As a parent, you know two things for sure. Children are expensive and they are smearing everything under. How many disposable wipes and facial tissues are used every day? By switching to washable wipes You not only save hundreds of euros, but it is also better for the environment and for your child.
How much money do you spend on wipes?
As a parent, you use an average of 3-4 disposable wipes per change, depending on whether your child has urinated or pooped alone. On average, disposable wipes cost between € 0.03 - € 0.04 per cloth. Children use an average of 6,000-7,000 disposable diapers before they are toilet trained. So you will spend at least € 540.00 on wipes. And then we have not yet included the costs for the waste in the calculation.
What are the benefits of washable wipes?
As indicated, you not only save a lot of money, but also many kilos of waste. But washable wipes are also better for your child, they do not contain chemicals, oils or perfumes. They are made of natural materials such as cotton or bamboo and are very soft and comfortable. They also clean better than disposable wipes.
You can also use the wipes as facial wipes. Especially the colorful wipes from Cheeky Wipes are very handy.
I can already hear you thinking. You're not going to wipe stool with a wipe, are you? That is dirty and still smells? The Cheeky Wipes set offers, for example, a set with a storage box for clean and dirty wipes and a set with scented oils to prevent any unpleasant odors. Many parents keep a roll of toilet paper by their changing table to wipe away any faeces. Another advantage of washable wipes is that you often only need 1 cloth to clean your child's buttocks.
How many wipes do you need and how should you wash them?
This is very dependent on how often you use the wipes. If you also use them for cleaning the face or hands, then you need more. On average, 25 wipes are enough, but an extra set of wipes is very useful if the other wipes are in the wash.
Wash washable wipes
You can easily wash them with your washable diapers or towels. There are also sets available with handy laundry nets, but we will come back to that later. You can let them dry afterwards, but this is not necessarily necessary. You can use immediately afterwards, because you still moisten them slightly before use.
What kinds of wipes are available and how do you use them?
There are several brands of washable wipes available, of which Cheeky Wipes is the most popular. We explain the differences below.
Washable cotton wipes are an environmentally friendly alternative to disposable wipes or moist facial cleansing wipes for your child. Lightly dampen the wipes with water to clean your baby's face, hands or buttocks. The cotton wipes from Happy Flute are very basic and affordable, but a lot thinner than other brand wipes. Chances are you will need several wipes at a time. The cotton wipes from Anavy, on the other hand, are made of a thicker fabric and feel very soft. And they are also available in cheerful prints! There are also sustainable organic cotton towels from Blümchen.
Bamboo is a slightly softer fabric than cotton. They are antibacterial and anti-fungal and are good for your child's skin. Pour a little water over them and keep them in a sealable bag or box and they'll stay moist for days. If you want large and soft bamboo wipes, the HappyBear wipes are highly recommended, but the bamboo minky wipes with Cheeky Wipes have a very nice print.
Cheeky Wipes set and the Billiesbox
Two popular ready-to-use sets that are widely sold are the Cheeky Wipes and the Billiesbox. The Billiesbox set comes in a set with 12 wipes, a bottle of nourishing lotion (in chamomile or lavender) and a handy storage box.
The Cheeky Wipes set is a lot more extensive. You receive 25 wipes as standard with the set, 2 handy storage boxes - 1 for the clean wipes and 1 for the dirty wipes. The box for the dirty wipes has a handy system with hooks for the included laundry net that you can easily remove, so that all the wipes stay together in the laundry net. In the box with clean wipes you put about 500ml of water with 3-4 drops of lavender & chamomile oil that comes with it. Turn the wipes a few times and they are ready to use! Fill the box for the dirty wipes with a little water and add 4-5 drops of Tea Tree Oil. This way you ensure that the stains do not dry in and the oil has an antibacterial effect. Do you also want to take your Cheeky Wipes wipes with you on the go? No problem! With the Cheeky Wipes set you also receive a handy waterproof and closable bag for on the go for dirty and clean wipes.