Monday, June 29, 2009

Homemade Baby Wipes

Talk about money you're literally throwing away! I was sick of paying so much money for baby wipes from the store, and had seen a recipe for Homemade Baby Wipes in our family cookbook. I also wanted to use my own natural baby products and not worry about the chemicals even in the "unscented" version.

Baby Wipes

Container for wipes (I switched halfway from the Huggies container to a Pampered Chef bowl)
1 roll paper towels
3 cup warm water
2 tablespoon baby oil
1 tablespoon baby bath

Cut the roll of paper towels in half by using a serrated knife; start on one side then flip it over to the finish the other side. Place one half in container, cut side up. Save the other half for next time.

Mix water, oil, and baby bath. Pour half over cut side of towels, then flip the paper towels over and pour remaining water over it, making sure to get all areas wet. Only add half of the water mixture, let it sit for awhile, then continue to add only enough water as necessary. This will help the wipes from getting TOO wet. (I ended up adding about 2 1/2 cups of the mixture, and the wipes were still pretty wet) Take out tube in center of paper towels. To use, take paper towels from the center.

The verdict?
These wipes worked great when the roll was pretty new and stayed pretty solid, but as the roll got smaller and smaller, the roll collapsed and was a pain in the you-know-what to get wipes out. Especially if you have a skirmy child and you're using one hand! Overall, the wipes worked OK for a 4 days, but by the end of the week, I bought some at the store to use.

I bought the sturdiest, thickest, and softest paper towels I could find, but still found the wipes to be a little wimpy. I did like that the wipes were wetter than store-bought wipes, because it seemed a little easier to clean up any messes.

I like using the Pampered Chef bowl for this because of the small opening in the middle...I'm sure this is not what they intended this bowl for, but hey, whatever works.

I don't think I'll be making these wipes again, but it was a great trial!

1 comment:

  1. I just found your blog and it brought back memories. I used to do this when my children were small, but instead of putting the cardboard roll in, I would fold the paper towels back and forth so that I would get one at a time and eliminate the cardboard altogether. I did this for a long time because it was so much cheaper and it worked well for me. Enjoyed purusing your blog.