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Homemade Baby Wipes, Using Recycled Receiving Blankets

Updated on February 25, 2014
Homemade baby wipes
Homemade baby wipes

Recycle your old baby receiving blankets, and transform them into reusable cloth baby wipes!

Do you have a million old receiving blankets lying around? Chances are, you probably do! What better way to up-cycle them, than turning them into something you use all the time... baby wipes! It's so easy to make homemade baby wipes, and it will save you a lot of time and money. I come from a very frugal family, and I'm always looking for new ways to save. I have several receiving blankets that aren't being used, so I decided to turn them into something very useful!

Not only are these wipes practically free to make since most of us already have everything on hand, but they are also much softer than store bought wipes. Trust me, I used to buy wipes and the price can really add up! I love finding new ways to save money, while improving my life, and this is definitely a great way!

Hint: You could even make these cloth wipes a little smaller and use them as makeup removal wipes, or as cleaning rags. I use a diaper hamper that was bought specifically for cloth diapers to dispose of mine in, and keep the makeup wipes with my other towels and rags. The uses could really be endless, if you think of another great way to use these wipes please let me know in the comments!

I know, some people shudder at the thought of cloth diapers or wipes, but you should at least give it a try. You've heard the saying "Don't knock it till' you try it". This is a great way to recycle and get plenty of use out of your stuff! It's really simple to make, and doesn't take long at all. Don't worry, the clean up is easy and it's not as messy as it would sound (quite opposite). Another great thing about using cloth wipes vs. store bought wipes is the thickness. Have your fingers ever torn through a wipe only to get your hands dirty? Yuck! With cloth wipes you are more protected as well, and less likely to get the mess on your hands.

Here is my favorite recipe for homemade baby wipes, enjoy!

Time required: 10 minutes

Difficulty: easy

Cost: Free

Materials:

  • Old receiving blankets
  • Empty wipes container
  • Empty spray bottle (optional)
  • water
  • Baby soap of your choice, I use baby wash
  • baby oil (optional)

Tools:

  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • measuring cup

Instructions:

1. First gather up everything you will need. Find some receiving blankets that aren't being used. I usually save the cute ones for the babies, and most of the plain ones get turned into wipes! You'll need some sharp scissors as well for cutting. I usually just free hand, but if you want a more precise cut you will want to grab a ruler. You'll also need a measuring cup, HOT water (not boiling), baby wash (or baby soap of your choice), an empty spray bottle (optional), and an empty wipes container. I like the bigger wipes containers, but you can also use any plastic container of a similar size.

2. Begin by cutting your receiving blankets, to the size of a baby wipe. I like to make them just a tad bigger usually about 8X8 (this is big enough that you can make them pop up if your using the wipe containers). If you're using a different plastic container your measurements will be based on the size of the one your using, you'll just have to measure. Once you got all your wipes cut out, move on to step 3.

3. Mix your solution. I prefer to discard and make a new solution every other day. Its super fast and easy, and I just store it in an empty spray bottle. I keep the homemade baby wipes in the container, but I just spray them with solution as I need them. This keeps them from going bad, and seems to be more convenient. All you have to do for the spray bottle solution, is mix 1/4 cup of baby wash with 2 cups of hot water. I've also added a couple tablespoons of baby oil but you don't have too. If you decide you don't want to use a spray bottle you can also just pour the mixture over the wipes in the container. They just don't last quite as long this way, but if your just doing it daily it shouldn't matter. Whatever is easiest for you!

4. That's all there is to it! If your using a spray bottle and keeping the wipes dry you have several storage options. You can even store them in a smaller travel case to keep in your purse or diaper bag, or just keep extras in the car, or on a shelf at home. Wasn't that easy?

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      @ideadesigns: Thank you, it definitely puts those blankets to use instead of letting them sit in a bin or drawer somewhere :)

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      ideadesigns 3 years ago

      Love your baby wipes idea! How creative to reuse them.

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      @adventuresinfrugality: That's a great idea, I have a Swiffer mop and I've never thought of that! Thanks :)

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      @flinnie lm: Thanks, so do I!

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      adventuresinfrugality 3 years ago

      Thank you. Great money saving tip for moms. I do have a lot of old receiving blankets that are never used. I also like to make reusable swiffer cloths out of old clothing, shirts, etc.

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      Gloria Freeman 3 years ago from Alabama USA

      A great how to, I love seeing things reused and recycled.

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      @Adventuretravels: Thanks so much! I'm glad you liked it, and appreciate the share and pin!

