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#1 of 8 Old 11-05-2006, 01:00 PM - Thread Starter
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I am struggling with bright redness on my baby's precious bum.
After much trial and error, I think I've traced it to the mildewey smell in the wipes warmer that comes a few days after cleaning it.

Specifically, I need to know your routines for keeping the wipes warmer clean.

Also, maybe I'm overloading the thing with clean wet wipes? How many wipes at a time do you load into your warmer?
How often do you clean the warmer?
With what do you clean it?

Anything else I need to know about keeping the wipes and warmer clean?
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Have you tried adding tea tree oil to your wipes solution? I used to add TTO and Grapeseed extract to our wipes to fight yeast and mildew. It worked well (though I eventually realized it was much easier for us to just wet the dry wipes in the sink before each change and not bother with storing wet wipes at all).



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We do about 5-10 baby washcloths at a time in the warmer. I have that foam pillow thing that came with the warmer and I drop some TTO on it then put in the moist wipes.

As far as cleaning, I unplug it, drain all the water out and rinse it, though you might want to try a tsp of bleach to kill the yuckies, just make sure to rinse super well.

But I only do about 2 days worth at a time so that there is not enough time for things to get seriously funky.

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A few drops of tea tree oil works great at warding off mildew. We had a lot of issues with mildew growing in our wipes warmer (when it was humid out), so we began to clean it out every day. A midwife in our area knows of a Mom whose baby got a staff infection from mildewy wipes, so it can definitely be a problem.

Now we use dry wipes, get them wet as we need them, and then use a homemade spray solution or Northern Essence's foaming wipes solution, Kissaluvs diaper lotion potion, or Baby Bits. They all work great! Good luck!
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this is good info since i am considering a wipes warmer :
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My experience has been different. We had the wipes warmer with the pillow/sponge thing and my wipes smelled funny. After my husband broke the warmer trying to sanitize it, we bought a new one that has the heating element on the top. At this point, we only add distilled water and there is absolutely no odor or issues with redness. We keep it stuffed with wet wipes all the time. I haven't cleaned the warmer in over a month and we are having no problems.
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Ummm... I haven't cleaned mine yet! Guess I should get on that. Haven't had a problem with mildew yet though. I have only been using cloth in it for about 2 months. Mine are fairly thick so I get maybe 7 in there, but I don't use them for every pee. I fill it full of wipes, then pour water with a touch of calendula oil over them until they are good and soaked.
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