Saving Money on Cloth Baby Wipes

Did you buy cloth diaper wipes? Last week’s post generated loads of positive comments about using cloth diaper wipes over disposables, but do you have to buy expensive fabric wipes or spend hours hemming tiny squares of organic flannel?  Hardly.

In truth, cloth wipes are simply small pieces of fabric. For very little cost and time you can make your own set of wipes or purchase a discount pack of baby washcloths and get the same effect for a whole lot less money.

Making diaper wipes:

Rebecca expertly cut up some of her husband’s old t-shirts into precise rectangles that she neatly stacked by the diaper table. Since cotton jersey fabric doesn’t fray, there was no need to hem the wipes and they worked great for the full two and half years that her daughter was in diapers. Other moms have used receiving blankets or jersey sheets and gotten the same great results without spending a dime.

Buying something similar:

I bought some packs of baby washcloths at a dollar store. The small wipes are perfectly sized, easy to clean, and came at a cost of just six bucks for 36 wipes. We’ve used them for over a month now and they’ve come out clean in the laundry every time without extra rinses. (The same has been true for Rebecca’s jersey wipes.)

What have you used for cloth baby wipes? It’s nice to know you can take the leap on cloth wipes without investing huge amounts of time or money. Tell us what low-cost solutions you’ve tried!


  1. I did buy my wipes, plain flannel with sergered edges, but I think I paid about $6 for 15. I use them with plain water and am in love. They work so much better than disposables. If I had a serger I would have made them myself.

  2. I purchased a bulk pack of 30 white washcloths from target for around $9 that have held up great. I also took a bunch of the baby wash cloths from Ethan’s bath stash and added them to the mix of wipes. Babies really DO NOT need 20+ wash cloths…five is more then plenty! I like the adult sized wash cloths because they are a bit bigger and offer lots of wiping surface for those extra messy dirty duds. I also use with plain water in a squirt bottle, we’ve tried cleaning solutions, but water works best on his bum. My only gripe would be that the terry cloth tends to shed a lot of link in the wash witch then sticks in the velcro of the diapers. Every couple of months i need to sit down with something pointy to clean out the velcro so it will stick better again. Other then that its been an easy and cheap solution that has worked great for us. Oh, and did i mention the cloths are white and have stayed white being washed with out bleach just in Charlies soap? Well they have held their shape and clean color though out all the messiest of messes!

  3. We got tons of the (entirely useless) flannel receiving blankets that are 30×30. Since they only worked for swaddling for a week or two, we cut them all up and my mom serged the edges. The flannel blanket wipes go in the warmer, but I also keep a large stack of cheap washcloths and a bottle of water nearby. We do use disposable wipes for traveling and I always have a pack on the changing table just in case.

  4. Cloth wipes are one of the best things about cloth diapering. They are SO much better than disposable wipes, plus no weird ingredients as in wet wipes. I tried making some wipes from T-shirts and it was a dismal failure. This is one area where I felt like the splurge was totally worth it. My ultra-frugal sister, who has cloth diapered 5 kids in the very economical prefolds and covers, even agrees that it’s worth paying for cloth diaper wipes (as opposed to regular washcloths). I love the Kissaluvs unbleached ones — you can get them for about $1 a piece generally. That sounds pricey compared to alternatives, but I have found them to be totally worth it. No lint, no fraying, no problems whatsoever. The Kissaluvs have little terry loops on one side (which are great for messy poops) and a smooth side on the other. I usually only have to use one wipe per poopy diaper, even when it’s very soft and messy. I convinced my sister to try the Kissaluvs wipes (she has other wipes as well) and she loves them now too. I used to use a spray bottle with the wipes, but now with our toddler we find it easier to just get a wipe wet in the bathroom on our way to changing him. With a newborn baby (and more frequent wiping), I am thinking I will just store some in a tupperware with water only near the changing stand.

  5. Betsy, thanks for those recommendations for people who don’t want to make their own wipes!

    I had the opposite experience, since my wipes made out of T-shirts worked perfectly for the 2.5 years my daughter was in diapers. They were nice and soft, worked better than disposable wipes, and didn’t cost a cent! AND I was reusing something that would have been headed for a landfill. I would definitely recommend at least trying to make your own out of old T-shirts or flannel blankets before spending any money.

  6. I am expecting twins coming up here pretty soon and have purchased some cloth wipes. I feel like I might not have enough of the wipes or the cloth diapers. I think we’ll use disposable diapers until they are big enough to get into the bum genius we’ve gotten, but I am wonderng if there is a bench mark number people can rec for how many wipes and cloth diapers you use for twins (or single babies, and I will double… )

  7. I have also cut up old clothes that may or may not have stains on them, that weren’t going to be passed down or given to anyone and cut them up into squares to use for cloth wipes:) Some are t-shirt material, flannel, fleece, sweatshirt…pretty much anything will work:)
    Adrianne…I honestly don’t know when it comes to diapering a newborn, I didn’t switch to cloth till my little one was 8 months old… there are a few good sites hat gives some good starting out info on cloth…one of my favorites is They have some great info on there. I started with Bum Genius for night time and a mix of others for daytime…now, a year later I am in love with fitteds and prefolds with fleece and wool for covers when needed:) It’s funny how you start out with one type and end up loving another:)

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