Stinky wipes

Caroline - posted on 03/15/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )




I have our cloth wipes in a dex wipe warmer with just some water and sometimes they smell just foul. I'm trying to figure out the cause and a solution. Wondering if maybe I'm using too much water or maybe I'm not scrubbing it clean enough between fills? Has anyone else had this problem? What's the solution?


Karen - posted on 03/17/2009




I use distilled water in a spray bottle with a few drops of Dr. Bronner's Baby Mild Soap and tea tree oil. I've heard regular water can cause mold. If you want to keep using the warmer, perhaps try using distilled water?

Mandy - posted on 03/16/2009




The smell is probably from some mold or mildew. Make sure to change out the water regularly. You can put a few drops of tea tree oil to help prevent it from growing and keep the smell away.

Kimberly - posted on 03/15/2009




I don't keep my wipes in a warmer partly because it seems like so many moms I came across online had this problem. I use a small bowl, a spray bottle of water or homemade wipe solution, and a stack of dry wipes for all my wiping needs. When I change my son's nappy, I put a wipe or two or three in the bowl and spray them (I use the peri bottle I got in the hospital because it works good to also spray some water or solution directly on his bum...) and then I use those freshly moistened wipes to clean him up.

I have read a few people say that putting a little witch hazel ( you can get alcohol free varieties at health food stores) in your wipe water/solution might help keep the water from going musty. I use alcohol free witch hazel in my wipe solution, but again, I don't keep wipes soaking in it for fear of this musty smell.

I've also heard there are some kind of disks that people use in their warmers to cut down on the must, but I don't know what they are. Hope this helps. I see I'm rambling... ;)


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Sierra - posted on 03/22/2009




I had the same problem when i started. so i just took the wipes out and kept the water in the warmer.  i put a few drops of tea tree oil in the water and i have heard of putting in a few drops of Dr. Bronners. anyway if you keep the wipes dry next to the warmer it's just as easy but you don't get the mildew. so now i don't have to waste tap water getting it warm (i live in the desert).

Leia - posted on 03/15/2009




I just take a small trip to the bathroom sink and get the wipes wet. The babes don't seem to notice if the wipes aren't super warm. I would say dump the warmer, but that isn't the answer you are looking for. On traveling I use a peri bottle to wet the wipes too!

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