Cheeky Baby Wipes - FAQ's

Washing & care of your Cheeky Baby Wipes kit

(1) How do I clean the baby wipes?

Won’t the soiled wipes make the rest of my washing mucky?

(3) Do I need to dry the wipes before I use them again?

(4) What wash cycle should I use? Do you recommend any particular washing product?

(5) How often do I have to wash the wipes?

(6) Will the baby wipes stain or become discoloured over time?

(7) My wipes smell musty – help?

(8) My wipes are getting stained and aren't washing clean - help?

(9) How do I keep the boxes clean – are they dishwasher safe?

(10) Do I have to wash the out and about bags?

Baby Wipes Container Questions

(11) How often do I have to change the water in the containers?

(12) Do I need to wash the containers every time?

(13) Can I use warm water to soak the wipes?

(14) My wipes aren’t wiping off poo well – why?

Essential Oils & Baby’s skin

(15) How much water and essential oil do I need to add to the container?

(16) How long will the essential oil last?

(17) Can I buy more of the essential oils?

(18) I don’t know much about essential oils – are they safe to use on babies?

(19) Can I use other essential oils?

(20) Can I use the oils directly on the skin?

(21) Are they suitable for sensitive skin?

(22) Will it help with nappy rash?

Baby Wipes Questions

(23) Can I use the wipes on baby’s face?

(24) Can Cheeky Wipes be used from birth?

(25) Are the wipes soft? What are the baby wipes made from?

(26) Will one set of 25 baby wipes be enough? Can I buy extra wipes?

(27) Do the baby wipes come in different sizes?

(28) What else can I use the wipes for?

(29) I have a toddler and new baby – how many wipes will I need?

(30) Can I use the baby wipes on toddlers?

Out and About Questions

(31) Will the out and about bags fit in my nappy bag?

(32) How many baby wipes do I need for a day out?

(33) Do i need to wash all the bags after i have used them?

Others

(34) What about big poos?

(35) Why can’t I just use flannels / cotton wool and water?

(36) We're thinking of going toilet paper free. Can the whole family use Cheeky Wipes?

Cloth Sanitary Pad Questions

(37) How long does a cloth pad last in comparison to a disposable (otherwise how should I know how many I might need!)

(38) Due to the blood, do they need to be soaked?

(39) You can add on a wet bag, would that do (i.e. No soaking)?

(40) How do you wash them?

(41) But as they need a special low temp wash such a small wash doesn't seem eco friendly- any suggestions?

(42) Are they like cloth nappies in the sense that you wash with no conditioner and have to be a bit careful to prevent a detergent build up?

(43) Do they actually fit easily into the mucky wipe container are they not too long?

(44) When browsing buying options it asked if I wanted to add intimate wipes, what type of wipes actually are these?

 

How do I clean the baby wipes? Won’t the dirty wipes make the rest of my washing yucky?
If you think about it, there’s less poo on a baby wipe than if you have a massive explosive poo which goes all over their vest or romper and you don’t throw those away do you? Most of the poo goes on the first wipe which you do with the nappy so there’s very little actually left on the wipe..

Soaking the wipes in the mucky box in plenty of water and Mucky Wipes Tea Tree Lemon essential oil blend solution stops stains setting and keeps the wipes fragrant.

When you have a wash going on, just pop the mesh bag into the washer, making sure to loosen the drawstring so that the wipes clean properly during the wash. Your baby wipes will wash clean in the washer without damaging your clothes or the washing machine.  We recommend that coloured wipes are washed with other coloured materials, rather than whites and at a maximum temperature of 40c.  If you are washing with cloth nappies, be sure and close any velcro tabs to ensure that your wipes aren't damaged in the machine.

Once a week, wash your wipes on a 60 degree wash with your bedding or towels to ensure they stay clean. Or if you are washing dark colours at lower temperatures, use an anti-bacterial washing rinse. The wipes may shrink a little when first washed, but this is completely normal and won't affect the wipes performance.

Should I dry the baby wipes before re-using? You don't need to dry your wipes every time, but we recommend at least every other time to keep your wipes hygienic and make them last longer. If you're in a rush, just pop your clean wipes back into the fresh wipes container with some fresh water and essential oil solution

How hot should I wash them? Do you recommend any particular washing product? The hotter the wash, the more hygienic your wipes will be, so if you've got a towel or bedding wash going on at 60c, pop your cream or white wipes in with them.

Coloured wipes should be washed with other dark colours, at a maximum temperature of 40c.  We recommend using an antibacterial washing product like Dettol Antibacterial Laundry wash which is cloth nappy safe and can be used on washing from 20c.
 

How often should the wipes be washed / refreshed? I have a wash going on at least on alternate days which is perfect for the wipes. The wipes will stay fresh for 2 – 3 days before they need to be refreshed.

