08 March 2006

Baby washcloths cut paper towel use

Shannon and Liz use baby washcloths as reusable wash-ups:

Instead of cleaning hands, face, hair, high chair, walls and floor with paper towels, napkins or baby wipes, I bought several packs of those little newborn washcloths. After clean-up, I rinse the washcloth out with hot water and some dish or hand soap, then hang it to dry over the oven door handle or a magnetic hook on the fridge. I can use one washcloth for a day or two (depending on just how many messes had to be cleaned up!), then toss it in the laundry and get another one. This saves big over paper towels or baby wipes.

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A good family friend has been knitting washcloths as gifts for years (we have about 20 at this point). They were knit on very big needles and are perfect for wiping up everything! I started knitting with the idea that I could start my own gift tradition -- with only a little experience, they take about an hour. Another option for wipe up cloths is the packages of inexpensive washcloths from Target.

Good point Sara. I use the cheapies too. The groovy colors are especially useful. They never get mixed up with the bathroom washcloths.

For diaper rash, our Pediatrician suggested using just water. Since the cheapy washcloths are just that, we use those and they work great! Also, my neighbor, who owns a dry cleaner, has instructed me to put Blue Dawn Dishwashing Liq on any baby stain as soon as the stain occurs and toss your item in the laundry basket. By the time it reaches the w/d - there will not be a stain! It works on those washcloths and everything else, so far!

A friend gave me the good idea of using different colors. We have dark green washcloths for really messy spills on the floor or with paints and crafts, baby pastel washcloths for a day's worth of faces and hands, and stripes for washing dishes and counters. They are much more sanitary than sponges, cheaper than disposable towels or wet wipes, and just as easy.

That's exactly what I'm doing - stocking up on wipes AND diapers.
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