Monday, September 8, 2014

Cleaning Up: Homemade Baby Wipes

OK you guys…just because The Little Man is not my own doesn’t mean I am going to be treating him like a prince or anything. I am washing his clothes with home-made detergent (ok some of the formula-vomit stuff I used some Tide I had hanging around for a laundry emergency…I felt this qualified as a true “laundry emergency”).

I am using vinegar to soften his towels.

And now, I have made his baby wipes.

Did you honestly think I would spend money on things like baby wipes?

Well, to be fair, I did buy one box of wipes b/c I needed the box. But from here on out: homemade baby wipes city, Baby.

Now, I am sure you are all wondering how I did this.

I know you are not asking “why” b/c you’ve read this blog before.

And because I do not have time to spare (well, I do have a little bit…it’s not as though someone will wake up and demand a feeding or diaper change at the moment; Little Man is at visitation with his mama and daddy as I type…which is a whole weird dynamic I am still wrapping my brain around; it’s rolling around in there, for sure, and may or may not come out one day…we will see where it lands and if I can be diplomatic in my thoughts. Which means that no, it is probably in there to stay, and not fit for human consumption… but I digress), I shall make this as succinct as I possibly can. (See, that’s funny because that entire parenthetical comment was as long as the rest of the blog post…feel free to give a courtesy laugh if nothing else.)

Homemade Baby Wipes
  • ½-1 teaspoon baby shampoo (Dollar Tree)
  • 1 teaspoon baby oil (Dollar Tree)
  • 1 ½ cups water (my faucet…duh)
  • Paper towels (I used Bounty…spared no expense, right? The cheaper ones will shred on you…well, on the baby actually…and ain’t nobody got time for that) 

  • Place the shampoo, baby oil, and water in a sealable container (this is simply to make it easy on yourself; I would recommend that you use the one you’ll store the wipes in, but you don’t have to. I’ll let you choose whatever is easiest…I’m nice like that.) and swish it around. No need to shake it; a nice, easy swirling will do the trick.
  • Then using a bread knife, cut the roll of paper towels in half, across the center.
  • Place one half of the paper towel roll inside the container in the solution. Give it about 10-15 minutes to soak up the liquid; then pull out the cardboard middle from the paper towel.
  • You’ll be able to pull the wipes from the middle of the roll.
  • One container of these wipes costs approximately $0.60 (or less) to make, and mostly depends on how much you pay for your paper towels.

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  1. I did this when my kiddos were little! Easy to do, and affordable, too.

  2. My cousin taught me this trick and we use them for Kidzilla until...I dunno. We got lazy? We thought she was done with wipes and then discovered that wipes are amazing no matter how old you are? Only difference is that we used baby wash rather than shampoo, but honestly I think for babies it's all pretty much the same stuff.
    Funny thing...Kidzilla asked me to make her homemade ones just this week. Huh.