Cloth Wipes, Solutions, and Diaper Creams {Video}


Cloth wipes are a natural next step after you begin your cloth diaper journey.  

Why?  Because you’re already washing your cloth diapers and cloth wipes can simplify your diaper changing routine.  Not to mention, they work far more effectively than disposable wipes when it comes to getting the job done.  The money savings are an added benefit, just like cloth diapers.  They can come made from any material- some are cotton, bamboo, other natural fibers.  Others are a velour or topped with fleece.  Simple baby wash cloths also work as cloth wipes or you can DIY your own.  Make sure you catch my tutorial for making wipes “pop” up from an old wipes container– this makes it even easier!

Geffen Baby (bottom) and Bummis wipes
Geffen Baby (bottom) and Bummis wipes

This video discusses cloth wipes and why they are a good choice.  Plus I discuss some of the options for cloth diaper solutions.  One option I didn’t show in the video was just buying a ready to spray solution like the AppleCheeks Cleansing Spray or Booty Luster from Thirsties– I didn’t have any on hand so I forgot about that!  Concentrated solutions and wipe cubes are more cost effective.  You can DIY your own, or simply use water.  I prefer using a spray bottle to moisten my wipes before each diaper change but if you are careful about how long you keep them wet (to avoid mildew) you can use a wipes warmer.  Emi from The Cloth Diaper Report mentioned this was her favorite diaper accessory so this method does work!

The BALM, wipe cubes, and Blissful Booty concentrated solution
The BALM, wipe cubes, and Blissful Booty concentrated solution
As for diaper creams- you want to use something that is safe for cloth diapers.

Using ointments like Desitin and A&D can cause repelling.  This happens because the effective ingredients in the creams to create a barrier on your baby will rub onto the diapers creating the very same moisture barrier on your diapers!!!

Look for diaper safe creams that don’t have any fish oils or rashes.  Petroleum based anything is a no-no.  Zinc oxide is not necessarily an ingredient that will cause repelling, but if you need or use an ointment with that ingredient use a liner because it will stain the diapers.  In general- using liners with any creams is a good idea to be on the safe side.

How can you tell if a cream is safe?  Your best bet is to look at what cloth diaper stores carry.  If you can’t buy online there are a few cloth safe creams sold in big box stores, like California Baby at Target.  And then you could always head to the grocery store and buy Coconut Oil, which has been getting good reviews lately as a cloth safe diaper cream.  Breastmilk is cloth diaper safe too, if you are breastfeeding!  Check out the Pin Stripes and Polka Dot resource if you want to check that a cream is cloth safe.

I mentioned using liners in the video as a way to keep creams off of the diapers.  This can help- but often when you use liners there is a small chance the creams can get on the diapers.  This is why I think using a cloth diaper safe cream is so important!  If you are prescribed a cream and have to use it then try your best to use liners.  Worst case scenario is that you wind up in disposables during the healing time while using your cream (which is not a crime…).

Items shown in video include- Geffen Baby Wipes, Bummis Wipes, The BALM liquid wipe concentrate, Blissful Booty Liquid concentrate, NC Green Apples Wipe Cubes and fleece liners, Dimpleskins Bum Bum Balm, and The BALM Diaper Balm.  Some items were sent free of charge to be used in the video, some are personal items in my own collection.  No other compensation was received.  This is not a review. 

Look for giveaways tomorrow for cloth wipes for the Everything but Cloth Diapers event.  Missed any posts?  Go back and see them all here. 
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  • Chiquita

    I bought soap bits from a b/s/t page on Facebook and I love them! Although the wipe warmer I’ve been using doesn’t keep them as warm as they did in the beginning.

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  • alixxgantt

    Have you tried Bag Balm its my family’s secret for rashes even adults too! the only ingredients are: 0.3% hydroxyl quinolone in a petrolatum, lanolin base. My son was prescribed numerous topical treatments that weren’t working so my mother bought this and told me to use it. The reason I did not want to use this was because was originally made for cow’s utters! it seemed so weird to put an animal product on my baby! but they sell it in drug stores so many people must really use this stuff, and I’m SO glad I did. the rash was gone the next day! He has not had a rash since then!
    i’m currently using disposable diapers but I’m thinking about making the switch. I just wanted to see if you knew anything about this ointment and cloth diapers?

    • Brittney

      I have heard that petroleum based rash ointments and creams are not recommended for cloth diapers. They say it will ruin the absorbency of the diaper and be very difficult to wash off. I am new to cloth diapering so you should hunt around for a few more answers ! Good luck!

  • Maria

    I make my own wipes solution and use them with flannel wipes for a reusable, washable option, or soak 1/2 of a good, sturdy roll of paper towels for a disposable option. (I tend to use the disposable option to wipe hands, tables, shopping carts, etc. when out. And for quick clean up around the house.) I, also, make my own cloth diaper safe diaper rash cream. They are easy to make, cost effective, good for baby, safe for the environment – plus I like that I made it and know exactly what goes in it. I like the WellnessMama blog for baby care “recipes”.