Make Your Own Baby Wipes.
In our household, we have two in diapers. This means that we go through a lot of diapers and a ton of baby wipes. As far as I am concerned, baby wipes are the most overpriced baby item out there.
Making your own wipes is actually very easy – majorly cost effective. Here is the recipe for homemade baby wipes that we use at our house:
- 1 Tablespoon of Grated Tea Tree Oil Soap OR 2 Tablespoons Liquid Baby Soap
- 2 Cups Boiling Water
- 1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil or Olive Oil
Bring your 2 cups of water to a rapid boil for 5 minutes (this will sterilize it).
Remove from heat and stir in your soap and oil. If you are using baby soap, your wipes will only last for 1 week unless you add tea tree oil. I use the tea tree oil soap as it is by FAR the most economical way I have found to buy tea tree oil.
I purchase the tea tree oil soap for $1.99 at Bulk Barn (Well.ca sells it, too) and will get at least 15 tablespoons out of it. This makes the cost 13 cents per batch of homemade baby wipes.
Once the mixture has cooled, you have two choices: pour into a spray bottle, or pre-make your baby wipes.
As of lately, I have been using the spray bottle (as paper towels can be costly). I have a pile of cut up old receiving blankets, and a roll of paper towel. I remove the diaper and decide on my plan of attack. If it’s a doozy – I spray the paper towel, wipe and toss. If its not too bad, I spray the cloth (the cut up receiving blanket), wipe and wash.
To pre-make the baby wipes
- Cut a good quality roll of paper towel in half and remove the cardboard tube (Bounty works best).
- Place into a container with the cut side down (a container with a lid).
- Pour the solution over the paper towels.
- Pull the wipes up from the middle.
You can also use cut up old receiving blankets, baby wash cloths, or white t-shirts, and pre-soak them in the solution to re-use.
The cost breakdown:
- Solution = $0.10 cents for soap, 10 cents for oil
- Paper Towels = $2 (but cutting the roll in half, so $1 per batch – less if you buy on sale)
- Total Cost = $1.20 per batch if using disposable paper towel or 20 cents if reusing wipes
Consider making homemade baby wipes for your child – at least in part. It will save you money and reduce your footprint on the earth. It took me awhile to muster up the courage to try, but it really wasn’t that bad and now – I actually prefer homemade baby wipes over store-bought.
Do you make any homemade baby items?
Note:It was brought to my attention by a reader that Tea Tree Oil (melaleuca oil) may pose a health risk to boys. I have two boys myself, and use my products on them regularly, so took a long look into this issue. After my research, and after speaking with a professional, I feel comfortable continuing to use these products on my children.
Melaleuca Oil is used in most purchased natural baby products as well. If you prefer to not use Tea Tree Oil, please simply omit, using instead another soap. If you do omit the Tea Tree Oil, you may wish to make a smaller batch of the soap, as it will only keep for about one week.
Everyone should make their own decisions with this matter after doing their own research. My decision may not be right for you. I respect your decision and ask that you please respect mine.