Mama’s Homemade Baby Wipes

Image

 

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:

Image

  • 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! 

Image

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. 

Image

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. 

Image

Then flip that sucker upside down and give it a couple more minutes. Just enough time to make another cup of coffee. Mmm… coffee…

Image

Flip it back over, remove the cardboard roll and carefully pull the inside sheet out. 

Image

Voila! Now go wipe some butts! 

 

Published by Farrah

Farrah Alexander is a writer whose work focuses on feminism, parenting, social justice, politics, and current events. Her work has been featured in Huffington Post, BUST, and Scary Mommy. Her commentary has been discussed in Scientific American, Buzzfeed, Refinery 29, Yahoo, Hello Giggles, Woke Sloth, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Perez Hilton, Daily Mail, BBC, and others. Her debut book RAISE THE RESISTANCE: A Mother's Guide to Practical Activism is forthcoming from Mango set to release in the Fall of 2020. As an advocate for gun reform, she previously served on the board of Whitney/Strong, a non-profit founded by mass shooting survivor Whitney Austin. She now is a member of the Everytown Author's Council, which was designed to "harness the power of the literary community to amplify the gun safety movement." She lives outside Louisville, Ky. with her husband, son, and daughter.

2 thoughts on “Mama’s Homemade Baby Wipes

  1. That’s awesome I’m pretty sure we have all of this stuff in our house! I’ll have to tell Alison so we can try it out. Sounds fun!

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: