Savings = $124
When you use cloth diapers it is only natural to start wondering about cloth wipes. At first the thought of using cloth wipes made me laugh, but then I realized what a PITA it would be to have to find a place to throw away the wipe when you had a diaper that didn’t need to be thrown away. It is much easier to use the cloth and wrap it up in the diaper.
Then there are all those chemicals in the commercial wipes – eww! And they are always cold and they are so messy (seeps through the wipe onto your hands). Oh, and they are so drying on my poor LO’s bum.
So, I used cloth!
I use 8″ x 8″ because those are big enough to protect your hands and clean up a lot but small enough to be folded into a normal baby wipe container (actually I have mine in a wicker basket at home, but it is convenient to put them in a baby wipe container when we are going out). Mine are sherpa on one side and velour on the other. The sherpa “grabs” stuff and the velour is oh so soft.
I make my own wipe solution in a foaming bottle. I will post the recipe in a little bit. It costs me about $0.50 to make and it lasts for about 3 weeks. Many people use straight water or water with a bit of TTO in it. This would make using cloth wipes even cheaper.
I had the wipes made for me. You can make them or use baby washcloths to save more money. I paid $48 for 48 wipes.
I figured at the average rate of 1.5 wipes/change it would cost $10 a month for the first 7 months and $7 a month for every diapering month after that to use disposable wipes.
Two years of disposable wipes = $189
Two years of my cloth wipes = $65