Have you thought about how much money you spend on Baby / hand wipes? When you consider the cost over a year, it can be quite substantial! Making your own wipes are easy and you are in control of the ingredients that come into contact with you and your children's skin. Lets face it, your skin is your bodies biggest organ - you want to make sure you are using products that are pure and good for you. Have you ever checked the ingredients on your favorite "wipes"?
A lot of the ingredients in commercial wipes are scary and known Cancer causing agents, immunotoxicity, allergies, developmental problems, reproductive toxicity, organ dysfunction, endocrine disruption and cellular changes. You would think that if they were made for babies sensitive skin that they would be safe, apparently that is not the case!
So what can you do? You CAN start being proactive in your choices. Start by making your own wipes! Not only will you feel good about what you are putting on you and your children, you will save a substantial sum of money in the process. I will give you two options, one for disposable and one for re-useable. Both fit all my requirements of being Healthy, Easy, Frugal and quick to assemble! Both methods are good, the re-useable are more cost effective in the long run, but may not be a good fit for everyone. The disposable ones are great for the kids to carry with them.
The great thing about these is you can carry them with you everywhere and they are not just for Babies. Use them for a quick freshen up of your hands when you are out and about. Make extra batches for the kids to carry in their book bags or keep in their desks. Keep one in the car, your office and home! Honestly the one thing I really missed when my children outgrew my need to carry the "baby wipes" is I often found myself needing to wipe off my hands with nothing in the car to use lol.
The one thing for sure is even sensitive skin will thank you. Lets get started: Homemade Baby, Face & Hand Wipes
Solution (1/2 roll):
- 1 3/4 cups boiled tap water (or filtered / distilled)-cooled but still warm
- 1 Tablespoon of 100% pure aloe vera
- 1 Tablespoon of pure Witch Hazel Extract or Rubbing Alcohol
- 1 Tsp of Liquid Soap (something gentle) - I use my homemade (recipe here*)
- 5 Drops of Vitamin E Oil (optional)
- 1 Tablespoon of Coconut Oil (I use) or Olive Oil / Grapeseed Oil
- Essential Oils of choice (optional)- I use 4 drops of Tea Tree, 2 drops of Rosemary and 2 drops of Lavender)
Boil your tap water and let cool off to about 100 degrees. Add in the rest of your ingredients, adding the essential oils last. Stir gently to mix. You can use any blend you like. If you are making a batch for men / boys you may want to use sandalwood or frankinsence instead of the lavender. Now you are ready to slowly pour the solution over your wipes (Disposable or Re-usable). Make sure to get the solution over all the area and then flip your container over for about 5 minutes to make sure you get solution on all the towels. After sitting for about 5 minutes reach in and grab the cardboard and pull up out of the middle of the row. This also now stars the roll for you :) Now you are ready to use them and start saving money!
* I use the coconut oil and Tea tree oil because of their disinfecting properties, to help preserve the wipes naturally. Coconut oil is also easily absorbed into the skin without that greasy feeling.
Wipes: Disposable -
1 roll Bounty or Viva paper towels - the cheaper brands do not work and will fall apart
1 Re-purposed container (Coffee can, baby wipe containers, plastic pencil boxes)
Cut the paper towels in 1/2 with an electric knife (is the easiest) or a regular sharp knife. I Use a plastic coffee container to put in the 1/2 roll of paper towels in and then pour over the solution. This is a good option for in the home or office. You can also use an old wipe container or any rectangle container to utilize them in an accordion fold for car & school use.
1 Old Sheet or Multiple White T-Shirts
Cut into rectangles about 6" x 8" Then layer into your container. Pour the solution over the wipes reserving any left over liquid in a container in the Fridge until you need another refill. Use as you would your other wipes, wash & Re-Use!
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