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The Best Cloth Baby Wipes

We tested the top cloth baby wipes from Grovia, Osocozy, Babykicks, and others to find the best
The Best Cloth Baby Wipes
BabyKicks wipes are thin and versatile. We appreciate the dual textures.
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By Abriah Wofford ⋅ Senior Review Editor
Friday September 16, 2022
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Searching for reusable cloth wipes? We considered over 20 brands before purchasing the 9 best cloth wipes available today for hands-on testing. Because a baby will go through around 6,000+ diaper changes in the first three years of life, you will go through many diapers AND wipes. Investing in a stack of washable, reusable cloth wipes (around 40) can save costs over time and less biological landfill waste. We evaluated all the cloth wipes in our review based on cleaning ability, softness, and durability to find the best products available. We are sure you'll find the perfect wipe in this review for your diapering routine. All you need to add is a little warm water.

Let's face it; diapering is a full-time job until your child starts potty training. Fortunately, we can guide you to the best products to ease the journey. We've reviewed the best disposable diapers that contain mess, stink-containing diaper pails for your baby's nursery, soothing diaper cream, and more. We've put in the hard work so you can feel good about your purchase decision.

Editor's Note: We updated this review on September 16, 2022, to update product pricing, check product availability, and add links to related products.

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Pros Thick, perfect texture, durableLong-lasting, easy to pack, easy to maneuverDual-textured, large size, all-natural materialsSoft, most like disposable wipesGreat texture, durable, good absorbency
Cons Average size, poor stitchingThin, holds stainsMajor shrinkage, looses softnessPoor durability, less texturedNot as soft, smaller size
Bottom Line Durable and versatile cloth that will find endless purposes in your homeLarge, durable, and affordable, but might be a bit thin for someLarge and multi-textured wipes made with natural materials, but don't wash wellGreat budget wipes to build a large stash, but very thin and less durableSmall but highly textured wipes perfect for gunky messes
Rating Categories GroVia Wipes OsoCozy Flannel Wipes BabyKicks Cloth Wipes Buttons Cotton Flannel Prince Lionheart Wa...
Cleaning Ability (45%)
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Specs GroVia Wipes OsoCozy Flannel Wipes BabyKicks Cloth Wipes Buttons Cotton Flannel Prince Lionheart Wa...
Size 8 x 8 8.5 x 8.5 9 x 7.5 7.5 x 7.5 7.5 x 7.5
Material Polyester/Cotton Terrycloth Cotton Flannel Hemp, Organic Cotton Cotton Flannel Bamboo/Cotton Terrycloth
Number of Layers 2 layers 1 layer 1 layer 1 layer 1 layer
Dual-Textured No No Yes No No


Best Cloth Baby Wipe


GroVia Wipes


76
OVERALL
SCORE
  • Cleaning Ability 9.0
  • Softness 5.0
  • Durability 9.0
Dimensions: 8" x 8" | Material: Polyester/Cotton Terrycloth
REASONS TO BUY
Thick double-ply
Soft and durable
Texture cleans well
REASONS TO AVOID
Edge threading may fray
Mostly synthetic polyester

The GroVia Wipes earned a top spot in our review, performing well in all three of the most critical metrics: cleaning ability, softness, and durability. Doubling up two polyester/cotton terrycloth layers creates the ideal texture and thickness for a cloth baby wipe. They come in a plentiful 12-pack and are soft yet durable at an excellent price point. We love that the double-layered construction creates a thick surface for cleaning messes without letting anything soak through. The 8" square cloth is an ideal size, sufficiently large to protect your hand but not so big as to be unmanageable. The terry cloth texture is grabby enough to achieve a squeaky clean baby bum and soft enough to use multiple times a day on sensitive skin. We also appreciate that the cloths are super versatile, and many parents like to use them during bath time as a washcloth.

We have very few complaints about the GroVia Wipes, but some things could be better. These wipes have an 88% polyester content, and we generally prefer to stick with natural materials when possible. It is better for your baby's health and the environment. We also noticed that the stitching around the edges starts to come undone after a few washes. It does not affect the overall performance of the fabric itself, but the edges may fray over time. Despite this, GroVia makes some great multipurpose cloths that you will love for many years.

