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While I had always planned to use reusable, cloth nappies with Baby JJ, I hadn't even considered which wipes I would use until I actually put the cloth into action. It only took a couple of changes for me to realise that the combination of cloth nappy and disposable wipe isn't exactly a match made in heaven. In fact when using cloth nappies, the previously ever so convenient disposable wipes become ever so inconvenient and actually add an extra step in the changing process as they need to be disposed of in the bin. After trialling some bamboo flannels and finding that although they were better than disposable wipes they still weren't perfect I spent some time researching and decided to purchase the Cheeky Wipes Full Kit from Amazon for £36.99 (+£4.04 delivery). Although £40+ does sound a rather large investment, this kit does contain everything you need to start using cloth wipes both at home and out and about. With two children in nappies and going through up to a pack of disposable wipes a day (on a bad day with lots of poops from the pair of them) I knew I could expect to recoup my initial outlay within two months.
My starter kit arrived packed in a cardboard box and contained two plastic boxes (each with a hinged, "lockable" lid), a mesh bag, two waterproof, drawstring bags, two bottles of oil and twenty-five white, cotton, terry bum wipes along with an instruction leaflet (that has long since disappeared). The first thing I did was put the wipes through three wash cycles to remove any residue and up absorbency, I'm not sure if the instructions said to do this, but it's how I deal with new nappies so I did the same with these. While the wipes were washing I took a look at the boxes and oils, preparing them for use. Preparing the Fresh wipe box is really easy, it simply is a case of adding water to the fill line then adding a few drops of the Fresh Oil. The Fresh Oil included in my kit is 10mls of Lavender and Chamomile, which has a fairly pleasant scent and is amusingly coloured blue. I've been using these wipes for two months now with many, many changes of water/oil and have barely touched the oil, I would imagine it will last at least 6 months.
Once the wipes have been washed, they simply need to be put in a neatish pile before dunking in the fresh box and turned several times so that the fragranced water can make it's way to each and every wipe. The Mucky box requires similar preparation in as far as you fill it with water to the line and then add a few drops of oil. This time the oil is titled Mucky Oil and is a blend of Lemon and Tea Tree, I really can't say that I like this blend, because I quite simply don't, personally I think it smells a little like toilet cleaner, but I suppose it would hide the aroma of poop. To make transfer of dirty wipes to the washing machine easier a net bag is supplied that should, in theory, be strategically hung inside the box. The only trouble is I couldn't manage it despite trying for about ten minutes and then realised that I didn't actually need this box anyway as I would be chucking used wipes into the pail with the dirty nappies. The two bags supplied are formed of a fairly thick plastic and the fresh wipe bag can easily hold fifteen wipes. Being drawstring they are not completely waterproof and if you put dripping wet wipes into them then water will leak so it's best to squeeze excess liquid from the wipes.
I've been using these wipes for just over two months now, so I think I have enough experience to be able to give a good idea of the positives, negatives and realities of using them.
My impressions of the two boxes were that they are very big and this is something that I still feel. While I know that they need to be able to house the wipes themselves, I feel that they are rather bulky and have found that there is more than enough room for me to use the boxes with another brand of wipe that are twice the size. The lids are easy to open with one hand and then click shut with a one-handed push, but my three year can also easily open them. When empty the boxes are pretty light, but after refilling they get pretty heavy, so a little care does need to be taken. So far, after two months of use the boxes are still as good as new, but due to their size and weight they are not the most convenient when being moved from room to room and to be honest a couple Tupperware style boxes would probably do just as good a job.
The wipes themselves are made from a fairly thick white cotton terry and they are supposed to be 15cm square, I say supposed because mine have either shrunk considerably or were smaller than that new as they are only about 10-12cm square. Either way they are a pretty good size for cleaning a young baby's bottom and do a good job at removing breastfed poop rather than spreading it as a disposable wipe tends to do. They're also pretty good at removing more grown up three year old poop, only taking a couple of wipes to do the job, but I have to admit that I do remove the worst with toilet paper before using the wipes. Personally I would like the material they are made from to be a little thinner to allow me to get into creases a little more effectively, but have to say that it is so nice not to have to worry about my finger making a hole in the wipe and getting covered in poop.
