If your babies have skin like mine, most disposable wipes are not an option. At least that is what poor Kathleen’s bottom seemed to be telling me after a couple of days of using sensitive ones. I’ve always just used a cloth and water. However, there is a reason why wipes are popular; they really do the job quite well. So after planning to make my own wipes and solution with each baby, I finally got around to it with my third. Actually these are handy to have in your car or purse even if you don’t have children. [caption id="attachment_2154" align="alignright" width="224" caption="Wipes ready to go!"][/caption]
Okay, so you could actually use whatever you want, old t-shirts are brilliant because they don’t need any sewing. I jumped at the chance to use up some of the excessive amounts of white flannel from two years ago when I made an embarrassingly large miscalculation for a quilt that still hasn’t been made.
I wanted mine to fit into a plastic disposable wipe container so I cut 7X7 inch squares and sewed the edges with the serger. Folded once they fit nicely in the container.
Homemade Wipe solution:
4 c. Distilled Water
1 tbs Castille Soap
15 drops Lavendar
4 Tbs Collodial Silver (or Vinegar)
1-2 Tbs Oil (Almond, Coconut, or Jojoba)
Mix everything and warm lightly on the stove; I just find this helps everything mix nicely but you could just shake it up in a jar unless you use coconut oil.Use as much as you need to dampen the wipes in the container or Ziploc. I use about one cup to wet 50 wipes. Store the remainder in the fridge and give a quick shake when you want to use it.
A few notes:
- I used distilled water because we have very hard and mineral filled water, which is not a bad thing but I worry it is a breeding ground for bacteria thus mold in my wipe container.
- You can also use whatever essential oil that you like, but lavender is safe for babies, easy on sensitive skin, is a calming scent, and has antibacterial properties. Tea tree is a great one if it is for your own personal use.
- I have been using the colloidal silver to fight thrush but you could leave that out.
- If you would prefer dry wipes, you can also just carry the solution in a small spray bottle. I have found that to be nice and compact for in my purse (although, I wouldn’t recommend using the same bottle, even thoroughly cleaned, that you used for your homemade bug spray. Hello citronella!).
And finally, a question for any cloth diapering gurus out there; I am not sure how to get my diapers clean with the our hard water that I mentioned. I have always been really happy with Nature Clean soap and an occasional stripping, but now nothing seems to work. Suggestions?