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GroVia Cloth Wipes are a favorite of ours and we love to always keep a few on hand in the nursery and in the diaper bag.
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Best Quality on a Budget


OsoCozy Flannel Wipes


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  • Cleaning Ability 6.0
  • Softness 7.0
  • Durability 8.0
Dimensions: 8.5" x 8.5" | Material: Cotton Flannel
REASONS TO BUY
Good value
Maintains softness
Large size
REASONS TO AVOID
Can stain
Thin

The OsoCozy Flannel Wipes is an unbleached cotton flannel wipe with a fuzzy soft texture. Although very thin, these wipes are perfect for a final once-over on baby and for reaching between little chunky thigh rolls. They are a great budget option, coming in a 15-pack, and are among the most affordable. OsoCozy wipes offer a level of versatility and durability that is hard to match. We like to use them as diaper wipes, mealtime face wipes, and washcloths for bath time. We have personally used them in our homes for many years.

These flannel wipes start on the larger side, but you can expect nearly an inch of shrinkage after the initial wash. We also do not like to use these for messier situations or remove caked-on gunk. They aren't substantial enough thickness or texture to get the job done. However, we think you will find OsoCozy Flannel Wipes come in handy in just about every room in the house and are affordable enough to keep a little stash wherever convenient.

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Although the come out of the wash slightly wrinkled, OsoCozy Flannel Wipes still lay flat enough to fold nicely.
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Best Bang for the Buck


Buttons Cotton Flannel


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  • Cleaning Ability 6.0
  • Softness 8.0
  • Durability 3.0
Dimensions: 7.5" x 7.5" | Material: Cotton Flannel
REASONS TO BUY
Affordable
Similar to disposable wipes
Soft texture
REASONS TO AVOID
Not as durable
Must use more than one

The Buttons Cotton Flannel wipes are the closest we could find to a disposable. They are lightweight, thin, and easily fold up to fit into a travel case for on-the-go diaper changes. Despite folding up very small, these wipes are large enough to offer good coverage for your fingers. The flannel is very absorbent, and the already soft texture gets softer when it is damp. Because they are so thin, reaching into small nooks and crannies is easy. If you feel they are too thin, there is enough surface to fold the wipe in half and double the thickness. We think that caregivers will appreciate their likeness to disposable wipes as they feel more familiar and manageable in hand.

Our main complaints with Buttons wipes have to do with durability. We noticed that some threads were coming loose from the stitching around the border. Over time, these threads pull out and unravel further. Luckily this does not affect the performance of the wipe as a whole. The durability of the cloth itself is not as good as some others. Some users note that the flannel started to wear after a few months and held up for about a year before the fabric began tearing and became unusable. However, we think it is manageable to purchase a replacement pack periodically with such a low initial cost. If you are cloth diapering on a budget and don't want to invest a large sum in accessories, the Buttons Cotton Flannel wipes may be good.

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It is easy to maneuver the Buttons Flannel wipes.
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Great Hemp Blend


BabyKicks Cloth Wipes


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  • Cleaning Ability 7.0
  • Softness 7.0
  • Durability 5.0
Dimensions: 8.5" x 7" | Material: Hemp, Organic Cotton
REASONS TO BUY
Natural materials
Durable
Ideal thickness
REASONS TO AVOID
Shrink over time
Need to be prepped

The BabyKicks Cloth Wipes come in a 10-pack of cloth wipes and are one layer, with each side having a different texture for more thorough cleaning. The fleece side manages to be simultaneously textured and soft, and the smoother knit offers a bit more absorbency. The fabric is a blend of hemp and organic cotton, which is more eco-friendly and has the added benefit of antibacterial properties, suitable for diapered skin. The single layer of fabric is thick enough to keep moisture from seeping through to your fingers and thin enough to maneuver around the small creases. After one wash, we experienced about a half-inch shrinkage with these oval-shaped wipes, and after years of use, post-wash measurements are 7.5" x 6.75", taking on a narrower oval shape with each wash. The colorful border stitching holds up well after heavy use.

