I have lots of friends who use cloth diapers, and I love them more because of it. But I am not a cloth diaper girl. I used to say it was because I was getting diapers for 2 or 3 cents a piece. (That’s ridiculously cheap. It’s more like 15 cents now.) But now I know it’s because I can barely stay on top of the laundry without adding in diapers for two kids. Basically, I’m lazy. So here’s my compromise: homemade baby wipes. They’re easy and cheap. This totally appeals to my lazy, frugal self.
Here’s how it works:
- Buy a roll of Bounty Select-a-Size. Some people swear that only Bounty works. I’ve tried other brands with varying degrees of success.
- Cut your roll in half. (Ignore my ragged edges. I’m not so great with a butcher knife.)
- Unroll the paper towels into your favorite baby wipe container.
- Mix your wet ingredients–a tablespoon or so of oil (I use baby oil. Others have used olive oil or coconut oil), a tablespoon or so of your favorite baby wash, and a cup or so of warm water. I obviously don’t bother measuring, but if you’d like more precise measurements, check out this post.
- Pour the liquid over your paper towels.
- Use as you would your regular wipes.
A few things I’ve learned:
- Big batches that aren’t used quickly can mold. I just make small batches, but others have suggested adding a little tea tree oil.
- We throw these into zippered sandwich bags when we travel.
- These can be used for other things (hand wipes at restaurants), but don’t flush them down the toilet. Duh.
- Paper towels
- Wipes container
- Baby wash