I’ve been using reusable baby wipes since Arthur was a couple of weeks old primarily because baby wipes are just so expensive and at the rate he needs his nappy changed I could quite easily get through 2-4 packs a week.
My friend Diane alerted me to Cheeky Wipes so I decided to purchase a mini kit of 25 wipes and a separate mucky box to put the dirty wipes into.
I figured that £26.95 worked out the same as around 11 packs of my usual baby wipes so in just under 3 months they had paid for themselves. I noticed when I started to use these wipes that I used far less than I would have done with disposable wipes and they are so much easier to use.
Cheeky wipes couldn’t be easier to use, you basically fill the bottom of your wipe box with water to the first line inside. Put a couple of drops of essential oil blend into the water, my oil is lavender and chamomile as I’m using the one included in the kit. Pop your baby wipes into the box and turn over a couple of times so they absorb the water and you’re ready to go.
When you’re ready to use the wipes just squeeze the excess water into the box and use as you would use a disposable wipe. The wipes are super soft to the touch and I’ve had no problems using them on Arthur’s sensitive skin.
To discard your wipes you can either pop them in a mucky box which is filled with water and essential oil or pop them straight into your nappy bin if you use cloth nappies.
I have a mesh bag in my mucky wipe box that I just lift out and pop into the washing machine with my nappies, I hang the wipes to dry on the washing line and have found that so far I’ve not had any staining of the wipes, this could be a mixture of the rubbing in the machine or sunlight. The wipes dry outside in next to no time and I was really surprised at how well they kept their shape even after being in a full nappy wash.
When you’re out and about you fill up the waterproof bag with a couple of wipes which is included with the cheeky wipes set and you’re all set.
I now have 50 wipes in my stash and although we have been using these wipes for 12 months they still look in perfect condition which is astounding. I do a wash every two days and find that 50 wipes is a perfect amount for us but families with a child who doesn’t go through as many nappy changes will find the 25 wipe set suits them just fine.
I’ve got my eye on some hand and face wipes next or even some cloth sanitary pads as I’m trying to make a conscious effort to lower my household waste in a one woman bid to save the environment step by step. I did ask my family at the weekend their thoughts on using reusable toilet paper which was met by a firm NO!