After a few years of use and many cycles through the wash, the wipe's fleece side tends to get a bit matted. It is not as soft as in the beginning. We are also not pleased with the shrinkage that happens over time. However, for the amount of use they went through in our homes, we feel that they held up quite well aside from these things. Also, you must prep them before they reach full absorbency due to the natural materials. A minimum of 3 cycles through the wash should do the trick, but some parents don't like signing up for more work than is necessary. However, this is not a deal-breaker for us, as we toss them in with the rest of our laundry. We think that any parent or baby would be happy adding BabyKicks wipes to your cloth stash.

Tip: You never want to find yourself short on wipes (yikes!), so we recommend having a stash of at least 40 wipes to start. Also, keep a package of disposable wipes on hand if your pile of laundry seems to be endless. Then you'll have them if you run out.

cloth baby wipes - the thin, yet sturdy fleece on the babykicks wipes made them a...
The thin, yet sturdy fleece on the BabyKicks wipes made them a tester favorite.
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Compare Products

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Score Product Price Our Take
76
$1.20
Editors' Choice Award
Durable and versatile cloth that will find endless purposes in your home
68
$0.67
Best Value Award
Large, durable, and affordable, but might be a bit thin for some
66
$2.20
Large and multi-textured wipes made with natural materials, but don't wash well
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$0.65
Best Value Award
Great budget wipes to build a large stash, but very thin and less durable
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$1.50
Small but highly textured wipes perfect for gunky messes
56
$1.42
Soft and absorbent wipes that clean well, but are absurdly small
53
$2.25
Organic cotton knit that is large enough to handle everything in one wipe, but expensive
50
$2.20
Feathery soft material is easy on the skin, but not as good at tackling tough messes
36
$0.80
Multitasking cloth wipes that are affordable, but not as effective as some others

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Why You Should Trust Us


The cloth vs. disposable diaper debate is one close to our hearts, and your wipe preference goes right along with it. We have been using and experimenting with various brands of cloth baby wipes for more than ten years, comparing them to one another and assessing how they measure up to their disposable counterparts. Our founder, Dr. Juliet Spurrier guides product selection and testing metrics and draws from her experience as a pediatrician and mother of two. Senior Review Editor, Abriah Wofford leads the hands-on testing in this cloth wipes review, performing hours of research as well as using the wipes hands-on with baby testers. Drawing from our experience in real life and testing in the Lab, we selected 9 of the best cloth baby wipes available today and compared them side-by-side to see which ones we prefer to have handy for daily diaper duties.

After using a wide variety of cloth wipes, we have realized that not...
After using a wide variety of cloth wipes, we have realized that not all are equal.
We used the Charlie Banana Double Sided Wipes both in the lab and in...
We used the Charlie Banana Double Sided Wipes both in the lab and in our home to test their effectiveness and durability.

Analysis and Test Results


We evaluated and ranked each cloth baby wipe in this review, primarily based on three metrics: Cleaning Ability, Durability, and Softness. In addition, we took into account where and when you are most likely to use each wipe to bring you specific recommendations tailored to your lifestyle.


Value


Cloth wipes usually have a low price-per-piece; however, the cost adds up with a recommended stash size of 40+ wipes. A wipe that costs around $2, like the BabyKicks Cloth, quickly becomes an $80 investment. On the other hand, the OsoCozy Flannel Wipes are just .77 per wipe and add up to $30 overall. They also have the durability to last beyond diapering years, adding to the already great value. If you are on the strictest of budgets, the Buttons Cotton Flannel wipes are the lowest-priced option we tested and will run you about $20 to build an adequately sized stash of cloth wipes. These are pretty similar to the OsoCozy wipes; however, they are not as durable, so you don't get the same longevity.

cloth baby wipes - spasilk baby washcloths have a soft and supple feel to the...
Spasilk Baby Washcloths have a soft and supple feel to the terrycloth and are large enough to wipe and fold multiple times.
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Cleaning Ability


The #1 most important task of a cloth wipe is to get your baby clean. To evaluate this most critical metric, we examined each wipe's texture, size, and absorbency to gauge how well it does its job.


