I’m not exactly the crunchiest mama. I do my best to be green. I’m an upcycling masta, I compost, I make a lot of my own stuff, I save straws and plastic forks and condiments to reuse later — but I’m also pretty lazy, so if I’m crunched for time, I don’t feel any guilt about buying disposables or just buying something new. Ain’t nobody got time to be perfect all the time.
Perhaps a bigger driving force than the desire to be eco-friendly is my own cheapness. So where the future of the planet doesn’t sway me, the future of my pocketbook does. That’s one of the reasons I tend to make a lot of things that I can.
One thing I started making pretty much from day one is my own baby wipes. I think I’ve purchased two packages of wipes ever, and I realized it’s a total racket and opted out pretty quick. Making your own wipes is SO easy, and it’s so much cheaper.
Here’s what I use to make them:
1 tablespoon baby oil
1 tablespoon baby shampoo or wash
1-1/2 cups water
1/2 roll paper towels
I usually get my husband to cut the roll of paper towels in half because when I do it, they become a crumbly mess. He has the man power, so he can make a nice clean cut. He just uses a big kitchen knife to do it, but if you had an electric carving knife, that would work well also.
I put the oil and shampoo straight into the mixing cup with the water and mix. Then I dump the whole thing over the paper towels in a Tupperware container. You can remove the cardboard roll in the middle of the towels, but I usually don’t.
You can put the wipes in one of those containers for cleaning wipes, likes this one:
I tried that once, but when I tried to pull the wipes out the middle, the “teeth” cut the paper towels and shredded them. I found it easier to put them in this Tupperware container instead. That means I have to actually take the top off and unroll a wipe, but I’m used to it now.
If you want a more “natural” version of the wipes mix, you can swap out the baby oil and baby shampoo for more alternatives like Meyers soap or a natural oil. You can also add a couple of drops of an essential oil for a nice scent, though I usually don’t bother with that.
This takes me less than 2 minutes to make. Chris can be mid-diaper change and tell me he’s out of wipes, and I can have these made before he needs them. The key is to have a few rolls of towels already cut and ready to go. It’s best to choose a thicker towel, like Bounty.
Also, if you really want to be eco-friendly, you can make cloth wipes instead. You can even use old t-shirts that you’ve cut up into rags. Just put this mixture into a spray bottle instead, and spray each wipe just before you use it. Throw them in the wash when you’re done, just like you would a cloth diaper.
Voila! Easy peasy.
Do you make your own wipes? Do you use cloth wipes? Share your experiences with them in the comments!