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Make Your Own Baby Wipes

Updated on June 18, 2015

Cost-Saving, Earth-Friendly, Do-It-Yourself Wipes.

Upon becoming a first time mama, I did what many new moms do: I researched the heck out of every single baby necessity, right down to the wipes that would grace her little baby bottom. I'd narrowed down my choices to a few top-selling, "earth-friendly" brands, yet we all know that the Eco-conscious variety of just about anything is going to be slapped with a high-priced sticker.

One sunny, third-trimester day, as I was picking up a changing table from a craigslist ad, I was given a great tip. While our husbands loaded the furniture into our car, the seasoned mom gave me, the mom-to-be, a well-sold pitch on why making your own wipes rocks. With about a billion bits of baby advice swimming through my preggo-brain, I just nodded politely and told her, "Sure, email me the directions, I'll totally check it out...." Yeah, right.

Yet when the endeavor came up on the ride home, daddy-to-be liked the sound of sawing a roll of paper towels in half. Perhaps it put a little manly flair into the all-but-masculine task of comparison shopping for baby supplies. We've now been Wipe Craftsmen for 3 years, and we find the work not only easy, but also kind to the budget, as well as the bum.

Here's How:

You'll Need:

  • A container that will fit a roll of paper towels when cut in half. *Sterilite makes a 7"H by 5"W size that's perfect.
  • Paper Towels. *Select a size is best, skip the cute patterns to avoid the dye.
  • Baby oil, 1/4 cup.
  • Baby wash, 12-14 pumps (or a good 10 second drizzle if you don't have a pump)
  • Water, 1 cup.

1. Cut the paper towels in half with a serrated knife. You should end up with what looks like two big toilet paper rolls.

2. Remove the cardboard center.

3. Mix the baby oil, baby wash and water in a bowl (I have a designated recycled yogurt container with marks on the side to indicate fill levels).

4. Place a cored, half-roll of paper towels into your tupperware, saving the other half for your next batch. Pour the solution over the top, then turn the roll sideways to absorb the remainder of the liquid.

5. To use just pull from the center. You can select as many as you need depending on the mess.

The amounts above are just guidelines. You may need to adjust them as some paper towel rolls are thicker and may require more water. Or, you may find yourself using less oil. Once you get your rhythm down, this process is a cinch.

Why Bother?

Why 2-Plys are one part Friendly, one part Frugal.

- If you buy your supplies in bulk, you can get these suckers down to a cost of 1.5 cents per wipe.

-Standard wipes run you around 2.5 cents each.... so every time you use one, it's like throwing a penny in the diaper pail.

-"Natural," or "Earth-Friendly" wipes (i.e. Seventh Generation) are 3.5 cents a wipe. Huck TWO pennies in the trash if you're Eco-conscious. Now let's say you just changed a messy one. There goes a dime. It adds up, and fast.

-The Do-it-yourself variety, by being a paper towel, is made of wood pulp. Those other brands? Non-biodegradable polyester and rayon. Seventh Generation included. What you're really paying for is what's NOT in the wipe. Slap "Chlorine-Free!" and an earth icon on the package, and poof, you pretty much get duped (unless you do your environmental homework).

-GDiapers, a leader in low-impact diapering products, makes a good, biodegradable wipe at 6 cents per each. You just made the same thing for approximately a penny.

-You get to use the products you like, thus supporting the companies you like. Maybe you up your price a bit by using a high-end baby wash from a smaller company, but it's okay, as you're essentially casting your "vote" with your dollar.

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      marsha32 5 years ago

      we have empty baby wipe containers around here. I love to wash the make up off my face with baby wipes. I'm going to have to give this a try!

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      n0elle 5 years ago

      Really useful, thanks a lot!

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      Killeen 5 years ago from Warner, NH

      @Countryluthier: oh, yes. wipes aren't just for babies! great point. :)

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      E L Seaton 5 years ago from Virginia

      Good stuff! I can definitely use this for other than baby use, out of the business of babies more than 18 years. Thanks for sharing.

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      Killeen 5 years ago from Warner, NH

      @anonymous: thank YOU! :)

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      Killeen 5 years ago from Warner, NH

      @GuyB LM: ha ha ha! though i was just in Ethiopia... and they have a little spray nozzle next to the toilet. most potties don't even have toilet paper in the stalls! just spray and go. at first i thought, gross. then i realized, no, it's actually more sanitary. but maybe they just haven't caught on to cloth yet...

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      Killeen 5 years ago from Warner, NH

      @tq01089: no kidding! it really is easy once you get the hang of it.

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      Killeen 5 years ago from Warner, NH

      @BuckHawkcenter: someone just told me about DIY laundry detergent. stay tuned! :)

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      GuyB LM 5 years ago

      I like this lens. I tried to recycle toilet paper a few years back-unsuccessfully mind you. Now we just use cloth toilet paper like normal people.

      Like my friends all say, "I like that jive, say go cat's go!"

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      amazing at how easy it is to make them, enjoyed reading this tonight, thank you!

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      BuckHawkcenter 5 years ago

      Oh, I can't wait to tell my daughter about this! She was just complaining over the holidays of how much baby stuff costs and how much they go through. She has my two youngest granddaughters, both still in diapers! One of the best things about Squidoo. You can learn just about anything and everything you want! Plus tons you really don't want to know (insert grin here)

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      tq01089 5 years ago

      i never would have thought of this...

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      hlkljgk 5 years ago from Western Mass

      what a great idea! with the new one on the way, i'll have to get on this.