Family Cloth First Hand


  • Family Cloth is Something that people get grossed out just thinking about it. For those of you who don’t know Family cloth is a lot like Cloth wipes for babies but for the Whole Family. Gross right who wants to wash their husbands poop cloth wipe.
    I decided to write this blog post for two reasons. One: ( Caution I am about to get real personal with you) I went potty one day to do some “real Business” and like a dummy I didn’t double check to make sure there was enough TP and when I realized we were out I didn’t know what to do since we don’t use paper napkins or paper towels just cloth, Well long story short I pulled up my pants as carefully as I could and Waddled in to my daughter’s room and used her cloth wipes (thank God no one was home!) and to be honesty it was soft and kinda nice. Two I met someone who uses family cloth and decided to conduct a Letjoy Interview for my Readers to learn more in the land of family cloth.
    I interviewed a lovely Lady by the name of Ali Kunde who is the owner of Woolbutts.  FYI the shoties in woolbutts  FB profile picture is Mine (just thought you should know). Ali is an amazing natural momma who cloth diapers, uses cloth papertowels, cloth napkins and family cloth. Needless to say I had questions and here they are.
    Letjoy

    • how did you hear about family cloth?

    Ali Kunde

    • hmm not sure really, I think it was on one of the blogs I read. They always seem to be doing crazy things like that. It seemed a little long-haired-hippie-ish I guess.

  • Letjoy

    • what made you want to try it?

  • Ali

    • We were down to our last two rolls of toilet paper, when I thought about trying it. I asked DH how much toilet paper actually costs us and he informed me that for the “nice” stuff it’s actually very expensive. So I wondered aloud if I could get everyone to try cloth wipes. I figured it really couldn’t be any different or more work than the diapers I already launder.

  • Ali

    • **Insert shrug here

    • and since I had a pretty good response from the fam I went ahead with it

  • Letjoy

    • what did your hubby say when you suggested it?

  • Ali

    • He pretty much said it was up to me because he does his “business” at a certain time each day and that time is during work mon-fri. So the only time it really would affect him at all was on the weekend. I also asked Ivy (my 11 yo) if she would be okay trying it out with me and she gave me a sweet sure mom.

  • Letjoy

    • how long have you been using Family cloth?

  • Ali

    • We have been using them for about 2 weeks now.

    • and yes we did invest in tp for guest lol

  • Letjoy

    • how do you like using family cloth? and how does your husband and daughter like it?

  • Ali

    • I like it a lot actually. I have always found tp to be lacking in the softness area (unless of course you buy the über expensive) The cloth wipes are super soft of course since they are made with babies in mind wink and we have a small wetbag hanging right under the tp to toss them into. So they are super easy to “dispose” of. Joe especially likes if he catches them freshly made (warm) wink and Ivy is fairly ambivalent, but she is kinda crunchy like me and always willing to try new stuff.

  • Letjoy

    • do you use cloth wipes (for babys) or are there different ones for family cloth?

  • Ali

    • Well they all go in the same laundry and get all mixed up so I see no sense to trying to separate them. I do have certain ones that I keep dry, they are a little thinner. But other than that I just fill wipe buckets and put them in bathrooms and changing areas.

  • Letjoy

    • do you fill it with just water?

  • Ali

    • I use a couple of different wipe solutions. One from Knickernappies and the other is LuSa Organics. I just like how they smell, and the LuSa gives the wipes a soft lotiony feel.

  • Letjoy

    • when people come over do they ask what they are?

  • Ali

    • Nope. I have always had a wipe box in the bathrooms, we started out having them in there for jack when he was learning to do his business alone. Then everyone started using them.

    • They may wonder what the dry pile is for but they haven’t asked yet lol

  • Letjoy

    • Do you tell people you use family cloth if it comes up in a conversation or do you keep it to your self because its a taboo subject?

  • Ali

    • It is weird that you are the only person I have told. I don’t care that they know, but definitely don’t offer up that information. I wonder if I should…

  • Letjoy

    • what would you tell someone who is on the fence about using FC to get them to try it

  • Ali

    • It’s kind of a no brainer if you are already do laundry at all this won’t add any more loads than you already do. It saves a ton and is pretty easy. I do find that it takes a little more thought and prep, but making one bucket of wipes or three is only a difference of a few minutes. Your backside will thank you.

