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With Earth Day coming this weekend, I have been thinking of ways that I like to repurpose/reuse/recycle items in an effort to make our world a better place. I love finding new ways to use old items around the house. As our children get older, they outgrow everything from car seats & stroller to baby towels & clothes. It seems like baby items can be such a waste of money and resources. Finding a way to reuse the items they have outgrown is always a win, not only for the environment but also for my wallet!
My boys are 6 and 8 years old, so they take big boy showers with big boy washcloths. No more baths or baby stuff in this house, but I still use their baby washcloths. At my first son’s baby shower, I must have received 20 soft baby washcloths which I used for bathing and burping. Needless to say I had plenty to reuse by the time baby number two rolled around. But once my babies grew into little men, I hated the thought of throwing away all those washcloths. So I came up with 5 great ways to repurpose all the ones I received at my shower. By reusing them, I am not only helping save our planet, but I also get to take a stroll down memory lane, every time I use one I remember my boys as babies. Oh, how they grow so fast!
5 Ways to Repurpose Baby Washcloths
Baby washcloths can be used in many different ways, not just at bath time. I used my kids baby washcloths instead of burp rags. They were softer and smaller and I found them easier to use than those thick burp cloths. Then once my boys started eating baby food, I kept a stack of baby washcloths in the kitchen to clean their little hands and faces after they were done eating. I still keep those baby washcloths in a drawer by the sink so I can grab one when I need too. Here are the 5 ways I reuse them:
1) Clean dirty hands, faces, and feet
I was tired of my children grabbing kitchen towels to clean their sticky fingers. For some reason my boys don’t think they need to actually wash their hands, but instead they can just wipe them clean. This drives me nuts! I was always finding kitchen towels covered in peanut butter, jelly, or chocolate on the counter. By keeping baby washcloths in the same drawer as the towels, my kids know they can use them for wiping their hands and faces instead of mommy’s towels. I will also grab a washcloth when I need to wipe the dog’s feet, after she has been outside in the wet grass.
2) Use Washcloths for kids art projects
Whenever my boys are painting, or making a craft, I get out the old baby washcloths and lay some on the table. The boys will dry their paint brushes in between colors or lay one underneath a piece of paper that they are glueing to keep the glue off of the table. They are also great for the kids to quickly grab if there is a small spill.
3) Frozen Washcloths for Sports and Injuries
I keep a bag of frozen baby washcloths in the freezer at all times. I just wet a few cloths and stick them in a ziplock bag. Then I grab the bag and throw it into the cooler whenever we are headed out to one of the kids sporting events. It gets hot out on the field and I like to place one of these frozen cloths around their neck during time outs. It really helps cool the kids off. Frozen washcloths are also great at home if one of the kids gets a busted lip or bites their tongue. They can just put the frozen cloth right into their mouth.
4) Keep a Washcloth in the Car
I keep a baby washcloth in the glove compartment of my car. I like to use it to wipe the navigation screen when it gets dusty or full of finger prints. I also use the washcloth to clean my sunglasses and as a napkin when the drive thru forgets to give me one.
5) Old Baby Washcloth turned Cleaning Rag
Old baby washcloths make great cleaning rags. I use them to wipe the counters instead of paper towels. Also since they are so soft, I use them to clean the TV and Computer screens. They are also great for dusting and drying wine glasses!
I hope you will remember to repurpose your old baby washcloths once your children outgrow them. Reusing and repurposing items from around the house is a great way to help save the planet!
Happy Earth Day!