Automotive microfiber cleaning towels as cheap spitup rags

Microfiber towelsJoshua discovered ideal burp cloths in the automotive section:

Our son, now two months old, goes through an inordinate number of small towels.  Between burping and spitting up, breast milk misfires, and daddy knocking things over at 2AM, it seems we are always wiping things off our baby, or wiping thing up near our baby.  We got some really nice designer burp cloths as shower gifts, but we needed a lot more, and they are expensive!

As a cheaper alternative, we headed over to the automotive section of our local mega-mart.  There we found microfiber towels in bundles of 12 for $3.  They are labeled as factory seconds, but they still look fine.  The towels are super-absorbent and super-soft, and at 25-cents apiece, we can afford to have stashes of them in the nursery, the car, the diaper bag, etc.

Comments

  1. alianora says

    While this is a great hack, I wanted to drop a warning making sure you aren’t leaving the microfiber in contact with kiddo’s skin for long. It is very absorbant and isnt good for the oils on baby’s skin. Also, use one on yourself first – some people’s skin gets “caught” on microfiber.

  2. wdskmom says

    Maybe I’m paranoid, but I don’t think I’d use auto cloths to wipe my infant’s mouth. We use baby washcloths for that type of thing & you can get a pack of about 8 at the dollar store.

  3. Liza says

    The other great use for these is as inserts in “pocket” style cloth diapers. The inserts you buy from the diaper people are MUCH more expensive.

    But like alianora said, don’t leave them in direct contact with baby skin for long. They’re so absorbent that they’ll suck the moisture out of skin.

  4. Stephanie T. says

    Microfiber towels are also great for dusting and hand drying dishes. And the ones from the automotive section are cheaper by far than the microfiber ones marketed for cleaning purposes.

  5. Jason H says

    How do they hold up to getting washed? I’d rather put ‘em through the laundry first. Also, are there different standards for textiles used on humans versus textiles used on objects?

    J

  6. Mommyprof says

    We use bundles of washcloths from Target. We used them instead of diaper wipes for baby #1 (changed her near a sink) and they are still fine, even though she is now 7. Same price as the microfiber cloths.

  7. Alan says

    We use these in our house for everything including our 1 year old, basically a paper towel replacement. We keep the baby ones separate from the dusting/cleaning ones, but they all wash up fine in the washing machine.

    I think we got ours at Costco, large bundles at a good price.

  8. Mark M says

    We buy burpcloths at IKEA. Nice soft (white) cotton, and cheap enough to buy 4 or 5 packs. They survive a lot of machine wash cycles, as well.

  9. ShamWow says

    Reusable towels are a great idea for newborn babies. I like the ShamWows because they’re durable, super absorbent, and soft to the touch. They’re even expected to last at least 10 years. That means a lot of paper towels that you won’t have to buy.

  10. ShamWow says

    Reusable towels are a great idea for newborn babies. I like the ShamWows because they’re durable, super absorbent, and soft to the touch. They’re even expected to last at least 10 years. That means a lot of paper towels that you won’t have to buy.

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