  • Letjoy

    • what about the poopy wipes do you just throw them in the wash as is?

  • Ali

    • Yup I do. I clean them just like the babies and I don’t spray hers off either. There isn’t really a whole lot of “stuff” on them. Everything just gets tossed in the wetbag and then dumped in the washer.

  • Letjoy

    • how much would you say the start up to do cloth is

    • FC*

  • Ali

    • A bottle of LuSa Wipe Juice is around $14 (makes 2 gallons of solution) I have around 36 thinner wipes cost of about $18. And at least 20 flannel wipes let’s say around $15 for those. So for less than $50 or slightly more than one months supply of good tp you can get set up with enough wipes and solution for a couple of bathrooms stocked with Family Cloth.

  • Letjoy

    • is there anything else you would like to share about your experience with family cloth?

  • Ali

    • What would someone want to know..? hmm I guess the idea of it is what you have to get over, because once you try it you wonder (as with most things) why didn’t I try this sooner and why don’t more people do this.

       

       

      Well I hope that you found this interview interesting. Thank you to Ali for opening up and showing us a little bit of the Family cloth world. What do you think about Family Cloth? Leave a comment and let me know.

       

      Happy Living 🙂

Meet Megan Olaveson and Her Cloth Wipes


My name is Megan, and I have been cloth diapering my 8 month old son Benjy since he was 2 months old. I blog at Got the Love, Got the Marriage, Got the Baby 

Why I Use Cloth Wipes

A logical progression to using cloth diapers is to use cloth wipes. When I first started to cloth diaper my son at 2 months old, I used disposable wipes at first. Mostly I used them as I had bought a large box of them, and I didn’t have cloth ones to use. It seemed silly though to be using reusable diapers, but throwing my wipes out. My son also has sensitive skin so I was having to buy the more expensive wipes to avoid him breaking out into a rash.

I decided to make the switch to cloth wipes. I used some scrap flannel I had and sewed up a bunch to use. At first I made my own wipe solution using baby soap, baby oil, and water, but I received a tub of Monkey Doodlez wipe cubes so I started to use those instead. When I go to change my son, I simply spray some solution on the wipe and use it. I can make the wipe as damp as I would like. What is even better is I don’t have to worry about having a pile of wipes to throw out or stink up the nursery. Everything goes into the diaper pail and comes out clean in the wash.

I choose to store my wipes dry, but others use a wipe warmer and have their wipes pre-moistened in water or solution. I prefer the dry method as I don’t have to worry about cleaning a wipe warmer or having to wash wipes that have not been used yet as they are getting musty.

 

Not Just For Use At Home
I also use cloth wipes at when I am out of the house. Originally I stored them in my wet/dry bag, but I found that they took too much room in there. I made a little travel bag and have the wipes stored in there with a small spray bottle filled with just water. When I change my son, I spray the wipes and am able to made sure he is fresh and clean when we are out of the house. I find that cloth wipes are very convenient as often the trash can is not close to the changing station. My son often squirms a lot on the change table so I try to change him as quickly as possible and stuff the dirty diaper and wipes into the wet bag. I don’t have to worry about trying to throw the disposable wipe out or even worse, find it hours later in the wet bag when I am putting the diapers into the pail.More Benefits
Another thing that is great about cloth wipes is you can make them as big or small as you need them. In my collection, I have some small ones for when there is just pee or bigger ones when there are larger messes. Most of the wipes in my collection are flannel, but I do have a few with a fleece backing that are good for those really messy diapers.

Wipes can vary from using baby wash cloths to homemade or WAHM made ones. They can be made in cotton terry, flannel, or for even softer ones- bamboo velour. Just like the amount of choices you have in the cloth diapering world, you have a wide variety of choices of what you would like to use. You can wet them with just water, a home made solution or commercially prepared one. Cloth wipes are really easy to wash as they are thrown in with your diaper laundry. They do not take long to dry.

Using cloth wipes is not only better on your wallet, it is environmentally friendly as well. Even if you choose not to cloth diaper, using cloth wipes are an option. They really allow you to control the chemicals that are put next to your child’s skin.