This is not a dressmaking project, but something much simpler. I’ve been finding my sewing time much reduced these days so this is just a quick project, but one that I have been getting a lot of use out of! We have been using reusable cloth nappies, and it occurred to me that it wouldn’t generate any extra washing to use cloth wipes as well. The wipes would just be washed along with the nappies. It is possible to buy cloth wipes (we have some of these which I use for babies face/hands), but I figured that I am competent with a sewing machine so I simply dug out an old towel and set to work.
These wipes are made from an old microfibre towel which rarely got used. An ordinary cotton towel would also work just fine, but this towel is both very quick drying and not very bulky so it seemed perfect for this project. I cut 15cm squares, rounded off the corners and then went around the edge with my overlocker to stop them from fraying. It has been a great project to do in small batches while baby Toby is asleep or content for a few minutes.
Once the cloths are complete, I keep them in a basket next to our changing mat. They can be moistened with just plain water, but I have been using a spray bottle and have mixed a few simple and baby friendly ingredients. Here is my approximate “recipe”:
1 tbsp. Sweet Almond Oil (for moisturising and ‘glide’)
1 tbsp. Castile Soap (for gentle cleansing)
A few drops of Lavender Oil (for scent and its antibacterial properties)
200ml cold water
In fact, we now keep some of these wipes and a smaller spray bottle in the nappy changing bag so we can also use them when we are out and about too.
I know for most people reading this, nappy changing and baby wipes aren’t part of your daily routine, but perhaps if you use make-up removing wipes or other similar products you could also consider using something like this. Research by Water UK suggests that baby and facial wipes account for over 90% of the contents of sewer blockages and ‘fatbergs’ because they don’t break down or biodegrade, and contain plastic. See the full report here, but I’m willing to try and improve the situation by cutting out the need for these wipes as much as I can. Let me know if you give it a go too. All I need now is to make a little bag to contain the wipes in the changing bag and make them as convenient as possible.
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