Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Make your own baby wipes! What?!
Ok, before you start judging and thinking I've gone major hippy on you... hear me out. I've seen dozens of diy baby wipes on the net (mostly pinterest) but when I looked at what they were made out of—paper towels—I always dismissed them, thinking how could a soggy paper towel possibly remain sturdy enough to clean Beck's tush, surely they would just crumble to pieces right??
Wrong. A couple friends had made some recently and I was blown away. When I ran out of store-bought wipes I ran to the store for a roll of paper towels to put it to the test myself. I had everything else already at home to make them and honestly, it was just super fun to do. And they are awesome! They work so well it kind of makes me mad I didn't try this a year ago. They clean super well and are moisturizing too, thanks to the coconut oil! They are also safe to use on hands and faces too, of course, since its made entirely from natural (like truly natural) ingredients.
And at less than $2 for a roll of paper towels (which makes two tubs), they are way more affordable than any "natural" wipes you can buy which is a major win.
Here's how you make them! I adapted the recipe slightly from here
1 roll of paper towels—I used viva and they are perfect!
1 3/4 cups distilled water, or boiled and cooled but still warm
1 Tablespoon coconut oil
1 Tablespoon witch hazel
1 Tablespoon castile soap (Dr. Bronners)
2 capsules of vitamin E
Lavender and Tea tree essential oil, 3 drops each
A container to store the wipes in!
Cut the roll of paper towels in half and place one half cut side down in the container.
In a bowl, mix together the water, coconut oil, witch hazel, castile soap, and vitamin e and stir until everything is blended together. Add essential oils then give another quick stir.
Pour the mixture of the paper towels in the container and let it sit for 5-10 minutes until its absorbed then put the lid on a flip the container over to make sure the wipes are well soaked.
Pull the cardboard center out of the wipes, which will pull the innermost wipe up to start your roll off.