In my quest to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle, I've been looking at ways to reduce the amount of rubbish I throw away. My council's recycling scheme is so brilliant that the only things in my wheelie bin each week are cellophane wrappers, nappies and wipes.
I buy the majority of my food 'naked' or in paper bags so I decided to do something about the amount of nappies and wipes that I send to landfill to see if I could get away with recycling every single thing that I use.
This post is all about my quest to stop using disposable wipes.
So what is wrong with them, I hear you ask?
WELL. Where do I begin?
From an environmental perspective, the wipes are non-recyclable and non-biodegradable and the amount of them us parents throw away is just shocking. Think about how many wipes you get through in a day. It's easy to get through a couple of packets a week if you have more than one child. Messy nappies can use up to seven or so wipes - plus there is all the cleaning of mucky hands and faces. Which brings me nicely onto what these wipes are moistened with. A bit of water, yes, but also synthetic cleaning agents. Those three words sound hideous enough before you find out exactly what that means. They contain ingredients such as parabens and phthalates (fragrance) - not the sort of things you want to rub all over your children.
I'd been thinking about this for a while and trying to come up with an alternative when, at The Baby Show, I came across the Cheeky Wipes stand. The rest, as they say, is history!
Cheeky Wipes are the greener way to clean your baby's bum. They are natural, washable and eventually biodegradable cloth wipes that use just water and essential oils - and which are better for your baby's skin and better for your bank account! Even if you only use one pack of disposable wipes each week, you will be spending approximately £250 in the first two years of your baby's life (and we all know the use of wipes goes way beyond potty training). Taking this into account, and the fact you might have more than one bambino, you could save over £500 in two years by switching to Cheeky Wipes!
I've been using them for just over a month and am totally in love with them. Want to know how they work? (I thought so).
Take a look at the video here:
The full kit starts at £39.99 and contains:
- 25 wipes
- A Fresh Wipes container
- A Fresh Wipes travel bag
- A Mucky Wipes container with mesh bag insert (for easy washing of poo-ey wipes!)
- A Mucky Wipes travel bag with mesh bag insert
- A bottle of Lavender & Chamomile 'Fresh Wipes' essential oils
- A bottle of Tee Tree & Lemon 'Mucky Wipes' essential oils.
All you have to do to get started is fill your fresh wipes container with 2cm of water and a few drops of essential oils - then add your wipes. The mucky wipes container needs a little bit more water and a few drops of oil too and the mesh bag should be fitted to the clips around the top of the box.
Once you've used a wipe you simply pop it into the mucky wipes bag within the box and when you're ready to wash them you simply take the mesh bag out and pop the whole thing into the washing machine (so you avoid touching anything mucky again!)
The wipes can go in with your normal washing but should go in on a hotter wash once a week to keep them free of germs. You don't even need to dry them - you can simply pop them back into the fresh wipes container and re-use them immediately.
And YES! They do work on poo! I personally find them even better to use than disposable wipes - there's more to them; they're thicker and much easier to use. Why not have a look at this here video to see just how good they are!
If you're out and about you don't need to revert back to disposable wipes. Just pop a few Cheeky Wipes into the waterproof travel bag and take the mucky travel bag with you for when you've used them. It also has a mesh bag which can be unzipped and popped into the washing machine when you get home. I also carry a bundle of muslins around in my changing bag to clean hands and faces.
Cheeky Wipes really are so simple to use - and much nicer too. The cloths are super soft (and available in either terry towelling, bamboo or micro fibre) and it's an easy first change to make to do something to help look after our environment.
I'm making it my mission to spread the word about reuseable wipes to as many mums as possible that are looking for something that is better for their children as well as the planet. Would you consider switching? xoxox
Check out the Cheeky Wipes website here
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