Mailbox Mondays

Mailbox Mondays 11/15/10


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Every Monday, I will answer user submitted questions in a “Mailbox Mondays” post.  They don’t have to be about cloth, anything you’d like to ask me is fine!  I love to answer cloth questions when asked, but if you’d like your question to be answered in a MM post, send it to Maria at with “Mailbox Mondays” in the subject.
Sara Says:

I’m using cloth wipes full time now, and am wondering if you have any suggestions on where to put them for ease of use and if you use a solution? Right now my wipes are by the bathroom sink where I can get one wet when I need to change someone. It doesn’t work to have them on the changing table (top of the dresser with pad) due to lack of space, boys kicking them off the dresser, etc. I’m always trying to think of different places to do/put things to make it easier. Thanks so much!


I think that cloth wipes are a must have when you cloth diaper!  When I first switched, I was using up some disposable wipes I had, and what a pain to remember to pick them out and throw them away. 

I change most of my son’s diapers downstairs in the family room, so I just keep diapers, wipes and solution on a ledge by the couch. 

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The wipes are just in a stack, nothing fancy, but you can also fold them to pop up in a wipes container.  I made a quick video if you aren’t familiar with how to do it:

Upstairs, I have just a few diapers and a handful of wipes (plus solution) in a drawer.  It’s rather messy, I just have them stuffed in where I keep nail clippers, comb etc. 

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If you don’t have drawer space, and you don’t have space on your dresser/changing table, I love the idea of a small shelf mounted on the wall, right above the dresser/changing table.  You can get inexpensive ones that are very basic but do the job, or you can get stylish, decorative ones that match your decor.  A small shelf just big enough for a few diapers, wipes and solution can be used later to store knick knacks, keepsakes, stuffed animals or decorations.

Speaking of solutions, I really liked the Thirsties booty luster I reviewed, but I’m cheap frugal, so I’m just reusing the bottle right now.  I’ve used booty cubes, Ruby Moon Wipes Bits and Lil Outlaws Rump Solution as well.  I use mine in a spray bottle, so my lasts seemingly forever.  I’ve used a booty cubes sample pack, I still have some Ruby moon bits left, and I’ve barely made a dent in a single pack of Lil Outlaws bits, so it’s very cost effective for me.

I spray directly on my son, then wipe, so I use very little.  Now that it’s gotten cold again, I’ve been spraying the wipes, which takes more solution to get the job done.  The cold spray didn’t bother him last year, but it seems to this year!  If you make the solution and pour it over your wipes, you will of course need more.

I have seen some amazing setups where people have this beautiful, neatly organized shelf with all of their diapers, covers, prefolds and so forth arranged just so.  For me, the best setup/storage is out of reach of my kids!

How about you?  How do you store your stuff?

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Maria is an aspiring "fit mom" of 3 children, writing about cloth diapers, going green, and her life as a single mom. Maria works with many companies within the cloth diaper industry and beyond, providing social media management, product development, and other services.
  • November 18, 2010 at 1:51 am

    >Oops, typos. Long day, no edit function. 😉

  • November 18, 2010 at 1:50 am

    >Teresha, great idea on the hanging basket! I've heard of people using a warmer on cloth wipes, and recently I heard that someone may actually make one for cloth wipes? I never used one because I was afraid my daughter's bum would get "spoiled" and she'd freak out when I had to change a diaper away from home, LOL! I've even heard of some people storing their solution warmed in a thermos!I have heard some people say they can wash disposabel wipes, but I've heard some say they make a big mess in the dryer! It must depend on brand. it woudl make sense that pricier ones would be sturdier. Great idea to re-use them as liners!A&R is your basket out of reach of your kiddos? I'd have diaper/wipe confetti if my son could reach them, LOL!

  • November 17, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    >I haven't switched over to cloth wipes yet, I'm still trying to get rid of the rest of the sposie wipes we have, but I do own some cloth wipes and can't wait to make the switch.I have a giant basket that holds all of our diapers, extra inserts, cloth wipes, and some other miscellaneous baby stuff and it sits next to our downstairs changer.

  • November 16, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    >We have a shelf with a small basket of wipes on it. I keep a stack of wet wipes in a wet bag to use in the living room.As for disposables, if I use them they get put in the washer and dryer. When they come out, they are super fluffy! Then we use them ONCE as a diaper liner for using yeast creams that are not good for the diapers. We get more use out of them that way.

  • November 15, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    >When I switched to cloth wipes it was like my stash was complete! I keep mine in the utility basket hanging from the changing table in arms reach. I make my own wipes solution of 2 cups distilled water, 1/4 cup pure aloe vera gel and 2 drops of Tea Tree Oil. I forget where I got this recipe. I keep it in a squirt bottle. I have to apply directly to the wipe because my daughter freaked out the couple times I sprayed her bottom. I hear Lionsheart makes a cloth wipes warmer that keeps them moist and at the readyI still keep a pack of disposable wipes handy and you know what? I through them in the wet bag to get washed. They are designed not to disintegrate in water, that's why you're not supposed to flush them. When my cloth diaper laundry is done I just throw away the cleaned disposable wipes, which is so much better than having the soiled ones stink up the trash.

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