Disposable baby wipes are easy to use and convenient, that is for sure. However, if you cloth diaper then using cloth wipes only makes sense plus you will know exactly what is in your wipe solution. Wipe down your children and then simply throw inside the dirty diaper before putting it in your wet bag. Making homemade baby wipes is not as complicated as making your own cloth diapers and are incredibly inexpensive to make. If you can cut a somewhat straight line and are able to use a sewing machine you can make wipes quickly for just pennies.
I prefer flannel wipes myself as I find they hold up the best, clean well and stay soft. I bought new flannel on sale for mine, but you could also use old flannel baby blankets, sheets etc…
Sewing Scissors (Good Craft Scissors would work as well)
If you are using new flannel wash and dry as you would your cloth diapers to ensure they won’t shrink.
Cut your flannel into 6″x6″ squares, honestly though these are wipes for your childs bum, they do not need to be perfect so just eyeball it and if your lines aren’t perfectly straight the next step will take care of that.
Use a zig-zag stitch around the sides of your squares to hem them.
That is it. I told you it was simple! To use you will need wipe solution and a tub to store the solution in. We make chamomile tea and use that as a wipe solution inside a commercial baby wipe tub. The chamomile is great for treating diaper rashes. You can find a variety of different wipe solutions depending on your family’s needs. We also store our wipes dry rather than allowing them to soak in the container. If you do choose to pre-soak your wipes you will definitely want to find an anti-fungal wipe solution.
Elizabeth Lampman is a coffee-fuelled Mom of 2 girls and lives in Hamilton, Ontario. She enjoys travelling, developing easy recipes, crafting, taking on diy projects, travelling and saving money!