I’ve seen several posts floating around faceplace and insta today of parents absolutely ENRAGED because there are no baby wipes left on the shelves. I saw one particularly horrifying picture of a wild diaper rash and a rant blaming folks for taking off with all of the sensitive wipes so mom was forced to use a brand baby wasn’t used to and so the world’s most terrifying rash resulted.
Did you know though, that you can make your own baby wipes? It’s SO super easy!
Now, you have two options here. You can either make a batch of actual wet wipes and find a way to store them and keep them moist (pretty much any food storage container in the appropriate size will do). Or you can keep a roll of paper towels on the changing table and grab yourself a spray bottle from the Dollar Tree and spray the towels just before you use them.
We’ve also used reusable wipes and diapers in the past and had success with that as well. It’s a little ickier but better for the planet. If you decide you’d like to go that route, add these to your shopping list as well:
* Reusable wipes – an old flannel shirt cut into squares works well too or just a yard of flannel from the craft store cut to look like a baby wipe.
* A small wet bag – or a gallon ziploc bag, just make sure you get a new one every time you launder the wipes
* A cheap spray bottle – for anyone not willing to brave populated areas to grab one, this is the cheapest one I’ve found on Amazon
* A sprayer attachment for the toilet. You can just give the wipes a swish in the toilet before you toss it in the wet bag too. Kind of gross, but it works just as well.
Now, the recipe. We cloth diapered Amelia and never once had a rash with this. So, I highly recommend it, but go ahead and use whatever baby-friendly oils you have on hand.
2 cups of warm water
2 tablespoons of liquid castile soap (find it here)
2 tablespoons of olive oil
10 drops tea tree essential oil (find it here)
Add the warm water to your spray bottle followed by the three other ingredients. Put the cap on the spray bottle and give it a shake. Shake well before each use.
A little bit goes A LONG way so if you think it’ll take you more than a month to use 2 cups of solution, cut the recipe in half as it can spoil on you and can do so faster if you swap out the tea tree for a different oil since the tea tree acts as a natural preservative.
That’s it! Easy cheesy! 🙂
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