Benefit of using washable baby wipes #1: Save money
Tuesday, 21 August 2012 | Admin
In these financially unsound times, I think it's fair to say that more people are being careful what they spend their hard earned cash on. Having a baby adds more financial pressure. It's not just the initial outlay for bigger ticket items like cot, pram etc. But ongoing there will be clothes that they grow out of amazingly quickly, toys and of course nappies and wipes.
I'm not going to get into a debate about the pro's and con's of cloth vs disposable nappies here, there's plenty of information available online to help you make informed decisions. But no matter which nappy you decide suits your circumstances, you should definitely investigate washable wipes if you're looking after your pennies and wanting to make your maternity pay stretch that little bit further. Let's do a price comparison. A pack of pampers or huggies wipes costs around £2.50 per pack.
If you use one pack per week for 2 years: £2.50 x 52 weeks x 2 years = £260
If you use two packs per week for 2 years: £2.50 x 52 weeks x 2 years = £520
The numbers are even more scary if you look at premium eco brands which can cost up to £6.95 a packet (£722 for one pack of premium eco wipes per week for two years)!
Alternatively if you buy more than 2 packs of wipes per week - if you've got twins for example you could be using 4 packs per week which is over £1000!!
Realistically I'd say the average spend on disposable wipes is around £300 over two years as most people will buy 1 - 2 packs of standard wipes per week, and they'll get them when they're on offer. But you'll actually probably use wipes for 3 years or more as not all children are potty trained quickly. And of course, wipes are necessary at meal-times and when out and about too.
Our washable cloth baby wipes kit costs £39.99. The only extra things you'll need to buy are more essential oils which will set you back maximum of £20 over the two year period as 10ml of oil will last you about 6 months and you already get 10ml of each oil in the kits. Buying the oils in larger 50ml or 100ml sizes works out more cost efficient too, I've had a 100ml bottle of lavender oil on the go for almost 3 years and it is still 1/3 full! So £60 in total. If you want to add in extra wipes it might be a bit more than that, say £75 but if find that you need more washable baby wipes, think how many packs of disposable wipes you'd be using instead! In summary: Disposable Wipes cost an average of £300 over two years Washable Wipes cost an average of £75 over two years And don't forget, because you don't have to wash them separately, you can just wash them with whatever else you've got being washed, there's no cost involved in washing them either!