We were down to our final package of wipes here at home as well (we bought an economy-sized box of about 10 regular sized packages back in June) and with our final wipe used today, I was bound and determined to make my own solution and wipes. After looking through several websites on how-to, I realized that I had everything to make the wipes here at home. See, already saving money! I bought a jar of coconut oil some months back as a skin protectant for D if he ever broke out in redness (it's safe to use with cloth diapers), so I looked for a recipe to use coconut oil with. The recipe called for:
- 8 oz water
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon baby wash
I heated the water in the microwave to a boil (about 3.5 minutes in my unit) to make dissolving the oil easier; I mixed the water and oil in a mason jar I had set aside. Once the oil and water were incorporated, I added the wash. The solution was a bit too sudsy and oily for my liking so I added additional water until it was about 12 ounces total.
I then got the idea to reuse the wipes tub we have by cutting a paper towel roll in half and soaking it in the solution I just made. My grandmother gave us several rolls of Viva to take home (she shops at Costco, so... towels a plenty), so I used one of those. My ceramic knife cut it in half very easily; I maneuvered the cardboard from the middle without really ruining the towel around it. When I added the solution, I noticed it wasn't quite enough; I quickly made another 12 ounces.
After the 24 ounces of fluid soaked into the paper towel roll, I decided that it was too much (lol) and was also too soapy. I added plain water, squeezed out as much excess solution as I could, and closed the lid. I tried the wipes with a diaper change after his afternoon nap and I have to say, I'm pretty happy with the result. I don't think there's too much soap on the wipes and I love the coconut oil softening and protecting his sensitive bottom!
I also made a jar of 12 ounces water/half a table spoon of each baby oil and baby wash to use with the FuzziBunz brand diaper wipes I received as a gift along with my cloth diapers. We only have 10 of those to use, so I prepped 3 of his old flannel receiving blankets so upcycle into some DIY wipes. I'm not quite sure what I'm going to back them with yet, or how I'm even going to do it (I don't have a sewing machine yet). That will have to be a project for another day!