Cloth diapering has been making a comeback in recent years, especially as people have learned more about the chemicals used in normal diapers. I will preface this whole post by saying that I do not cloth diaper full-time. It is a lot of laundry to keep up with and I do not use them when we leave the house. I will do a post on my reasons I decided to cloth diaper in a future post, but today I want to share my recipe for the solution I pour over my cloth wipes. Now, you may be thinking that using cloth wipes is going to be gross. The whole cloth diapering process, as a whole, has been way less disgusting than I thought. Maybe it is just because, as a mom, you kind of see it all anyways. Using cloth wipes just makes sense if you are cloth diapering because you can throw it all in the wash together.
The other reason to use cloth diaper wipes is because of the ingredients in regular baby wipes. Many baby wipes contain bronopol, which can affect the immune system, nervous system, and can be a skin irritant. There are also worries of it being a carcinogen. That is what we are using daily on our littles! Now, you can consult ewg.org for wipes that are “cleaner” and have a lessened toxic load, but again, with me already cloth diapering it just makes sense to use cloth wipes.
This solution can be made in about a minute and works well for cleaning the babes!
1 1/2 cups water
Couple squirts of Dr. Bronners Castile Soap (baby unscented)
1-2 drops Tea Tree essential oil (Melaleuca alternifolia) or Lavender***
Mix those ingredients together and pour the solution over your cloth wipes. I use an old wipes container to store them in and the cloth wipes can be whatever you prefer. I have a mixture of flannel and baby rags (some thick, some thin). I do like the flannel best, though. It is amazing how clean you can get a tush with just one cloth wipe!
***One note I want to make is to please research very carefully before you put just any essential oil on your children. After much research, Young Living essential oils are the ones I have come to trust. Just because an oil is labeled 100% pure, does not mean it actually is, so that is why you need to be careful.