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Re-usable wipes- anyone used/considering using them?

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12ylnon Wed 30-Jan-13 11:58:08

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.
Any experience?

SeeYouSoon Wed 30-Jan-13 12:04:02

I use cheap flannels cut up, and a tupperware box. I have friends who love the cheekywipes, but if I’m honest I can’t see what you are paying £50 for. My flannels and box cost under a fiver!

Theveryhungrymuma Wed 30-Jan-13 12:07:14

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.

BornToFolk Wed 30-Jan-13 12:10:45

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?

12ylnon Wed 30-Jan-13 12:13:27

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.

evertonmint Wed 30-Jan-13 12:20:37

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.

evertonmint Wed 30-Jan-13 12:21:30

Should say, I just used water to dampen them, no oils or washes, and it was fine. DS and DD never had nappy rash.

MirandaWest Wed 30-Jan-13 12:24:25

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.

Eglantyne Wed 30-Jan-13 12:27:55

I bought some fleece baby blankets from the Pound Shop and cut them up into flannel sized squares, and just used water with them.

AmandinePoulain Wed 30-Jan-13 12:28:42

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 smile. Much cheaper than Cheeky Wipes and I don't need to carry Tupperware around grin

gardenpixies32 Wed 30-Jan-13 12:30:35

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.

12ylnon Wed 30-Jan-13 12:31:47

gardenpixies were the 25 wipes enough?

tassisssss Wed 30-Jan-13 12:33:28

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.

Eletheomel Wed 30-Jan-13 12:33:31

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 :-)

JustCallMeBaldrick Wed 30-Jan-13 12:36:19

I got a couple of metres of lovely snuggly micro fleece and cut it up into rectangles. Used them as wipes and nappy liners!

Snusmumriken Wed 30-Jan-13 12:37:27

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.

gardenpixies32 Wed 30-Jan-13 12:43:28

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.

rrreow Wed 30-Jan-13 12:47:51

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.

SeeYouSoon Wed 30-Jan-13 13:25:27

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.

growyourown77 Wed 30-Jan-13 13:56:36

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.

Sempersecunda Wed 30-Jan-13 13:59:30

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.

Snusmumriken Wed 30-Jan-13 14:00:53

I always wash nappies and wipes separately. Just wait until you have enough for a load.

nannyl Wed 30-Jan-13 14:01:21

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 shock

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

GaryBuseysTeeth Wed 30-Jan-13 14:02:52

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.

Florin Wed 30-Jan-13 14:07:36

everyonmint please don't say you wash out the poo washcloth in a public loo's washbasin. That really is dusgusting.

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