May 29, 2018 7:07 am Leave your thoughts
There are lots of things you need for a new baby: patience, love, a DVD player, considerate neighbours, gin, and so on. Many people would add ‘baby wipes’ to that list of essentials, too. And they might well be right (how did we manage before they were invented?) – but you don’t actually need to buy them. You can make your own!
Making your own baby wipes isn’t just the cheapest option, it’s by far the most environmentally friendly solution. It’s also the most gentle way to clean your baby, making it much less likely that they’ll end up with nappy rash or irritated skin, and if they do, ensuring that cleaning up that area doesn’t become even more of an ordeal.
There are quite a few ways to make your own baby wipes. Here are our top three suggestions.
Natural sponge and water
For most nappy incidents, a little warm water will do the trick. Using one of our beautifully soft and gentle natural sponges makes cleaning up with water really easy. Afterwards, you can clean the sponge with more water, mixed with a little vinegar, bicarbonate of soda or tea-tree oil for natural disinfection.
Flannel or fleece and oils
Cut a length of soft flannel or fleece into small squares. Fill a spray-bottle with a mixture of cold chamomile tea, a dash of olive oil and a few drops of lavender oil or tea tree oil. As needed, spray the dirty area and clean with the flannel or fleece. Put the cloths to soak afterwards in a mixture of water and bicarbonate of soda, washing them every other day at least.
Supermarket-style wet wipes
These are homespun wet wipes that look just like the ‘real thing’, and are easy to transport when you’re out and about. The idea is taken from this wonderful blog: https://keeperofthehome.org/homemade-all-natural-cleaning-recipes/. Here’s what you’ll need and how to do it:
- 1 cup water
- ¼ cup white vinegar
- 8 drops tea tree oil
- 8 drops eucalyptus essential oil
- 8 drops lemon essential oil
- Empty baby wipe container (make sure it’s an environmentally friendly option to start with, such as these from Natracare or Beaming Baby)
- 15-20 baby-wipe-size squares of cloth
Fold and place the cloth squares in the empty wipe container and set aside.
In a mixing bowl, combine the water, vinegar and the three essential oils, stirring until well mixed.
Pour the mixture over the cloths in the container, where it will soak in. The cloths will then be ready for you to pull out and use.
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This post was written by Yzanne