All About Cloth Wipes – Answers to FAQs

Using cloth wipes goes hand in hand with cloth diapers, but there may still be questions! Here are answers to the most asked questions about cloth wipes.

All About Cloth Wipes

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Cloth Wipes go hand in hand with cloth diapers.  If you’re open to using cloth diapers, you’re probably open to using reusable wipes.  But just like using cloth diapers, using these wipes doesn’t have to be a full-time commitment {some use disposables at night or during travel}.

Cloth wipes can be used full or part-time as well – and still be better for the environment, your baby, and your wallet!

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Below I’m covering the Frequently Asked Questions when it comes to Cloth Wipes.

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Why Should I Use Cloth Wipes?

Most people choose to use cloth wipes simply because they’re pretty easy.  They’ll save you money and save you from accidentally washing disposable wipes with your cloth diapers. The wipes can be put right into your cloth diaper laundry, so there are really no extra steps.  They’re relatively cheap to purchase and you can even make them yourself!  It’s a completely personal choice, but the pros are about the same as with the pros to using cloth diapers.

How Do I Wash Them?

You can simply wash your cloth wipes right in your regular cloth diaper laundry – no need to separate!

How Do I Store the Wipes?

There are a couple of different ways to store your wipes.

First, let’s talk about physical storage – one of the most popular places to keep the wipes is in a disposable wipes box.

cloth wipes storage

There’s even a way to fold your cloth wipes so they’ll pop up, just like disposables do.


There is also the choice as to whether you’ll store your wipes dry or pre-moistened:

Dry Wipes can still be kept in a disposable wipe box, or a drawer, or basket – whatever works for you!  When you’re storing your wipes dry, you’ll use a spray bottle or maybe even the bathroom sink to wet your wipes before each use.

Pre-Moistened Wipes will obviously need to be stored in a closed container.  Some people even use the Wipe Warmers.  If you’re storing wet, you’ll simply pour your cloth wipe solution over your dry wipes and then store them.  You do need to make sure the wipes are used in a short amount of time {2-3 days} so mildew doesn’t occur.

Using Cloth Wipes

I used dry wipes {squirted cloth wipe solution on each one before use} for over a year.  Once I finally tried pre-moistening the wipes, I realized just how easy it was and I’ll never go back to storing them dry again!

How Many Cloth Wipes Do You Need?

This depends on if you’re using cloth wipes full time or part-time, but a good relative number to have is about 24.  This should get you through a couple days of diaper changes.  You can start with less and add more if you find you need more.

What can I do with all these cloth wipes when I’m done with cloth diapers?

Actually you can do a lot! I wrote a post on 16 other uses for cloth wipes.

What are the Different Types of Cloth Wipe Solutions?

Cloth Wipe Solutions

There are a few different cloth wipes solutions that most people use.  Water is very popular – by itself.  I use to use only water, but felt like I wanted a little extra something in there.  You can add just a tiny couple of drops of baby soap, some essential oils are popular as well.

How to Make Cloth Wipes Easy to Use on the Go.

Just because I personally don’t use cloth wipes when I’m not at home, doesn’t mean it’s not easy.  Some people actually prefer it because you can simply throw the wipe right in the wet bag with the diaper.  The alternative being, if you throw the disposable wipe in with the diaper, you’ll either have to fish it out when you go to put the diaper in the wash OR you’ll find a washed disposable wipe in your laundry!

If you plan on traveling with cloth wipes, you can store them dry or wet, once again.  You could wet them individually with a small squirt bottle – or store them pre-moistened in a small wet bag.  The Planetwise Wipe Pouch is perfect for on-the-go cloth wipes!

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Cloth Wipe Fabric and Size Choices.

Cloth Wipes are made from a variety of materials.  The first cloth wipes that I ever used were some that I made from hubby’s old t-shirts and soft, terry cloth towels.  My personal favorite wipes {pictured above} are from an etsy shop called Two Sweet Potatoes – I’ve reviewed them here and here.  She makes her wipes out of Organic Bamboo Velour.  I’ve had some for over a year now and I love them just as much today as I did when they were brand new!

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Size is a complete user preference.  I like the smaller size of my OBV ones because I don’t need to fold them to fit them in a disposable wipe box, but some prefer a larger wipe with more surface to clean with.

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If you have any questions about Cloth Wipes that you think should be added to these FAQs, be sure to let me know by leaving a comment!

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