So there are probably about 5 thousand sites on the web detailing how you can make your own baby wipes...ok, so more like 370,000 (yes, I did just google that).
But I thought why not add my own meager offerings to the mix. Really, I was trying to come up with something new and exciting to tell you about today. But since 370,000 other sites are talking about it, I guess this isn't really new. And I am not sure how exciting baby wipes are.
Alright, moving on before I talk myself out of this post. I have always made our baby wipes. My sister in law gave the perfect container for them when I was pregnant with Forrest, for baby showers I was given more baby soap than I could use with 5 children and they are oh so very easy to make. And cheap! Maybe that's the part you would get excited about. I can make a container of wipes for about 60 cents!
You will need some paper towel
Bread knife, hack saw, something to cut the paper towels
Get a roll of paper towels, I use Bounty. This is one of like 4 things I buy the brand name. I have found it to be the best, it's strong enough but not rough.
Cut the roll in half lengthwise. My bread knife works the best for that. The end will be a little fringey, but whatever....it's just wipes. I have also started to cut my whole package of paper towels (I buy the big 8 roll pack, which makes 16 containers) at one time, cutting (heheh) down on the work I have to do later.
Then, for each container, mix about a cup and a half of hot water (hot from the tap is fine, or you can pop it in the microwave for a while), and few squirts of baby shampoo. I also add a few drops of tea tree oil to ward off diaper rash. Stir, or better yet, add those things to your measuring cup before you add water. I am all about less work people! Pour over the paper towel (oh, put the paper towel in the container first). The hot water will loosen the cardboard core, which you will be able to pull out. You will then be able to pull the wipes from the middle of the container.
I don't even know how much I have saved using this. Since I was given the container and the shampoo, all I really have to buy is the tea tree oil (one one ounce bottle has lasted me a year, and we are no where near the end of it) and the paper towels (those cost me $9 for a 8 pack, which like I said makes 16 containers.) I think it's a little under 60 cents a container of 52 wipes.
Oh, and for those of you who cloth diaper, but don't use cloth wipes, you can flush these!
So there you go, big, exciting news!