If you’re a parent that’s looking to make an easy and sustainable change to become more eco-friendly this 2021, then choosing reusable wipes over the disposable kind, can be one of the simplest.
Due to the high volume of disposable wipes now being used, it is now resulting in a large problem for the planet as they are not completely biodegradable. Plus, with many homes regularly flushing away disposable wipes, they are now becoming one of the most commonly found plastic based items in the ocean.
But luckily, these statistics can be improved.
Reusable wipes are now becoming increasingly popular and can help with many problems, such as sensitive skin and eczema, which are skin problems that can be worsened through the use of harsh, disposable wipes.
Let’s take a look at everything you need to know about reusable wipes and reduce your carbon footprint this 2021.
What They Can Be Used For
Reusable wipes are amazing for a range of different uses. In fact, reusable wipes can be used on more or less any area of the skin, for any age range. It is well known that parents using reusable wipes for their babies then adapt to using them for themselves, as they also work perfectly for removing makeup and gently exfoliating the skin if you are prone to sensitivity.
If you are researching to see what type of cloth wipes would be best for you and your family, then looking at the fabric types is always a good decision.
With reusable wipes, everyone has their own favourites, but overall the fabrics of them really depend on what you feel would be best for you, or your little ones skin. Most wipes are created with either bamboo, cotton or polyester, but they all do the job perfectly.
However, if you want to be fully sustainable, then choosing either bamboo or cotton is ideal, as polyester is a slightly less sustainable material. Or, if you find you would like to use a specific material that is not commonly found on the reusable market yet, then you can easily create your own by simply cutting out 15-20cm squares and hemming the edges.
Can They Be Used ‘On-The-Go’?
If you’re a beginner with reusable wipes, or find them much easier to use at home, then you can balance your changing routine to only use disposable wipes whilst out and about, as you are still contributing to a better planet, because you are using them much less frequently.
But, if you love using reusable wipes or have lots of experience with them, then you know you can take your reusable wipes out with you very easily. With cloth wipes, there are specific containers created to store your wipes, so you can use one specifically for your travels, or you can simply take them dry and wet them with some water whilst you are changing your baby. Alternatively, you can use a small wet bag instead to store away the wipe until you get home.
In terms of storage, reusable wipes can either be left wet or dry. Some people like to keep them dry and place a bottle of water next to the changing area so they can wet them when needed, whereas other people like to keep them stored in a container with water, or essential oils are available that you can dilute in the water to help further soften the material and be kinder to skin.
With used wipes, they should be left in a mucky wipes container or wet bag. If you find one of your wipes is especially mucky after use! Then you can simply take away the muck down the loo and gently wash the cloth under the tap.
With the washing process, it is recommended that you wash them at around 60 degrees, so you keep the temperature cool to not damage the materials, but also warm enough to kill all the harmful bacterias.
If you are looking to benefit the world around you this 2021, then consider moving to reusable wipes.