When my son was still wearing diapers, I used a lot of cloth wipes that I made myself. Cloth wipes are ideal because they are reusable, soft, and can be used with any wipes solution you choose. I made mine from old baby clothes and t-shirts which I was already cutting up at the time anyway for use in a baby clothes quilt. So, I got several uses out of my son’s old clothes.
Sometimes, though, using cloth wipes isn’t convenient. I would bring them with me when I left the house, and just brought along a plastic bag to hold the used wipes until I could get them home to wash them. If I was going to be gone for a long time, though, or if I was going to be somewhere where I didn’t want to have so much excess baggage, I would bring along disposable wipes.
Store bought disposable wipes, of course, are a valid option. For me, it was very difficult for me to find commercial, store-bought wipes that weren’t laden with chemicals; some to the point that they even smelled bad. Some were very perfumed and smelled nice, but stung my baby’s skin. I’m sure there are better options available in the United States than there are here in Spain. That said, even if you are able to find a mild product without a lot of strange chemicals, it is likely to be very expensive.
What if you could make your own homemade disposable wipes and control all of your ingredients?
Not only can you do it, but it is easy and very inexpensive!
What You Will Need:
- Roll of paper towels (Heavy quality are best, and I prefer non-decorated varieties.)
- 2 cups water
- 1 Tbsp. oil (I used coconut oil in the summer (when liquid), and also tried argan Oil and Olive oil.)
- 1 Tbsp liquid soap
- A few drops of essential oil (optional) (Tea Tree Oil might be a good option if you aren’t going to use your homemade disposable wipes quickly. It helps to keep mold/bacteria away.)
1. Cut your roll of paper towels in half. Use a sharp knife and be careful! Keep in mind that a serrated knife will likely shred the paper somewhat, making a huge mess!
2. Find a bag just large enough to hold one of your paper towel roll halves.
3. Mix up your liquid ingredients to make your wipes solution.
4. Pour your solution into the bag with the paper towel roll. Depending upon the size and thickness of your paper towel roll, you probably won’t need to use all of the solution. I was using double sized rolls, and still had more than enough.
Let the paper absorb the solution. Add more solution if needed.
5. When the liquid is absorbed, the cardboard center of the roll should be wet, and you should be able to easily pull it out of the roll. Pull it out!
6. You are now ready to start pulling your homemade disposable wipes out from the center of the roll.
These homemade disposable wipes are great for using even after your child has been potty trained. In fact, I have been using them more lately than I did when my son was a baby. Being flushable, they are handy for wiping a toddler’s bum after he goes poo poo, and can be easily disposed of afterwards. As a child’s dexterity improves, he or she should be able to start doing it by him or herself.
These homemade disposable wipes may not be as “green” an option as cloth, but they still are better than commercial wipes, and are perfect to use in conjunction with your cloth wipes.
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Tracy Ariza is a slightly crunchy American expat living in Spain. She is the wife of a fisherman and the proud mother of a sweet toddler who loves to help her feed their hens and water their organic garden.
When she’s not blogging at Oh, The Things We’ll Make!, she’s probably crafting, baking or hiking on the mountain with their two dogs.
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