When I began using cloth diapers a little over two years ago, I continued to use regular disposable baby wipes. That quickly became quite annoying, as I'd have to throw the cloth diaper in the diaper pail and then dispose of the wipes in the trash. It made sense to use cloth wipes, so I got some inexpensive flannel and serged two layers together (the pieces were 6x6"). Next, I made a baby wipe solution to pour over the wipes. Some people use a spray bottle and wet each wipe individually as they use them. I've found a system that works better for me which is to fill a bottle with my wipes solution, then wet 10-12 wipes at a time and store them in a wipes container. Then, my wipes are ready to grab and use whenever. I use my wipes for more than just cleaning baby bottoms...they clean hands, feet, knees, etc. They are wonderful and clean very well. When I use them at a diaper change, I simply put the wipe along with the soiled diaper into the diaper pail and they get washed along with my diapers. When I'm out and about, I tend to use disposable wipes but sometimes I take cloth wipes along with me. Using cloth wipes has certainly cut down our costs by not having to buy big packages of baby wipes every month and I like knowing exactly what is in my wipes solution. The water and castile soap clean baby's bum, the melaleuca essential oil disinfects, and the lavender essential oil calms and soothes.
I've tried a few different wipes solution recipes and this is the one that I've come up with that works the best. The reason I love it is because it's very simple...no measuring! I just throw it all in and it works great. Here's my recipe:
Baby Wipes Solution
1 container of water
squirt of pure castile soap
10 drops melaleuca essential oil
10 drops lavender essential oil
Combine all ingredients and store in an old container (I use a juice container that works great). When ready to use wipes, set one wipe in container and pour a small amount of wipes solution over top of it. Repeat process until enough wipes are moistened. Store leftover water in container until ready to use again.
See my Cloth Diapering 101 post here.