Baby wipes are indispensable items in the tool chest of any new parent. Not only will you use them for the thousands of diaper changes that your child will need in her first years of life, but you'll also use them for countless other tasks in your child's baby and toddler years. Car seat spills? Dirty picnic tables? A scraped knee? Don't panic — just whip out the baby wipes.  

So you can imagine how all of this use can add up to big dollars to keep your baby wipe supply cabinet stocked. Not to mention that most traditional baby wipes on store shelves are made with soaps, oils, fragrances, preservatives and dyes that may not be so great for your baby's precious newborn skin.

Fortunately, it's easy to make your own homemade baby wipes, and doing so will save you money and let you control the quality of ingredients that come in contact with your sweet baby's bum.

Here's how it's done.

Materials:

  • Paper towels (or reusable cloths if you decide to go this route)
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons liquid castile soap 
  • 1 tablespoon olive or almond oil (optional)
  • Shoe-boxed sized plastic container (an old wipe container will work well if you already have one)

Instructions:

  1. Cut the roll of paper towels in half.
  2. Mix all of the liquid ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Place one of the half-rolls of paper towels in the liquid mixture and let sit for 10 minutes.
  4. Flip the paper towels over and let sit for another 10 minutes.
  5. Pull out the inner cardboard paper towel tube.
  6. Place homemade wipes in container.

The wipes can be pulled out from the inside core and used just like store-bought baby wipes.

If you decide to use reusable cloths, simply mix the liquid ingredients and spray onto cloth before each use. Toss cloth in the laundry hamper immediately after use.

It doesn't get much easier than that! 

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