Make Your Own Baby Wipes
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.
- 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 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.