Thursday, October 9, 2008

Homemade Baby Wipes

I finally did it. After putting it off for a month or two, I finally did it. I made homemade baby wipes. It was an unplanned thing really. Necessity was my motivation. It's amazing how stink can drive you like that.

Stink aside, it was super easy. I plan on adding an ingredient or two (like tea tree oil) in the future, but I just used water and baby wash since I had those on hand and really needed some wipes.

Here's how I made them:

1. Cut a roll of paper towels in half. This will almost make them look like toilet paper rolls.

2. Mix 2 cups of water and 1 Tbsp. baby wash (I used 2 Tbsp. and thought it was too sudsy)

3. Place the cut paper towel roll into the liquid mixture. Let it sit until the roll is completely soaked (approx. 2 minutes).

4. Carefully pull the inner cardboard core from the roll.

5. Start the roll by pulling a towel from the inside of the roll.

6. Store in tight container. I personally did not have a round container that would work for storing these and just used my old plastic baby wipe container. It seems to be working just fine.

There are tons of recipes online, so you can find one that works for you. Thanks to Cheryl for giving me the inspiration to give it a try. And of course, you can always use washcloths or soft cloth scraps for a more frugal and green approach. I'm considering it, but would probably be more motivated if I was using cloth diapers right now.

So, in honor of all things stinky and because you know I enjoy a good laugh...