Won’t the baby wipes stain or become discoloured over time? Because you’re pre-soaking all the wipes in the mucky wipes container in plenty of water after use, this prevents stains from setting. As with all cloth some stains are very hard to shift (Spag Bol is a nightmare!), but drying your wipes in the sun now and again really helps. Staining is also much less obvious on coloured wipes.

My wipes smell musty – help? Used properly your wipes shouldn’t smell musty. It may be a few days since you changed the soaking solution, or you may have used warm water to soak your wipes, or left them in a warm place? Just pop the wipes in the washing machine and then change the fresh wipes soaking solution and you’ll be ready to go again.

Alternatively, try adding a little more fresh wipes oil to your soaking solution. 4 or 5 drops for every 25 wipes/250ml water is recommended.

My wipes are stained or aren't washing well - help? Some trouble-shooting tips

  • The Mucky Wipes container should be filled with water to the marked fill level, so that the stains don't have a chance to set
  • Always loosen the drawstring on the wash bags so the wipes wash with the rest of your wash .
  • Wash on a standard 40 degree wash, not an eco or rapid wash which is generally only for very lightly soiled items. Once a week, wash at 60 degrees with your towels or bedding

If your white wipes have gone a bit grey through washing with coloured items, try washing them once with a capful of bleach and then wash them once again to rinse through. It spruces them up a treat!

Are the boxes dishwasher safe? Just rinsing the boxes each time you change the soaking solution is usually enough, but you can wash them in hot soapy water now and again.

Do I have to wash the Out and About bags? No, we recommend that you don’t unless they are VERY soiled as repeated washing can damage the waterproofing. The Mucky bag mesh insert is of course fully machine washable to 60 degrees.

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Container Questions

How often should I change the soaking solution in the containers?We recommend that the water and essential oil solution in the containers is changed on alternate days to keep your wipes fragrant.

Can I use warm water to soak the wipes? No, using warm water means your soaking solution needs changing more frequently as it can encourage mould.

My wipes aren’t wiping off poo well – why?Your wipes might be too dry, they need to be wet enough to squeeze a drop or two of water out of each one before use. 500ml of water (or fill to the top line on the box) is sufficient to soak 25 wipes properly, just squeeze before use.

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Essential Oils & Baby’s skin

How much water and essential oil do I need to add to the container? 500 ml (the top fill level on the fresh box) of water is sufficient to soak 25 wipes properly, with 4 - 5 drops of the appropriate essential oil blend.   It is better for the wipes to be too wet than not wet enough.  The mucky box should be filled to the level marked.

How long will the essential oil last?Assuming that you use 3 – 4 drops per time and change the wipes on alternate days, the 10ml in the kit should last you about 6 months.

Can I buy more of the essential oils? Of course, they come in 10ml, 50 ml & 100ml sizes..

I don’t know much about essential oils – are they safe to use on babies?Midwives recommend that you use just plain water for the first 6 weeks of your baby’s life. You can use your Cheeky Wipes with water, but only soak as many as you’ll need for a day (about 10) as the lavender acts as a mild preservative.

Lavender, Chamomile, Mandarin, Rose and Rose Geranium are all renowned for their calming effect on babies and skin care benefits. Their hygiene and anti-septic qualities and fragrance make them perfect for soaking in water for fresh wipes

Tea Tree and Tea Tree Lemon oils are also safe to use when diluted in water for your mucky baby wipes. We don’t recommend that either essential oil blend is applied neat on the skin because of the small chance of allergic reactions.

A small percentage of people are allergic to Lavender. If this is the case, stop using the Lavender solution and use the Mandarin or Rose Geranium version instead.

Can I use other essential oils? Of course. We’ve blended our essential oils to create the optimum mix of fragrance and their intrinsic properties, but you can use your essential oils of choice.

Can I use the oils directly on the skin? No, we don’t recommend that either essential oil blend is applied neat on the skin because of the small chance of allergic reactions.

Are they suitable for sensitive skin? Absolutely. Helen suffers from Eczema herself and this is one of the reasons that she developed the kit as disposable wipes caused so much irritation to her hands. In fact Lavender and Chamomile are often used for the treatment of eczema.

Will it help with nappy rash? Yes, in so far as the calming effect of lavender and chamomile on the skin which won’t cause any further irritation – though, of course, we haven’t done any clinical trials testing this!

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Baby Wipes Questions

Can I use the wipes on baby’s face?Yes, they’re brilliant for cleaning up after mealtimes and often prevent Helen’s children from going off to nursery with marmite in their eyebrows! Be gentle around their delicate eye area though.

Can Cheeky Wipes be used from birth? I used my Cheeky Wipes (with the lavender and chamomile solution) from Day 2 with all younger children (now aged 4, 3 and 8 momths), although Midwives advise using just plain water for the first 6 weeks. They’re also GREAT for removing that sticky meconium!

You can use the mucky wipes tea tree / tea tree lemon solution from birth for soaking the dirty wipes as they are washed before contact with baby again and they help to keep the wipes hygienic.