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      What a brilliant idea. It certainly makes sense to me. Recycling is so important. Nice lens. I shall pin it and share it.

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Excellent and resourceful!

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      @DeborahDian: Thank you!

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      Deborah Carr 3 years ago from Orange County, California

      This is a great idea, and very good for the environment!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 3 years ago from United States

      Definitely a great way to save money and recycle receiving blankets all at the same time.

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      @WriterJanis2: Thank you so much, it is definitely a great way to use up all those receiving blankets. I know I had a ton of them left over :) Thanks Janis!

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      acreativethinker 3 years ago

      This is such a great way to reuse baby blankets. Very good tips. Thanks for sharing. :)

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      I never even thought of this. What a great idea.

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      @acreativethinker: Thank you, your very welcome!

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      @sierradawn lm: Thanks!

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      @anonymous: Thanks Charli :)

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      What a clever idea! Great for all bottoms--babies and rivers!

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      sierradawn lm 3 years ago

      Wonderful idea!

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      @Lynn Klobuchar: Thanks! I haven't made it to the potty training phase yet, but that is a good point about making it easier to toilet train them.

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      @savateuse: Thanks, the spray bottle definitely makes things easier!

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      Lynn Klobuchar 3 years ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota

      Excellent idea! When my boys were in need of a wipe I used cotton cloths at home. I have always hated disposable things that can be so easily subbed out with something that can be reused. We used cloth diapers as well. Much better for their little bottoms and (hint for new parents) they were easy to toilet train. No body wants a wet bottom. Those disposable diapers scare me! What are they made of to keep all the moisture in? Thanks for a creative and ecologically sound idea.

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      savateuse 3 years ago

      Great idea, and the tip on using the spray is very helpful!

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      @ecogranny: That's great that you were able to use them for so long, and the compost pile idea was genius. What a nice way to be able to recycle and like you said "full circle use" that's great!I need to remember to put some in the car too. Thank you so much for your comment, was great hearing from you!

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      ColettaTeske 3 years ago

      I prefer soft cloth wipes over the disposable kind. Great idea!

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      @Elsie Hagley: I so enjoyed reading your comment, kiwinana. Reminded me of my early childhood years on the family farm.

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      This is such a good idea. When I was pregnant with my first child, I made wipes using the softest all-cotton terry cloth I could find. Long after the babies were grown, those wipes came in handy. We took them in the car on short and long trips for quick cleanups. Eventually they wound up in the rag bag, a little worse for wear, but still durable, and I used them until they were too holey and thin. Since they were cotton, I pitched the last bits into the compost pile. Full circle use, so to speak. Thank you for sharing this nifty idea, including your spray bottle solution.

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      @ColettaTeske: Thank you :)

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      @SusanDeppner: Thanks Susan :) So glad to hear from you again, and glad you liked my idea!

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      @Elsie Hagley: Thats a great use for a hankie as well. My papaw always carried a hankie too. I can imagine old sheets could be used for several things as well. So glad you stopped by, and so nice to meet you. My dad used to raise chickens, and my fiance's dad had a pig farm. Thank you so much!

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      What a great suggestion! I really like the idea of spraying them as you use them to keep everything nice and fresh. You're a pretty clever mama!

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      Elsie Hagley 3 years ago from New Zealand

      I like this idea or recycling. For years I have been doing this type of thing with old sheets for my husband, as he requires what he classes a hankie, as he won't carry tissues around in his pocket, which I am glad because many a time they go through the washing machine, what a mess. When they are dirty they are put in the rubbish, which I burn "we live on a farm". You will be surprised how many times that bit of sheet has helped with problems like calving a cow, for him to get a better grip and stop his hands slipping. Thanks for sharing your recycling with us.

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      @SusanneB: Thanks!

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      SusanneB 3 years ago

      Great idea I will try this

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      @takkhisa: Your very welcome :)

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      Takkhis 3 years ago

      I can do it in the future, thanks for sharing :)

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      @Merrci: Thank you so much, yes it definitely adds up!

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      What a clever idea, and money saving too! I would guess a mom would go through so many of the wipes each day it could get costly. Nicely done!

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      rita-ray-44 3 years ago

      great idea ! and a good way to use up these old recieving blankets !

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      @lesliesinclair: Thank you so much Papier! Always a pleasure to hear from you :)

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      lesliesinclair 3 years ago

      This sounds like a good green idea. Back in my day we used cloth diapers and they were so cheap. I cannot imagine spending money down the drain on single use baby products like diapers and wipes. I did a special load each day of diapers and used clean ones for wipes. Your idea of using old blankets is a fine thing.