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Published September 23, 2010 by
Have you checked out the price of baby wipes yet? Chances are if you have a newborn, you go through lots and lots of wipes each day. And you’re probably not too thrilled about having to pay high store prices for something you can make yourself. Yes, you can make baby wipes at home. You’ll be surprised at just how easy it is. It'll be a great baby gift for your little one and you'll save at least enough money to treat yourself to a nice cup of coffee at a fancy cafe!
What You’ll Need:
Start by boiling the water. Tap water is fine. Once you boil it, it will be free from any bacteria that could spoil the end product. While the water is boiling, get all your other ingredients ready. Start off by carefully cutting the tube of paper towels in half vertically. (Place the tube lying flat on your table horizontally. Cut one short cut down the middle from top to bottom, NOT the long way.) Remove the cardboard core and discard. After the water has come to a boil, shut off the heat. The water will need to cool a bit before you handle it to avoid burning yourself.
While the water is cooling, prepare the container. A good Tupperware or other plastic tub will work well as long as it has a tight fitting lid. A good size is the pint-sized Chinese soup containers that you get at some takeout places. Save one next time you order in. Place the baby oil and the baby bath or shampoo into the container. Now, when the water has cooled, pour 2 cups of it into the container with the oil and the shampoo. Place half of the roll of paper towels into the container. Secure the top. Allow to sit for ten minutes to soak in the liquid. Shake the container and then open it. Turn the roll upside down so the entire surface, both top and bottom, are coated with the mixture.
Your wipes are now ready to use. Pull from the center of the roll, not the outer edge, and the wipes will dispense as the store bought ones do, one at a time.
Your wipes will stay moist as long as you keep the top firmly sealed. You will be so comforted knowing your wipes contain no chemicals. And your baby will be comforted by the soothing softness of your homemade product. When you run out of wipes, repeat the process above with the other half of the paper towel roll. Or, you can make a bigger batch of wipes all at once. As long as you are careful to seal the containers, they will last until you need them. It’s a wonderful way to save money and also a nice nod towards yesteryear when moms and dads made everything their babies needed to be comfortable.