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Re-usable wipes- anyone used/considering using them?(80 Posts)
Just had a read about them (cheeky wipes in particular) and the system doesn't really seem to have any downsides, plus it has rave reviews.
The only thing i'm concerned about is the initial output of £50 and then not liking them.
I use cheap flannels cut up, and a tupperware box. I have friends who love the cheekywipes, but if Im honest I cant see what you are paying £50 for. My flannels and box cost under a fiver!
I bought just a pack of cheeky wipes with no boxes, I put them in an ice cream tub, far cheaper and just the same really. I think I got seconds via their Facebook page for about £10. You can also just get packs of cheaper fleece wipes on eBay, for a fraction of the cost of cheeky wipes.
I used 20p Basics flannels from Tesco and a bowl of water on the changing table. And then disposable wipes when out of about (I suppose I could have taken flannels and a bottle of water but I was lazy!)
Cheeky Wipes look lovely and all but perhaps a little over-engineered for something that you use to wipe up poop?
How does it work out for you? Do your flannels not fray if you cut them up?
Weeeell, i just did an amazon basket of the cheapest versions of all of the things that the cheeky wipes contain (2 wet bags, 2 essential oils, 2 lockable Tupperware's, 2 mesh washing bags and wipes, actually only 40, so 10 less than provided with the cheeky wipes) and it came out as being nearly £10 more. So i do believe the kit itself is value for money.
I cut up an old dressing gown so cost to me = £0!. We had a little bit of fraying over 3 years of use, but really not a problem. They were way better than disposables for cleaning poo as the terry clings to the poo so gets it off in one or two wipes, whereas disposables seemed to just smear it around!
I also never really used disposable wipes for faces for same reason - still always use flannels at home and take out a damp flannel in a washbag. Easy to rinse out if children were particularly messy! You can buy flannels very cheaply.
I'm not even that eco really (used disposable nappies with DC2 more than washables) but my wipes were great. don't get me wrong - disposable wipes have their uses, but I find washable are more fit for purpose and the washing effort is negligible compared to the sheer volume of laundry children generate.
Should say, I just used water to dampen them, no oils or washes, and it was fine. DS and DD never had nappy rash.
I used fleece wipes which I did buy from eBay but could easily have got a piece of fleece and cut it up. Total cost about £10 probably. I also used fleece happy liners too. I just used water to dampen them as well. Really not sure how you could spend £50 tbh.
I bought some fleece baby blankets from the Pound Shop and cut them up into flannel sized squares, and just used water with them.
I just use cheap Ikea flannels and a spray bottle of water with a drop of baby bath in it (bottle here ) - I spray dd2's bum, wipe and throw the flannel in the wash with the nappy . Much cheaper than Cheeky Wipes and I don't need to carry Tupperware around
I had a Cheeky Wipes voucher so I went ahead and ordered them. I love them, they are great! I only spent a tenner on them.
gardenpixies were the 25 wipes enough?
I used 20p facecloths, changing mat in bathroom, warm water.
This works if you're using washable nappies as you have a nappy bucket to hand.
I used cheeky wipes and thought they were great and will be using them this time round for this little bean.
Agree that you can 'make' your own wipes for a fraction of the price and use old tubs, but I was lazy and like the fact that someone had done all the work for me :-)
I got a couple of metres of lovely snuggly micro fleece and cut it up into rectangles. Used them as wipes and nappy liners!
We use small IKEA face towels. I used to soak them in camomile tea with honey. Now we just wet them in water as and when needed. I think that we have about 30 or so.
I bought an extra 25 wipes as I had twins, but yes, for a single baby, 25 is plenty IMO. I only bought the mini kit as I use cloth nappies.
They're amaaaaahzing. Seriously, if you've used cloth wipes you'll not want to go back, because they actually clean your baby's bottom, whereas disposable wipes tend to just smear stuff around (especially weetabix poo.. it's the hardest to clean) and you end up with it on your hands, yuck. Whenever we go on holiday (and can't take the reusables) I really end up cursing disposables because of their crappiness.
