Reusable Wipes- Getting Started

Reusable Wipes are something which I have seen all over social media recently. Currently, I am trying to do my bit to help the environment. I know I am not the best and do not claim to be. However, small changes can make a world of difference if we all do them. I had been thinking about using reusable wipes with our second child any. Since I watched the BBC Documentary about single-use plastics and realised baby wipes were up to 95% plastic I knew I had to make the change.

Baby wipes are not something I use as much now Jess is older. However, we used to always have a pack on the go and used to go through so many when she was smaller. This is not something which I want to do with Troy. Instead, I have spent a bit of money getting some reuseable wipes from Cheeky Wipes. I am sure this is going to save us money in the long run and of course, the environment a hell of a lot of damage. We have only used one packet of wipes with Troy and that was in hospital. Since then we have exclusively used Cheeky Wipes for him.

What We Have

I could not believe how reasonably price the cheeky wipes were. For some reason, I thought they would be a hell of a lot more expensive than they actually were.  I seem to remember that I paid around £45 with postage for the All in One Kit- White Cotton Terrys wipes. This includes everything which you need for starting your journey with reusable wipes. In this kit you actually get

  • 25 – Lovely soft  cloth baby wipes, 15 cm x 15 cm. You can choose from white cotton terry, bamboo, rainbow bamboo, bamboo/Minky or microfibre, or choose a trial set to receive a selection of all wipes currently in stock
  • ‘Single-Clip’ Fresh Baby Wipes container
  • ‘Single-Clip’ Mucky Baby Wipes container – with mesh bag insert
  • Cheeky Wipes Fresh Baby Wipes waterproof out and about travel bag
  • Cheeky Wipes Mucky Baby Wipes waterproof out and about travel bag – with mesh bag insert
  • Either 10 ml bottle of Fresh Baby Wipes Essential Oil Blend – choose from Lavender & Chamomile, Mandarin or Rose & Rose Geranium OR Baby Nappy Spray
  • 10 ml bottle of Tea Tree & Tea Tree Lemon Mucky Baby Wipes Essential Oil Blend
How To Use

They are super simple to use. They are no hassle at all and of course, you can never run out of them if you have reusable ones. I have been washing them every couple of days alongside our reuseable nappies .You can wash the wipes on anything from a 40-60 wash. You do not even have to touch the mucky wipes, you could just throw the mesh bag into the washing machine too.

All you need to do is fill both boxes with water to the water level lines indicated. Then you add a few drops of each essential oil to their respective boxes. They’re colour co-ordinated to match their boxes too which is handy when you’re sleep-deprived. I know that this is going to be something which is going to happen.  Then the mesh bag goes inside the mucky box and the wipes into the fresh box. Stick the wipes in and then flip them over ensuring they are fully saturated. As you use each one, pop it in the mucky box.

Joe was not convinced that they were going to be good. I have spoken to him and he admitted he can not imagine using disposables now. You only need a couple of wipes even when you have a large poo. One of those which you could need so many wet wipes to clean.

I do take them out and not have any disposables. at all. This is not hard had all because you have a travel bag for clean or dirty wipes. This is one of the reasons why I have a bigger changing bag. I have seen that there are some people who take water out in a spray bottle and then just spray them when they need to make them wet.  For sure I have enough spray bottles if this is something which I choose to do. However, I just take some of them out wet and put them in our travel fresh bag.

I just wanted to share that there are alternatives to baby wipes. Which are more eco-friendly which I know is huge at the moment. I have found them great with great with a newborn, I know this may change when Troy is weaning. I am thinking about getting some on some for hands and face.

Have you tried reusable baby wipes if so let me know how that went?

Charlotte xx

 

 

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