If you have basic sewing skills, cloth diaper wipes are very easy to make. You will need terry cloth and flannel fabric. I bought mine as remnants at the fabric store. You could also buy towels and receiving blankets at discount stores or better yet buy used at a yard sale or thrift store.
Here are the steps for making the wipes:
- Wash the fabric first.
- Place the flannel and terry cloth wrong sides together (I don’t think terry cloth has right/wrong sides so just worry about the flannel – you want the pattern facing out)
- Cut the fabric into pieces the size you would like your wipes to be. Ours average about 4×6 inches though they do vary since I had remnants and didn’t want to waste fabric.
- Serge or zig-zag stitch around all four sides of the wipe. I rounded my corners but that is optional.
- Stitch two straight lines through the cloth from the long side to the other long side. This keeps the cloth from becoming strangely shaped when washed.
These cloths wear well and become super soft over time. The terry cloth side is good for dirtier jobs while the flannel side is nice and soft for a quick wipe.
We wash them the with our cloth diapers so they get the same treatment.
You can use water on them for cleaning or a wipe solution. What we found to use as a wipe solution is water mixed with Punkin Booty Bits which can be purchased here. We use half of a booty bit dissolved in a Ball pint jar full of hot water. This is half of what the directions say to use, but we find it is still as effective and the Booty Bits go twice as far.
We use a plastic jar cap on top of the Ball jar and keep this solution on the nightstand next to the bed where we change our children.
This solution is inexpensive, gentle and does a great job of cleaning up a baby’s bottom. Our favorite scents are the mild ones like vanilla and oatmeal, milk and honey.
You could use a small piece of any mild soap mixed in a large amount of water – like Ivory or another handmade soap. We just really liked these.