Friday, January 6, 2012

How to Make Homemade Baby Wipes

I know there are a lot of different recipes out there for homemade baby wipes, but mine is a little different.  And by different, I mean better. =) I was a little hesitant to try these at first, but once I did, I wished I would have tried it earlier. 

Here's what you will need:

1 roll of Bounty paper towels or other sturdy brand of paper towels (the cheapie ones won't work)
Baby oil
Baby bubble bath
Alcohol (optional)
Measuring cup larger than 2 cups
1 tablespoon
Electric knife or serrated knife
2 1/2 quart container (I got mine at the hardware store.  They have them with the painting supplies.  It is the perfect size for this project and you can buy one for really cheap.)

Start by cutting your paper towel roll in half.  It really helps to have the electric knife, but if you don't have one, a regular serrated knife should work.

Take one half and set it aside for the next time you need to make wipes.  Put the other half inside the 2 1/2 quart container.

 Next, fill the measuring cup with 2 cups of water.  Add 2 tbsp baby oil, 1 tbsp baby bubble bath, and 1 tbsp alcohol.  The alcohol is optional.  I never used it because it gives my daughter diaper rash.  So if your little one has sensitive skin, skip it.  Anyway, stir up the mixture and pour the entire thing over the paper towel roll.  Let it sit for at least 15 minutes, then pull the cardboard tube out of the middle.  Cut an X in the lid of your container and pull the middle wipe thru the X.

Hooray!  Now you have wipes that you made yourself.  It saves a ton of money, plus it gives you peace of mind knowing exactly what is in the wipes and not worrying about what kind of chemicals you are using on your baby's behind.

If you don't have the 2 1/2 quart container or the electric knife, or you just don't want to mess with cutting the paper towel roll in half, there is another way to do this.  Take your paper towel roll and a pair of scissors and begin cutting down the middle of the first sheet.  Keep going, cutting down the middle of the entire roll until you reach the end.  Just as a warning... it takes freakin' forever! Then you will have two really long paper towel sheets.  Fold each of the halves in a zig zag pile and place them inside an empty wipes container.  Then pour the solution on top of the paper towels just as you would if you put the entire half roll in the 2 1/2 quart container.
Oh yeah, one more thing I wanted to mention...if you have a package of regular wipes that dries out, you can  make a half batch of the solution and pour it over them.  I just found an old package of wipes that we got when my almost 3 year old daughter was a newborn which were dried out, and instead of throwing them out, I made them good as new.

No comments:

Post a Comment