Monday, October 12, 2009

Going Greener - Cloth Diapering & Homemade Wipes

The past several days have been an adventure! A diapering adventure. Lots of cloth, lots of oils, and lots of trials at leak prevention with cloth diapers. I think we've finally got it going! :) Elliot is now on about day 6 of cloth diapers. We started out alternating between cloth and disposable, and after we received our diaper covers things really started happening at the Gilmore house. We purchased the Bummis brand and are pretty satisfied with it, but I'm also going to try Thirsties covers, and the Gro Baby system for when we're out and about. If you're interested in cloth diapering the benefits are explained well at Sprouts Babywear and there are tons of reviews on products at The Diaper Pin.
In addition to cloth diapers, you can also use cloth wipes. I'm not quite to that point yet, but I did make my own wipes yesterday, and they are working splendidly! Here's how:

Homemade Wipes
10 squares high quality paper towel
1/2 cup water
3 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Organic Coconut oil
5 drops each of lavender, geranium, and tea tree organic essential oils


  1. Cut paper towel in half, then fold those pieces in half.
  2. Stack cut & folded paper towel pieces on top of each other
  3. Melt coconut oil, by microwaving in a Pyrex measuring cup for 30 sec.
  4. Add water and essential oils 
  5. Pour mixture over stack of paper towel, by pouring on all sides of the stack and allowing liquid to absorb through entire stack
  6. Place in recycled wipes container, tupperware or another airtight container
These wipes have been GREAT at removing everything gently from my son's bum. And the oils are soothing, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral. They're also very safe in this diluted form.
So the adventure continues on, but I think I'm about convinced that cloth is the way to go. I'm already saving money and not having to deal with trash cans with stinky diapers piling up that will later go in a land fill.


Joni Gilmore said...

Hey honey, I just mailed you a note about sending me this recipe, so never mind. I have it now. :-) I was thinking about this and am going to try to make some of these out of Charmin extra strong toilet paper. We bought some of this by random chance and it seems super tough - like it won't tear when damp. So if it works, that means you could flush 'em! and they would be on a long roll and could maybe be rigged up to be in some kind of dispenser. Will keep you posted. Just disregard the note when you get it. (I know.....why did I postal mail you a note? You'll see when it comes.)

Sarah said...

So, Elliot and I spent the day today trying the cloth diapers. They worked well, until he pooped like Hiroshima. I'm still working out the logistics of how you clean something like that up...

We went through 3 (or 6, if you count doubling up) in about 2 1/2 hours, also soaking through the cover(s). We're back to disposable until you get home.

I am excited about this, too, so please don't be discouraged - it was just a rude introduction!

Megan Gilmore said...

LOL! That's hilarious. Ev told me about his big day. Sorry you had such a violent encounter.


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