Monday, October 3, 2011

Diaper Wipes

We've been cloth diapering for about a year and a half.  I won't bore you with all the details and decisions we made, but I will say this:  It is cheaper and easier than I ever imagined, and I wish we had started earlier.  One thing that keeps the cost low is cloth wipes, which are easily made with things you can find around your house, and can be used over and over.
Cloth is cute, cheap, and a lot less work than I thought.
Don't have a kid in diapers?  No sweat.  They also make awesome handkerchiefs and cleaning rags.  I have one in my pocket right now, trying to help me through a head cold.  If you are looking for a clever tissue replacement, also check out this post on My Plastic-free Life

You will need

An old t-shirt (free, my husband updated his undershirt supply)

Some flannel (free, in the form of a couple old receiving blankets)

Thread (free, left over from various projects)
Two sizes, two patterns, endless uses.

Cut 8 inch squares out of both materials.  Match them up, right side out, and sew a zigzag stitch around the edges.  Done.  
 They don’t even have to look nice, you’re going to be wiping poop (or snot, or dirt) with them.  Use whatever thread is already in your sewing machine, stick the bobbin with the ugliest color on it in there and you’re good to go.  I also made some 4 by 8 inch wipes, which fit in a wipe carrier, and also double really well as a soft liner for rough flats (the old school cloth diapers).  
Try It:
Buy It: 
OsoCozy 15 pack of flannel wipes, $12.39 on Amazon, or $.83 per wipe.

Try It.  It’s free and really simple.


  1. I love my cloth wipes. I bought some with my first kid (not the osocozy wipes) and they wore out after just 2 years of use. For baby #2, I decided to make some wipes using store bought flannel by the yard. I don't remember exatly how much yardage I had, but I got something like 60 single-layer wipes of varying sizes out of it for just $2.50. I used thread I already had. The Point being, even if you don't use fabrics you already own, it can be very cheap to make your own wipes! And for the record, the homemade wipes are still going strong, and will be used on baby #3.

  2. I've just made 12 dozen on order for two babies in my life. I'm lucky enough to have a serger sewing machine, so I made them one layer, roughly 8" square (more or less, using up scraps). My granddaughter's butt is lovingly wiped from a stack of them moistened with a combo of 3 cups boiling water, 3 T. liquid soap and 3 T. baby oil. Pour it over the stack and they absorb it all. Takes just a minute to cool down to a safe temp. I wouldn't say it makes baby poop removal fun, but they are a lot nicer than those commercial wipes.