Learn how to make and use homemade baby wipes, and why you should switch to reusable cloth wipes, or disposable DIY wipes. Either way, this diaper wipe solution will save you a ton of money every year on baby wipes, and the mixture of gentle ingredients is safe for sensitive skin, keeping your little ones’ tushy clean in between diaper changes.
When I first heard about reusable baby wipes, I have to admit, I was a little put off. Granted, I didn’t have kids of my own, so all I could figure was that wiping poopy butts with something I have to wash over and over would be disgusting.
And to be fair, I guess it is disgusting. But that’s parenthood. Kids in general are pretty disgusting.
Seriously though, after having my son, I quickly realized how much I was willing to put up with and how far I’ll go when it comes to my own babies.
It sounds strange, but washing poop off of clothes, wipes, sheets and the like really doesn’t bother me nearly as bad as I thought it would.
So, if you’re on the fence about the whole “poop in my washing machine” situation, just know that it’s not that bad. Also, there’s this wonderful invention called the diaper sprayer that makes the whole process pretty pain free. Add in a splash guard for your toilet, and you’re set.
Also, it helps when you add up how much you spend on diaper wipes in one year! Nothing motivates me to change more than taking a serious look at our expenses.
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Why You Should Make Your Own Reusable Baby Wipes
It saves money and the environment. Need I say more? If you already do laundry every day or every other day, it’s not going to add very much to your plate, seriously.
And remember, you don’t have to go all in. There’s nothing wrong with using reusable wipes part time and disposable the rest of the time. I know we for sure will be using disposable wipes at least 25% of the time, if not more. Road trips, days where the laundry is piled high and I’m close to a mommy meltdown. Those are days I’ll gladly whip out a stash of wipes and disposable diapers.
When it comes to making eco-friendly lifestyle changes, so many people feel pressured into switching over 100%. No more plastic bags, EVER. No disposable wipes or diapers. No drinks with plastic straws every again.
And that’s great! More power to you!
But if you’re interested in making small changes but you feel overwhelmed by the logistics of it all, don’t worry so much! Who says you have to be perfect? Using reusable wipes even just for one day makes a difference. That’s one day’s worth of wipes you saved money on!
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Ingredients For Homemade Baby Wipes
- 2 cups water
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tbsp castile soap
- 1 tbsp witch hazel
- 1 tsp aloe vera gel
- Soft washcloths
- Baby wipes container (I use this one for home, and this one for when we’re on the go)
How To Make DIY Baby Wipes
Obviously, all you really need is some good ol’ H20 and a rag, and you’re set! All the other ingredients just make it better. I like that it leaves their bums fresh & clean, and it has a slight oily and soapy feeling to it that makes the poo easier to get off.
The ingredients are soothing on your baby or toddler’s skin too! I can’t say for certain but I honestly feel like it cuts down on rashes and irritated skin.
1. Bring water to a rolling boil on the stove top.
2. Take water off of heat and add all other ingredients.
If you’re curious, I have a special little pot reserved for DIY’s, so I mix straight in the pot. You might want to transfer the water to a big bowl before adding the other ingredients if you’re using a pot you care about.
3. Mix well and allow to cool for a few minutes.
4. Pour solution over your cloth wipes or add to a small spray bottle. You can also keep them in a container and just dip cloth wipes as needed.
How Long Will These Wipes Last?
Adding the solution to your wipes in the case will not last as long, so only make about one to two days worth at a time if you do it this way!
If you use a spray bottle or keep the solution in a container, the solution should last around 5-7 days.
It’s definitely a small batch situation.
BUT – If you know me, you know I’m all about prepping and simplifying. While it sucks that you can’t create a stock pile of wipe solution in advance, there are ways you can make your life easier.
I’m not sure how long you can keep these ingredients stored together without the water added, but my bet is that it’s not super long. The most I’ve done is prep a couple of days worth in large mason jars. That way, at the beginning of the day I can simply boil some water and add it to the mason jar and shake!
Do you cloth diaper or use cloth wipes? Have you ever made your own wipe solution, or do you simply use water?
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