Thrifty Thursday – Washable Wipes

* Thrifty Thursday*

My thrifty tip for the week is washable wipes. And nappies for that matter if you are up for it.

I used washable nappies on my eldest from about 9 months onwards until potty training. They were great. I popped them in a dry bucket with a net liner and every day just whacked the liner full of nappies into the washing machine. Job done. The nappies dried nicely on the washing line or on the radiators. The best thing about washable nappies though was washable wipes. Wipes are soooo expensive and full of nasties that I didn’t want going near by babies reproductive organs 🙁 Typically shop bought baby wipes can contain:

  • Benzoic Acid
  • Butylene Glycol
  • Ceteareth 12
  • Citric Acid
  • Parabens
  • Phenoxyethanol
  • Propylene Glycol
  • Tartaric Acid


So I made my own using flannel wipes and a homemade wipe solution. They worked a treat, and Bean never got nappy rash. I haven’t used washable nappies with Jelly yet, but I did use washable wipes. I just bought more wipes and kept them in a tupperware tub and washed them every couple of days.

More recently I have had a little obsession with making these wipes and making them look pretty. I have written about to how to make my washable wipes before, and I use these to take my make up off too!

My latest project was making washable kitchen roll. These are larger wipes, backed with fleece for absorbency that fit around a kitchen roll holder and are perfect for clearing up Jelly”s grubby face after mealtimes. It saves me a fortune in kitchen roll and baby wipes, and they soon more than pay for themselves. They just go in the wash with the regular washing .

Here is a set I made, and have for sale in my online shop:

Feel free to come by and have a look, more designs will be made soon. Or make your own – they are made in the same way as the washable wipes, and just add poppers to connect them together. Not only are they better for your baby, better for the environment, but they look pretty and save you money too. What gets better than that!


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