Homemade Wipes
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Homemade Wipes

When I was pregnant with my first child, I did a lot of research on baby products and health. While cloth diapers were a big push, I ended up not going that route but did decide to use homemade wipes. The ingredients list in store-bought baby wipes was ridiculous, and not what I wanted to be wiping my baby’s bottom with. I didn’t know if it would last, but I wanted to start off by making my own wipes. Coming up on 4 years later, and I have never bought baby wipes.

Turns out my homemade wipes keeps away diaper rashes. (Each of my kids has had diaper rash once, maybe twice, when they were sick.) One kiddo was more sensitive; when store-bought wipes were used on him (when we were out and about or at someone’s house) his bum would get red and inflamed, though this would go away again after I used mine at the next diaper change.

Homemade wipes are easy, fast, and both healthier and cheaper than store-bought. Very versatile, they can be used on baby’s bums, cleaning up faces/hands, household spills, countertops, etc. and are great for traveling with.

Homemade Wipes:
1 roll Paper Towels (Bounty select-a-size)
2 cups Boiling water (or warm water which has already boiled)
1 Tbsp Coconut oil
1 tsp Healthy baby shampoo of your choice
(2-4 drops essential oil, optional)

Start with a roll of Bounty select-a-size. I’ve tried cheaper brands but they don’t hold up to actually wiping up messes very well. The select-a-size kind has smaller paper towels, which yields a nicer size wipe. A full size one would be clumsy to hold, in my opinion.

Lay the roll sideways, and cut it across to end up with two large half-rolls (like large toilet paper rolls). Start with a sharp knife and it won’t be very hard to cut through.

Find a container large enough to place one of the cut rolls into. I use a leftover plastic tub some lunch meat comes in – you’ll want the container to be about 6-8 cups in size.

Next, make the liquid to pour over the paper towels. Make sure to bring the water to a boil – this kills any germs and ensures your wipes won’t start growing mold right away. I start with a 2-cup glass measuring cup. While the water heats I put in a glob of coconut oil (1 Tbsp or thereabouts) and a squirt of baby soap (1 tsp). (Also add the 2-4 drops essential oil at this point if you choose to do so.) Then I pour in the hot water, filling it to the 2-cup line. The oil/soap will easily mix in.

With the paper towel 1/2 roll in your container, slowly pour the liquid over the top of the roll, with the roll opening on the top/bottom (not laying sideways).

After pouring all the liquid, let it sit a couple minutes and then pull out the center cardboard roll.

Find the inside end of the paper towels and pull it up out of the roll – this is the end you’ll use the wipes from so it needs to be accessible. Now simply squash the whole thing down with your hands so the lid of your container will fit, depending on the size of the container. (I have to squish mine.)

Use the wipes from the inside, tearing each wipe off along the paper towel perforations. They’ll keep on the shelf for 2-3 weeks – I never have a problem using them up before they go moldy, but I have had the Kirkland brand (Costco) get moldy too fast (not sure why). If you only use wipes periodically, keep them in the fridge and they’ll last a couple months just fine.

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Homemade Baby Wipes

Prep Time3 minutes
Active Time2 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Yield: 1 carton

Materials

  • 1/2 roll Paper towels select-a-size
  • 2 cups Water boiling
  • 1 Tbsp Coconut oil
  • 1 tsp Baby soap/shampoo natural
  • 2-4 drops Essential oil (optional)

Instructions

  • Start with a roll of Bounty select-a-size. I've tried cheaper brands but they don't hold up to actually wiping up messes very well. The select-a-size kind has smaller paper towels, which yields a nicer size wipe. A full size one would be clumsy to hold, in my opinion.
  • Lay the roll sideways, and cut it across to end up with two large half-rolls (like large toilet paper rolls). Start with a sharp knife and it won't be very hard to cut through.
  • Find a container large enough to place one of the cut rolls into. I use a leftover plastic tub some lunch meat comes in – you'll want the container to be about 6-8 cups in size.
  • Next, make the liquid to pour over the paper towels. Make sure to bring the water to a boil – this kills any germs and ensures your wipes won't start growing mold right away. I start with a 2-cup glass measuring cup. While the water heats I put in a glob of coconut oil (1 Tbsp or thereabouts) and a squirt of baby soap (1 tsp). (Also add the 2-4 drops essential oil at this point if you choose to do so.) Then I pour in the hot water, filling it to the 2-cup line. The oil/soap will easily mix in.
  • With the paper towel 1/2 roll in your container, slowly pour the liquid over the top of the roll, with the roll opening on the top/bottom (not laying sideways).
  • After pouring all the liquid, let it sit a couple minutes and then pull out the center cardboard roll.
  • Find the inside end of the paper towels and pull it up out of the roll – this is the end you'll use the wipes from so it needs to be accessible. Now simply squash the whole thing down with your hands so the lid of your container will fit, depending on the size of the container. (I have to squish mine.)
  • Use the wipes from the inside, tearing each wipe off along the paper towel perforations. They'll keep on the shelf for 2-3 weeks.

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