Making your own baby wipes has become an increasingly popular way to try to save money. The problem is that a lot of the do it yourself guides help you to do little more than create disposable wipes, something that will keep the cost recurring (even if it is less than it would be if you were buying them).
This article is going to overview the steps to making your own reusable cloth wipes.
Step 1) Make or buy the washcloths
There are many ways to gather the washcloths, with options ranging from cutting up an old blanket or t-shirts all the way to buying no sew fabric that can be cut into squares.
You can also buy washcloths in bulk – this is the option I chose to use.
Step 2) Moistening the wipe – my recipe
- 1 part liquid Castile soap
- 1 part olive oil
- 3 parts water
- 2 drops of lavender essential oil
(The oil and water will separate. Just give it a gentle shake before each use of using the spray method)
Combine all the ingredients and pour into your spray bottle or directly over your cloth wipes.
What are these methods?
Spray bottles can be a convenient way to transport the solution for on the go nappy changing. Shake it every time you use it for best results, and yes, it can be sprayed directly onto the bottom!
Some people prefer the simple method of pouring the solution over their wipes and using as needed. You can recycle an empty wipes container for this, just make sure you clean and dry it thoroughly beforehand.
How long does the solution last?
Homemade solutions usually last for about a week. Make in small batches so you don’t need to worry about whether or not the solution is “still good”.
Brief information about essential oils
Chamomile and lavender essential oil are both safe to use on baby.
Chamomile – I love chamomile, it’s great for cleansing, it’s great for the skin, and it even helps reduce swelling and bumps that typically accompany rashes.
Lavender water – Lavender can be used for so many things, it really can, not the least of which is on your babies bottom. Lavender smells great, helps rashes, and acts as a natural anti-septic.
That’s it, that’s how simple it can be to get started making your own baby wipes, wipes that can be reused after washing!