After use I simply chuck the wipes in my nappy pail along with the used nappy and then wash them with the nappies (which is once a day with two in cloth). Cheeky Wipes state that these can be washed at 60 degrees, but I do have my own routine that involves a preliminary rinse followed by a long 40 degree wash with pre-wash using an Ecoegg. Using this routine the wipes come out of the machine clean with occasional staining which can be removed by hanging them in sunlight. Cheeky Wipes do say that you do not need to dry these between uses, but I prefer to do so, partly because I found 25 wipes were no where nearly enough and lasting less than a day (they might last longer if only used with one bum) and partly because I simply prefer to use all the wipes in the box before refilling and leaving them damp between refills made them smell a little musty. As with the boxes there are cheaper alternatives to these wipes such as making them yourself by cutting up cheap towels or by using mega cheap flannels, but I rather like these wipes as they are a good size and already hemmed.
Apart from the wipes my favourite parts of this kit are the bags for taking the wipes out and about. I use the fresh wipe bag on a very regular basis and it held enough wipes for a night away from home, keeping them fresh and moist without getting everything else in the changing bag sopping wet. I have to admit that I've only rarely used the mucky wipe bag for it's original purpose, being a full time cloth user I always carry a wet bag for used nappies anyway, but the bag is still in the case of the really epic pooplosions that can come hand in hand with breastfeeding, where baby's clothes end up liberally covered in poop.
Although Cheeky Wipes mainly use the money saving aspect to sell these wipes, I have to say that I would continue using these even if I wasn't saving money. This is because I hate the idea of nasty chemicals and parabens coming into contact with my children's skin. For years I was sucked in by the big manufacturers' claims about how their wipes were "as gentle as water", it wasn't until I went the cloth route and started actually using water to clean my baby's bum that I realised how harsh even the "gentlest", "purest" wipes are. This is a fact born out by the fact that Daddy used some disposable wipes that had been hidden away for emergencies and Baby JJ's bottom had a red tinge at the next nappy change, we could see that the wipe had irritated his skin. Big Brother has also reaped the benefits of these wipes, he tends to eat non-food items that lead to highly corrosive, rash inducing poop (especially when combined with disposable nappies). Disposable wipes would lead to tears as they very obviously stung (something I can agree with from when I had piles), while these wipes cleaned without causing pain.
Although being a cloth nappy user I wish I had gone for the mini kit as I don't need the mucky elements, I still can't recommend cloth wipes in general and this Cheeky Wipe kit in particular. The boxes are sturdy and should easily last the time that several babies are in nappies and the wipes themselves are made of a good quality material. Depending on how many and which brand of disposable wipe you currently use this kit could easily pay for itself within three months and then think how much money you will be saving. If the money saving aspect hasn't convinced you then maybe the environmental aspect will. The majority of disposable baby wipes are non-biodegradable meaning that they end up in landfill where it will take centuries for them to decompose. They cannot be flushed down the toilet either, not that that stops people as is born out by the many wipe blockages that have to be removed from sewer pipes. If this still hasn't convinced you, then the most important aspect is how much kinder these wipes are to your baby's bottom, there are no nasty chemicals or "perfumes" for them to react to, you don't even need to add the oil to the water. I know there is an initial yuck factor when using wipes such as these, but once you get over that you realise that there really is no more contact with poop and pee as there would be with disposable wipes (less in fact as there is no chance of them tearing). So what are you waiting for, join the reusable revolution and grab one of these kits now.
I bought the "mini" version of this kit as part of my preparations for our newest arrival.
The standard kit is a fresh box, for the clean wipes, with lavender and chamomile oil, and a mucky box for the dirty wipes, with tea tree.
But, if you are a cloth nappy user, they recognise that you don't need the mucky wipes section, as you just put the used wipes in with the nappies, so, for a bit less, you can buy just the fresh bit of the kit, which includes 25 cloth wipes, sturdy box, wet bag and oil.
I like this system very much. It makes NO sense to use cloth nappies and disposable wipes, and these are great.
What I will say, however, is that, the fill level for water is somewhat unnecessary. As, other than the very first time you use them, you would not be filling the box from empty. (I just wash the ones I have used with a wash load worth of nappies, and return them, straight from the machine, no need for drying, to the bottom of the box) so, what I do, is pour a beaker of water with a couple of drops (literally just 2 or three drops) of oil onto the wipes when I replace the washed ones. This seems to work well.
