how to make your own baby wipes

If you know me, you know this is so not me.
I’m not into homemade anything.
I don’t cook, I don’t scrapbook or stamp, and I’m even planning on *gasp* giving my baby formula!

*moment of silence for those who need to judge*

Okay, moving on….

I am all about saving money with this next baby because of all the money we’ll be spending on said formula. (for those who need it, go back to the moment of silence.) So when my friend Mari told me about making baby wipes, I was so excited. Mostly because it’s easy. I’m not up for pureeing baby food or cloth diapers, but if something is quick, easy, AND saves me money….then sign me up!

So, here’s how you do it just in case some of you want to try!

Homemade Baby Wipes
An EXCELLENT option for parents who want complete control over what comes in contact with baby’s skin (and a great way to save a buck or two!)

1 roll standard paper towels
1 tablespoon baby oil (or other preferred skin-friendly oil)
1 tablespoon baby wash
1 cup warm water
if desired – 1-2 drops of your favorite essential oil;
1 3-qt capacity reusable sealable container (I use the Rubbermaid #6 “servin’ saver”)

1. Slice paper towel roll in half; set aside unused portion for next batch of baby wipes. Remove cardboard from center. Place roll half on its end in the container. Cut two slices on top so you can easily pull wipes through.
2. Fill measuring cup with 1 cup warm water. Add oil and baby wash. Mix well. ( Note – if you put the wash and oil before water, you’ll end up with a bubbly mess). Pour mixture evenly over roll. Cover container. Wait at least five minutes before using to allow for maximum absorption of water.
3. When ready, pull wipes from center of roll. Usually just one or two can do the trick!
*Bounty so far has proven to be the only paper towel that will actually maintain its shape and durability for such a “difficult” job.
YIELD: A standard sized roll of Bounty will yield 56 wipes per batch (that’s 112 wipes per roll). If you buy a roll that has the smaller “customizable” perforations, you’ll get even more wipes.

Lastly, if you end up purchasing the new Super Rolls they have now, you’ll need to double the recipe so that your wipes aren’t too dry: 1 – 3/4 to 2 cup water, 2 tablespoon oil, 2 tablespoon wash.
Serves: Depends on Roll size
Preparation time: About 5 minutes

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  1. What an awesome idea! I’m definitely keeping this in mind for our “one day…” Miss ya, girl!!!