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Homemade Flushable Wipes

Save money and control the cleaning ingredients used by making your own flushable wipes. This is a guide about homemade flushable wipes.


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November 4, 2015

Since the thick cloth Wet Wipes are expensive and not good for a septic system, I always keep a small spray bottle with some water in it within a spare toilet roll next to my toilet. You could even add one tiny drop off liquid soap and/or essential oil if desired. Just spritz the tissue you are going to use and wipe!

It's great for an extra clean wipe up from the young to non so young!

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November 16, 20150 found this helpful

Lol, lifekinds! Love the alliteration!

A friend who I shop for always had me buying disposable wipes for him, so I started using them myself. Recently, I read that the chemicals in them aren't so good for humans or for aquatic life (after the wipes make their journey through the sewer system), and the wipes themselves don't break down as readily as toilet paper. So, I stopped using wipes, and went back to my old practice of just reaching into the sink (cheek by jowl with the toilet - pun intended - in my tiny bathroom) and moistening a pad of t.p. with a few drops of water. It always worked before, so I regret even trying the wipes, although I only used about 3 packages of them all together. While using them up, I stopped flushing them and put them in an empty cat litter bag that had a ziptop, then threw the whole thing out after the wipes were used up.

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June 4, 2010

How do you make flushable toilet wipes? They are becoming so expensive in the stores and I just cannot keep buying them so I want to make them. Anyone have good ideas on how to do this?

By Sue from IN

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June 4, 20100 found this helpful
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I have never made flushable wipes; but in a pinch, I have simply applied a bit of baby lotion to a few layers of toilet tissue, and used that with good results. We don't use flushable wipes; we buy inexpensive baby wipes and throw them away after use. I also know there are recipes around for baby wipes. They do a great job, and are much less expensive, just don't flush them.

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June 4, 20100 found this helpful
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Just a FYI for those that use "flushable" wipes and actually flush them down the toilet. Do not do it! We used to flush ours but after having to get a plumber to come and snake our main drain all the way to the main sewer line we have stopped. The plumber told us this is the cause of so many clogs because they do not break up like they claim, they just stay in a big clump. We now keep a small covered waste can next to the toilet to put the used ones in and toss them in the trash. Save yourself on a plumbing bill by not flushing these down the toilet.

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June 4, 20100 found this helpful
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I agree about never flushing any kind of wipe as they are not good for the sewer pipes. Google "Homemade baby wipes" and you will find lots of ideas and recipes. Also, to conserve wipes, you don't have to use them for the entire "procedure". Start the cleanup with regular toilet paper, then finish up with a moist wipe. No need to use 4-5 wipes at each diaper change. Try to keep it to 1-2.

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June 4, 20100 found this helpful
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Another idea for you: you could take paper towels, fold them into squares, wet them and put them into a zip lock sandwich baggies (to keep moist for a long time while they are in the bathroom). But of course, I wouldn't suggest flushing them either.

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June 4, 20100 found this helpful

Don't make them, but I get mine from the dollar store (Dollar Tree). I use the refills & put them into containers I already have. Look in the baby section. They are very affordable!

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June 4, 20100 found this helpful

I use baby wipes and throw them in the trash (not in the toilet). Works great and is inexpensive! :)

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November 7, 20150 found this helpful

I have been using the same method, but use witch hazel to wet the toilet paper. It witch hazel helps if you have an itch in that area for whatever reason.

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November 14, 20100 found this helpful

Does anyone have a recipe for Adult bathroom wipes? I am caring for an elderly relative and the store brands are extremely expensive. Thank you!

- Shawn


Handmade Adult Wipes

I use:

  • 1/4 c feminine wash
  • 1/4 c body oil
  • 1/4 c witchhazel
  • 3 cups water

Mix well and pour over 1/2 of a paper towel roll. Let sit until all liquid is absorbed. I keep mine in a plastic container with an X cut in top. Pull out the paper roll in center and then feed through the X from the middle. It works great. I like Viva paper towels the best. I use my electric knife to cut the towels in half. (04/25/2006)

By twjorf

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