They smell lovely, have no chemicals, are a huge saving, and I don't understand why we didn't use them last time. The box is sturdy, and the closure secure.
I would like to see a mini box for taking wipes out and about, but the wet bag does the job OK, although being drawstring, it is not watertight.
I would recommend these.
Cheeky wipes are really taking you back to the days before wet wipes. The system is very easy to set up and use and not as time consuming as you imagine.
In the kit there are
25 wipes about 15cm x15cm although mine did shrink slightly (use not affected)
A clip box for clean wipes
A clip box for 'mucky' wipes
A mesh bag for the mucky box
Essential oils you get to choose the smell that you like. The mucky box essential oil is tea tree based
A travel bag for clean wipes
A travel bag for mucky wipes
My kit cost £30 there are often offers on so it worth looking out for. They do a range of wipes that you can buy for extra including funky coloured ones. I just went for the basic which are still of very good quality.
After ordering the kit arrived quickly and contained very clear instructions. In the clean box (the lids are clearly labelled) add about 2cm of water then place in a drop of essential oil. I had lavendar&chamomile. Be careful not to put in too much. Then pop in your clean wipes. When my munchkin was born i didn't add the oil i used plain water. It was so much easier than using cotton wool. I also don't use the oil when she has had nappy rash.
In the mucky box fill with about 5cm of water and a couple of drops of tea tree oil (the bottles are clearly labelled). In here you place the mesh bag. On the four corners it has little hooks to attach the string of the mesh bag. This keeps it open&in place for when you pop in the mucky wipes. You are then set to go!
When munchkin had done a soiled nappy i would use the front of the nappy to wipe off as much mess. I then found that one wipe would normally be enough to clean her. When using a fresh wipe make sure you squeeze out the excess water before using. I then placed the soiled wipe in the mucky box. When opening the lid you can only smell tea tree oil there is no unpleasant smell. Just pop the mucky wipe in&shut the lid. The lids on both boxes clip shut so if knocked you do not end up with water everywhere.
I washed my wipes every couple of days on a 60degree wash. If there are wipes you have not used in the fresh box then pop them in the wash as well otherwise they start to smell damp. With the mucky wipes the net bag can easily be detached without the need to touch any of the dirty wipes. Tighten the cord and pop straight in the machine. I tended to wash them with my reuseable nappies or towels. They clean very well. I never use to bother drying them. The boxes are easy to clean. I would just wipe round &rince both boxes.
In the pack you also get two travel bags. Again one for fresh wipes and one for mucky. In fresh bag place wipes from fresh box squeezing out water. When cord pulled tight i found they stayed moist and it didn't leak. In the mucky bag place a drop of tea tree oil. The system works the same as the boxes. I must say I only used this a couple of times as i found that my change bag smelt of tea tree oil. It didn't leak but I could smell the oil. When washing the travel wipes the mucky bag has been cleverly designed so that you can unzip the bottom part of the bag to reveal a mesh bag with the mucky wipes inside this then easily pops in the washing machine.
I have not just used these for nappies but also for wiping my five year olds paint covered hands, wiping chocolate off my leather sofa etc. also found that they have been great for my five year old to use when he pretends to be a daddy cleaning his teddy. Word of warning though is not to wipe near the eyes if cleaning a mucky face as the oils will sting little eyes.
This would make a lovely gift for a mummy to be. I am going to be using this for years.
These eco friendly wipes are great for anyone who is concious of the impact that disposable products have on the environment.
The starter pack comes with the fresh box, mucky box and net, fresh and mucky oils, fresh and mucky bags for taking them out and about and 25 terry towelling wipes. We also bought an extra packet of 25 towelling wipes which means that we can have one set in the wash and one set in use - no danger of running out of baby wipes during a 3am nappy change!
They are such a great product, all you do is fill the boxes with water up to the fill lines, add in a few drops of the correct oil and pop in the wipes and away you go. The wipes themselves are head and shoulders above disposables, they clean off any much in a jiffy and quite often only one wipe is needed for a job that would have taken several disposables.
Please don't be put off by the fact that they have to be laundered - you don't even need to dry them as they just go back into the fresh box ready for use!
