Everything You Need to Know About Reusable Baby Wipes
So you decided to use reusable baby wipes? Hereís everything you need to know about them.
Choosing reusable baby wipes over disposables come with many benefits. Disposable wipes while convenient to use, are generally too thin and donít protect your hands from nasties when cleaning your babyís bum. Not to mention, they contain preservatives like parabens which are linked to skin irritation. They are also made almost entirely from plastic and they are the kind of plastic that are not recyclable. Reusable baby wipes, on the other hand, are more eco-friendly and free from harmful chemicals.
You can buy reusable baby wipes from online stores and even from retail shops. There are a wide range of reusable wipes like bamboo velour top, organic cotton and flannel cloths. If you are on a budget, you could always repurpose old towels and washcloths as reusable wipes. There are a lot of online resources that contain tutorials on how to make your own reusable wipes.
One of the most common complaints about reusable wipes is that they are prone to fraying. If you know how to sew, you can have the edges sewn to prevent them from fraying.
Dry Wipes and Wet Wipes
Reusable wipes can either come as wet or dry wipes. Dry wipes are wipes that are not pre-soaked and usually stores in wet bags. You can simply wet them under tap water whenever you need them. Squeeze them out to remove excess water. Use them to wipe bums, faces and grubby fingers.
If tap water is unavailable like when you are outdoors, a small bottle of wipe solution can be prepared and used. Some mums use their water bottles to wet their wipes since water is something you need to carry with you anywhere you go, especially if you have a baby.
Wet wipes, on the other hand, are pre-soaked in either homemade solution or water. These are stored in airtight DIY containers like tubs, ziplocks or in some cases wet bags. Keep in mind that homemade solutions do not contain preservatives which means you need to use your dry wipes within 2-3 days from preparing them. Otherwise, you are risking mildew and mold growth.
If you want to save money, you can pre-soak your reusable wipes in homemade solution. A mixture of water, soap and essential oils is recommended. Castile soap is ideal because they are mild and mostly made from natural ingredients. Diluted essential oils such as lavender oil and tea tree oil can be added to your wipes to add natural fragrance.
You can either pre-soak your reusable wipes in this homemade solution and store them in airtight containers or store your solution in spray bottles and spray your wipes when you need them. Either way, make sure to properly store your reusable wipes to avoid any bacteria, mold and mildew growth.
Reusable baby wipes are better than disposables. Yes, they come with disadvantages but you can easily overcome them with the right amount of time and effort. Also, getting started with reusable wipes can be a little expensive but you save money long term. Disposable are a continuing cost while you do not need to buy reusable wipes constantly. They could last for years and when you no longer need to use for baby care, you could simply repurpose them into something else.
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