Washable baby wipes can be a good alternative to disposable ones. They reduce waste, reduce packaging waste and are chemical and fragrance free if you choose the right baby product. Or so I hope anyway (baby’s not here yet so I haven’t tried). A friend uses them and loves them.
Washable wipes are à bit extensive for what they are so I ordered some organic fabric online and made them myself.
I chose to use 2 different types of terry because they have different feels to them and don’t absorb the same way. Bamboo is definitely softer but I like how cotton feels with baby lotion on it. Of course you can choose to use only one type, in which case you should double the amout you use.
Here is a little tutorial to make you own.
To make 40 wipes you need :
50 cm of organic cotton terry (in 150 cm)
50 cm of bamboo terry (in 150 cm)
Embroidery thread (you can use several colours) or coloured thread.
And your usual needles, scisors, fabric pen or chalk and a sewing machine.
First mark and cut fourty 12,50 x 15 cm rectangles in each fabric. Mark the 12,50 cm in the width of the fabric, 4 times and the 15 cm lengthwise.
Then pin a rectangle of each fabric together, riche side facing out.
Using interlock stitches on your machine, ses along the edges of your rectangles and all four sides, making sure both layers are trapped in the seam. It’s fun if you choose to vary the color of thread you use.
Then remove pins and cut the edges clean, making sure you don’t cut the seams. Wash several times and then iron (if you can bare to) before using your wipes.
My tip : try to do all the cutting, then pinning, then sewing in one go. You’ll get way more efficient that way.
I tried to make some smaller ones to use instead of cotton pads to remove my make up. The sensation on my skin is quite different but also quite nice.