Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Cheap and SOOOOO Easy Homemade Baby Wipes!

I did this more for the FRUGALITY aspect but after looking at the ingredients in baby wipes, that had me a little concerned too!

Even the "NATURAL" baby wipes have chemicals.

Here is a list of some of the ingredients in baby wipes that are NOT natural and can be found in the "natural" wipes you buy...

Potassium Laureth Phosphate - This is a synthetic (man made) humectant. Humectants are used to keep the skin moist. Synthetic humectants create a suffocating film on the skin to prevent moisture loss. Chemicals with "eth" in the title should be avoided as it will often be contaminated with dioxane, which is linked to birth defects and cancer.

Polysortbate 20 - A synthetic emulsifier. Emulsifiers are used to keep ingredients such as oil and water together. Synthetic emulsifiers are skin irritants.

Tetrasodium EDTA - EDTA is a synthetic preservative, which can be an irritant, particularly to the eyes. Synthetic preservatives are considered by leading dermatological associations to be the number one cause of contact dermatitis.

Methyl paraben - This is another synthetic preservative, which is derived from crude oil. It is toxic and allergenic. 

Okay, so here is how you make your own!  I was REALLY surprised that it was so EASY!

2 Tablespoons of Natural Oil (Canola is what I used)
2 Tablespoons Natural Baby Soap  ( makes them smell so good and baby-ish)
2 cups water (purified is best)

I used the paper towels that are half sheets and folded them on the lines until I had a stack as big as I wanted

This is about 1/4 of the roll,  if that

Then I cut the stack in thirds to fit in the box

Mix the solution and pour it over the paper towels in the wipe box

Then I rung them out, because it was way too much solution.

I would say make half the solution for about a half a roll of paper towels.

This only took me 5 minutes tops!

I am never without baby wipes even for my 6 year old, especially when we travel!

  I know this will be soooooo much cheaper for me and better on my kids skin!

P.S. If you want even MORE  NATURAL do not use Bleached Paper Towels!

If you are not into the paper towel method, you can always do the same thing with thin baby washcloths and wash them I guess and/or put the solution in a spray bottle and use as needed.

This is my first batch and so far they work great, and totally worth a shot!



Anonymous said...

Neat. What kind of soap?

De Javu Crafts said...

what kind of paper towel...they arent to thin and just rip?

a very blessed lady! said...
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a very blessed lady! said...

Ok Burts Bees soap you can get at kroger or Target is all natural! and as far as ripping, they usually come off 2 or 3 together, not one at a time, which helps when wiping the gross stuff!

the momma said...

This is a great idea! I have tossed it around a couple of times, but never actually done it. My "a-ha" moment was when I opened a still-moist box of wipes that was preeettty old..and though, hmm, I wonder why they never mold? And realized that the answer would probably be something I didn't want to wipe all over my baby!!!! :0) Thanks for sharing this! You may have just given me the incentive I need!

Lori said...

Makes so much sense. Do you cut your dryer sheets in half? When I get a new box I sit down and cut them in half. They last twice as long and still do the trick. Now you can buy the pricey ones and feel better. Or buy the frugle ones and feel great!

Lindsayb-mo said...

An amazing idea!! Thank you so much for sharing it! I'm certainly going to try it! =)

Mom2One said...

Gonna try this when I run out. Consider me inspired. Thank you!

Debbie said...

I wish that I had tried this when I had little ones. I'm wondering if the same principle couldn't be applied for make up remover pads.

Kelli said...

I've been toying with this idea for a while, but I think you may have finally convinced me! Thanks!

Kayla Danelle Anderson said...

wow! Great informational blog!! I will def. be trying this for my sister in law (as I am still Thank you for sharing!

Simply Stafford said...

I saw this a month or so ago and had just bought a whole box of wipes so I have not yet tried it, glad you did. Keep me posted on what you think, this may be another idea to share at M&M.

Carolyn @ My Backyard Eden said...

That's such a good idea. I really like knowing what's in things. It's great that they were so simple to make!

Thanks for linking up to Make it Yours Day! Have a great weekend!

Cara said...

I love this idea! Thanks. I had heard about it but never found the recipe. I just learned how to make laundry soap for $.03 a load. Love stuff like that!

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