Terry cloth wipes tend to latch on to unwanted matter with more gusto. Smoother textured cloths, like the OsoCozy Flannel Wipes, have less bulk and feel more dextrous in hand, allowing you to reach into all the nooks and crannies that are inaccessible with thicker wipes. GroVia Wipes earned a high score of 9 in this metric, thanks to its perfect size and texture.

cloth baby wipes - prince lionheart warmies are the perfect size and texture get baby&#039;s...
Prince Lionheart Warmies are the perfect size and texture get baby's bum squeaky clean.
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Reversible wipes with different textures are some of our favorites, and the BabyKicks Cloth Wipes is a contender with this double-sided design, featuring a smooth side and a grabby side. We found ourselves reaching for this brand time and again. Babygoal Bamboo Wipes and Charlie Banana Double Sided Wipes are our least favorite wipes for cleaning. We found Charlie Banana to be too soft and textureless, and the Babygoal wipes are too darn small. Both products earned a 3 for cleaning ability.

Tip: For incredibly messy diaper changes, you may want to consider using homemade cloth diaper solution or adding a drop or two of mild soap like Dr. Bronner's Baby Unscented Pure-Castile Liquid Soap to your wipe solution.

cloth baby wipes - the fleece side of the charlie banana wipes is cloud soft and won&#039;t...
The fleece side of the Charlie Banana Wipes is cloud soft and won't irritate sensitive skin.
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Softness


Baby bums are sensitive areas, and most parents (including us) will do a lot to prevent painful agitation. One of the many benefits of using cloth wipes is avoiding rash-inducing synthetic perfumes and chemicals. However, finding the balance between texture and softness can be tricky.


The softest wipes in this review are the Babygoal Bamboo Wipes, Buttons Cotton Flannel, and the Charlie Banana Double Sided Wipes. All three options have an uber-soft fabric that feels like a cloud against the skin and earns scores of 8. If your baby has extra sensitive skin, these may be perfect. However, we generally prefer a bit more "latch" to our cloth baby wipes. The GroVia Wipes terrycloth is gentle enough for most infants yet offers enough scrubbiness to thoroughly clean a baby's bum.

cloth baby wipes - the fleece side of the babykicks wipes is velvety soft at first, but...
The fleece side of the BabyKicks wipes is velvety soft at first, but tends to become more coarse with time.
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Prince Lionheart Warmies are a little more abrasive but great for tackling the stickiest messes. Although we think they are still plush enough for daily use in most cases, they may be unsuitable for babies with uber-sensitive skin. One of the least soft options in the lineup is the Spasilk Baby Washcloths. Although a far cry from your average terrycloth towel, these wipes didn't have the type of lux texture that makes you want to rub the fabric against your face.

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Although they are not the softest of the bunch, we still like the Spasilk cloths and think they are a great budget option.
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Prince Lionheart Warmies Wipes Warmer is a diapering accessory we love. It works well with Prince Lionheart Warmies and many other wipe brands and will make diaper changes significantly more enjoyable for your little one.

cloth baby wipes - one of the most durable options in this review, the grovia cloth...
One of the most durable options in this review, the GroVia Cloth Wipes will hold up through years of diaper changes.
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Durability


Durability comes into play when you contemplate the number of cloth baby wipes you should buy and how many children they will have to last through.


However, some brands will make that number last through years of diapering, and others will require multiple purchases as the wipes wear out. The thickness of the fabric, the quality of the border stitching, and how well each product takes a cycle through the washing machine are all factors we considered for this metric.

cloth baby wipes - the no-frills osocozy flannel wipes get the job done and will stay...
The no-frills OsoCozy Flannel Wipes get the job done and will stay with you past the diapering years.
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The GroVia earned a 9 out of 10 and are hardy and well-constructed wipes, lasting through years of daily use in our homes. Another highly durable option is the OsoCozy Flannel Wipes. Although thin, the flannel fabric stays soft over time and can withstand various tasks without tearing or wearing out. The Buttons Cotton Flannel and the Spasilk Baby Washcloths earned 3s and are some of the least durable options we used. We found issues with poor stitching around the borders, and many users complained of the fabric tearing quickly.

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Conclusion


In contrast to disposable wipes, cloth wipes can be an eco-friendly alternative, reducing overall landfill waste and exposure to chemicals and perfumes in your baby's diaper routine. To rank our favorites, we thoughtfully chose the best and most popular options on the market for hands-on testing to evaluate performance. In conjunction with the information in our review, we suggest testing a few styles because one size does not fit all situations. Plus, it can be handy to have multiple cloth wipes ready to be of service. We are sure our lineup includes a product suited to you and your baby's needs and budget.

Abriah Wofford


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