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Old 08-15-2011, 12:29 PM   #1
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Default If you use Cloth Wipes.....

I decided that it is too much trouble to throw the disposable wipe away while I am sticking the rest of the diaper in the diaper pail, so I am going to cut up our old flannel receiving blankets and use them for cloth wipes.

Cloth wipe users- What kind of solution do you use? Back when I used to make my own wipe solution 8-10 years ago, I used to use water/oil/babymild liquid soap, and some lavendar/TTO. Now, I am seeing that Lavender/TTO might not be a good mix for babies. I remember reading an article a while back saying something about it, basically dismissing it, but then I was shopping for some premade solution for fun, and I saw some that said "TTO/Lavender free", as if that was a good selling point.

What do you use, and how do you store it? What is your changing routine?
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Old 08-15-2011, 12:37 PM   #2
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Default Re: If you use Cloth Wipes.....

I just use water. I wet them as I need them.
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I use plain old water.
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Old 08-15-2011, 12:40 PM   #4
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Default Re: If you use Cloth Wipes.....

what's wrong with lavender/TTO for babies??

I used to use water, vinegar, and a little baby soap to cut the vinegar smell. I've been too lazy/too much of a procrastinator to cut up new wipes and do it this time around. which I'm kicking myself for.
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Old 08-15-2011, 12:49 PM   #5
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Default Re: If you use Cloth Wipes.....

We use a kind called Cheeky Wipes (think they're a UK brand) and you just soak them in water with a couple of drops of oil that the compant sells. Currently using a Lavender/Camomile blend, but they also have a Mandarin/TTO blend. I hadn't heard that Lavender/TTO was bad. I wouldn't put it directly on their skin, but I'm using just a couple of drops in water that soaks about 25 wipes at a time, so it's really not much.

I've also made up my own solution using water with a spoonful of baby shampoo, a spoonful of baby lotion and spoonful of baby oil. It smelt amazing and was really nice to use, but actually the water and couple of drops of oil works just as well.

I pre-soak my wipes, but you can also store them dry and spray the solution on to them just before use.
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Default Re: If you use Cloth Wipes.....

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what's wrong with lavender/TTO for babies??

I used to use water, vinegar, and a little baby soap to cut the vinegar smell. I've been too lazy/too much of a procrastinator to cut up new wipes and do it this time around. which I'm kicking myself for.
I don't know. I was hoping someone else would know.
I honestly don't remember.


I have been using water right now, but I don't have it in anything. I am just having to use the sink, and that is a hassle.
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Old 08-15-2011, 12:57 PM   #7
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Default Re: If you use Cloth Wipes.....

I store them dry and wet them when I need them, I just use water.

---------- Post added at 03:57 PM ---------- Previous post was at 03:56 PM ----------

When DS2 was smaller, I had a small bottle filled with water so I didnt have to run to the sink.
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Default Re: If you use Cloth Wipes.....

I used chamomile tea with a drop of lavender in it. Presoaked and squeezed out the wipes, so all I had to do was grab and go
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Default Re: If you use Cloth Wipes.....

I use water, and store them wet in a wipes warmer (I think it's Prince Lionheart brand?) they've never gotten smelly or mildewed.
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Old 08-15-2011, 01:11 PM   #10
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Default Re: If you use Cloth Wipes.....

I asked this *exact* question just a few months ago, got various answers and so now I'll add mine...
I keep all the dry wipes in a big, empty plastic wipes container and each morning I grab a handful, wet them and stick them in a smaller, travel-size plastic wipes container. If I run out I wet a few more. I was using the big container for awhile, but they DID get moldy/mildewy smelling really fast that way. I only used water though. I use some wipes that were made for me by a GCMer. one side is super soft and the other side is regular material, not so fluffy. I like the 4" square ones. ANything bigger than that was too big. (I started out with just a couple baby washcloths. WAY too big for now, but maybe when N is a toddler. )
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Default Re: If you use Cloth Wipes.....

I keep a little spray bottle of wipe solution, and spray the butt/wipes as needed. I really like Super Stars by PureBebe and the solution that Blissful Booty makes.
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Default Re: If you use Cloth Wipes.....

I use Baby Bits in a spray bottle, and spray on her bottom when I go to clean her. I have in the past used California Baby Diaper Area Rinse, diluted with water to make it last longer.
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Default Re: If you use Cloth Wipes.....

I just use water.
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Default Re: If you use Cloth Wipes.....

I think there were some studies a few years back that said that lavender and tto might be endocrine disruptors and could cause breast growth in boys... I seem to remember the studies using really excessive amounts of the oils though

I use water most of the time and a pre-made wipe solution when out and about. I use to use a water/soap/oil solution that worked great and have also used a lot of different pre-made solutions, but we were having a lot of yeast issues, so I cut them out just to be safe.
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