Home-made baby wipes are inexpensive and you can even make 're-usable' wipes by following the directions below.
Wipes are important for hygeine and the prevention of rash.
Difficulty Level: Easy Time Required: 15 minutes
Use a roll of any brand of absorbent paper towels.
Cut the paper towels in half.
Fold towels into an air tight container.
Add two cups boiling water.
Add two tablespoons of baby oil.
Add two tablespoons of baby shampoo or an antibacterial soap.
Make sure that the ingredients are thoroughly absorbed into the paper towels.
Store in an air tight container, such as Tupperware.
Anti-fungal Baby Wipes
1/2 c. distilled water
1 tsp. vinegar
1/4 c. aloe vera gel
1 TBS. calendula oil
1 drop lavender essential
1 drop tea tree essential oil
Use these wipes if you want something to gently discourage yeast diaper rashes.
The vinegar and essential oils discourage yeast growth which means you shouldn't have too much trouble with these wipes getting moldy.
To prepare, use a glass jar with a tight fitting lid.
Pour all your ingredients in, cover the jar and shake to blend the ingredients.
Place your wipes in an air-tight container and pour on enough solution to moisten them.
Store any extra solution in the fridge.
It should stay fresh for a long time, especially if you used distilled water.
For recyclable wipes, use blue shop towels for your wipes.
Cut them into quarters and place them in a recycled baby wipe container.
(You can also use wash cloths or flannel cloths.)
NOTE: If baby has a really red, raw diaper rash you might not want to use these wipes as vinegar may cause a burning sensation.
1/8 cup or less of vegetable oil (apricot or sunflower)
1/8 cup or less of baby shampoo
1 1/2 - 2 cups water
8 drops of lavender oil (antibacterial and for scent)
5 drops of tea tree oil (optional - supposed to help reduce mold)
Mix vegetable oil and essential oils.
Shake oils with water.
Gently mix in baby shampoo.
Pour over a half-length roll of paper towels with the cardboard removed in some kind of plastic container.
Dispense from the inside of the roll.
Original recipe is for 1/4 c each of oil and shampoo and Bounty towels.
Or you can use Scott shop towels which are more durable, and fit (barely) into a Diaperene container and dispense nicely from the center pull hole!
1/2 roll of paper towels (cut in half to make short rolls)
1/8-1/4 cup baby shampoo
1/8-1/4 cup vegetable oil (apricot or sunflower)
2 cups lukewarm water
1 plastic container that the rolls fit in
Favorite paper towels are Viva, Bounty, or Scott shop towels.
Remove the cardboard from the center of the roll.
Mix the liquid ingredients together.
Put one half roll of paper towels in a container and pour liquid mixture over it.
Wipes will easily dispense from the center of roll.
An old Diaparene container will (just barely) fit a roll of Scott shop towels.
The liquid should be reduced to about 1.5 cups for these smaller rolls.
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