Raising a green baby can seem like a tall order at times but with this simple solution, we can help keep your baby in the green zone. Frugal parents will love this as well. It is also going to save you money! Yes, real money, not just a few cents here and there!
WHY USE REUSABLE BABY WIPES
Image – Bamboo Cloth Wipes
There are so many mums out there who have done this and tested every method known possible, so keep in mind that if these solutions don’t work for you and your family, just keep trying different ideas and one will finally stick!
The best part of reusable, homemade baby wipes is that they are gentle on your baby’s sensitive skin. Making your own solution, you are in charge of what is going your on baby’s skin and what they are being exposed to. Plus you will use less packaging than store bought wipes and cut back on your environmental impact.
If you are on a tight budget, this will be a great relief as we all know how expensive baby wipes are, and how quickly you end up going through them! It feels like when you just open a new pack, it is no time at all before you have to hit the stores to buy more of them!
The great thing about the reusable baby wipes, is you can keep using them after your baby is toilet trained. They make excellent make up removalwipes or great clean up rags to have around the house. They can be used for sticky hands and messy faces, and can be laundered with your cloth nappies (if you use them) or with your towels.
Just a quick side note, there are also options that use non-reusable cloth which we will cover as well, but we encourage parents to give this a go! You don’t have to be using cloth nappies to use homemade baby wipes either. We just want everyone to have a go and try! But remember you have to make it work for you and your family, so keep smiling and keep trying!
HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE BABY WIPES
First you need to decide what kind of fabric you want to use. You can start out cheaply by using what you already have at home such as old towels, flannel or terrycloth. I would stear away from using fleece and woven fabrics due to their nature of smearing the feaces all around your babies bottom and it makes for a harder clean up. Trust me on this!
You can even go a step further and buy some organic bamboo velour! Nice!
Now think about the thickness of you the wipe, if you have a thicker material you can get away with one layer, but if you are using a thinner material you will be better off doing two layers. Two layers also help with absorbancy and makes them longer lasting.
Decide what size to make your wipes. You can try 8×8 or 4×8, but you can make them any size you want.
If you are going to the basic route, or if you are new to sewing (I am!) just a square cloth that has been over locked around the edges is fine.
Two-layer zig-zag/serged wipes are a little more difficult, but will get easier with practice.
- Cut both fabrics into squares or rectangles the size you decided on. You can trace quarters to round the corners if you’d like.
- Lay one layer with the “right side” down so you’re looking at the back of the fabric.(The right side is the front of the fabric, the side you want to look at and use.)
- Place the other piece of fabric on top of the first, with the right side up and facing you.
- Check to make sure you can see the right side of both pieces of fabric on the outside.
- Line up the edges of the layers and pin all the way around the wipe.
- Zig-zag or serge all the way around the edge, removing the pins as you go. Be sure that the “zag” of the stitch goes a little over the edge to keep the fabric from getting raggedy.
- Be sure to backstitch at the beginning and end of stitching, or finish the serge stitch, so the stitching won’t pull out.
- Trim the thread close to the fabric and admire your work!
Two-layer “T&T” (turned and topstitched) wipes are a little tricky, but with practice you can do it!
- Add 1/4 inch to each side of the wipes when you cut them out. (That means that if you want 8×8″ wipes, cut the fabric 8 1/2 x 8 1/2.)
- Cut both fabrics into squares or rectangles the size you decided on, remembering to add 1/4 inch. Leave the corners square, it’s easier than rounded corners.
- Lay one piece of fabric with the “right side” up and facing you.(The right side is the front of the fabric, the side you want to look at and use)
- Lay the other piece of fabric on top of the first with the right side down.
- Check to make sure that both pieces of fabric have their right sides together on the inside.
- Line up the edges and pin all the way around. Be sure that you can see the WRONG side of the fabric on both sides of the wipe.
- With a straight stitch, stitch almost all the way around the wipe, about 1/4 in from the edge.
- Stop about 2 inches from where you started sewing, backstitch and cut the threads.
- Trim each corner near the stitching so it’s not bulky when you turn it right-side-out.
- Carefully turn the wipe right-side-out through the opening you left.
- Fold the edges of the opening in so they’re inside the wipe and the outer edge is straight.
- Pin the edges of the opening to hold it closed.
- Straight stitch all the way around the wipe less than 1/4 inch from the edge, making sure to close the opening. (If you stitch too far away from the edge you won’t close the opening and those edges will flip out and get raggedy.
- Remember to backstitch when you begin and end stitching.
- Trim the threads and admire your work!
HOW TO LAUNDER YOUR CLOTH WIPES:
You can just throw the soiled ones in with the cloth nappies (if you are using them) and the wet ones go in with the baby’s clothes. You will need at least 24 to 36 wipes for your baby.
If you are not using cloth nappies, you can pop them in with your teatowels and towel wash.
HOW TO USE NON-RESUABLE BABY WIPES
If you are not inclined to sew the cloths and just want to use what you have on hand. You can use
To make the wipes:
1. Mix all the liquid ingredients together.
2. Put paper towels in a large mixing bowl, and pour the mixed liquid over the top of the paper towels.
3. Let the mixture soak through for approximately 10 minutes.
4. Turn paper towels upside down and allow to sit for another 10 minutes.
5. Pull out the center cardboard core and the wipes will pop up through the middle of the roll.
6. Store your homemade wipes in a gallon-size plastic bag, plastic storage container with a lid, or re-use an old disposable wipes container.
HOMEMADE BABY WIPE SOLUTION RECIPES
How to use the baby wipe solution is you can chose to either spray the cloth wipes and then use, or you can spray directly onto an older baby’s bottom. The other method is you can soak the baby wipes. This mix needs replacing regularly, but I like that it is fresh each time I make a batch. You can also make up tubs of cleanser and soak your cloth wipes in the solution, but I would recommend that you replace the solution daily for this method.
1tsp natural/organic SLS FREE baby bath wash
1tsp almond oil
250ml cooled boiled water
Mix in a spray bottle and shake before each use.
Don’t store solution or wet wipes for a long time because they can grow mildew or mould since they are preservative free.
Check your solution and any pre-made wet wipes daily, and mix smaller batches of solution frequently instead of large batches less often to avoid any mould or mildew problems.
Keep in mind to leave your solution out of direct sunlight as well. We mix fresh solution once a week, store it in a bottled-water bottle, and have not had any problems.