Cloth Kleenex: Easier on kids’ noses!

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As regular readers of this blog know, our house has been sick a LOT lately! I cut up an old pair of flannel pajamas into square-ish shapes, serged the edges (a zig-zag stitch prevents fraying on a regular sewing machine, or you could always get fancy and hem them), and created instant cloth Kleenex (also known as handkerchiefs, although these are hardly sophisticated enough to warrant that title in my mind!)

Turns out, flannel is much softer for noses than even the softest disposable tissue! Emma actually refuses to use the store-bought version now! I made some out of new flannel, also, but the worn-out flannel is nicest, not to mention free!

These are single-use before being run through the washing machine on a sanitize cycle, so you’ll want to make dozens. But any flannel works, so buy cute prints from the fabric store or use old shirts, PJs, or even sheets!

MaryAnne lives in Silicon Valley with her Stanford professor husband Mike and their four children. She writes about parenting through education, creativity, and play. Mama Smiles - Joyful Parenting is a space to share crafts, hands on learning activities, and family outings that enrich lives and bring families together.

20 thoughts on “Cloth Kleenex: Easier on kids’ noses!”

    1. I do wash them after each use – just throw them in with all of our other laundry. And we keep the clean ones in a bowl – don’t bother folding.

  1. We use “booger blankets” which are those tiny swaddling blankets that you get 6 to a pack. We got so many for J when he was born – and he was too big to use them as swaddling blankets. They are also soft-ish flannel.

  2. My son has always had a really runny nose (allergies, plus a lot of colds). And he was always asking me to wipe his nose, especially in the middle of the night. About 6 months ago, we started giving him his sister’s Adas & Anais (sp?) muslin swaddle blankets to bring to bed as a handkerchief. It’s HUGE. Now he drags one around the house with him when he’s sick. I’m kind of wishing I hadn’t gotten the bright pink designs! Haha. I want to cut them up into quarters for him soon (sister is long done with them). I also need to find some super soft flannel and sew him up some a little more gender neutral :)

  3. Grumpy Grateful Mom

    I like your idea! I think the would be a great option for us. We go through a lot of kleenex when wear sick! And I know kids would love them. :)

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