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.
(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)**
To make the wipes:
- 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.
Want to save more money and Mama Earth? Try using cloth diaper wipes. Just soak pieces of flannel, old cut up cloth diapers, or washcloths in the above mixture, roll them up, and place in a container, gallon-size plastic bag, or a wipe warmer made especially for homemade baby wipes.
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!