In my post a few months ago, about trying to find a balance between reducing our waste and coping with day to day life, I mentioned one of our biggest waste culprits is baby wipes!
So, I did actually get round to ordering some more washable wipes to try out again!
I had previously had a batch of Cheeky Wipes and a ‘clean wipes’ box to keep them in (the older smaller box in the picture). However I completely lapsed in using them when I gave up with washable nappies (we had all sorts of problems finding a fit for J). I think this was mainly just because I got out of the habit, as in my mind the washable wipes had been part of the whole cloth nappy ‘package’ and once I didn’t need the nappy bucket I didn’t have anywhere to put the used wipes!
A problem easily rectified by buying a new ‘mucky wipes’ box (conceived for that very purpose!) and some new wipes and essential oils!
Cheeky wipes do sell the whole kit as a package, or you can buy bits and pieces like I’ve done. (They also sell kits and bits for washable make-up wipes, breast pads and panty liners too!).
There is a choice of different fabrics for the wipes too. I’ve gone for bamboo, which is really nice and soft, but great at removing everything that needs removing! In fact I find them much better at cleaning than disposable wipes, and seem to be much kinder on the skin too, as we are having to use much less Sudocrem!
I also got a batch of minky wipes with our last order as part of a special offer running at the time. They are extremely soft, but not quite as good for removing poo! Good to have a mix of both types though I think.
Now that I’ve got all the kit in place, I’m finding it really easy to slot back into our regular routine!
I like to stack my clean wipes, but you can just pop them into the fresh box more ‘freestyle’, then you just add some water with some skin calming & fresh smelling essential oils. The ‘mucky box’ is also filled with some water and some (naturally anti-bacterial) tea tree oil and it has a little mesh bag that fits exactly inside to collect the used wipes, which is then easily un-hooked and tipped into the washing machine! I tend to run them in the machine on their own in a short rinse wash, then I’ll add some other washing and run a full thorough wash.
The clean wipes can then be popped straight back into the ‘fresh box’ still damp!
The reason I decided to write this post now, about how using washables is working for us, is that in the last few weeks I’ve seen a few articles shared on social media, particularly in the SEND community, saying there are plans to phase out disposable wipes from sale in the future! This does raise a lot of issues for families with young kids, but also those with disabled children, and disabled adults for that matter!
Like most things, I’d say there needs to be a balanced approach. I’m extremely keen to try and reduce our waste, but I can see that washable is not for everyone, or for all situations. At the moment, I can’t see me ever be organised enough to use washable wipes out and about, and also I don’t know how you would manage on holiday without access to your own washing machine!
(I also use a lot of antibacterial wipes when out and about (I have OCD) and the idea of wiping down a changing bench that someone else has used and then taking the wipes home to wash them…. ugh!)
However, just using the washable wipes when we’re at home I can already see an impact on the number of packets of disposable wipes we are buying…. so even if we are just saving one wipe at a time, I think it all helps!
PS: This is not a sponsored post. I just mention Cheeky Wipes as that’s the type of washable wipes I have experience of and it’s a product that works well for us!