Make Baby Wipes
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If you calculate the number of diaper changes you perform in a day, by the number of baby wipes you use at each change, the result is an estimated 4400 wipes per year. Not only can wipes be wasteful to the environment if they are not biodegradable, but they can also often contain such chemicals as fragrance, chlorine, synthetic preservatives, and dioxin. To avoid having to flush or dispose of wipes, and to eliminate the use of chemicals on your baby’s precious skin, make your own washable wipes! They still fit perfectly into your mini wipes case in your diaper bag, or pour into a spray bottle to spritz directly onto baby while out and about. Here is the recipe for 100% natural baby wipes solution:
- Decide what wipe solution you want to use. Plain water can be used successfully with some babies. For a better cleaning wipe, use 2 tbsp baby shampoo, 2 tbsp oil, and 2 cups water. Other recipes include ingredients such as aloe vera juice, apple cider vinegar, essential oils, and soap. Feel free to experiment to determine what recipe works best for your baby's skin and your lifestyle.
- In a measuring cup or a jar with a lid, combine your wipe ingredients.
- Stir until dissolved.
- Pour mixture over 15-20 baby facecloths, terrycloth washcloths, or 10”x10” cotton flannel squares, in a wipes dispenser or other container. Or simply put the mixture in a spray bottle and use a two step process of spraying the baby's bottom and then wiping with a clean, dry cloth. Once the container is empty, clean well and repeat!
- Take a roll of Bounty paper towels (yes, Bounty - only their brand really works) and cut the roll in half with a serrated knife (be careful).
- Get an ice cream bucket and fill about a quarter of the way with warm water (or wipes solution).
- Place the paper towel roll half into the bucket. Pull out the cardboard tube after the wipes have absorbed all of the solution.
- Cut an 'X' in the lid. Starting from the center of the roll, feed the towels through the 'X'.
- Launder your used wipes with cloth diapers, or soak separately in a container of water, vinegar and baking soda mixture before washing.
- Reusable wipes allow you to save money and reduce waste.
- Making your own wipes keeps unwanted chemicals from being absorbed into baby's skin.
- Some babies are sensitive to essential oils, use Tea Tree Oil with caution. If rashes develop or persist, stop using immediately.
Things You'll Need
- Baby facecloths, terrycloth washcloths, or flannel squares
- A container for the wipes OR a spray bottle
- Ingredients for your wipes solution
For homemade disposable wipes:
- Bounty paper towels
- ice cream bucket or other sturdy container
Wipes Solution Recipes
- 2 tbsp baby shampoo
- 2 tbsp baby oil or cooking oil
- 2 cups water
- ¼ cup warm water
- ¼ cup aloe vera juice
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar (unless baby has a raw diaper rash)
- 1 teaspoon grated, unscented soap
- 2 tablespoons carrier oil (calendula- great for diaper rash, jojoba, apricot kernel); Optional: Add up to 4 drops of either or both of lavender essential oil, tea tree essential oil.
Related Tips and Steps
- How to Make Your Own Diaper Cream
- How to Make Diaper Rash Ointment
- How to Wash Diapers
- How to Change a Diaper
- How to Treat Diaper Rash
- How to Soothe a Baby
- How to Wear Your Baby
- How to Use Cloth Diapers
Sources and Citations
- Homemade Baby
- The Guide To Making Your Own Baby Care Essentials...The Natural Way!'
- Organically Inclined, http://www.organicallyinclined.org