I cannot recommend Cheeky Wipes enough, a genius product that I wish more people were aware of.
I bought a Cheeky Wipes Mini Kit when they were recently on promotion, clearing old stock. It cost me fifteen pounds plus a postage charge. Compared to wipes at a cost of about a pound a packet I would say this was a good deal. The set contained 25 terry wipes, a small waterproof 'fresh wipes' bag, a plastic soaking box for fresh wipes and a bottle of essential oils (I choose the lemon/mandarin one). I already had a bucket and bag for storing mucky wipes, so did not need to purchase the all-in-one kit. I have been using these wipes for nearly 3 months, and have washed them with my nappies at 40 on a synthetic wash on my machine.
The wipes are a good size for wiping and clean effectively on hands/faces/bottoms. I use them for topping and tailing as they are as gentle as what they are soaked in. Since the wipes aren't soaked in chemicals it is suitable for use from birth in the stage where fiddly cotton wool and water is recommended. I find that we can clean the worst pooplosion with 2-3 wipes. We wash every night and with that have found 25 wipes to be ample. The wipes have lost some of their shape in the wash, but I don't consider this significant as it hasn't affected their performance. The wipes dry within a couple of hours hung out by our rayburn. The wipes we purchased were white which makes them more prone to staining. It is a lot more convenuent than using disposable wipes if using cloth nappies, as I always found it a pain to have to make extra effort to find a way to dispose of the wipes while changing.
The levels on the box make for easy soaking and is a good way to store the wipes. Our box has a press open lid which is handy for quick one handed access, but a bit tempting for older brothers to fiddle with. I believe this has been changed in later designs to include a clip for secure fastening.
The bag is made from very waterproof material and has plenty of space to store up to ten wipes. It fastens with a drawstring, which can mean the bag can leak - I keep it in the clean section of my waterproof nappy bag to be safe.
The oil I chose is actually a 'mucky wipes' blend, but I dislike the smell of lavender included in the other blend, It was lemon and mandarin and very fruity and refreshing. I also use it in my nappy bucket and it is good at masking smells.
This branded set is certainly more expensive than a do it yourself option of making wipes or purchasing cheaply from e-bay and using a tupperware box at home, but for me the branding did convince my husband to give it a try, and it is certainly cheaper than a child's lifetime of disposable wipes for us.
A convenient money saving venture for cloth nappy users.
I started using eco disposable baby wipes on my little girl, however, the amount of money I was spending was horrendous. As I was using washable nappies anyway I though the idea of washable wipes was a natural progression.
As I already using washable nappies I bought the mini set of the Cheeky Wipes, which this review will be on.
~ Cost and Availability ~
I have not seen these in any stores however, they are available in many of the online cloth nappy sites. I have the mini set which costs around £25 online.
~ Kit contents ~
As I have the mini kit, it only contains the "clean" side of the kit, as it is for people who already have "dirty" nappy bucket/travel wet bag, that you can pop the wipes in with the dirty nappies.
- Fresh wipes container - this is like a Tupperware box with a easy release lid, just push the lid down and it opens up on a spring. This is therefore better than a Tupperware box with can be awkward to open, especially if you need the wipe quickly. To use you just put a few cm of water in and a couple of drops of the essential oil and place the wipes in. However, the lid does not fit down securely enough to hold water in place i.e. before you put the wipes in or after you have used all the wipes & there is extra water let over. So if you are using this for travelling it is best to make sure either there is not too much water in the box & the wipes have absorbed it all or that the box is kept of a flat surface at all times.
Another issue I had which I believe is a manufacturing fault, the catch which holds the lid down has a spring in, and the original one I had went rusty which meant the lid would not stay closed. I contacted the person I bought it off and they advised that this was a known issue with some of the sets & had Cheeky Wipes send out two new catches without charge. I had to remove the catch from the box with a small screwdriver, which was pretty difficult, but after popping the new one in I have had no more problems. It has been about 4 months since I put the new catch in and this one seems to be fine. However, I have one extra in case there is a problem in the future.
