Homemade Baby Wipes
- 4-quart square or round container – (8” h x 7.25” w x 7.25” d)
- ½ roll bounty select-a-size paper towels (you must use the “super” or “giant” sized roll! if you use a standard roll the wipes will be too wet)arkle, brawny – and i think that bounty pr
- 2 1/2 c
- hot water
- 2 Tbsp
- baby bath (you can use generic)
- 2 Tbsp
- baby oil (if your children are sensitive to mineral oil, substitute coconut or vegetable oil)
- cutting board
- serrated bread knife
- 1 quart sized measuring cup
- measuring spoons
How to Make Homemade Baby Wipes
- 1NOTE: I purchased my Rubbermaid cylindrical containers 8 years ago, and they’re now discontinued. A round container like this is nearly impossible to find now. I’ve done extensive research (I even called Rubbermaid) because I like to give these wipes as baby shower gifts, and I’ve found that these 4-quart, square containers from Wal-Mart are an inexpensive alternative. They cost around $3 for a pack of 2. They aren’t as easy to open and close, but they have more head space, which makes adding the liquids much easier.
- 2To make the wipes:
Cut paper towels in half horizontally (so they look like toilet paper rolls).
- 3Place towels in container, cut side down. Mix oil and bath with hot water. Pour over towels
- 4Cover, flip upside down. Wait 5 minutes. Remove cardboard tube. Start wipes from center, by pulling a towel up out of the center.
- 5Because these wipes have no chemical additives or preservatives, mold is a possibility, especially in warm weather. Be sure to keep the wipes tightly closed, and store in a cool area, away from direct sunlight. Adding 4 drops of tea tree oil (a natural antiseptic) to the liquid mixture helps deter mold. Interestingly enough, I only had a problem with mold when I was using Huggies unscented baby bath. When I switched back to generic, scented baby bath, my problem went away. I suspect that the small amount of alcohol in perfumed baby bath helps to inhibit mold growth.
For travel, you can just unravel some wipes, fold them up, and put them in your travel container. I’m more inclined to just stuff a big wad of them in a Ziploc bag, because I’m lazy. Also, please remember that these wipes must be thrown away, not flushed, or you’ll have an expensive plumber’s bill, which will completely negate your savings from making them.
It had been a while since I priced Bounty Select-A-Size paper towels so, in the interest of giving you the most accurate information, I checked prices when I was at Wal-Mart yesterday. A 6-pack currently costs $11.64 here, or $1.94 per roll. When you factor in the minimal amount of oil and baby bath, the cost of these wipes is around $1.15 per container. Remember that prices vary by geographic area, so your cost may be more or less than this. I estimate that these homemade wipes save me about $12 per month over the cheapest generic wipes on the market (Parent’s Choice – total crap, in my opinion. Unless you like your baby’s butt to be covered in lint).
Give this recipe a try. You’ll never go back to store-bought.