I am an addict. In the last few years and especially the last few months I have become addicted to using baby wipes throughout the house. I use them to wipe sticky fingers, wipe messy tables, spot clean the floor and walls, and even wash myself if I am in a hurry.
Now one of the ironic things about my addiction is that I wouldn't actually use baby wipes on my son. I used reusable wipes with a special solution made from essential oils for nappy changing. I did use baby wipes when out in public with his cloth nappies most of the time for convenience. I usually used baby flannels to clean him up after meals. I occasionally bought natural eco- and baby- friendly wipes when I could afford them. Or just ordinary wipes on sale. But it is really since my son has been potty trained that I have become wipes mad. Maybe I am living a busier lifestyle trying to cram in work, childcare and domestic chores...but I want to give up my addiction. I feel that it isn't great for the environment to use disposable products or ones full of chemicals (like formaldehyde!). And it isn't great on my wallet either.
I actually haven't been buying paper towels in the last couple of months because I have been cutting back on unnecessary expenses. I have a number of packets of wipes around--probably in every room and in the car! Thanks to my recent trip to Costco.
So I am setting myself a challenge before baby comes along. For the month of April, I am going to hide the wipes. I will leave the ones in the car because they are so convenient. I will not buy paper towels or wipes. I will get out the flannels, baby flannels, dusters, and cut up some old towels to make some more cleaning cloths.