Thursday, July 29, 2010

Homemade Baby Wipes

A while ago we were asked to do a guest post by Kristen over at Peace, Love, & Crafts (thanks for having us, Kristen!!). Since she is expecting a little one, we decided to share a baby-related tutorial: Homemade Baby Wipes! In case you missed it, we thought we'd post it here today!

What you need:

  • a round plastic container with a tight-fitting lid (the one we chose is a little big, but it's what we had on hand)
  • thick, strong roll of white paper towels (we prefer Viva brand, as it is very thick and strong but also soft and cloth-like)
  • Sharp, serrated knife to cut paper towel roll in half
  • 2 cups water that has been boiled and cooled to room temperature
  • 2 Tbsp. baby shampoo or baby wash
  • 1 Tbsp. baby oil

First, cut your paper towel roll in half and remove the inner cardboard tube.

Then mix your liquid ingredients in container and place one of the paper towel halves inside, cut side down (save the other half for the next time you need to make wipes). Put the lid of the container one tightly and let it sit until all the liquid is absorbed. Next, turn the container upside down and let it sit for about 10 minutes. Then turn it right side up, open your container, and "start" your roll by pulling a towel from the center of the roll.
Ta-da! You have just made baby wipes that will not only clean your baby's skin, but make it feel super-soft as well! Plus, these wipes are way cheaper than commercial brands and don't contain mystery ingredients. If you would prefer to make washable, reusable wipes, simply use this solution along with cloth wipes! As you can see from this happy little guy, these wipes also make a great drum......and seat! Enjoy!
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60 comments:

  1. So cute! I'm amazed at all the nifty things I wish I'd known the first go around! Still, baby wipes will be kept on hand for years to come!

    Thanks for sharing!

    -Tiffany
    myscentsualjourney.blogspot.com
    www.beyondmagical.com

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  2. What a great idea. I'm definitely going to to give this a try. Thanks!

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  3. Clever idea! Love that last pic best of all. :-)

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  4. We have ONLY used homemade wipes - for over 10 years now....now that the kiddos are getting older (and no babies on the horizon!), we use this to make multi-purpose wipes: substitute 1 cup vinegar and 1 cup water for the baby oil, baby soap and water....and you're done!

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    1. Ever used anything besides viva? I live in nicaragua and the best I can find are Scott brand. I currently use cloth but would love to have this option. Just wondering what else you have used that worked. Thanks!!

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    2. Hey Deanna, I live in Honduras and I have the same issue. I did find the "Scott Lavable" paper towels when I was in the store yesterday and they are very durable. 104 towels (so that would be 208 wipes) for L.105 (about $5). It sounds pretty expensive but the wipes here are about $5 for 80 wipes! I hope you find a good towel.

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  5. I love this idea ... I'm definitely going to make some.

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  6. Great idea Maggie !! I will have to remember this since my new lil granddaughter will be born in September : )
    xoxo
    Benita

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  7. this is awesome! thanks for sharing! I'm always looking for a way to stretch my dime!

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  8. Yes! I will definitely try it! It's probably by far cheaper than wipes too! Thanks so much!

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  9. Love this! What a great idea! :)

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  10. I love this idea!! What a great way to save some money! :)

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  11. I used these all throughout the munchkins diaper times. :-) The only suggestion I would make is Dr. Bronners Lavender soap (or Bronners Tea Tree soap for diaper rash) instead of baby wash. The ingredients are biodegradable and a little goes a LONG way. You can use it for a ton of things. I find mine at my local health food store.

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  12. That is a great idea, thank you for sharing it. Stopping by from FYF. I'm your new follower.

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  13. Great idea! Why didn't I think of this? Thank you so much for sharing :)

    Beautyandinspirationblog.blogspot.com

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  14. HI!! I'm a new follower! I make and use homemade baby wipes too...It was one of my very first posts when I started my blog back in Jan:) I now also use them for my son's breakfast, lunch and dinner clean up! What a mess an 11 month old who insist on feeding himself can make!!

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  15. I gave you an award, go check it out. I'm new to your blog and love it!
    Liz
    http://projectnaptime.blogspot.com/

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  16. How awesome is that! I would love if you would be willing to post it on my linky party!
    http://jandeecrafts.blogspot.com/
    Hope to see you there!!

    Emily
    JanDee Crafts

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  17. Love this idea too! I'm just starting to get into making my own bathroom stuff, I'll have to try these!

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  18. Love the little boy sitting on the container! ha ha Very cool idea. Thanks for linking up. :)

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  19. This is really excellent. Soooo, do add your tutorial here, so our readers can love you also: http://www.finecraftguild.com/diy-tutorial-linky-party-8/

    Every Wednesday we open a new party, btw, so your future diy & craft tutorials are also more than welcome!

    Rose

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  20. great idea, I'll try it right away! I'm always looking for more ways to save pennies. I'm a new follower and have just set up my own blog, please come and say Hi when you get a chance.
    Sew-Rae-Me

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  21. Thanks for the tutorial. I am a new expectant mommy. Do you mind if I link you on my blog?

    http://mrmagnificentandcompany.blogspot.com

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  22. Wow, what a great idea! I have a little one and literally just found out we may be having another (way before we planned to!) so I just may be needing this tutorial!!!

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  23. I knew someone who made these and they worked great. It's so nice to have the recipe now.

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  24. What a great idea! Just wanted to let you know I featured you on Tot Tuesdays this week!