But then with regards to Cheeky Wipes or not.. I guess it's personal choice but I went for them. I got the mini kit (as I already have a nappy bin because I use cloth nappies) which is cheaper. I also added an extra box and 25 extra wipes (I have one box with 25 wipes on the changing table and one box with 25 wipes on the dining room table). I find them convenient (the boxes are nice as you can open/close them one handed) and worth the money but I do agree the whole kit is quite expensive. When I ran out of essential oil drops I ordered more off eBay, I think it was about £10 for 100ml of generic lavender oil.
Oh and to answer your question about how much is enough, I wash every other day and usually have plenty of wipes left in both locations (but they go in the wash anyway as otherwise they get stinky if you leave them longer than 2 days). I'm expecting DC2 soon and may have to invest in some more, but will see how I get on with the quantity I have.
the flannels frayed a tiny bit, but not much, still totally useable. I see what you mean re ordering everything separately, but I don't think you need most of it. I already had a bag as I use washable nappies, I already had loads of tupperware and I don't use oils, just plain water.
ladies can I jump in with a silly newbie question (28 weeks pregnant with my first)...but would you wash that mesh bag wit pooey cloths in by itself in the washing machine? it would seem like a waste, but i don't like the idea of putti g it in with my regular clothes (obviously disposable nappies or pooey baby clothes would go in together with it.
I got packs of 6 baby was cloths in poundland and put them in a margarine tub. They are so much better than dispoablewipes on poo and no chemicals either so no irritation. Definitely a good thing, don't even notice the washing and they' dry really quickly.
I always wash nappies and wipes separately. Just wait until you have enough for a load.
i LOVE my cloth wipes...
I use them full time at home and out and about....
when I was pg I spend hours sewing pretty ones.... double layer of fleece / cotton / terry etc.... wish i hadnt bothered as the ones that work the best (and dry the fastest) are the terry sqaure nappies i cut into 9 small squares with my kitchen scissors.
Would have probably been better to use piking shears but i dont have any so just use kitchen scissors.
17months on they are still just fine, number 2 will be here in 4 months time (so i'll have 2 in cloth!) and i see no reason why these super cheap cut up cloth wipes wont still be fine when number 2 potty trains.... or even if / when number 3 potty trains
I picked up a bag of preloved terry squares for £3 for 20 at an NCT sale.... so each wipe costs less than a disposable wipe would too
Mine must have been used / washed at least 150 times so far (I always use these in prefernce to others) and are still just fine
I have used disposable wipes nannying for 10 years (and in her 17m life i have used a total of 2.5 packs of disposable wipes) and the cloth are far better
I use them with just plain water
I use a mixture of flannels (4 for 99p) & Poundland 'baby flannels' for baby wipes, have spent about £6 in total.
Oh £10 if you include the pots I put clean/dirty ones in (I reuse those '2 for £4 mini rolls/rocky road tubs you get in all the supermarkets, as they've got lids).
DS has only ever had nappy rash when the PIL have him & use disposable wipes on him.
growyourown, I put all the dirty nappies/wipes with a few towels. It all gets washed at 60-90.
everyonmint please don't say you wash out the poo washcloth in a public loo's washbasin. That really is dusgusting.
Florin she didn't say that. Used wipes don't get rinsed in the wash basin, they go into the dirty nappy bag with cloth nappies to be washed at home.
I cut up old tshirts and towels, kept them in a plastic nappy sack or tupperware with a bit of water, washed them with the nappies. Mixed it with disposable wipes for convenience at times. Can't believe people sell bits of cloth to wipe up poo with for £50 But I guess it's cheaper than wet wipes...
"take out a damp flannel in a washbag. Easy to rinse out if children were particularly messy!"
Flannel as in singular and then rinses out if messy, it certainly sounds like it to me
I use them with charges and and I'll use them with my own. I use them as camping flannels for myself as well. I have some nice ones that came with my washable nappies and some perfectly adequate ones that I got cheap on ebay. I use them for nappy changing, face cleaning, nose wiping and mopping up spills, amongst other things. I always carry my cycling water bottle, so I just squeeze some water out of that. I use plastic bags to put them in and wash them at home. I also use them for wiping out my mooncup if there is not a wash basin in the cubicle.
For DS1 I bought some washable wipes from the Nappy Lady here. For DS2 I used those and old cut up towels and cut up Ikea fleece blankets though I preferred terry to fleece. I had a drawstring nappy bag to put the dirty wipes in and if I used them when I was out and about I'd just put them in a ziplock bag.
