Wednesday, September 12, 2012

DIY Fun: Homemade Diaper Wipes & Solution

Over the weekend, I decided that we would be making the switch to homemade baby wipes. We visited my grandmother on Sunday and while there, we ran out of wipes. We would have had to go all the way to Target while we were there, buy wipes, and then go home in order to clean our son's behind - after months of using throw-away wipes, the process of cleaning our son suddenly seemed long and drawn out. So I insisted that he be cleaned with some water and paper towels (luckily my grandmother buys Viva paper towels, which the diaper wipe-making circles rave over). Of course on that day, my usually one-every-other-day pooper decided he wanted to poop not once, but almost 3 times while we were out (the second change was really more like a smear). Hmph...

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!


9 comments:

  1. You have the cutest website!!!! I wish we lived closer so the boys could play! They are so similiar!

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    1. I know! Him and Wyatt would be fast friends, what with being less than a week apart, haha.

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  2. I'm going to try this! I have all the stuff. I'm excited! lol

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    1. If you want to make everyday wipes (for hands, faces, etc, not for babies) you can use vinegar instead of baby wash. Though I'm not sure how great that would smell, haha...

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  3. I"m definitely going to try this.

    PS. As I was reading the first paragraph, I saw the picture of Daniel smiling on the left hand column as if to say, "I inconvenience you for my personal entertainment." ;)

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    1. I knew you would appreciate this! And you know, it's through the small inconveniences that Daniel brings to my life that I get to experiment and feel better about myself as a human being ;) hahaha.

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  4. Hi, you popped by my blog earlier so while nursing, I'm taking some time to cruise yours. you've got great perspective on motherhood and I enjoy your posts.

    As for cloth wipes, you don't have to back them. my favorite wipes are microfiber shop towels cut to washcloth size and serged and the cut up flannel receiving blanket. You could use pinking shears on the flannel. We have found, through two cloth diapered kids, that cloth wipes are easier. Everything goes in the laundry, no trash can to deal with. We keep a stack of moistened wipes in a wipes warmer and make our own solution.

    I didn't know coconut oil was safe for cloth diapers. That's really good to know. I cook with it and use it for my own skin as well as in my homemade deodorant so I'll try it on my little guy too.

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    1. Thank you for coming by and leaving those tips about making more wipes. I have since cut down to using the paper towel wipes only during poops, as I've repurposed the old baby wash clothes we only used when he was a newborn! I am so pleased with making my own wipes, it is such a time and money saver.

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