I started out 5 years ago with simple flannel wipes, made of one layer of fabric. It was the cheapest option at the time, short of making them myself for free. Although I know flannel is still a very popular option, they just haven’t worked out well for us. Flannel is smooth and doesn’t have much texture, and that means little to no scrubbing power. Also, it also takes more of them to clean up a mess as opposed to a heftier wipe, so you have to have more on hand. And is it just me or do flannel wipes like to cling to everything in the dryer?
Here are the wipes I’m using most often now – my current “favorites,” if you will. Please share your favorites with me in a comment below!
Oko Creations Organic Cotton Baby Wipes: If you are looking for a reusable wipe made with organic fibers, this is my top pick. Oko’s wipes are an eco-friendly 80% certified organic cotton and 20% polyester that’s made in Canada. The size is about 8.5″ square after washing. They have a smooth side and a nubby side, which to me is the ultimate feature in a cloth wipe because you can effectively clean a stuck-on mess, and then use the other side to “finish” the job. These wipes do not get stiff or crunchy over time like other wipes made of natural fibers (i.e. hemp and bamboo). Two of them will do the job of 4 or 5 other thinner wipes. Oko Creations sent me these wipes as a no-strings-attached gift last year, but I ended up loving them, and using them daily, so they naturally ended up in today’s feature.
They also double as lovely hand and face wipes, or bath cloths, and the natural color helps hide minor stains.
You can buy at Oko’s online shop. Oko also sells a slightly smaller, thicker wipe that’s more like a washcloth and perfect for face and hands. The organic small face cloth measures 7″ square.
GroVia Wipes: After reading rave reviews about GroVia wipes, I bought some for myself. They are plain white and made of a unique blend of 88% polyester and 12% cotton baby terry. The result is a wipe that stays really soft, holds its shape and dries quickly. The cotton terry is finer and softer than a typical baby washcloth. They are a standard 8×8 size, which fits folded in half in a wipes cases. As a bonus, this durable fabric can be safely bleached. Not too thin and not too thick. As Baby Bear says: “Just right.” The price is very nice, too; you get one dozen for $10.95. I’ve used ours daily for over a year now, and they are holding up superbly, even at the serged edges. You can find GroVia wipes with free shipping at Diaper Junction and Diaper Safari.
Terry Washcloths: You can buy packs of baby washcloths at any dollar store or superstore. They are one layer of cotton or cotton blend terry and measure 8″ square. These are nice if you want something cheap, and not bulky, but with texture (unlike flannel). The terry texture is perfect for messes, but they are thin enough to get into crevices. My pack from K Mart contained 10 and cost me $5, so that comes out to 50 cents each. Nice! They range in softness, depending on the brand and the fabric content. The colors and prints are fun, too.
So tell me your favorites! Have you tried any of the types I featured?
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