I bloody wish I'd thought of re-marketing it as a kit and charging £50 for it!
Interesting thread, Ive also been thinking about reusable wipes.
Can I ask - how do you dry everything? Do you all have tumbledryers? We dont have room for one and dont have much space to dry things inside.
Is it worth doing reusable wipes if youre not going to do reusable nappies? I think we could probably dry wipes but not both. Is it the wipes that cause the nappy rash or the wipes and the disposable nappies?
Im sorry to jump in, its got my brain whirring...
I use mini muslins and cheap face cloths. They are fab, much more effective than puny throwaway wipes, cheaper and greener too. I chuck them in the nappy bucket and wash them with my terry nappies. Old worn terries get recycled into wipes too.
I don't have a tumbler and dry nappies and wipes. If you want to try it I'd recommend terry squares because they dry much more quickly than other types.
msbluesky i was one of those peg things that has a hanger at the top and about 20 little pegs that one would normally use for underware or socks etc
the cloth terry sqaure wipes dry over night on that and are all ready to be used again the next day
dry even faster in the airing cupboard or on the line
until 2 months ago i didnt have a tumble drier
I'm not using re-usable nappies with DS 2. DS1 never had nappy rash and we used disposable wipes and nappies, the reason i'm considering reusable wipes is because i have terrible eczema on my hands.
I'm not sure about other people's methods, but with the Cheeky Wipes system, you don't dry them, you just put them straight into the water and essential oil solution after washing.
florin if you think there are less disgusting things than a baby's poo going into public sinkks then you'd be sadly wrong!
You can't fuss about that. People throw up in them...do drugs over them...all kinds of horrors.
Id rather a bit of baby poop than some other things!
Florin if you read the whole paragraph the washed out flannel was for faces.
Thank you nannyl I actually have one of those peg things from travelling...Ill have to dig it out!
Hi 12ylnon thank you, I dont have eczema but I have v sensitive skin and was wondering just how sensitive our LO's skin will be, so that's good to know. Its our first baby so the knowledge you all have is invaluable!
I cut up pieces of terry towelling for washable wipes, but these do need hemmings to stop freying. I also cut up some fleece into squares, which work just as well but don't need any hemming.
I used washable nappies as well so just put on a washload when I had enough. I always put them on for an extra rinse with no soap powder, to stop any residue soap powder from causing nappy rash.
I will be using washable nappies with no tumble drier. The trick is to keep on top of it so that you have a load of laundry a day and plenty of spares.
As a lazy user of reusables I would beg to differ. I think the trick is to have loads of nappies so you only need to wash twice a week. This is another reason I love terries- they're cheap and one size fits all, so it makes sense to get a lot.
growyourown77 If you're going to be using cloth nappies I'd just wash everything together (do a rinse first). If not, I'd put the wipes on a rinse on their own, then add your normal laundry so you have a full load and wash all together.
Msbluesky32 No need to dry the wipes, just stack 'em up when still damp (much easier than when they're dry anyway!) and put them back in the container, as you'll be adding water to them again anyway.
Regards cloth nappies, you can definitely dry them on an airer or outside when the weather allows. I have a tumble drier but I only use it for sheets (for nappies it would negate the whole using reusables for environmental reasons and also it shortens the life of a nappy as it damages the fibres). I wash every other day and I've found 16 nappies are more than enough for a toddler (you'd need more for a newborn though if you want to wash every other day).
Florin - sorry if I didn't make it clear and nearly gave ou a hygiene heart attack I was referring to a washable flannel for faces and hands in the second bit of my message. Usually one quick wipe of a face with my damp cloth is all that is needed, but after messy meals I might have to take them to the loo to clean them up at a sink and can just rinse out the facecloth then. Pooey wipes very definitely go in a washbag to be dealt with at home! And bottom wipes and face wipes are completely separate things, managed separately and kept in separate places
I just mentioned it because I often see people go through 5 or 6 disposable wipes trying to mop up their children in restaurants when a face flannel in a washbag does a much better job.
Wipes dont need drying, so youre ok on that score. I use bum genius nappies and they dont take long to dry at all tbh.
Very pleased the flannel is for faces sorry I read it wrong!
