Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Awesome Baby Wipes

Having two children in diapers and a preschooler who enjoys messes, baby wipes are always needed in our home. I have found that wipes are a necessity for any mom, but are an added expense that can add up quickly.

This recipe was given to me shortly after I had my first child. (Thanks Suzanne!) I'll admit that I was sceptical at first, but after trying it out, I was hooked! I have made my own baby wipes ever since!


One roll of high-quality paper towel
(I only use Bounty Select-a-Size, but any high-quality brand will work)

2 cups boiling water

2-3 tsp. favorite baby wash

Sharp, non-serrated knife

Tupperware-type container to hold wipes in


Using a sharp, non-serrated knife, slowly cut the paper towel roll in half. (tip: I use more of a "pushing" motion rather than a sawing motion when cutting the paper towels. This will keep the paper towels from shredding when being cut.) I obviously didn't cut mine exactly in half.

Measure out 2 cups of water. Microwave water until it boils (approx. 5 minutes.) CAREFULLY remove water from microwave. SLOWLY pour in baby wash.

**If you pour baby wash in too quickly, it will boil over and may cause burns. Please be careful!!**

Place half of the paper towel roll in your container. Slowly poor the mixture over the wipes. Place lid on container. Let stand 5 minutes. (I purchased a wonderful container that has a vent in the lid. This prevents the lid from popping off due to the steam. If your container doesn't have a vent, simply tilt the lid.)After 5 minutes, slowly pull the cardboard center from the wipes.All done! I throw away the first few wipes to remove the glue that held them on to the cardboard center.

Don't have a baby at home? Try making disinfectant wipes instead! Simply replace the baby wash with household bleach. They work just as well as name-brand wipes, but for a fraction of the cost.

SHOPPING TIPS: This recipe will save you so much money. I spend approx. $1.25 a month on wipes for my kids. Watch the sales and coupons and you will soon notice that the Bounty paper towels go on sale about every 2 weeks. When I find a really good deal, I stock up! Remember that each roll makes two batches of wipes.

1 comment:

  1. We do this too and I love 'em! We found it easy to cut the PT with an electric carving knife that we got for our wedding and never used.
    Great blog BTW!