FAQ: My Cloth Washable Baby Wipes Feel rough, what can I do?

2 Comments24 January 2014  |  Admin

Help - my cotton cloth washable baby wipes feel rough, what can I do?


If you live in a hard water area, you know that limescale build up can cause your towels to feel rough and the same goes for terry towelling wipes.

This doesn't happen in the same way to our bamboo cloth baby wipes (which are a bamboo viscose / cotton mix and are now available to pre-order) or microfibre wipes.

But terry towelling are just the best wipes for poo, so if you've found your wipes are starting to feel rough, what can you do?

1. Use a magnoball in your washing machine

Because I have eczema, I don't use fabric conditioner in my washing and try to avoid chemicals that could irritate my skin.  So I use an ecoegg in my washing, along with an ecozone magnoball which uses magnets to prevent and remove limescale build up.  I find that my clothes come out of the washing machine feeling much softer, without that 'crunchiness' that you get if you don't use fabric conditioner.

2. Use fabric softener to soften washable wipes

If you're washing Cheeky Wipes with your clothes or bedding, just use fabric softener.  Our wipes are soaked before use so it won't make any difference to their absorbency.  Obviously, this won't work with cloth nappies.

3. Use white vinegar

One of the MANY uses of white vinegar is as a descaler, the acid of the vinegar counteracts the alkali of the limescale.  Just wash your wipes and anything else feeling crusty with a capful of white vinegar in the final rinse and that should leave your clothes soft without stinking like a fish and chip shop!

4. Use a tumble dryer

If you've got a tumble dryer, this will fluff up the fibres of your wipes, leaving them feeling softer, but won't remove the limescale obviously.  Great in combination with any of the above ideas though.

5. Leave your wipes out on the line in the rain....

Great excuse if like me you're a bit lazy and when it rains you tend to leave the clothes out there until they dry again!  Our rain is mildly acidic here, so acts in the same way as vinegar in softening your clothes. 

As always, if you've got any ideas to share we'd love to hear them?



Christine Hague
23 February 2014  |  4:28

Strip washed my nappies recently and threw the wipes in too. They came out much softer!

23 February 2014  |  6:50

What did you do to strip wash your nappies - there are so many different ways?

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