You're gonna need them if you're a mom. And you're probably gonna need them everyday. And you might even need them if you're a Grandma. Baby wipes. As a new mom, I bought my baby wipes. I had no issues with any certain brands, but I'm always looking to cut things out of my grocery list. So, as my usage of baby wipes grew with my family, I decided to ax them from grocery list by making my own. (Granted, now the supplies to make them are part of my list, but at a greatly reduced cost than store bought baby wipes.) After googling, "Homemade Baby Wipes," I found a recipe that sounded reasonable, tried it, and was basically satisfied with the results. However, they were a bit too soapy for my liking, so I watered down the recipe. I also greatly reduced the "soaking" time because it didn't seem necessary to soak paper towels for 10 minutes a side in a solution that they suck up in 30 seconds.
Here is the basic recipe:
Container to put your baby wipes in
1. Carefully cut your roll of paper towels into thirds. This is the most difficult part. Once this is done, the work is almost over!
Remove the cardboard tube after it is cut into thirds.
2. Pour 1/2 cup of cool water, 1 teaspoon of baby oil, and 1 teaspoon of baby wash into your wipes container. (I use the container baby wipes come in from the store. I have three of them that I fill at one time with this recipe.)
3. Stir these three ingredients gently. Try to avoid having a lot of suds from the baby wash.
4. Set one of your thirds of your paper towel roll into the container for about 30 seconds. Remove it, and set it dry side down on a counter.
5. Repeat steps #2 and #3.
6. Set the half-wet roll back into the solution (dry side down).
7. Close the lid of the baby wipes container. Pull the paper towels from the CENTER of the roll up through the hole in the wipes container. They should pull out nicely this way.
-Use quality paper towels. My personal favorite is Brawny, but I've used Bounty as well with this recipe.
-Paper towel rolls come in various "thicknesses." Adjust the amount of water/baby oil/baby wash solution accordingly.
-Make these and use them within a month (never an issue around here to get them used up!). One time I tried to stock up on these before one of my babies was born. I made several containers about 3-4 months before the baby was born. I was disappointed to find that they developed mold by the time little one arrived. So, make them, and use them. I've never had any mold issues other than that instance.
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Vanessa from Russell Homestead. Follower of the Lord Jesus, wife of my knight in shining armor, mother of 5 wonderful children, and joint-keeper of the Russell homestead. Thanks for stopping by!
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