Before Baby N was born we decided to do cloth nappies for 3 reasons. They are good for the environment, good for our finances and SO cute to use. I love using them! But I made the decision early on that cloth wipes would be too much of a hassle and that we would just buy regular wet wipes that we can throw away. I really thought that with washing all the nappies, doing cloth wipes would be too much to add to an already full load. (Excuse the pun!)
I have been using cloth nappies for about 6 months now and I look back and can’t believe what I was thinking. The washing really isn’t as bad as I thought it would be. I was expecting the worst, which may be why I was pleasantly surprised (There’s a great lesson in there about expectation verses reality).
We have been using disposable wipes up until now but we are halfway through our last pack and it is time to make the decision….to cloth wipe or not to cloth wipe? I guess from the title of this post you know which way I’m going.
I have done a lot of research on Pinterest and I have decided that the best way for us to go is to make our own cloth wipe solution and use it from a spray bottle.
So yesterday, while I was visiting my mom, I cut up 3 old receiving blankets. The 2 larger ones I cut into 8 pieces each and the smaller one I cut into 16 small squares. After that I stitched the edges with her sewing machine. I just used a zig zag stitch because I am not a seamstress! I managed to keep straight for most of the edges, but there are a couple of sides where I went
very a little off! Ha!
This morning I went along to Dischem and bought a large spray bottle to use at home and a small travel sized spray bottle to keep inside N’s nappy bag. I spent around R40 on the bottles.
Once I got home, I added a glass of water to my jug, a table spoon of olive oil and 4 drops of tea tree oil. Poured it all into the spray bottle and Bob’s your auntie.
So my cloth wipes cost me just over R40 and they will last indefinitely! I was spending around R120 on wet wipes that were lasting about 3 months. So, I’m happy! Saved a ton of money, made some chemical free wet wipes and found a use for some old blankets that were just sitting on a shelf! I’d call that thrifty!