We’ve been using cloth diapers and wipes for over three years now. But, I confess, there have been some times when disposables have been necessary for us. No shame here. No shame! I do try to carry over some of the products and ideas where I can, however.
For example, for wipes, I use cut up paper towels (don’t use the cheapies here. Get the Bounty ones!) and a homemade wipe solution, or with cloth, I use a little spray bottle with the wipe solution and spray the wipes as I go.
With the P&G April Stock Up and Save event at Walmart, I scooped up some Mega Bounty rolls to make some disposable wipes and some Luvs diapers for our Disney trip next month. It is cheaper to make my own wipes and solution and I know what’s in them.
I used boiled water, coconut oil, aloe vera, vitamin E, witch hazel, soap (but Castile Soap is easier) and essential oils for the wipe solution. I popped the water in the kettle and brought it to a boil. Then added some shaved soap (that was what I had on hand this time) and all of the other ingredients and whisked it to mix it up. Then allowed to cool.
While it was cooling, I got to chopping the paper towels. A knife works, but I think an electric knife would have made things easier for me. I just measured on the paper towels to the height of my container so I was able to close it. I just used an old wipe container!
I took the middle of the paper towel roll out and “started” the wipe roll from the middle. Then I poured the wipe solution over the top slowly and carefully. The paper towels will absorb it all. And, you will have nice wipes that slide on the skin easier than just water (what I used to use) and remove everything from their little bottoms easier.
If you use cloth wipes, you can add the very same solution to a spray bottle (or that peri bottle you got from the hospital) and spray it onto wipes as needed. Some people prefer to spray directly on the bum, but that’s not my preference.
This wipe solution is way better than just using water and we really like it better than store bought wipes. Plus, you know what is in them! And, I love that I can use them on paper…
Or, on my cloth wipes.
- Paper towels or washcloths and a spray bottle.
- 2 cups boiled water
- 1 Tablespoon aloe vera
- 1 Tablespoon Witch Hazel Extract
- 1 Tablespoon soap (I used shaved bar soap or you can use Castile soap)
- 1 teaspoonvitamin E
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- essential oils of your choice (optional. I used 6 drops of lavender, 6 drops of lemon and 3 drops of joy)
- Boil the water.
- Mix all of the other ingredients together and stir into the water.
- Cut the paper towels to fit into the container you are going to use.
- Pull the middle out of the paper towels and "dispense" from the middle of the roll.
- Pour the cooled solution over the paper towels and give them time to absorb.
- OR place the mixture in a spray bottle and spray on cloth wipes as needed.