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How to Make Homemade Baby Wipes

5/21/2010 12:39:43 PM

Tags: homemade baby wipes, homemade wet wipes

Living naturally and sustainably is all about knowing where the things you use come from. How much do most of us really know, for instance, about the chemicals in our dishwashing liquids or the materials in our babies’ diapers? We touch these things daily, yet we know so little about them. When it comes to our children, we can never know enough.

That’s why I was so excited to stumble upon a brief Do It Yourself article written for MOTHER EARTH NEWS by Sharon Smith nearly 10 years ago: Homemade Handy Wipes. There’s no guessing when it comes to these. You take out what you put in.

If you’re using store-bought baby wipes on your newborn’s bottom, you have every reason in the world to be picky about how they were made. Follow the steps for this easy DIY project for homemade baby wipes, and there won’t be any surprises…at least not from the handy wipes.

Up your Earth-friendly points by purchasing recycled paper towels like the ones from Seventh Generation, available at most grocery stores.

An added bonus: A box containing between 400 and 600 of the leading brand’s baby wipes can cost up to $20. You could easily buy 10 rolls of paper towels for that price, and you’ll end up with more than double the number of wet wipes. It’s a good deal all around.



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12/14/2012 10:44:59 AM
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Ivy_3
5/23/2010 1:43:44 PM
I agree with previous posts about using cloth wipes. I made my own just using 7 inch squares of flannel fabric that I surged around the edges to prevent fraying. They are super absorbent, have saved us a bundle, and have helped us to do our part environmentally.

William Lubitz_4
5/23/2010 10:22:10 AM
I'd suggest considering going with the non-disposable alternative of cloth wipes. We have found that washclothes (or wipe cloths made from recycling holey socks, clothes etc), wet with a bit of tap water (just water, no need for anyting more elaborate), work better at cleaning up baby bottoms than any disposable products. Keep a covered pail to put them in, and when the pail is full toss them in the washer on the "heavy duty" or "sanitary" cycle, dry them, and they are ready to go again. Cloth wipes are more absorbent and don't rip like disposable ones, and in our experience are less irritating to the child's skin. (We continue to use them in our bathroom even though our boys are out of diapers.) If you're thinking about cloth diapering (which is highly recommended - less expensive, healthy skin, greener) you could try out using cloth wipes as a "trial run" to get a feel for what cloth diapering involves.







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