Since I discovered Pintrest I have found a number of things that I have felt would make our lives a little easier, not necessarily greener but easier. One of those things was this recipe for baby wipes. I mean we have everything here in the house (except the paper towels and the container) and it’s something that can be kept in your home and easily made up when you run out.We’ve been doing this since September, 2011 and I’m pretty sure that we’ve not saved any money, but I feel better knowing what’s in the wipes (water, baby wash, baby oil and some essential oils- I use a few drops of tea tree oil- to aid in the anti bacterial of it all and lavender – just to make it smell better). not to mention when the paper towels come in the house all concept of re-using goes right out the window. All in all I think these work alot better than the ones you can buy, these can get the worst diaper messes off butts with just a couple of wipes rather than a bunch of the store bought ones.
The container we use, we found it at Target, is a Michael Graves 2.9 quart airtight cannister, we found it in the kitchen canister isle. We really like it becuase you can open it with one hand while you are wrestling a squirmy baby and since it’s airtight we have yet to have a batch go bad. I’ve read comments on the original blog saying that after a week their wipes are getting moldy. I’ve not had that problem at all.
She recommends only using Bounty paper towels and since I don’t feel like experimenting with the different paper towels that are out there I’ve just stuck with them. However I have found that not all Bounty paper towels are the same — don’t ask me why but they aren’t — on a couple of the batches the layers seperated and I ended up with a wad of mess as I was trying to wipe Meimei’s butt. So we stick to the ones at Target or Wal-Mart.
Someone in the notes said they use more water and more baby wash and oil – I really found that then the wipes got too wet toward the end and had to wring them out to use them (that’s money down the drain).
We also use them to wipe faces and hands and noses when we are out and about — I would never try that with any of the wipes that I buy at the store.
Anyways so here is the link to the blog where I found them and also a link to my husband’s article that he wrote for the examiner, he went over the cost of making the wipes, although he didn’t add the cost of the essential oils.