Making homemade baby wipes takes just a few minutes of work and saves loads of money. You can make them with cloth, so they are reusable, or with paper towels if you need disposables. Plus the wipe solution can be used as a diaper spray! Here's the money saving recipe:
Take 1 roll of premium paper towels and cut in half (width wise) using a sharp knife. Cheap, thin paper towels will rip easily. I recommend making your cloth wipes 1/2 a roll at a time, but if you have more than one child or feel like half a roll doesn't last as long as you would like, use both halves.
How To Make Homemade Baby Wipes
(1) 1/2 roll
1 cup Water 1 Tablespoon baby wash, shampoo or soap shavings* 1/2-1 Tablespoon baby oil or olive oil (preferably organic)**
(2) 1/2 rolls
2 cups Water 2 Tablespoon baby wash, shampoo or soap shavings* 1-2 Tablespoon baby oil or olive oil (preferably organic)**
*Look for toxin-free products. My first choice is Sweet Orange Baby Wash (formerly Angel Baby Shampoo & Body Wash) or any pure, safe castile soap. **Again, check the labels! My first choice is Calendula Baby Oil (formerly known as Angel Baby Oil).
- Mix all the liquid ingredients together.
- Put paper towels in a large mixing bowl, and pour the mixed liquid over the top of the paper towels.
- Let the mixture soak through for approximately 10 minutes.
- Turn paper towels upside down and allow to sit for another 10 minutes.
- Pull out the center cardboard core and the wipes will pop up through the middle of the roll.
- Store your homemade wipes in a gallon-size plastic bag, plastic storage container with a lid, or re-use an old disposable wipes container.
For diaper spray, put the mixture into a spray bottle and spray directly on your baby's tushie. Gently pat dry.
Since this formula has no icky preservatives, make just enough to last you a few days to a week, or store it in the fridge. Fresher is always better!
Guest Expert Post by Diba Tillery, RN