Source: from "Homemade Mamas" blog
By laniegirl from IA
I have been making this for over a year now and they are just as good as the name brand wipes. I read that they would "spoil" if you made the wipes up ahead, but I have had a container in the truck for over 6 months and they have yet to spoil even in the summer time.
This will make two containers of wipes if you buy the 54 sheet roll of Bounty towels. If you get the larger roll, it will make more as it will be hard to get all the paper towels into a wipes container. The 54 sheets will fit snugly into the container and the other half into the other container.
Also you can use any fragrance of baby lotions and wash for this recipe. I used the lavender and they smell so good. You can buy the generic brands at the dollar store and they go a long way, lasts for months. Next time I am going to try the baby powder fragrance.
Source: Can't remember, but it was on the internet
I use a Folger's plastic coffe can for my container. It's the perfect size! To use: fill with cold water and 1/4 cup white vinegar and let sit overnight, this removes the coffee smell. You can make these wetter or drier by adding more or less water.
I always keep a tub of these in the car for everyone.
I have also torn off and folded a half roll of towels and put them in a wipe warmer before pouring on the solution.
Reba from Mississippi
By Reba Gayle Shurden
Instead of buying baby wipes at the store, I make mine homemade. All it costs is a roll of double quilted bounty paper towels and baby soap and baby oil which you already have for the baby. You cut the towel roll in half so you have 2 round halves. Pull the cardboard out of the center of one.
Buy a container with a lid that the towels will fit tightly into. Put 2 cups of water, 8 squirts of baby soap and 3 short squirts of baby oil. shake it up and put the towel roll into the container and close the lid. Turn upside down and let sit for about 10 minutes so the liquid can soak through.
Put the other half of the paper towels away for next time. Cheap and efficient! I discovered it when my son had an allergic reaction to store wipes and found it to be much cheaper and they last longer!
Try this if you find that you're close to running out of baby wipes and won't have enough to last until payday.
Using the empty wipe container, put in a small amount of warm water in the bottom, about 1/2 inch, add a few drops of baby oil, and a few drops of mild baby bath wash. Now, take enough paper towels to fill container and cut each one in half, then put them into the water, oil, bath wash solution. Now flip the stack over to be sure they all get saturated. Whaa-la! You have instant baby wipes. The bath wash cleanses the skin, the oil moisturizes and seals the skin. Use a dry paper towel or wash cloth to pat skin dry before diapering baby. I recommend using the better quality paper towels. The ones that feel more like material, because they're softer and don't fall apart so easily. Also, use the products that you normally use on baby, so you know they won't be allergic. I used these on my three children, now grown, when money was tight and found they worked better then the store bought ones.
By Josie from Homer, AK
Save tons of money by making your own baby wipes. It's much easier than you might think. I use only the Bounty paper towels because they hold up better. Fold them in thirds (accordion style--like when you were a kid and made fans in school with your old papers!) Make sure to leave the paper towels attached at the perforation because it helps them feed through the wipes container. When the paper towels are folded cut them in half (this means each roll of towels should make about 200 wipes) and set them in your wipes container. Boil water, let it cool and measure out about 1 1/2 cups of water per wipes container. Add 2 drops of tea tree oil (a natural antiseptic) for each 1 1/2 cups of water. Pour it slowly over the towels. Allow them to sit of a couple hours and you're set.
I use old wipes containers that I already had around the house. If you don't have some, ask neighbors, co-workers, family, church members. Most people just throw them away so it shouldn't be hard to find 4 or 5 of them. I pre-fold my paper towels when I'm on the phone, watching our toddler in the tub, etc. This way when I run out, they're already folded. All I have to do is add the water. If your buy the paper towels on sale with coupons, you can make the wipes for about 1/2 cent or less per wipe as opposed to the 2-3 cents per wipe they cost at the store. It may sound like a small amount, but it REALLY adds up in the long run. Good luck!
By Heidi from Washington, DC
Wipes are so tiny, for every poop, I gotta use at least 3 or 4. It adds up! $9.80 was the last time I was at Walmart for the Huggies Sensitive wipes (some of those cheaper brands irritate the little bums).
Considering the number of medications that are administered via the skin, I became alarmed at the number of chemicals in baby products. FDA notwithstanding, it seems that most of these things can be absorbed by my baby's skin. So, I recently began making my own baby wipes, after reading the ideas on this site. My own input would be these following items:
I, too, like the Viva Towels, in the Select-a-Size roll. I tear them off, then fold them in half with the more textured side out. Then, I fold them to fit in the box (I really like Huggies boxes, as they have a rubber finger-type grip at the top that really holds the next wipe), and as I fold them, I put the next one in the fold of the previous one, so that when I pull on one, it naturally pulls the next one up with it. PRESTO--pop up wipes.
I use a little bit (1 teaspoon) of vodka to dilute and disperse the essential oils--I like ONE drop of lavender (only one, because it's very strong), one capsule of oregano oil, cut open and squeezed in (for antibacterial properties), 6 drops of rose hip seed oil (moisturizer), 6 drops of jasmine oil (smells great), and about 1 teaspoon of grape seed oil (moisturizer). I mix this, then add about 1 cup of aloe vera juice (available from Sam's Club for about $5.00 per gallon) and 1 cup of colloidal silver made with distilled water. If you aren't familiar with this item, google it--it's great. A natural, safe anti bacterial. If you buy your own silver generator, you can make all you need for the price of batteries and distilled water.
Mix all together, making sure to put the oils in the vodka FIRST and mix, then add other items. That way you don't have big drops of oils on the top wipe and none on the others. Pour over the wipes, pull the first one up, and you're done. These wipes have been known to eliminate diaper rash with one use. They don't have all of the chemicals in them that store bought wipes do, they smell divine, work awesome, and I also use them to clean my face.
Also, if you go to the VIVA website, you can print out coupons for the paper towels. If you like, all the ingredients can be obtained in organic form, and they really do work.
By Gina J. from Colorado
Not edible, but still a good recipe to use, especially with those that have babies with sensitive skin or allergies.
Cut roll of paper towels in 1/2 and take out center tube. In an empty baby wipes container, place the liquid ingredients and 1/2 of roll of paper towels. Insert top one through opening.
By Robin from Washington, IA
I purchases some off-brand of baby wipes before my son was born. I used them the first few days at home with him, but his bottom turned red from irritation.