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. 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. We do not recommend you use any bleach, not even a diluted solution as it will damage the 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 roam free in the machine and uncurl allowing the water and detergent to get to the whole wipe.
- 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, you can wash the white or cream wipes only 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 laundry bleach (Ecover or Ace, not a household 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.
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. A dishwasher is too hot and can distort the rubber seal.
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.
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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 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? For 25 wipes, you should fill to approx. 3cm from the top of the fresh box and add 4-5 drops of the fresh oil blend. Once the wipes at the bottom are 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 approx half way.
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 oils act 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 as long as you check they are safe to use on babies.
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!Back to Top
Baby Wipes Questions
Can I use the wipes on baby’s face? Yes, they’re brilliant for cleaning up after mealtimes. Be gentle around their delicate eye area though.
Can Cheeky Wipes be used from birth? The NICE guidelines are just to use cotton wool and water for the first 6 weeks but you can use the wipes instead of cotton wool (cotton wool and meconium are not very compatible!) Just soak as many as you will use per day in some water and then refresh them each day. Once your baby is 6 weeks you can add the oil and the wipes are ok to sit in the box for a couple of days. You would then refresh the box and wash any that haven't been used. This keeps them in fab condition and at their hygienic best!
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 poos 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 extra baby wipes to your kit order in 10's and 25's, or buy them separately at a later date.
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!
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!
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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? 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.
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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.
Period Protection wear questions
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? We love the cotton flannels as intimate wipes as they are nice and big at 21 x 21 cm and are lovely and soft.
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? All the pants (apart from the clearance Bikini style for lighter days) have full coverage of the absorbent layers. As with any period protection, as long as they are changed in line with your flow they will work really well. As a guide, on a light day I can wear a pair all day and on a heavy day I change them every 2-3 hours. Every flow is different so drop us an email or get in touch via the live chat and we'll talk you through options and recommendations. Check out our period protection questionnaire where you fill in your details and we'll get back to you with a tailored recommendation.
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
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