Cloth Baby Wipes Water Solution
A few years ago I saw a post on the Johnson and Johnson’s social media pages claiming that the average mum went through 10,000 baby wipes per year changing their babies nappies, so you needed to select an amazing brand like Johnson and Johnson’s... hang on a second... Bragging about 10,000 baby wipes per year per baby?! Talk about an epic social media fail. It was incredibly relieving to see a whole host of comments from truly appalled people, and many parents recommending the use of washable cloth baby wipes. While the use of washable cloth baby wipes is still pretty small, it is a positive sign that their use is on the increase.
With a wide selection of shapes and sizes of reusable cloth baby wipes, along with a variety of materials, there is no excuse not for people to not give it a try. After your nappy changing days are over, there cloth wipes will be useful for many more years as general cloths that can be used for cleaning.
I personally prefer to use a bamboo cloth baby wipe in a rectangle shape, as it will adequately cover the palm of my hand, but not be too large. There are 2 different methods of using your cloth baby wipes. You can store them dry, or store them pre soaked. At home I used to prefer to store my cloth baby wipes dry, when I tried the presoaked method, I found the baby wipes were usually very cold as they were stored in a container in my cold house during winter. I would often store my cloth baby wipes dry, and when I know I need to change my babies nappy, I simply run the dry wipe under the warm tap first. Then your baby gets cleaned with a lovely set of warm water wipes.
Some people only like to store their washable cloth wipes already wet so that they can have the cloth baby wipes ready to go at all times. To do this you simply need to get a suitable sized container with a lid like a small Tupperware container or something similar. You can place the clean wipes in the container and you can add water only. Another option is to add a wipes solution.
How do you make up a cloth baby wipes cleansing solution? A wipes solution can be made up by mixing water and a few drops of a safe essential oil. Oil will always float on water, so to more evenly disperse the oil throughout the water you can also add a drop or two of a natural baby body wash to emulsify the oils and allow it to mix better with the water. When the water wipes solution is mixed and ready, you can pour it over the cloth baby wipes in the container.
What essential oils are safe to use? Most essential oils should never be used directly on the skin and should always be used with a carrier oil. Lavender oil and chamomile oil are some of the few exceptions that can actually be used directly on the skin. This is why these two essential oils are suitable to be added to a cloth baby wipes cleansing solution. Chamomile oil has a whole range of reported benefits on sleep patterns, anxiety, skin conditions, inflammation and skin healing, anti inflammatory, antibacterial, while easing skin conditions like eczema. A 2018 study investigated how Roman chamomile extract affected the healing of an infected wound in rats. Chamomile ointment had significantly higher wound healing and antibacterial activity compared to tetracycline ointment and placebo.
Lavender oil also has a number of wonderful benefits, including benefits on sleep patterns, antifungal, anti inflammatory, wound healing, burn healing and rashes along with eczema. Eczema can show up anywhere on your body. With eczema, your skin gets dry, itchy, and scaly. It can appear mild or chronic and in multiple locations. Since lavender has antifungal properties and reduces inflammation, it can help keep eczema at bay.
Lavender oil can also be used to treat psoriasis. The lavender oil helps cleanse your skin and lessen redness and irritation.
If you have a burn, cut, scrape, or another wound, lavender oil may help speed up the wound-healing process. In a 2016 study researchers found that lavender oil promotes the healing of skin tissue.
What about out and about? You can transfer some of the presoaked wipes into a water tight portable container, and a silicone pouch like a Stasher Bag is actually perfect for this. When Immentioned before that I preferred to store my baby wipes dry, that was before I discovered the use of Stasher Bags as a cloth baby wipe container. Now I make up the wipes solution directly in the Stasher Bag, and then store it somewhere warm like near the radiator.
How do you wash your cloth baby wipes? When removing your babies nappy, if they have done a solid poo that that’s easy peasy. Not much poo residue will be on the bum so just go ahead and clean with your cloth and water wipes. If your baby has done a big mushy poop (as happens often) you can use a non poo section of the nappy to wipe off the excess poo, then use the cloth and water wipes to remove any of the remaining poo. This is a method that should be used regardless if you are using disposable nappies and disposable wipes, or cloth nappies and cloth wipes.
You can place your dirty cloth baby wipes in a wetbag, much the same way as you would with your cloth sanitary pads and cloth nappies. When out and about you can have a separate Stasher Bag for your used wipes. The airtight seal will prevent any odours escaping into your bag.
When washing your cloth baby wipes you can place them in a mesh laundry bag. You can do a cold rinse cycle first in your washing machine with no detergent, followed by a standard wash at 40 or 60 degrees with detergent. You can add clothing to this wash. As always when washing cloth nappies, cloth sanitary pads and cloth baby wipes, you never use fabric softener.
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