I’ve written before about using cloth wipes. There are a number of companies out there that make and sell cloth baby wipes, technically there’s no reason why you need to buy any of them. There are plenty of tutorials out there to make your own. However I liked the convenience and functionality of the kits, I liked the wet bags and I liked the fact that I didn’t have to think about what I needed, it was all there for me.
Why Cheeky Wipes?
My sister-in-law recommended them initially, she used Cheeky Wipes with my nephew. There’s a lot of choice on the website and it was easy to use. There’s plenty of information on the website about the different kits and the different wipe options under the “Help me Choose” tab.
Cheeky Wipes do a few different kits: All-in-One Kit, Mini Kit, Hands and Faces Kit and Weaning Kit.
The All-in-One kit comes with everything you need to use cloth wipes from the start, you get 25 wipes in the fabric of your choice, a Fresh Baby Wipes Container, a Mucky Baby Wipes Container, a Fresh Baby Wipes travel bag, a Mucky Baby Wipes Travel Bag, a 10ml bottle of Fresh Wipes Essential Oil Blend and a 10ml bottle of Mucky Baby Wipes Essential Oil Blend.
The Mini Kit is for people who are already using cloth nappies and therefore have the nappy bin and wet bag. It contains the 25 wipes, Fresh Baby Wipes Container, Fresh Baby Wipes Travel Bah and a 10ml bottle of Fresh Baby Wipes Essential Oil.
The Hand and Faces Kit is very similar to the All-in-One Kit, but for hands and faces. As there’s no poo involved the wipes can just go in with your normal washing. The kit contains 25 micro-fibre baby wipes, a Fresh Baby Wipes container, a Fresh Wipes Bag, a Mucky Wipes Bag and a 10 ml bottle of Fresh Baby Wipes Essential Oil Blend.
The Weaning Kit is designed for people already using Cheeky Wipes for bums. It comes with 25 wipes of your choice and a Fresh Baby Wipes Container.
You can also buy all the components of the kits separately.
We have the mini kit as we are cloth nappy users.
Ordering from the site is really easy, you just select your options – I went for the original white terry cloth wipes (and added an extra ten for good measure) and Lavender Essential Oil. Cheeky Wipes also sent me some Bamboo Wipes free of charge.
How do they work?
The premise behind the All-in-One kit is simple, you have a Fresh Wipes tub and a Mucky Wipes tub. Both containers have their own Essential Oils. You soak your clean wipes in a water and essential oil combination, before squeezing out the excess. These are then ready to use.
After use the wipe goes into the mesh bag in the Mucky Wipes tub, the mesh bag can then be lifted into the washing machine.
The Travel Bags follow pretty much the same concept. You take a handful of wipes from your Fresh Box and put them in the Fresh Bag. After use the dirty wipe goes in the Mucky Bag. Again you take the mesh bag and put it straight in the washing machine.
You don’t even have to dry the wipes, they can be re-soaked straight after washing and are ready for then next use (although they do recommend you dry them every once in a while).
The Mini Kit is slightly different. It doesn’t have either the Mucky Box or Bag, as it is meant for cloth nappy users who are likely to have these already, but in everything else it works the same.
Hand and Face wipes work in a similar way, however they can go straight in with your other washing – even simpler!
Cheeky Wipes in Use
At home they are fantastically simple to use. The instructions are simple and clear to follow and if you do get stuck they have helpful videos on the website. You just fill the tub up to the set line, add your essential oil and wipes, squish them about a bit to make sure they’re all soaked, squeeze out the excess and you’re good to go.
When you’ve used a wipe you just add it to your nappy bin and stick it in the wash with your nappies at the end of the day. As we wash our wipes with our nappies we put them in on a 40C cycle with a pre-wash and no softener.
We’ve had no issue using them when out and about either. The Fresh Bah kept any moisture from the wipes contained. They remained damp enough to do a good post-poo clean up and still smelt lovely from the essential oils. Then the dirty wipes went straight into the wet bag ready to be washed.
Is it worth it?
I think so. They’re not the cheapest things on the planet in upfront outlay, but they’re not particularly expensive either and considering the overall saving to your pocket and the planet is well worth it.
Cheeky Wipes not only offer a 10% discount on your first order, but they also have a different offer running every month. When I bought my Mini Kit I also received a set of Bamboo Wipes free of charge, these have been brilliant for using on Pippin’s face and hands.