Cheeky Baby Wipes - FAQ's
Washing & care of your Cheeky Baby Wipes kit
Baby Wipes Container Questions
Essential Oils & Baby’s skin
Baby Wipes Questions
Out and About Questions
How do I clean the baby wipes? Won’t the dirty wipes make the rest of my washing yucky?
Should I dry the baby wipes before re-using? You don't need to dry your wipes every time, but we recommend every other time to keep your wipes hygienic. 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 wipes in with them.
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.
My wipes are stained or aren't washing well - help? Some trouble-shooting tips
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.
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. 250ml of water is sufficient to soak 25 wipes properly, without having them drip all over the place.
Essential Oils & Baby’s skin
How much water and essential oil do I need to add to the container? 250 ml (the bottom 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. 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.
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!
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 Kindy with Vegemite 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!
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.
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™.
Can I use the baby wipes on toddlers? Of course, you just need to catch your toddler first!
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.
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!