Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Homemade Baby Wipes

I have been dying to tell the world about these! I first heard this mentioned on my sweet friend Karessa's facebook page and had planned on trying this on Josiah but I just got around to it a couple weeks ago. 

I will be honest, I was thinking that this was going to be something that I would endure to save money but that I would miss my Huggies Natural Care wipes. My husband and I are pretty picky about wipes. I think he is even pickier than I am. These wipes have been husband tested and approved! If he gives the green light to keep making something, I KNOW it is good! :) I was SHOCKED at how much I loved these!

So here is what you need: 

Viva paper towels (because they are strong and soft)
Baby Oil
Baby Wash
A plastic container with a lid (size below)
Have a knife handy too

Here is what you do:

First cut the paper towel roll in half. DO NOT use a serrated knife. Rookie mistake, made a mess. Now you will have to take the cardboard roll out of the center. It takes a little work, but it is not a big deal to tear up the piece of paper towel that it is attached to, it will actually help you pull the first piece out of the center. How I get is out is by working my finger around it just pulling it out then pushing my finger down beside the cardboard. When it is separated from the paper towels fairly well, I just pull it out. When using the wipes you start with the center wipe. 

Now mix 2 cups or water, 2 Tablespoons baby oil, and 2 Tablespoons baby wash. I boiled the water and let it cool to make sure that it was sanitary especially since it is going to be sitting in a closed container. Pour the mixture into your container. (Make sure that the container is large enough to hold your half a roll of paper towels) Put the paper towels in on to of the mixture cut side down.

**Update: Someone asked what kind of container I used. I just found a washable plastic container the was large enough to hold the half roll of paper towels at Walmart that came in a 2 pack, which was perfect because I keep wipes upstairs and downstairs. No, a regular wipe container will not work unless you want to pull apart all of the paper towels to fit them in. However, if you want to use wipes that you can wash and reuse, you could use a wipe container. However, if you do this I would start with half of this recipe because it might actually be too much. Trial and error will get you there though!I just can't bring myself to do the yucky, time consuming task of washing baby wipes and diapers. You girls that do are amazing! Good for you (just not for me)!

After the fluid is completely soaked up, turn the container upside down. I don't remember how long I left it there the first time, but the second time when I went to get them I noticed that the top of the paper towels were not wet so I just turned it back upside down for a while. I would say leave it for an hour to be sure that they are ready and you can tell by looking and feeling if they are wet all of the way through. Then just turn them back up and enjoy.

I haven't done the math on this one yet, but I am positive that it saves money.I will eventually get around to doing the math and update this post, but I just couldn't wait to share this! Also, I can't pass up an opportunity to post a picture of my adorable baby! ;) I am just a little partial.


  1. Now you just need to use cloth wipes and you will save even more money! :)

  2. I thought about it, but I just can't get past the having to wash them part!