As any parent can attest, you will change more diapers than you ever imagined. You will have had more intimate moments with poop and pee than you would really like to admit. So, you need to have some good wipes to ensure you are not actually touching the stuff you are trying to clean up, right?
My step-mom always made my brothers’ wipes, so it was definitely something that I wanted to do once I became a mom. Obviously, it saves money, but I can also make sure that I know exactly what is touching my boys’ bottoms. You will most likely change anywhere from 3500-4000 diapers for one child and use about 8,000 wipes. That is just for one crazy child and we have two! Ahhh!
The average person spends about $11-20/month on wipes for their baby. That is $396-$720 if your child is potty trained by the age of 3. If you are looking at all natural or organic wipes I would inflate that number a bit.
Many wipes on the market have some pretty nasty chemicals. Huggies Naturally Refreshing Baby Wipes, Cucumber and Green Tea is ranked a 7 on the EWG. HIGH concerns: biochemical or cellular level changes, endocrine disruption, contamination concerns, and irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs),Other MODERATE concerns: cancer, and organ system toxicity (non-reproductive). They run about $.03/each at Walmart.
Making your own wipes not only ensures that you know what is going into the wipes but also saves you money.
Homemade Baby Wipes:
This is what you’ll need:
- (1) 4-quart square container (you can find a two pack at Big Lots for $3)
- 1 roll Bounty paper towels (standard size)
- 1 ½ cups hot water
- 3/4 T baby bath
- 3/4 T baby oil
- Cutting board, serrated bread knife, quart-sized measuring cup, measuring spoons
To make the wipes:
- Cut paper towels in half
- Place towels in container, cut side down.
- Mix oil and baby bath with hot water and pour over towels. Remove cardboard tube.
- Cover and use – make sure to start wipes from the center
Because these wipes have no chemical additives or preservatives, mold is a possibility, especially in warm weather. Be sure to keep the wipes tightly closed, and store in a cool area, away from direct sunlight. Adding 4 drops of tea tree oil (a natural antiseptic) to the liquid mixture helps deter mold. Honestly, I use them so fast that this has never been an issue.
For travel, you can just unravel some wipes, fold them up, and put them in your travel container. Also, please remember that these wipes must be thrown away, not flushed.
I have only used Bounty paper towels (prefer the select-a-size), so I am not sure how others would hold up. I am typically all for the generic brand but I had read that Bounty is truly the best option. If you do buy the larger Bounty Towels just add a about a 1/4 cup of water, 1/4 T of soap and 1/4 T of oil.
If using Dr Bronner’s Unscented Baby-Mild Castile Liquid Soap (my fav!) you really only need about 8-10 squirts since it is so concentrated. My favorite is the Baby Mild Soap which is rated an A on the EWG! This does not have any fragrance and replaces it with double the olive oil, so it is great for those with allergies or sensitive skin. It is certified organic under the USDA National Organic Program, certified Fair Trade and packaged in 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles.
I also use the Honest Co organic baby oil – another fav! This is Hypoallergenic, Certified Organic, Vegan, Biodegradable, pH Balanced, and Naturally Non-Toxic. This is also free of petrochemicals, mineral oil, gluten, parabens, phthalates, fragrances, dyes & common allergens.
I have used this recipe on my boys since they were born and I love it. They are very gentle on baby’s sensitive skin, and work better than the store-bought wipes. Plus, they smell better too! This recipe can be altered to use any oil or soap you like, which is great for babies with allergies or skin sensitivities.
This would run less than $.01 a wipe. An entire roll (both halves) consists of about 232 wipes and will last me over two weeks at a time! This is also a great shower gift idea! I always give the container, paper towel, bottle of soap, bottle of oil and recipe in a cute bag! Enjoy!