top, plastic bin that we had sitting around from many many other uses. I line it with an old pillow case. This is nice because I do not have to look at anyone's booty marks. I throw the entire pillowcase in the wash. And it has never stunk
We started with dd's old wipes. They have quite a history. I thought I would share for comic value......
The wipes started out as flannel sheets. Dh got them as a HS graduation gift in 1993. They lived on his dorm bed for two years (we went to school in a really cold climate). Then they lived on his apartment bed for two years. Then we got married and they went on the guest bed. They started getting ratty so they turned into our camping sheets. After they developed a hole in the fitted sheet, the top sheet made a brief stint as our picnic blanket. Then both parts were used again to cover our bikes in the garage during the winter and our skis during the summer. We got a better garage and had dd. So I made them into double layer wipes. They wiped her for 2.5 years and are now our family cloth
Talk about recylcing.......
I have gone on to make more as some of the original wipes have worn through and we just needed more (I only wash wipes once a week). So I hit the second hand store and got another set of flannel sheets (history unknown) for $1.50. I also have a jersey top sheet that I bought on the same trip to the second hand store. After re-reading this thread, I have decided to make them into nose wipes. We use hankies now but they still seem too rough.
I am no expert on the washing and germs issue. I am pretty lax in that area. I even line dry them indoors during the winter. I do, of course, wash them on hot and use a vinegar rinse. But I do wash them with other items. Usually white clothing (socks and undies). I just cannot handle a not-full washer.