“Accessorize Your Stash” Giveaway

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Welcome to the “Accessorize Your Stash in August” Giveaway Hop, hosted by So Easy Being Green and According to Jenny!  I’ve teamed up with a group of cloth diaper-loving bloggers to help you learn about (and hopefully win) some great accessories that make cloth diapering easy and fun. After you enter the Diaper Wrecker giveaway below, enjoy hopping around to see what each blog has in store for you and your stash!

My personal favorite cloth diaper accessories are the ones that reside on my changing table and get used on a daily basis – cloth wipes, scented wipe spray, and cloth-friendly ointment. Of course, when I started using cloth diapers, I thought cloth wipes were weird and gross, but I quickly changed my mind and decided they were actually easy, frugal, and super gentle on delicate baby skin (you can even make your own, easy custom wipe solutions).

The prize package, which retails for $25+, is awaiting your entries from now until August 28! Open to US residents, this giveaway includes…

DW-OMD Accessories giveaway

Here’s why I particularly love these three products:

  1. GroVia cloth wipes – oh-so-soft and far sturdier than any flimsy disposable wipe 
  2. Thirsties Booty Luster Wipe Spray – smells faintly of lavender and will leave your baby’s bottom fresh and clean
  3. CJ’s Stick o’ BUTTer – handy like a glue stick, keeping Mama’s hands clean and baby’s bottom protected from rash (without causing repelling in your diapers like some ointments!)

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Easy Homemade Baby Wipe Solutions

Homemade Cloth Wipe Solution

When I was pregnant and excited about the idea of using cloth diapers, my thoughts about cloth wipes could be summed up in one word: “Gross!” 

After just a few weeks of hands-on experience using cloth diapers with disposable wipes, I discovered a few things: (1) Disposable wipes are irritatingly flimsy and usually caused my hands to get messy; (2) Disposable wipes will end up costing much more than cloth wipes; and (3) It’s no easy task to keep one hand on the baby while putting the wipes in the trash and the diaper in the pail. Maybe if I had three arms.

When I switched to cloth wipes I fell in love with the awesome scents of the spray solutions that I tried. My favorite ready-made wipe spritzes are Kissaluvs Lotion Potion and Thirsties Booty Luster. However, I recently noticed that I had all the basic ingredients for homemade solutions so I decided to whip up some batches and see what I could come up with myself.

There are four types of ingredients you can use in your homemade baby wipe solutions:

Liquids. This is really the only critical ingredient. There are plenty of people who simply use water and like it that way. Witch hazel is also commonly used; just note that the cheapest witch hazel in your local drugstore is probably about 14% alcohol which could sting if baby was ever battling a bad rash. You can also buy more expensive, alcohol-free witch hazel.

1 - Liquids

Soaps. I like using a little liquid soap in my solution because it helps get the skin really clean after a messy diaper, and I can use a soap that smells good as a built-in fragrance. If your baby has sensitive skin, be sure to use a soap that doesn’t bother his/her skin. Pure castile soap, such as the Dr. Bronner’s pictured below, is usually a good pick for sensitive skin.

2 - Soaps

Skin Nourishers. These ingredients help make the wipes glide smoothly along and keep baby’s skin nice and soft. Don’t worry, you won’t be using enough to cause repelling in your diapers. Coconut oil is a nice option as well, but only if the temperature in your house will be 76-78 degrees (F) regularly; otherwise it will solidify.

3 - Skin Nourishers

Fragrances. There are endless possibilities with essential oils! With a few of my concoctions, though, I went overboard on fragrances so I’ve decided that just a mild scented soap is good enough for me.

4 - Fragrances

You can decide exactly what you want to put in yours depending on what you have on hand, how much you want to spend on stuff you don’t have on hand, and how sensitive your baby’s skin is.

Here’s the basic formula that works for me. Instead of giving absolute measurements, I find it easier to just use parts so that it can be scaled to whatever size batch is needed.

Basic Wipe Solution Formula:
• 5-8 parts liquid
• ½ to 1 part soap
• 1-2 parts skin nourishers
• Essential oils – just a few drops

Because I like to keep my wipe solution in a spritz bottle on the changing table next to a stack of dry wipes and a carafe of hot water, and because I wanted to try a lot of small batches, I bought 3-oz spray bottles. Here are my two favorite mixes:

Pamper the Skin Mix – just fills a 3-oz bottle
• 4 Tbsp distilled water (hot)
• 1 Tbsp aloe witch hazel
• 1 Tbsp Skin Milk foaming bath
• 1 Tbsp shea baby oil
• 2 vitamin E capsules

Plain & Simple Mix – makes about 2 oz
• 8 tsp distilled water (hot)
• 2 tsp witch hazel
• 1 tsp California Baby shampoo/bodywash
• 1 tsp aloe vera gel
• 1 tsp olive oil

What are your favorite ingredients to use in wipe solutions? Do you store your wipes wet or dry?

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