The mom in the show cuts up fabric scraps into little squares and there is a bucket for clean ones and a bucket for used ones. She washes them after one use and to paraphrase her, the bacteria have no chance of surviving the harsh conditions of the washing machine. Cleanliness is not an issue, folks.
WHY HAVE I NOT THOUGHT OF USING CLOTH WIPES BEFORE?
They make perfect sense. I know this because we use cloth diapers and cloth wipes for our baby. The cloth wipes are awesome. So much softer on her bum than disposable wipes. We simply dip one in water (we keep a fresh bowl on her changing table) and wipe her down. I love that she’s not exposed to any harsh cleaning agents – just water!
Plus, the cloth wipes are so affordable. We paid $29 for 20 organic cotton Charlie Banana wipes from Babies R Us, where I’ll never shop again. By comparison, our recent Amazon bill for 20 rolls of toilet paper came to $24.70. (And that is for the cheap stuff with 1,000 sheets per roll!)
Cloth wipes costs as much as a three month supply of toilet paper for two adults. Using cloth seems like an easy decision, from a financial perspective, so why don’t more people use cloth wipes? Especially us frugal minded folks?
Has the toilet paper industry convinced us that anything but expensive, disposable tissue paper is dirty? That using anything else would be embarrassing?
What, you can’t afford to wipe your a–?
We are talking about savings of $100 per year, approximately. If the wipes last three years (they may well last much longer), that is a savings of $300, minus the $29 investment. If we used cloth scraps like the Extreme Cheapskates family, we wouldn’t have to invest a penny.
My main hesitation to switching to cloth wipes is the reaction from visitors, namely my sister-in-law. Not that she uses the upstairs bathroom.
- I know cloth will be as comfortable, if not more, than paper.
- I know that washing the wipes won’t create any extra laundry because I can throw them in with whatever else I’m washing that day. Baby = almost daily laundry.
- I know that cloth is just as clean as paper because we use them on our baby daughter and they come out of the wash sparkling clean. If laundering them was not sufficient, our entire household would have gotten sick long ago.
- I know cloth will be cheaper.
Why don’t more people use cloth wipes? Should we try cloth wipes for a month as an experiment? If I do, will you join me?