Long before I got pregnant, my good friend and style/homemaking/creativity maven, Gilbo, told me that making your own wipes was super easy and had saved her children from diaper rash. “Think about all the chemicals in wipes,” she said. I filed that one away and have been making baby wipes since Lu was born. They’re SUPER simple to make, and while they might warrant an initial investment for the ingredients, they will save you the trips to Target where you, inevitably, walk in for “just a couple of things” and walk out $100 bucks poorer, with a tummy ache from the Moose Munch you simply had to open while browsing the makeup aisle.
We use Water Wipes if we’re in a pinch, but I swear, these are magical. Lu almost always cries when I use store-bought wipes but veritably wiggles her tushka in glee with these. They smell great, they’re cheap, and they’re au naturale for le bebe.
1 roll of paper towel, cut in half. Invest in the good stuff. We use Viva.
1 tablespoon of olive oil (or almond oil)
1 tablespoon of castile soap. We use Dr. Bronner’s lavender.
1 tablespoon of witch hazel.
15-20 drops of an essential oil of your choice. We like lavender.
2.5 cups of boiling water or so.
You will also need a wipes container or a tupperware container. We have use this OXO container.
Bring 2.5 cups of water to boil and pour in a bowl. Add the olive oil, witch hazel, castile soap, and essential oils, and whisk thoroughly. Let the mixture cool.
Meanwhile, using a bread knife, cut the paper towel roll in half. Fold one half of the paper towel roll (or double the recipe and fold both) Jacob’s ladder style. This is the most tedious part of the process and best left for type A husbands to do as they watch football games. Transfer the paper towel to your wipes container. Depending on how well you’ve folded the paper towels, your wipes may be a little bulky for a typical wipes container. Don’t worry: the wipes solution will help with that!
When the wipes mixture has cooled, give it another good whisk, and pour over the folded wipes.