Making your own wipes is a great way to save money and keep your baby’s bum free from chemicals that often irritate baby’s skin. This recipe is super easy, adaptable and you probably have everything you need to make them right now. So let’s do it!
What you’ll need:
- One roll of Viva paper towels (use half)
- Baby oil (2-3 T)
- Baby shampoo (1 squirt)
- Coconut oil (3 T)
- 2 cups distilled or boiled water
- Container for your wipes
- Lavender and Sweet Orange essential oil (3 drops each, optional)
So, why this stuff? I prefer the Viva paper towels because they feel the most blankety soft and durable. You can use pretty much any variety, but these are simply the best. The cheaper brands won’t hold up. So go for the Viva. I use Honest Co. body oil and shampoo because that’s what we love and it smells so lovely, but you can any type of baby oil or shampoo. The shampoo and oil will help clean and soften your baby’s skin. Coconut oil is practically magic and in this case, helps soothe the skin and prevent and treat rashes. You can use an old wipes container, plastic coffee can, pretty much anything. But this Rubbermaid container is absolutely PERFECT for this. The 7-cup size is perfect for the wipes and the locking lid makes it easy to open with one hand. You can pick up it at Target or practically anywhere and it will only set you back about 5 bucks. I add lavender oil because it is calming and helps soothe the skin and the orange oil because it is anti fungal and antibacterial. Plus they just smell nice. If your baby’s skin is particularly sensitive, nix the essential oils.
First you’ll need to cut the towel roll in half. I used a serrated knife and sliced it like a loaf of bread. These are thick paper towels, so you’ll have to work at it a bit and the end will be a bit frayed. But it’s ok!
Coconut oil liquefies just above 76 degrees. For this recipe, I throw a decent size glob of about 3 tablespoons in my glass Pyrex mixing bowl and let it sit on the stovetop while the oven is warm until melted. You can even use the microwave. Let’s keep it simple. Squirt a small amount of shampoo over the oil. Add about 2-3 T of baby oil. If you’re using the essential oils, add just three drops each. Pour the cooled, but warm boiled water in the bowl last. (You could also use warm, distilled water.) I would not suggest using tap water because it can cause mold eventually. Yuck.
If you use the exact same mixture as I did, it will lightly sparkle and glisten. I’m not sure why (none of the ingredients are sparkly on their own), but it is pretty. Sparkle Baby Wipes.
Place half the towel roll in the container (frayed side down to keep it pretty) and pour the mixture slowly, right over the roll. Make sure to moisten the whole roll and pour any remaining right down the center. Let it soak for about the time it takes you to drink a cup of coffee, about 10 minutes or so.
Then flip that sucker upside down and give it a couple more minutes. Just enough time to make another cup of coffee. Mmm… coffee…
Flip it back over, remove the cardboard roll and carefully pull the inside sheet out.
Voila! Now go wipe some butts!