- 25 terry wipe cloths - these measure 15cm* 15cm and fit exactly in the tub. These are similar to flannels but with a small pile and quite thin. I find that these wipes work much more effectively than disposable wipes. As these are terry material they catch the runny breastfed poop instead of smearing it around. I very rarely use more than one wipe per change. When I have used them I pop them straight into the nappy bucket and wash them when I do a nappy load. You don't need to dry these as they are wet straight away, however, I find that as I live in a very hard water area they sometimes are a bit rough when they come out of the machine, I find that if I put them in the dryer for a few minutes they come out really soft. These wipes seems to clean really well and haven't stained yet.
My only little gripe with this is that every single wipe has the little green branding tab, which is quite a rough material. I know this is to show that they are the real deal however, they are not nice to rub on a babies bum, I am sure that they could have come up with a better idea to have the branding i.e. the logo stitched onto the wipe.
- 10ml bottle of lavender & Chamomile essential oil blend - this is to pop in the water to make it smell nice and its meant to be good for the skin. You only need a couple of drops so the bottle with last ages. I does make the wipes smell lovely.
- Wet bag - to carry the clean wet wipes out and about. This is a simple small drawstring wet bag, it is just big enough to fit the wipes in and can fit a good handful 10 or so, enough for a day out. I have never had any problems with the leaking
~ My opinion~
This is not the cheapest of kits, and you can probably bash one together for a lot cheaper homemade. However, I do like quick release lid on the tub which makes for easier nappy changes, much better than messing around with the packet of disposable wipes. It saves a huge amount of money in the long run & as I am already using washable nappies it causes no extra hassle.
We are using our Cheeky Wipes set on our second child now and when I think about the money I must have saved over regular disposable wipes it must be well into the £100's!
As I was using cloth nappies, I was drawn to the idea of cloth wipes but for some reason just couldnt get my head around how it would work. Then the Cheeky Wipes kit came out and I knew I just had to have it, as it seemed to simplify the whole thing and lay it right there in front of you.
In hindsight, it is of course all really very simple- dampen some cotton wipes, wipe the bum and wash! But these kits are perfect for anyone, cloth nappy using or not, as they just make life that little bit easier.
I love that there are no chemicals involved, and I just wash the wipes either with our nappies or with regular laundry. I dont actually use the oils anymore though as I just got a bit bored of the scents so use CJ's Carcass Cleaner now which I do much prefer. My kit is still going strong after 3 years and I just love the wipes.
When I started using cloth nappies on my second child it seemed natural to use reusable wipes too. Now this thought seemed to make some of my friends look like they were going to be sick - the thought of washing a baby wipe that had wiped a child's bottom seemed to make them feel ill but what is the difference to washing the nappy that goes on the child's bottom?? So I bought a set of wipes from another retailer. Now they weren't great. They shrunk in the wash and faded very quickly so I was on the lookout for a better quality wipe.
I came across Cheeky Wipes when I started selling cloth nappies. There are two Cheeky Wipes kits on the market. One is the full kit and one is the mini kit. The full kit is for people not already using cloth nappies and the mini kit is exactly what it says - mini and only contains what is needed for somebody already using a wetbag for their nappies.
The full kit contains two tubs - one for clean wipes and one for dirty wipes or "mucky" wipes as Cheeky like to call them. The kit also contains two bags for when you are out and about - again one for clean wipes and one for dirty ones (if you use cloth nappies you will already have a wetbag for the nappies so the wipes can just go in there alongside them). The kit contains 2 bottles of essential oils - one for the clean and one for the dirty to keep the wipes smelling fresh and to stop foul odours leaking, and 25 wipes made from bamboo.
The wipes are lovely and soft and seem to keep their shape well when washed. They are very absorbent and do the job they are supposed to just brilliantly. The essential oils are not essential to the use of the wipes but I like to use them to give my tubs that lovely fresh scent. You can get more bottles of the oils very easily too from your nappy retailer.
The tubs are well made (they have recently released a new version of the tubs which have a click lid system which is very well made).
At approximately £37 the kits aren't cheap, but they will last and last if you look after them.
All in all I would say these are a fab addition to any cloth nappy user, and they make great dusters for when you are finished with nappies!!!!!
Having used cloth nappies since our eldest son was born when i came across the idea of using washable wipes it seemed like a great idea.
Cheeky wipes kits contains everything you need to start along the washable wipes road and make it easy and possible for a busy mum to handle! Choosing the full kit i patiently waited for our delivery and despite royal mail loosing the first one our replacement arrived at super speed!
