Are you tired of spending money on disposable products? Have you learned how many chemicals they can contain that aren’t so great for us or the environment? What about how much waste is put into our landfills that won’t degrade for another lifetime?
So, let’s talk about cost.
The cheapest disposable wipes I can find, for the sake of this research, are about 1 cent each. I wouldn’t personally recommend these, they are chalk full of chemicals and are poor quality, but, the cheapest option. From birth to potty training (we are going to say three years old, which is sparing for some kids) I’ll estimate that you use two wipes per diaper change (ha! Any parent knows this is a VERY low estimate, perhaps not even realistic). Say you only change 6 diapers a day (yeah, right). At these very low estimates, we are looking at 12 wipes/day @ 360 days a year for three years. Thats 12, 960 cents. Divided by 100 to convert to dollars = $129.60. That’s not a whole lot over the span of three years, I’ll admit. Keep in mind my low estimates and that you are using the cheapest/lowest quality wipes on the market. Also, who uses wipes JUST for diaper changes? I use them for EVERYTHING. Plus, there were some diaper changes that I used at least 10 wipes (when I used disposable). Plus, look at all those wipes you are throwing into the environment. How many was that? Almost 13,000!! Yes, there are more eco-friendly wipes with less chemicals, but the cost goes up astronomically.
I’m not going to talk about chemicals because I’m not qualified to say exactly what they put in wipes that are “toxic” or cause reactions. I don’t like uneducated assumptions about certain things. I have taken many, many chemistry classes and I can tell you now that chemistry has a bad rep. I do know they have harsh chemicals, but this is not the reason we don’t use them. I don’t use them just for the fact they are a disposable product that puts more trash in our landfill. I’m just mentioning this aspect because it IS more leverage to switching to cloth!
My method to switching over to cloth wipes is possibly free for you, assuming you have a sewing machine and thread available (using materials you already have around the house)! It just takes a little time and practice!
If you don’t want to make them, the cost of choosing wipes is pretty minimal. The wipes I make are about 1.30/wipe. If you use the same estimates I did earlier in the post, you’ll need 12/day. If you do laundry every other day, you’ll need 24 wipes. Remember, I’m using sparing numbers, but I have to say, cloth wipes are more durable and you don’t have to use as many per change. So… 24 wipes. That’s $31.20. You’ll be using these SAME wipes over the next 3 years and BEYOND. They don’t take any extra laundry either. Just throw them in the wash with the cloths or towels. I like that number way better than $130! Plus, you aren’t throwing anything away! Let’s not mention the cute prints and the versatility of these wipes either, that would just be way too much!!
So now that you have the main reasons, let’s look at how to make them!
Homemade wipes are a great, easy solution for getting started on your journey to less disposables! If you are looking for an easy project to sew up in just a few minutes, then this is for you! They literally take about 10 minutes, start to finish. You can use them out of almost anything flannel or terry too! I use these wipes for baby wipes, face wipes, and cleaning cloths. They are really versatile and have endless possibilities.
So how do you get started? Do you have any left over baby receiving blankets, flannel shirts or sheets, towels, or blankets? Any of those make great upcycle materials for wipes. Or if you don’t want to MAKE them, I make them and sell them in my store! You can get all kinds of cute prints.
These are from cute receiving blankets I found at a thrift store for about a dollar for a set of three.
Find your cute print, and cut 2 squares of about 7×7 fabric (but any size works, I have all different sizes). To make it easiest, I have a cardboard template that I cut around with my rotary cutter.
Put the pretty sides together and sew a straight stitch all the way around, leaving about an inch or so open.
Pull the right sides of the fabric out through that hole you left open. You can iron everything down to make the edges pretty.
Sew around the edges and close the hole and you’re done!
Here’s a pretty pin for Pinterest for you!