Making the Conversion to Cloth Wipes

Some things make using cloth wipes much easier.

You’d think that as a cloth diaper addict, I’d also be all about the cloth wipes, right?  You’d be wrong.  I did go through a phase where I tried using cloth wipes.  With Norton, I bought some extra infant wash cloths, wet them with water, and used those.  However, it didn’t stick.  It was just more work for me than the diapers.  I gave up and went back to disposable wipes.

A lot of people say that disposable wipes are just not convenient when you’re already using cloth diapers.  For us, we already had a Diaper Genie for disposing of wipes and the occasional Huggies diaper anyway, so we didn’t have the inconvenience factor of separate disposal.  However, we only have one Diaper Genie, and it’s in Norton’s room since he is in disposables overnight.  That means that using disposable wipes is a little less convenient with Eudora, particularly considering she has exceptionally runny poo.

At first, I started small.  A local mom had some new BumGenius cloth wipes that she’d never used for sale on a local group.  I bought those nine wipes.  Okay, great.  They worked.  But I needed a convenient way of storing them.  With Norton, I tried keeping a wipes box with some water in it, and then dipping in the wash cloth that I used and wringing it out.  It was a pain.  It was messy; I’d invariably drip water on that beautiful nursery set; it just didn’t work.  This time around, I used the wipes warmer that I’d received from a friend when Norton was born.  Perfect.  I go wet enough wipes to last for a day in the bathroom sink, wring them out and roll them up, then store them neatly in the wipe warmer.  The wipe warmer keeps them warm and damp while being stored.  (I do clean out the warmer every day to prevent mold growth.)

Then there’s the issue of cleaning them.  With Norton, using cloth wipes just didn’t work for us because I didn’t like cleaning them out.  I was still using flushable liners in his diapers to catch poo.  I didn’t have a diaper sprayer.  So the cleaning up of cloth wipes was a huge hassle, and really just gross.  We got a diaper sprayer when Norton had a stomach bug, and it solved my poo cleaning issues.  Now I just spray the wipe off the same way I spray the diaper and toss it all in the wet bag when I’m done.  It really is easier to use cloth wipes… at least, in Eudora’s room. Upon realizing how much better it works with her nursery set up, we bought more cloth wipes to use.

I will be honest: if not for the fact that I have a wipe warmer and a diaper sprayer, I absolutely would not use cloth wipes.  But since I have them, it’s very doable.  Because the Diaper Genie is parked in Norton’s room, I do still primarily rely on disposable wipes with Norton.  And I always use disposable wipes when I’m on the go for easier transport.

Are you thinking about using cloth wipes?

About Suzi

Suzi is an American ex-pat living in British Columbia. She's a cloth diaper addict, wife, mom of three, and President of the Prince George chapter of Cloth for a Cause.


  1. Thank you so much for this post! I had been contemplating cloth wipes and I love that you gave both sides. 🙂


  1. […] Eudora, though, I hopped on the cloth wipes bandwagon.  We used our wipe warmer to keep her cloth wipes warm and moist.  We already had our diaper […]

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