I ran out of wipes 2 days ago and did not have plans to go to the store. In fact, I did not really want to buy wipes even IF I went to the store. Such a rebel. I had heard of someone making homemade disposable wipes and thought I would give it a try.
Pretty sure my semi-chrunchy status was confirmed when I had the ingredients to fake one of the recipies from stuff I had on hand.
Ingredients and supplies:
- Natural baby wash (1 tablespoon) OR Castile soap (1 teaspoon) I used Dr. Bronners Baby Mild Castile soap from the bulk in LifeSource
- 1 drop of tea tree oil
- 1 tablespoon (or less) of natural oil. I used some castor oil I purchased to try the “oil method” eventually on my face.
- 1 cup of water
- 1 roll of sturdy paper towels. I used Sparkle. They were perforated to create smaller sheets and I that was great for this purpose. The sturdier the better. They soften up when they get wet.
- 1 container or bag to hold the wipes
- Serrated knife to cut the roll in half (only through the towels)
These ingredients were what I recommend after modifying my recipe a bit. You may want to also use just a bit under a tablespoon of the oil and see how you like it. Mine might be a bit greasier than I prefer. I also used 1 tablespoon of the Castile soap. Because Castile soap is more concentrated than regular baby wash I recommend starting with a teaspoon or so and go from there.
1) Cut your paper towels in half with a serrated knife. You only need to go through the paper towel layers…not the cardboard tube. After that run a butter knife around the tube to separate it from the roll. Pinch the tube to collapse it and wrestle the paper towels off of the roll while trying to keep them rolled up.
2) Mix up your solution and pour over your towels. Use half of the solution for each half of the roll. Start by gradual adding the solution to make sure not to over saturate them. You want them all wet, but not soaked. Different paper towel roll sizes and brands will require slightly different amounts.
Instead of getting your roll wet with solution, you could also put the liquid ingredients in a spray bottle and just wet them one or two at a time. This might be what I try next time. I am thinking they might hold up even better if they are just wet when I need them. Pre-moistened work do best for travel though.
I know what you are thinking. Why is she not using cloth wipes? Well, we are not in the cloth diaper routine right now and even when we are I just can’t get into cloth wipes. I like throwing them away.
Do these work as well as nice store bought wipes? Not quite. They are not quite as sturdy and a bit thinner. BUT, they are much cheaper, easy to make, and ALL NATURAL! Natural wipes are expensive and when I tried the Seventh Generation brand I was not too thrilled with them.
The ingredients probably cost me maybe 10 cents? And I got the roll for 75 cents as a part of a 6 pack I bought on this trip.
Let me know if you try it and if you made any adaptations to the recipe.
P.S. If you are feeling up to it, have the little ones help you. Great lessons in measurements and absorption.
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