Are the wipes soft? What are the baby wipes made from? Yes – they’re made from high quality terry towelling or bamboo viscose and are very soft.

Will one set of 25 baby wipes be enough? Can I buy extra wipes? Good question but it’s sort of like asking ‘How long is a piece of string?’, LOL.

If your baby poo’s an average amount of times and you wash the wipes every other day, then 25 wipes should be fine. If you only have a wash load every third day (lucky you!) or a particularly mucky baby then you might need additional wipes. Or you might decide that you need more when you start to wean.

You can add 25 extra baby wipes to your kit order, or buy them separately at a later date.

Do the wipes come in different sizes? Cheeky Wipes™ come only in a standard size, 15cm square (which is the same size as your hand, no point in being any bigger!) to fit snugly in our containers.

What else can the wipes be used for? In our house they get used for just about everything - wiping the table after meals, clean up during and after painting sessions, wiping baby milk and puke off just about anything. I use Cheeky Wipes and olive oil to take my make-up off before bedtime – fabulous, your mascara just melts away and it isn’t greasy at all! The weirdest thing I’ve heard of them being used for was wiping a dogs paws and bottom when it had come from outside after having a poo!

I have a toddler and new baby – how many wipes will I need?Use the amount of disposable wipes that you use weekly as a guide - one packet of disposable wipes equates to about 25 Cheeky Wipes&trade.

Can I use the baby wipes on toddlers? Of course, you just need to catch your toddler first!

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  Out and About Questions

Will the out and about bags fit in my changing bag? Absolutely, they fold up really small and will fit easily into any changing bag.

How many baby wipes do I need for a day out? I usually take 4 or 5, depending on how long I’m going to be out for and whether it includes a lunchtime or snack. I just pop that I don’t use back into the fresh wipes container when I get home.

Do I need to wash all the bags after I’ve used them? Just the mesh bag insert on the mucky baby wipes bag should be washed. The waterproof bags should only be washed occasionally to maintain their waterproof qualities.

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  Others

What about big poos? Cleaning big poos is easy-peasy with Cheeky Wipes™ because cloth has more traction than a disposable wipe which tend to smear. See our ‘what about poo?’ page for more information.

Why can’t I just use flannels / cotton wool and water? There’s no reason why you can’t – in fact when I started using washable baby wipes, I initially cut up an old towel which worked fine until they started to fray at the edges. My husband insisted I threw them out because they looked like rags for cleaning the car!

But the Cheeky Baby Wipes kit offers you EVERYTHING you need to make using washable wipes hassle free and convenient, whether you’re at home OR out and about.

We're thinking of going toilet paper free. Can the whole family use Cheeky Wipes? Of course! Cheeky Wipes are a great toilet paper alternative for the whole family. They avoid getting little bits of tissue stuck in your lady bits and are great for poo if you happen to have a hairy bum! If used by the whole family we estimate it equates to just 12 extra loads of washing a year. Compared to the price of toilet paper, that's not only eco friendly, but money saving too.

<>How long does a cloth pad last in comparison to a disposable (otherwise how should I know how many I might need!)?  I find them at least as absorbent as disposable pads (but everyone's flow is different).  The bamboo & minky pads are more absorbent than the cotton pads which need to be changed more regularly.  I have been caught short on the first day of my period, with just one bamboo & minky pad to last me all day and I have managed - obviously I would have preferred to change it at lunchtime, but didn't have that option and was fine!

 

 

Due to the blood, do they need to be soaked?Either soaked or immediately rinsed works best  I tend to take mine off and immediately rinse it in the sink, giving a bit of a scrub with soap to remove most of the blood, but cold soaking works well for the more squeamish which is why we provide the mucky box in full kits.

 

You can add on a wet bag, would that do (i.e. No soaking)? That is another option, but I do recommend rinsing as soon as you take it off.

 

How do you wash them? Ideally, every two to three days, on low temperature (washing on a high temperature will 'set' the bloodstains, so a 20 or 30c wash is ideal.

 

But as they need a special low temp wash such a small wash doesn't seem eco friendly- any suggestions? I don't wash them by themselves, I bung in whatever other coloured clothing I need washing, it all washes fine together, without needing higher temperatures.  Mud in particular washes out better at low temperatures!

 

Are they like cloth nappies in the sense that you wash with no conditioner and have to be a bit careful to prevent a detergent build up? I don't think it makes much difference to the pads, as I say, I wash with whatever else I have needing washed, but on a low temperature, long wash.  That being said, I don't use fabric conditioner anyway, but a magna ball as I have really sensitive skin.

 

Do they actually fit easily into the mucky wipe container are they not too long? They are too long to lie flat but can be squashed in easily.

 

When browsing buying options it asked if I wanted to add intimate wipes, what type of wipes actually are these? To be honest, this is whatever packet of wipes we have open at the time, they all work well.

 

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