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The benefits of using reuseable cloth wipes over disposable

Disposable wet wipes are generally seen as a must when you have a baby or children. Dirty nappies, after meals or general cleaning up calls for their use. However, there is growing concern about both the chemicals used in these wipes as well as the impact on the environment from their over use.

In this blog post, we explore the benefits of using cloth wipes instead of disposable wipes.

  1. Environmental impact

The most significant benefit of using cloth wipes is their reduced environmental impact. According to a study published in the Journal of Environmental Science and Technology, the production and disposal of disposable wipes have significant environmental consequences. They found that disposable wipes can take up to 100 years to decompose, which means they contribute to the accumulation of waste in landfills and oceans. Additionally, the manufacturing of disposable wipes requires a considerable amount of energy and water, and they often contain harmful chemicals that can harm the environment.

On the other hand, cloth wipes are reusable and can be washed and reused multiple times, reducing the amount of waste generated. While there is an initial investment in purchasing cloth wipes, they can last for several years, making them a more cost-effective and sustainable option in the long run.

  1. Health benefits

Disposable wipes often contain chemicals that can cause skin irritation and allergic reactions in some people. Additionally, the use of disposable wipes can disrupt the natural balance of bacteria on our skin, leading to infections and other health problems. Concerningly, we are often unaware of what chemicals are used in both the production of the wipe and the solution they are soaked in. 

Cloth wipes, on the other hand, are made from natural materials like cotton, bamboo, or hemp, and do not contain any harmful chemicals. They are gentle on the skin and can be used with water or a natural cleansing solution, making them a healthier alternative.

  1. Convenience

Some people may argue that using cloth wipes is less convenient than disposable wipes. However, cloth wipes are just as easy to use as disposable wipes. They can be pre-moistened and stored in a container for easy access, just like disposable wipes. Additionally, cloth wipes can be washed and reused, which means you don't have to constantly purchase new wipes or worry about running out. Baby Bare also sells a kit that includes wipes and wet bags to offer a system to use them at home or when out and about. 

  1. Versatility

Cloth wipes are versatile and can be used for a variety of purposes. They can be used for cleaning up spills, wiping down surfaces, and even as napkins or baby wipes. Once your baby is out of nappies, wipes can continue to be used as face washers or after meal clean ups. I still have my original wipes from when Baby Bare started over ten years ago. They have been constantly washed and are still reused to clean faces after meals. This versatility makes cloth a more practical option than disposable wipes, which are often designed for specific purposes.

  1. Reduced cost

While the initial cost of purchasing cloth wipes may be higher than disposable wipes, they are more cost-effective in the long run. Cloth wipes can be washed and reused multiple times, which means you don't have to constantly purchase new wipes. Baby Bare cloth wipes are one of the best value wipe options on the market. Whilst you might need 3-4 disposable wipes for a clean up, our wipes are very grippy, thick and more effective than disposables. 

In conclusion, there are many benefits to using cloth wipes over disposable wipes. They are more sustainable, healthier, and more cost-effective in the long run. If you are looking to adopt more sustainable practices in your daily life, switching to cloth wipes is a simple and practical way to make a positive impact on the environment.