I can't add anything that hasn't already been said but I love my cheeky wipes
Well i've yet to speak to a person who doesn't like their Cheeky Wipes! Honestly, i've not found one bad review.
Thanks for the answers everyone.
i find wipes do need drying... or else those at the bottom can get mouldy and smell of old manky wetness (not nice)
I guess if you dont have that many and use them all pretty quickly it wouldnt matter, but i have learnt the hard way about not drying wipes properly before storing for next use
(I too have (ikea) flannels for faces (and never bums) and all other wipes for bums (and never faces) washed seperately and stored seperately! bum wipes in nursery, flannels in kitchen!
I'm another one with cheeky wipes and I love them.
evertonmint that's a great idea re damp flannel for mucky faces when out, I might start doing that!!
When at home if I get a really pooey wipe I'll actually flush it in toilet, while holding onto it of course to avoid putting too much poo in bucket (but definitely wouldn't do that while using public toilets!!)
Btw I do sometimes give wipes a quick tumble on low to keep them soft, tend to do this with nappies too for 10 minutes or so
I used cotton and water for ages (faff and horrid with poo) and then bought the Cheeky Wipes. Loved the concept but found the wipes really small.
Ended up buying 25 white terry face washcloths from the supermarket (50p each) and they are AMAZING for cleaning poo. They take a lot more water, are slightly "grippy", only need one to clean one poo (by folding it onto itself a few times).
Above all never once did I get the dreaded finger in poo again
Sorry, forgot to say - I also got Ikea's washcloths for the kitchen (to wipe face and hands).
They're all white and can be boiled washed and bleached (Ecover bleach is brilliant) but Ikea's have little coloured pegs, so no confusing them.
OP - I have two sets of the cheeky wipes and one set of the original boxes. Not sure about the mesh bag. I used them for DD1 but never got around to using them for DD2, even though I got on really well with them. DD2 is now at nursery so I don't do loads of nappy changes. You are welcome to the wipes and boxes if you would like them. PM me if you are interested.
We have them. I bought the whole kit but we didn't find using them damp out of the machine worked as they started to smell mouldy within a day. So we wash them with the nappy wash and dry them, then store in one of the tubs- any tub would do- then wet them before use. Works for us! We also bought a different colour for weaning clean ups, I use those to clean face, hands, highchair etc. I wouldn't bother with the oils, they're clearly only to disguise the musty smell of damp cloths in a tub. They've saved us loads on wipes & kitchen roll even if we could have made our own/ done it cheaper.
Thanks mobsters , how kind. Have pm'd you.
Both my cheeky wipes tubs broke very quickly so they wouldn't stay closed. If you are using washable nappies as well you don't need the dirty tub as you can just throw them in the nappy bin. I would recommend going for something else simply because the annoyance of the tubs breaking is so high.
Yup. I use cheeky wipes. I also use real nappies. I have 50 bamboo wipes and a 'fresh' box as well as 25 microfibre wipes with both 'fresh' and 'mucky' boxes.
I use the bamboo for bottoms and microfibre for faces. The bottom wipes go in the nappy pail and are washed with the nappies. The face wipes go in with a brights wash.
Top tip: the turquoise microfibre wipes need a few washes on their own as the colour runs.
Yes I experienced the same as stargirl, the turquoise wipes ran for ages (at least 5 washes). Got a few vests with a turquoise sheen because of that, luckily nothing important.
My boxes broke too (the hinges on the lids), but they've changed the design recently so they're more robust now (and they replaced my lids free of charge which was really decent, excellent customer service every time I've contacted them).
They said they would replace mine but I never got anything and then we stopped using washable nappies and didn't chase. I'm sure they would have sent them if I'd followed up again.
Hi all, complete newbie here (DC1 on the way). Loving the idea of just using face cloths a sounds cheap and much more eco friendly. Do people find flannels good or are they too abrasive? Does anybody use muslin type cloths?
In my opinion muslins are more abrasive than flannels, especially when wet. For face/bum cleaning I'd definitely go with flannels of a towelling-type material. You can get bamboo wipes if your DC has especially sensitive skin as it's softer than cotton (although I live in a very hard water area and I have to say it doesn't make a huge difference, everything gets a bit crunchy after a few washes).
