Do It Yourself: How To Make A Homemade Baby Wipe

Whether you're looking for a money saver or solution to baby's sensitive skin, simple home made baby wipes are easy and cheap.

At first, the idea of making your own baby wipes seems time consuming and not worth the money saved. However, this task is simple and can be more than a dollar-stretcher in your household. Babies with allergies or sensitive skin can benefit from the gentle ingredients you choose to add to the wipes. Additionally, wipes can be adapted to use in the kitchen and on-the-go. To make your own baby wipes, use the simple recipe below and the directions that follow.


Half a roll of extra strong and absorbent paper towels

2.5 TBS liquid baby shampoo/soap

2 TBS baby oil

2 Cups of lukewarm/warm water

1 Plastic cylindrical container with lid (large enough to hold ½ roll of paper towels)

Cut the paper towel roll in half with a long serrated knife. Use long strokes and apply even pressure as you saw through the roll. Rotate the roll as you cut to make the task easier. Place the roll in the plastic container. Your plastic container and lid can be one you purchase, or you can recycle an old cylindrical wipe container that you previously purchased.

In a separate container, mix together 2 cups of water, baby oil, and baby shampoo. Gently stir together, but do not mix rapidly since it will produce bubbles. Once combined, pour the mixture into the plastic container with the paper towel roll. Place the lid back on the plastic container and allow the liquid to absorb for about five minutes. Next, turn the plastic container over and allow it to stand for five more minutes so the liquid is absorbed evenly. Depending on the type of paper towels you use, it may take more or less time for the liquid to be absorbed.

After all the liquid is absorbed, turn the container right side up, open the container, and remove the cardboard core in the center of the paper towels. This should remove easily now since it is wet. As you pull the cardboard roll up, notice that you also bring up the paper towels. Separate the cardboard roll from the paper towels, keeping a portion of the towel in the center of the roll so it can be grabbed easily. This is where you will retrieve the wipes, unraveling them from the inside of the roll as you pull upward. If you are using an old baby wipe dispenser, carefully thread the wipes through the opening in the lid and replace the lid on the container. If you are using a container that you purchased, you may want to slice an "X" in the center of the lid, thread the wipes through, and replace the lid. If you are worried about the wipes drying out, you can simply keep the lid, without the "X", on the wipes.

The ingredients you choose to use in the baby wipes depends on your preferences and your baby's skin. An all purpose baby shampoo is mild, hypoallergenic, and suites the skin of many babies. If your baby's skin is sensitive, however, you may want to substitute a gentle, unscented, liquid cleanser (such as Cetaphil or its generic brand) in place of the baby shampoo. Using baby oil that contains aloe and vitamin E can also be an option if you're looking for a gentle solution. Do not use ingredients that you haven't tried on your baby's skin before. For added skin care benefits, you can also add a tablespoon of Aloe Vera gel to your liquid solution before you mix the ingredients together.

Keeping a supply of wipes in the kitchen is also practical. The wipes can be used to clean baby's hands and face after meals, and moisturizers in the solution are gentle enough to use often. Additionally, the wipes work well on-the-go. With a few stashed in your purse, you can easily tackle messes outside of the home. Initially, making your own baby wipes seems hardly worth the effort. However, once one batch is complete, you'll find making wipes is very simple and easy to work into your weekly routine. The economic advantages are excellent, and the benefits to your baby far outweigh the time it takes to complete this simple task.

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