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Homemade natural baby wipes

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I’ve been on a kick, since bringing wee Isla into the world, of trying to make more things from scratch – to be more natural in what we put on and in our bodies and use around the house. It’s a kind of healthy living that is good for the environment, good for our bodies, and good for our bank accounts.

With this in mind, I decided this week to try my hand (and baby’s bum) at cloth wipes. The problem I have with conventional baby wipes is that they contain all sorts of chemicals I’ve never heard of (even the supposedly natural ones), and they can’t be flushed or composted.

There are two types of homemade baby wipes: ones made from paper towel or toilet paper (disposable), and ones made from cloth (washable). The plus side of the paper towel wipes – in Toronto, at least – is that you can compost them. With the cloth, soiled wipes can go straight into the dirty cloth diaper bin. I made both and so far I prefer the cloth wipes. For really messy situations, I use the disposables for the dirty work, then clean up with the cloth. There’s value in having both on hand!

Here’s how I made the two types of DIY wipes…

— Disposable baby wipes —

You’ll need:

– 1 roll of strong select-a-size paper towel (I used Bounty)
– 1 container with a lid (I used an Ikea jar, but a big Tupperware also works great)
– 1 cup boiled water
– 1 tablespoon coconut oil
– 1 tablespoon natural baby soap

*more recipe ideas at the bottom of this post*

1. Cut the roll in half with a sharp knife. Measure the roll against the container you plan on using. If the container is too small, reduce the amount of paper on the roll.

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2. Boil one cup of water and let it cool slightly, then add 1 tablespoon coconut oil and 1 tablespoon baby soap.

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4. Pour the mixture over the paper towel roll inside the container and close the container.

5. Allow the container to sit for 10 minutes then flip the container over (or flip the roll over, if the container isn’t water-tight) and allow it to sit an additional 10 minutes to ensure the paper towel roll is fully saturated. Then open the container and pull out the inner cardboard ring.

That’s it! You now have homemade baby wipes with coconut oil.

Important note: conventional wisdom says paper towel cannot be flushed, so if you can’t compost paper towel in your city and you don’t want to throw the wipes in the bin, you may want to try making wipes with durable toilet paper instead.

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— Cloth baby wipes —

You’ll need:

– cloth wipes (you can use baby wash cloths,store-bought cloth wipes, or make your own from old clothes)
– container (I used an old Huggies wipes container)
– 1 cup boiled water
– 1 tablespoon coconut oil
– 1 tablespoon natural baby soap
– 1 spray bottle or peri bottle

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This part is much easier than making paper towel cloths. You mix up the same amount of solution and either keep it in a spray bottle or peri bottle and moisten the wipes as needed, or saturate the wipes in the solution, squeeze out the excess moisture and keep them folded in an old baby wipes container.

The latter method comes with a caveat: if you store the saturated wipes for too long they can grow mildew, so you should only make enough wet wipes for a couple days’ worth of bum cleaning.

I put the cloths in an old baby wipes container, and voila!

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Here’s a great tip on how to fold the wipes so they pop up in the container (like Kleenex!):

— Cloth Wipe Solution Recipes —

Basic Wipe Solution

2 tablespoons olive or grapeseed oil
2 tablespoons natural baby wash
1 1/2 cups water

Coconut Oil Solution

1 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp natural baby wash
2 cups warm water

Almond ‘n’ Chamomile

2 chamomile tea bags steeped in 2 cups hot water
2 tsp almond oil
2 cups hot water

BUTTer Solution

* this recipe features a cloth-diaper-friendly diaper rash cream *
2 cups hot water
2 tsp natural baby shampoo
1 dime sized scoop of CJ’s BUTTer

Essential Oil Solution

4 cups hot water
2-4 drops tea tree oil
2-4 drops lavender essential oil
1 tbsp grapeseed oil
1 tbsp calendula oil
2 tbsp natural baby wash

Lavender ‘n’ Tea Tree

1/8 cup olive oil
1 tbsp natural baby wash
4 drops tea tree oil
8 drops lavender oil
3 cups water

Heavenly scent

2 boiled water
2 tbsp aloe vera gel
2 tbsp witch hazel
2 tsp castile soap
6 drops chamomile or calendula oil
4 drops lavender or rosemary oil
4 drops tea tree oil

For more homemade solution ideas, visit this great site

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