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
(34) What about big poos?
Period Protection wear 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 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. If there are any that haven't been used, wash those along with the used wipes and refresh the box with water/oil and clean wipes. You can also just soak as many as you use in 2 days and adjust the water volume accordingly.
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.
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! Never leave the wipes to soak in a solution of bleach/water as it will damage them.
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. If you do need to wash them occasionally, 30 degrees is the maximum we recommend. You can wipe the inside of the bags with a wipe and the tea tree oil and then hand inside out to dry. The Mucky bag mesh insert is of course fully machine washable to 60 degrees.
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.
How much water and essential oil do I need to add to the container? For 25 wipes, you should fill to between the 1st and 2nd line on the fresh box and add 4-5 drops of the fresh oil blend. Once the bottom wipes have got nice and damp, turn the pile of wipes over (not the box!) so the ones at the top are now at the bottom getting wet. Once the wipes have soaked up all the water you can tip out any excess as you don't want them sitting in water. It is better for the wipes to be too wet than not wet enough. The mucky box should be filled to the level marked.
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 as long as you check they are safe to use on babies.
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!Back to Top
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 3 out of my 4 kids (now aged 12, 10 and 8), although Midwives advise using just plain water for the first 6 weeks. They’re also GREAT for removing that sticky meconium!
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? Most of the Cheeky Wipes™ come 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.We do have the cotton flannel wipes that are slightly larger at 21cm square and these are great for grown up bottoms! They dont lie flat in the fresh box but you can squash them in!
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 coconut 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!
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? No, we recommend that you don’t unless they are VERY soiled as repeated washing can damage the waterproofing. If you do need to wash them occasionally, 30 degrees is the maximum we recommend. You can wipe the inside of the bags with a wipe and the tea tree oil and then hand inside out to dry. The Mucky bag mesh insert is of course fully machine washable to 60 degrees.
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!
We're thinking of going toilet paper free. Can the whole family use Cheeky Wipes?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.The best way to look after the pads is to rinse them under the tap in cold water once you take them off. Get most of the blood off and then soak them in a sink or mucky box in cold water (and add a scoop of salt or stain remover powder if necessary) until you are ready to wash them. When you wash them, you can give them a little spray with some stain remover and then wash on 30 on a longer wash - a quick wash won’t give them long enough to move about in the machine!
You can add on a wet bag, would that do (i.e. No soaking)? That is another option and brilliant for storing them when you and about. If you are out and about, you can skip the rinsing until you get home. The pads have poppers to keep them in place in your underwear and you can also fold them in on themselves when you change them and pop them in a wetbag until you get home.
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? Fabric softener could affect the absorbency so we recommend you DON'T use it. .
Do they actually fit easily into the mucky wipe container are they not too long? The night pads squash in fine and the day pads and liners have room to lie flat.
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.
My pads are slipping and I can't get them to stay in place, what can I do? A couple of ways to stop the slipping is to first turn the pad around 180 degrees so what was at the front is now at the back. The minky fabric can be brushed in 2 directions - one more grippy than the other so when you turn it around it should stay put. We also recommend a good tighter pant with some lycra in as this also helps. I wear my M&S bikini style with 5% lycra and they don't budge.
How absorbent are the Period Pants? The current styles we have work for different flows. The lace top have full coverage with the absorbent layers (all the way from the front to back) which makes then great for heavy days and overnight. I change mine every 3-4 hours on a heavy day. They also last me all day on a lighter day. The bikini style has the absorbent layers from under the vagina all the way back so they are perfect for lighter days. I use these on the day I am expecting to get my period and often the last day.
How often should I change the Period Pants? They should be changed as often as you would any other period protection and depending on your flow
How do I wash the Period Pants, do they have to be washed seperately? They do benefit from being rinsed out when you change them and I do this on a heavy day and then soak them as I would the pads. On a lighter day, I tend to pop them in the wash with everything else at the end of the day. The key is to wash them on max 30 degrees with no fabric softener and then air dry them. Do not put them in the tumble drier
Can I wear them to go swimming? No, these pants aren't suitable for swimming