Anyone who has children knows the value of keeping baby wipes, bleach wipes and glass cleaner wipes very handy. Grime seems to easily accumulate everywhere! Soiled baby bottoms, sticky surfaces all over your home, and my favorite – nose prints on glass doors and windows. (You can thank two of my adorable nieces and their sliding glass door piggy-nose prints for prompting me to add this post!)
While pre-packaged wipes are SO convenient, they cost of them can easily bite into a family on a limited budget. Here are the recipes and steps to take to make your own wipes for a fraction of the cost – about $0.75 per bundle. Compare that to paying about $7.99 for a 3-pack of diaper wipes!
Homemade Baby Wipes
1. Purchase a roll Bounty paper towel. Each single roll will make 2 bundles of wipes. Cut the roll in half with a large non-serrated kitchen knife.
2. Take a deep sized disposable food container, similar to the Ziploc ones shown below, and place one of the half rolls of towel inside.
3. Mix the following ingredients together in a bowl and then poor over the top of the paper towel roll:
- 2 1/4 cups water
- 2 tablespoons baby wash
- 1 tablespoon baby oil or mineral oil
4. Place the lip onto the container and rotate upside down and right side up for about 5 minutes to ensure the entire roll becomes saturated.
5. Open the container lid and slowly ease out the brown cardboard roll from the inside of the paper towel roll and discard.
6. Find the end piece of paper towel from the center of the roll and gently pull it up. It should now look like a diaper wipe roll 🙂
7. Slice an X slit into the top of the lid, just like you would find on a normal wipes container and then feed the end of the towel through the slit.
You are done! Instant baby wipes for a fraction of the cost. By using a high quality paper towel brand such as Bounty, your wipes should work exactly as pre-packaged brands do. I do recommend however that you keep the container out of direct sunlight to avoid molding of the towels.
Here are some more convenient recipes for both bleach wipes and window/glass/mirror wipes:
- 2 cups water
- 1/2 cup rubbing alcohol
- 1/2 cup vinegar
- 1/2 cup bleach
- 2 1/2 cups of water