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  25. I made homemade baby wipes for years- only I substituted the baby oil w- olive oil & the soap w/ Dr. Bronners lavender soap- which made it more pure.

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  26. I used to make these too. That was about 30 years ago. Great way to save money.

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  27. Hi, I made these following your tutorial. LOVED them! Then I tweaked them to better suit my needs, and did a tutorial on my blog for my twist on them. I linked to you as my inspiration. Thanks for such an AWESOME idea!!!

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  28. Can I back up a step and suggest making your own baby wash? I discovered this by accident, trying to help my baby's sensitive skin. I grated a bar of Ivory soap, added 2 teaspoons of the gratings and 1 tablespoon of baby oil to a cup of hot water, and when I came back to it the next day, it was a bottle full of liquid soap. Then I just used 2 tablespoons of that with a cup of hot water to make my cloth wipes. (I use white baby washcloths) Using the grated soap and cloth wipes makes this wipe solutions literally about $.03 to make!!

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  29. Just found your blog on pinterest--- and i LOVE your ideas :) Thanks for sharing them with us. Im sure i'll save tons of money doing it this way :)

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  30. This works wonderfully.Thankyou,do you mind if I share on my blog and give you thanks and credit for the idea?

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  31. Wonderful idea!!! Thqnk you for sharing!

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  32. Thanks for posting this I will have to make them tonight as we have just ran out of wipes!

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  33. I tried it and my paper towels molded after about a week, what did I do wrong?

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    1. Anyone tried coconut oil? Just wondering cause I don't have any baby oil at home right now:) thx!!

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  34. I've been making these for about two months now. And I've only had a problem with mine molding once. I had not let the water cool completely before mixing my solution.

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  35. This is a great idea! Making them as I speak. One suggestion tho, DO NOT use a serrated knife! What a mess. Ruins the paper towel.

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  36. I just made these..they turned out great!!!! I think the only change I would do is for a personal preference...I think next time I won't cut them in half and use a whole one(I have boys they are MESSY). I ended up separating them because I used a ziploc bag. Thank you for the great idea!!!

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  37. Doing this right now lets see how it goes thanks so much for this idea!!

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  38. Parenting is pretty messy business. With all of the spills, dribbles, leaks and what not, it's no wonder that parents spend a small fortune on baby wipes. Having a one and a half year old and a nearly seven month old I know all about this. I recently came across Tushies baby wipes, I love them, they are amazing good for money. Nice and moist and does a fantastic job. Both Mum and bubstas love them.

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  39. I tried this but after a few days mine developed a foul smell and then started to mold. Have you ever had this happen? I sterilized everything and boiled the water. Any tips?

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  40. Hey Ladies- Thanks for this post. Back in February I linked to this recipe but added my input on making it a little bit easier to use them. Here's the post that I did, just in case you're wondering why you've had traffic coming in from my site. Thanks again. -Sarah @ lifeshouldcostless.com
    http://www.lifeshouldcostless.com/2012/02/making-your-own-babywipes-my-input-on.html

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  41. Whoa... such a great idea... put it at my blog as credit to you for the brilliant and save cost idea... tq...

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  42. I lost my job a little while ago and money's been tight tight tight! I made these yesterday and they work awesome! I keep them in the bathroom for my potty-training two year old!

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  43. Does anyone have suggestions on how FAR in advance these can be made? I'm on a kick of getting things ready for our up-coming arrival in November. I would love to start making these and have them stocked up and ready to go! lol.

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  44. I have always liked homemade babywipes better than the stoe-bought ones. (I always used baby shampoo & lotion.) I like this recipe a little better though. I have a question though. I like to make a LOT at a time and they always get mildew spots on them. Any idea why?

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  45. I followed this recipe, adding a few drops of lavander essential oil. I put it in a spray bottle and am using it with cloth wipes. Works great. I linked to you here: http://www.1plus1equals9.com/?p=289

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  46. I would like a more defined tutorial for the cloth diapers. My son always has diaper rashes. Everyone tells me that I should stop using wipes, but when out in public that is not an option. I love the shea butter smell. Any help? Email me or leave me a comment on my blog under Trevor.
    It would be ever so helpful.
    Thanks

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  47. Wanted to share my homemade baby wipe starter kit - after doing a LOT of trial and error myself, I created this to help others with the hard parts - uses only 100% natural, fragrance free products. I'd advise against using any baby shampoos as a soap base as they often contain fragrances and other things you simply don't need. http://mybonbeauty.com

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  49. How do you make them last? Mine are going mildewy! :(

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  50. Ah.. This is fantastic!! Just the thing I need.. Thanks so much.. :)

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  51. You should boil the water or use distilled water that should help them from molding!

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  52. If you use coconut oil (the unrefined 100% pure kind) instead of baby oil (which is BAD for babies' skin) and put a few drops of an essential oil in it that has anti-fungal properties like Tea Tree Oil or use Dr. Bronner's Tea Tree Soap instead of Baby Wash, there will be NO molding. And I used the reusable cleaning towels from Dollar Tree for only a dollar. You can make a whole set of wipes with only two packages and they are easy to rinse, wash, dry, and REUSE! The coconut oil does AMAZING things for my daughter's ezcema. She has SUPER sensitive skin and any other wipes or creams just irritate her skin, giving her a rash like no other which will scar indefinitely. This mixture is PERFECT!

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  54. i want to do this without cutting the wipe. the container that you show in the pic, would it be big enough to hold the entire roll of paper? if so what size is it and where can i buy one?

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