Recently, I’ve been trying to make as many little changes as I can in order to be more sustainable. Something that we used a LOT of with two toddlers in the house, is disposable wipes. So, I’ve recently bought a Cheeky Wipes kit, and thought I’d review it. To be clear, I bought this kit with my own money, and am not under any obligation to write a review.
Cheeky Wipes are washable cloth wet wipes. There are different options available, but I chose the premium cotton terry cloth ones, because a friend recommended them to me. The Cheeky Wipes system comes with two boxes, one for clean wipes and one for the dirty ones, a net bag to go inside the dirty box, clean and dirty bags for when you’re on the go, and two bottles of essential oils; one for the clean box, and one for the dirty box.
Both the clean and dirty boxes are half-filled with water, with a couple of drops of the corresponding essential oils. The clean wipes go into the ‘clean’ box, and absorb the scented water. Once a wipe is used, it goes into the ‘dirty’ box.
The ‘dirty’ box has the net bag clipped into it, to hold it in place. This means that when you come to empty the ‘dirty’ box into the washing machine, the next bag keeps all of the used wipes contained, so that you don’t need to touch them. We wash them in the same load as our reusable nappies, at 40ºC, with some Napisan added to our usual detergent.
We’ve found that the water in both boxes needs to be changed every other day to keep it fresh.
I really like our Cheeky Wipes. They are soft on B’s bottom, wash well and dry quickly. Initially, I only used them on urine, as I have issues with poo, but as I’ve got used to using them, I’ve also used them for ‘cleaner’ dirty nappies and they have worked well to ‘grip’ the poo, rather than spreading it around like disposable wet wipes can.
We haven’t yet used the changing bag wet and dry bags, as B is 18 months old now, so doesn’t require endless nappy changes like newborns do. So, we’re still using disposable wet wipes when we’re out and about. I’m happy that we’re finding a balance that suits us, though, and we’re still saving thousands of wet wipes from landfill. This is especially true as I’ve also swapped our dinner table packet of wet wipes for reusable flannels, which we use for wiping mucky hands and faces.
The Cheeky Wipes kit that we bought currently retails at £43.99. This is obviously significantly more expensive than a pack of disposable wipes. However, we were spending around £25 per month on disposable wipes. So, in the long run, we’re saving huge amounts of money, even once washing costs are factored in.
I always line dry the wipes to save the money and carbon emissions of the tumbler dryer. Now that the weather has turned colder and wetter, I dry them on a drying rack indoors. They easily dry overnight so they’re not hanging around all the time! If we ditched disposable wipes altogether, then we’d be able to save even more money, making the initial cost seem even more reasonable.
Overall, I’m really impressed with our Cheeky Wipes and I’m hoping that as we get used to using them more and more often, we’ll use disposable wipes less and less. They’re cheaper in the long run, and are far better for the environment than disposables. Definitely a sustainable swap worth making!