Another newbie here - I already do reusable nappies, and want to venture into wipes too. My local Dunelm has cheap fleece throws (1.2 x 1.5m, bright colours) going at 99p. They look like they'll be nice and absorbent, so I'm hoping they work once cut up!
Possibly a daft question: do you all wipe off ALL the poo with your washable wipes? Or do you scrape the worst off with bog roll first? I don't really fancy the idea of a load of extra shit going through my washing machine, especially now DD is onto solid food.
I find it mainly comes off in the liner, if it's a really bad one sometimes I do start with loo roll to get the worst off.
Thanks Celtic. Most does indeed come off with the liner but sometimes there's plenty left clinging on too!
i use loo roll for the first poo wipe, so the worst of it flushes straight down the loo
rrreow good tips - thanks very much.
We rarely tumble dry ours. We have a small flat with no garden and we manage washable nappies and wipes, we dry on radiators in the winter and tumble dry or partly tumble dry in autumn & spring when it's harder to get stuff. We do dry our cheeky wipes though they smell awful in that tub after a day. Didn't think masking the smell with essential oil was all that hygienic.
I have some old ikea face cloths,would they be too harsh for baby skin?
I don't dry my wipes, it's not necessary if you keep them in an airtight box (I use a lock and lock tupperware type thing). Just add a bit more water with some essential oil and they are ready to go.
We've used cloth wipes for both our boys. Never paid for any of them. We started out with a load of offcuts of material from a wahm who made nappies and then added to them over the years from worn out/stained clothes. Fleece & jersey cotton (t shirts mainly) work the best as they don't need sewing. We just cut em up and use for wiping bums, faces, cleaning round the house etc. No special potion, just wet under the tap or with a water bottle/spray bottle when out and about. They get washed with nappies, sheets or towels, basically anything that gets a hot wash to kill germs. To dry we pile em up and put on radiators or in the airing cupboard.
You've all inspired me to give it a go, but I might try flannel material instead of the pre made packs. I'm just looking at the state of my hands from all the cold weather we have had, I don't think they would stand up to the chemicals on throw away baby wipes. I've never liked the wipes you get for your face even - I can imagine how the disposables just mush stuff about... Urgh
I have some old ikea face cloths,would they be too harsh for baby skin?
Nah, they'd be fine! Old face cloths are probably better in fact as they would get softer with use. And once they are dampened, they'd be fine, especially when a bit of scrubbing is needed. As someone said upthread, disposable wipes just tend to move the poo around, reusable wipes are much better at getting it off.
I'm planning to make my own by cutting up some old towels and going round the edge with the sewing machine so they don't fray to bits.
The cheeky wipes are 15x15cm, seems that could be a bit small or do you find them ok? Just wondering how big to cut the squares!
I use Cheeky Wipes. I would prefer for them to be slightly bigger.
I use a mixture, we are lucky enough to get disposable ones really cheaply (£3 for a box of 10 Huggies) and I have given up on cloth nappies, it was just too depressing with DS2's toddler diarrhoea with two in cloth I was drowning in endless pooey laundry. However I still like the cloth wipes, I use microfibre cloths, I find terry too thick. I bought two packs of 10 for £4 in the sale in TKMaxx, they are sold as baby wash cloths. I also use some lovely teddy-fleece washcloths from a discount shop to dry their bottoms with.
Well, my cut-up cheapy Dunelm fleece throws are turning out to be excellent. The fabric is such poor quality that one side has bobbled slightly in manufacture; kiss of death for interior furnishings, but great for shitty arses as it means you have a choice of sides to use - the bobbly side for really stubborn Weetabix poo!
Daft question here re: reuseable wipes and poopy bums- do you just put them in wash with the poop still on? I know with my re-useable nappies I have a liner that I get rid of so, not sure how washing works for wipes if they would be covered in poop?
I dont use flushable liners with my nappies (se fleece) and most poo rolls of but some doesnt, but it all gets clean in the machine
also i use a piece of loo roll for the first bit of wiping which flushes down the loo
Wiggy I just put wipes and nappies in the machine, run an extended cold rinse cycle with a smidgen of vinegar and then run a proper washing cycle.
I've never find there are large amounts of poo in the wipes though (and I have a weaning-poo ridden baby).
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