If you’re a parent or spend any time with small children, you know how expensive diapers and wipes are. Not only are baby wipes tough on the wallet, but you may also have a hard time finding them these days with the shortage of paper products and trend of bulk-buying we are all experiencing. The good news is you can make your own baby wipes with products that you probably already have lying around the house. We’ve outlined the steps and necessary supplies below so you can get your DIY on and make some of those highly-sought-after wipes.
The first thing you will need for DIY baby wipes is a roll of paper towels. We recommend using a thicker variety so you end up with a durable wipe. If you can’t find paper towels, since those are in high demand right now, too, you can use reusable cloths. You will also need boiled or distilled water and a gentle cleanser like castile soap, baby shampoo, or baby wash. The next supply you will need is a baby-friendly oil to keep your baby’s skin from drying out. Coconut oil works well, and you can use olive oil if need be. The last item you need is a storage container. You can reuse an old wipe container, a food storage container, or a large jar with a wide mouth. Whatever container you choose, just be sure it has a tight-fitting lid and it will work just fine.
Once you’ve gathered the supplies detailed above, cut the paper towel roll in half, and remove the cardboard tube. You may need to use a serrated blade, like a bread knife, to cut the roll in half. If you’re using reusable cloths, just stack them on top of each other.
Next, place half of the roll inside the container and bring two cups of water to a boil. Let them cool enough to handle. If you already have distilled water, no need to boil it; just warm it up a bit. Once the water is warm, add 2 tablespoons of soap and 1 tablespoon of oil to the water. Pour the mixture over the paper towels, cover with the lid, and let them soak.
Side note: If you were unable to remove the cardboard tube from the paper towels before, you will be able to once it has soaked for a bit. You should now be able to pull a wipe from the center of the roll the same way you would with a store-bought wipe.
While you may want to do a bunch of these DIY wipes at once, it is best to make one batch at a time. The moisture content in these homemade wipes will produce mold after a few weeks, so don’t waste your time and supplies by overdoing it.
If you don’t have paper towels but need cloth, thick yet soft fabric works best here. You can repurpose receiving blankets, flannel sheets, and burp cloths for this project. Just cut the fabric into 8- or 9-inch squares and layer them into the container of your choice.
If you plan on washing and reusing your cloth wipes, cut the cloth with pinking shears or sew the edges to avoid fraying.
If you need a few wipes in a pinch or don’t have the time to presoak a bath of them, you can create the water-oil-soap mixture from above and store it in a spray bottle. Then, you can spray a few paper towels or cloths at a time and use them in the same manner.
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