Life With Littles

Cloth Diapering Milestone: Cloth Wipes Rock!

Plus recipe for DIY wipe spray/solution

I started cloth diapering not out of necessity or principle, but out of frustration. For a few days every time there was a poopy diaper, it was a blow out; not just any blowout either. Each diaper failed at the waist in the back and inner legs, getting poo all over.

These poo-tastrophe diapers pushed me over the edge. I was ready to try anything to contain these eliminations. I’d been sitting on a stash of flat diapers and pocket diapers just waiting for a reason to use them. Some washes, a Snappi, and a few YouTube videos later, Porter was sporting a fun cover and *ahem* expertly folded flat diaper, just living his baby life in natural fibers.

Immediately, we used cloth and disposables about equally, but a few days in we were using cloth 24/7. We soon ran out of the regular wipes we always used for diapering. Matt defeatedly offered to run to the store. Ever one to take on unnecessary projects, I proclaimed that I was going to use CLOTH WIPES! Matt had a look of subdued skepticism, but asked if I had what I needed. *Swoon*

A requisite scroll through Pinterest to research bolstered my confidence in my ability to add another layer to my already multifaceted cloth diapering system. Apparently, all I needed were cloths soft enough for baby booties, large enough to cover your hand, but also small enough to store in large sets. Not everyone in the blogosphere insists on using wipe spray, but plenty sites did, so I figured that I might as well make spray and go the distance.

What is wipe spray? This spray takes the place of the liquid chemicals in commercial wipes. I prefer to use a spray and dry cloths instead of prewetting cloths. Some people get really fancy and fold their wet cloths in a way that they “pop” up in succession like traditional wipes in boxes and keep them in wipe warmers. It’s like a spa treatment, not a butt wipe. I have read some experiences with wet wipes becoming moldy if left too long. I’ll pass on that, thank you.

I ended up creating my own spray combination because I had to substitute for pretty much every ingredient the how-to’s recommend. I’ve had great success with my spray. The secret ingredient is Young Living Seedlings Baby Oil. The “calm” scent is heavily lavender and makes a soothing baby oil. I even use it when I get a kitchen burn; it helps pain, swelling, and blistering.

Making the spray is extremely easy, with only 3 ingredients. This recipe makes about 16 oz. You need:

  • 1 16oz spray bottle
  • 2 Tbsp clear baby wash Opaque kinds separate and look kind of like an abandoned science project in this mix.
  • 2 Tbsp Young Living Seedlings baby oil “Calm”
  • 2 cups warm water

Add all ingredients except water into spray bottle. Slowly add water. Put the cap on tightly, give the bottle a good shake, and grab some wipes! If you plan on spraying directly onto Junior’s bum, set the nozzle to mist or wide spray. Nobody wants to be shot in the butt with a spray bottle set to stun. If you are just too extra, you can put your bottle in a bottle warmer or a cup of hot water (or tea or coffee) to warm it up pre-spritz.

What have you used when you’ve been out of wipes? Or even toilet paper?