Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Homemade Baby wipes


A while back my husband's cousin Kim gave me a tip on how to save money by making my own baby wipes. I put off doing it for a long time because I thought it would be a lot of work. I just made them a couple of days ago, and I'm pleased to report that it really wasn't alot of work. And they work great- just as good as store-bought.

Here is what you need:

1 tall container (an old upright babywipes container or a tupperware)
1 strong paper towel roll (Bounty or Viva work well)
1 cup water boiled and cooled
2 Tablespoons baby shampoo
2 Tablespoons baby lotion
Vitamin E oil from 3 punctured caplets (optional- nice on baby's skin)
1 Tablespoon white vinegar (optional- to help avoid yeast and to inhibit mold in the wipes)

1. Cut the paper towels in half. I used a big serrated bread knife, but if you had an electric saw that would be even better. Don't worry about getting the cardboard center out yet.2. Whisk together the other ingredients in a bowl.3. Place half of the paper towel in the container (fringey side down).

4. Pour the solution over the wipes.

5. When the solution has penetrated the roll, pull the cardboard center out of the roll.
6. Pull wipes from the center and thread them through the opening at the top of your container. (My mother-in-law showed me that sometimes clipping the opening a little further back makes the wipes come through more easily without breaking off)

All done!

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15 comments:

Frugal Finds said...

That is one frugal tackle!!!

Kiley said...

I heard about your blog through my sister. You have a very fun and creative mind

i have been looking into making my own wipes. i buy mine
(well i get my mom, since i don't have a membership)
at cost co and its sort of a pain...

thanks for posting this - i can't wait to try them out :D

Jenny said...

Thank you! I have been making my own baby wipes for 7 years now. I had been using a rubbermaid round container that was the exact fit for a half a roll of paper towels. But Rubbermaid stopped making it about 5 years ago. I emailed the company and they told me that it just never sold and they wouldn't be making it again. Poop.

So I have been at a loss to figure out what container to put the wipes in. It never occured to me to put them in another wipe container. *smacks forehead*

Kama @ Today's Housewife said...

Thanks for putting the pictures on here. I've heard about making wipes like these, but I haven't seen pictures until now. It does look easy!

Missy @ finding bright spots said...

I'm just about out of wipes and just might have to try this instead of buying some new ones! I even have an 8-pack of Viva I got free at CVS! : ) Thanks for the recipe!

Gina @ Six in the Country said...

Great idea!

Micah and Katie said...

our family makes these as well!! They are easy to make. For the container we use a 2 kg peanut butter jar!

Melissa, Multi-Tasking Mama said...

Never in my life would I have thought of that- I am forwarding this to a friend that still has kiddos that need wipes- great tip!

Shynea @ Penny Pinching Diva said...

I have been hearing several people talk about making their own baby wipes. I have even saw several different "recipes" of how to make them, but I have to say that yours is by far the best. I would have never thought of putting vitamin E tablets in the mixture.

Shynea @ Penny Pinching Diva said...

I have been hearing several people talk about making their own baby wipes. I have even saw several different "recipes" of how to make them, but I have to say that yours is by far the best. I would have never thought of putting vitamin E tablets in the mixture.

Melissa, Multi-Tasking Mama said...

Never in my life would I have thought of that- I am forwarding this to a friend that still has kiddos that need wipes- great tip!

Jenny said...

Thank you! I have been making my own baby wipes for 7 years now. I had been using a rubbermaid round container that was the exact fit for a half a roll of paper towels. But Rubbermaid stopped making it about 5 years ago. I emailed the company and they told me that it just never sold and they wouldn't be making it again. Poop.

So I have been at a loss to figure out what container to put the wipes in. It never occured to me to put them in another wipe container. *smacks forehead*

Kiley said...

I heard about your blog through my sister. You have a very fun and creative mind

i have been looking into making my own wipes. i buy mine
(well i get my mom, since i don't have a membership)
at cost co and its sort of a pain...

thanks for posting this - i can't wait to try them out :D

Micah and Katie said...

our family makes these as well!! They are easy to make. For the container we use a 2 kg peanut butter jar!

Kama @ Today's Housewife said...

Thanks for putting the pictures on here. I've heard about making wipes like these, but I haven't seen pictures until now. It does look easy!