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Homemade Baby Wipes

What you need: 

1 roll standard *Bounty paper towels
1 tablespoon organic almond oil (or other preferred skin-friendly oil)
1 tablespoon eco-friendly baby wash
1 cup warm water
if desired - 1-2 drops of your favorite essential oil; I use lavender
1 3-qt capacity reusable sealable container (I use the Rubbermaid #6 "servin' saver")

What you do: 

This recipe is from my sister-in-law.
1. Slice paper towel roll in half; set aside unused portion for next batch of baby wipes. Remove cardboard from center. Place roll half on its end in the container.
2. Fill measuring cup with 1 cup warm water. Add oil and baby wash. Mix well. ( Note - if you put the wash and oil before water, you'll end up with a bubbly mess). Pour mixture evenly over roll. Cover container. Wait at least five minutes before using to allow for maximum absorption of water.
3. When ready, pull wipes from center of roll. Usually just one or two can do the trick!
* Although I'm not a huge fan of Bounty, they so far have proven to be the only paper towel that will actually maintain its shape and durability for such a "difficult" job. If anyone knows of a more eco-friendly, durable brand of paper towel, PLEASE DO TELL!!! I would love to know!
YIELD: A standard sized roll of Bounty will yield 56 wipes per batch (that's 112 wipes per roll). If you buy a roll that has the smaller "customizable" perforations, you'll get even more wipes (this is the route I usually go).
Lastly, if you end up purchasing the new Super Rolls they have now, you'll need to double the recipe so that your wipes aren't too dry: 1 - 3/4 to 2 cup water, 2 tablespoon oil, 2 tablespoon wash.

Preparation Time: 
About 5 minutes
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SO HOW'D IT GO?

I use a very similar recipe but don't add essential oil. I usually remove the cardboard tube after adding the liquids because it comes out very easily that way. I also recently bought a travel size spray bottle so I can use the solution with cloth wipes or I might try adding the cloth wipes and solution to my daughter's wipe warmer. I have been surprised to read ingredients on the store bought wipes and see most are not vegan.

Also, a great remedy for diaper rash, is just plain old coconut oil. I put it on Caitlin at the first sign of irritation and it clears right up :)

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At the daycare where my son goes I have to supply both disposable diapers and wipes.  I wonder if I could use the paper towel version of this recipe for daycare wipes?  I wish they had home-made disposable diapers too!  I have like 15 pairs of bumgenius diapers that I hardly use anymore because the daycare doesn't allow the use of cloth diapers. >:(

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i used baby oil because stinky-pants (aka my son) is deathly allergic to nuts.  it worked ok, but his butt smelled over-welmingly like baby oil.  if anyone has any suggestions, i would appreciate them!  I used a plastic baggie to keep them in my purse, and it worked very well...  I did use papertowels, since I am not a big fan of carrying around dirty washrags in my purse or pocket.  I really don't believe I could get my square of a husband to agree to that, either ^-^.  but this was a great idea, and it worked great! thanx for the post

I am also deathly allergic to nuts...you can use ANY food quality oild in place of almond oil for any use...I use Olive (though I know some with nut allergies also have olive allergies)  You could use Grapeseed, or even plain old canola...The problem I have with baby oil is I think it is petrolum based...yuck!

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I use (flannel) cloth baby wipes and just wash them with my cloth diapers.  I use a recipe similar to the above except with regular baby oil instead of the almond oil.  I also keep the solution in my peri bottle from the hospital and squirt some on the wipe immediately before use.  For my diaper bag, I have a small spray bottle of solution.

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i used baby oil because stinky-pants (aka my son) is deathly allergic to nuts.  it worked ok, but his butt smelled over-welmingly like baby oil.  if anyone has any suggestions, i would appreciate them!  I used a plastic baggie to keep them in my purse, and it worked very well...  I did use papertowels, since I am not a big fan of carrying around dirty washrags in my purse or pocket.  I really don't believe I could get my square of a husband to agree to that, either ^-^.  but this was a great idea, and it worked great! thanx for the post

You could use olive oil so long as he's not allergic.

We use flannel wash cloths with just plain old water on them.  Maybe I'll try this secret recipe out sometime. ;)  (We cloth diaper, and I have a special "wet bag" to put soiled diapers and cloths in until I get home.  It's not really a big deal at all IMO.)

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i used baby oil because stinky-pants (aka my son) is deathly allergic to nuts.  it worked ok, but his butt smelled over-welmingly like baby oil.  if anyone has any suggestions, i would appreciate them!  I used a plastic baggie to keep them in my purse, and it worked very well...  I did use papertowels, since I am not a big fan of carrying around dirty washrags in my purse or pocket.  I really don't believe I could get my square of a husband to agree to that, either ^-^.  but this was a great idea, and it worked great! thanx for the post

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While the concept is great and so is the recipe for the liquid solution, I would like to suggest that you use Washcloths, rather than paper towels. They're easily washed, and re-usable.

Reusing baby wipes is kind of gross in my opinion.  I have used a similar recipe and I look forward to trying these out at the daycare I work at.

You don't re-use the washcloth (or scraps of flannel make good wipes) once they're soiled! ;)
They go in the washbin with the rest of the cloth diapers and get flushed (if you like) and washed.
I think mathermiles meant they aren't disposable.

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While the concept is great and so is the recipe for the liquid solution, I would like to suggest that you use Washcloths, rather than paper towels. They're easily washed, and re-usable.
Reusing baby wipes is kind of gross in my opinion.  I have used a similar recipe and I look forward to trying these out at the daycare I work at.

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While the concept is great and so is the recipe for the liquid solution, I would like to suggest that you use Washcloths, rather than paper towels. They're easily washed, and re-usable.

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