Shortly after we started using cloth diapers, we realized it makes sense to use homemade cloth baby wipes as well. Cloth wipes cost less, help the environment and let us avoid the whole disposable-wipe-in-the-dryer debacle. As much as we tried to always put the disposable wipes in the waste basket and toss the diapers in a separate container, the wipes occasionally got mixed in with the diapers. They get into the washing process, disintegrate and stick to the diapers and trust me, it’s not fun to pick tiny flecks of disposable cotton off your baby’s bum. Homemade cloth baby wipes can go right into the wash with the diapers to avoid that issue entirely.
Homemade Cloth Baby Wipes
You likely have everything you need already: thin cotton flannel (this is a great way to reuse all those receiving blankets), baby wash, baby oil and an old baby wipes container. That’s it.
Cut cotton flannel into 6×8″ squares. Each square is made up of two flannel pieces sewn together, so I cut sixty squares since I wanted a supply of thirty wipes. I used two flannel patterns: blue stripes for one side and plain white for the other.
Sew two squares together using a short length zig zag stitch all the way around.
Wash before using. The edges will fray up to the stitching the first time you wash them, so you’ll want to pull off all the loose threads.
Fold them into a tall pile by overlapping the ends one on top of the other and place them in the wipe container.
Mix 2 cups hot water with 2 tablespoons baby wash and 2 tablespoons baby oil, and pour over the wipes. The moisture will make them heavier so they’ll sink down and fit into the container.
Pull the top wipe up through the top.
After use, simply toss them into your cloth diaper pail and wash them along with the cloth diapers.