The cheeky monkey wipes kit contains:
25 - cloth baby wipes
1 - Fresh Baby Wipes container
1 - Mucky Baby Wipes container - with mesh bag insert
1 - Fresh Baby Wipes waterproof out and about travel bag
1 - Mucky Baby Wipes waterproof out and about travel bag - with mesh bag insert
1 - 10 ml bottle of Lavender & Chamomile Fresh Baby Wipes Essential Oil Blend
1 - 10 ml bottle of Tea Tree & Tea Tree Lemon Mucky Baby Wipes Essential Oil Blend
Plus you can choose to Add extra wipes from £7.50.
I simply put the wipes in with our normal wash at 40' and filled the fresh wipes box with 3cm of warm water and a few drops of the fresh oil, and filled the dirty wipes box with 4cm water and a few drops of mucky wipes oil.
Straight away you fall in love with both of the oils and know that your babies bottom is getting some real TLC!
There is no need to dry the wipes just put them in a pile and place them in the fresh wipes box. The great thing about both boxes is that although initially they look very similar to some sandwhich and storage pots these really are tightly sealed as to keep the odours from the mucky box in! They have a clasp on each side to prevent little fingers from opening either box or spilling the contents.
When the wipes have been used you place them in the mucky wipes box and the oils and water start cleaning the wipes straight away. When the box is full simply empy the box into the washing machine with a normal load. 40' is all you need though i run them through a 60' wash once a month to reduce any soap build up in the wipes (same as you would with cloth nappies)
Once washed again no need to dry just pop them back into the fresh wipes box and start again.
The out and about bags included in the kit are a great way to take your wipes in the changing bag without getting water or mucky ones smelling your bag up!
My only dissapointment is that there arnt enough wipes included in the kit and rather than spending out alot of money on some more i ordered some cheaper terry wipes to top up the kit. This gives me enough wipes to last 2 days before washing them without running out.
I would never go back to throw away wipes after seeing how easy these really are and even using these wipes with disposable nappies can save you atleast £200 per baby. I have also seen a marked change to my sons skin and have yet to see him get sore or red with all these natural oils on his bottom!
Yes the initial outlay may seem quite steep but compared to a box of disposable wipes costing aroung £15 for 10 packs it makes you realise just how good value these are. Face, bottoms, hands... this kit keeps them all scrubbed up, and a plus for mums i no longer buy make up remover when one of these wipes clears everything from foundation to washable mascara!
As soon-to-be new parents of twins, my husband and I went to the Baby Show on the lookout for ways to streamline the process of bringing up two babies and to save a bit of money. We had already decided that we would use washable nappies (although we now use them at home only) and we soon came across a stall promoting 'Cheeky Wipes'- a reusable wipes system. Any parent who buys baby wipes will know how many you go through and how quickly the costs add up. What attracted us to these intially was the cost. A 'kit' costs just £30. The Cheeky Wipes company states that:
'Using just one pack of disposable baby wipes per week at £2.49 in the first two years of your beautiful bambino's life comes to a whopping £258.96! ' (http://www.cheekywipes.com/money-saving-baby-wipes.html)
I know I have two babies, but if I was using disposable wipes, I'd be going through much more than one pack a week!
I was also attracted to the idea that Cheeky Wipes are natural. As gentle as baby wipes sometimes seem, they are actually packed full of various chemicals. This system uses only water and essential oils.
The system consists of two plastic boxes, a net bag, a set of small towelling wipes (like flannels), two 'travel bags' and some essential oils. We also have a second set of wipes. It's very simple to use. You wash the wipes in the washing machine (we do it with the nappies), leave them wet in the box with a couple of centimetres of water to keep them damp and a few drops of the oils. You line the second box with the net bag and place used wipes in it. This bag can then be put straight into the washing machine when it's full. There are no nasty smells as the oils deal with them and we wash our wipes about three times a week.
I have noticed a difference between washable and disposable wipes when cleaning up my son's explosive poos. With normal baby wipes I'd use a good couple of handfuls to catch it all. The Cheeky Wipes seem to pick up more poo and I only use about 3 wipes.
I now use these out and about and they're great. The only problem is that the bag can leak as it's just a drawstring top.
Washable baby wipes. Great for your baby and the environment.