Frugal Living: Homemade Baby Wipes

Posted: 08/11/11 12:00 PM (Modified: 08/11/11 12:00 PM)

baby wipes

The cost of purchasing baby wipes can really add up over the years of parenthood. In our usual frugal fashion we bring to you an inexpensive and EASY way to make your very own baby wipes. I made these for awhile with my first son because of his sensitivities to fragrance and other products, they were perfect.

What you will need:
Empty container with a lid (reuse any old wipes containers if you can)
Roll of paper towels
1 1/2 Cups of water
2 Tablespoons of wash
1 Tablespoon baby oil

Instructions: Cut paper towels in half with an electric knife or a super sharp knife. Place one section of cut towels into a bowl. Mix water, wash and oil in a cup. Pour mixture over cut towels soaking them as much as possible. Let sit 10 minutes or more then flip the towels upside down so the mixture soaks the other way. After about 10 minutes, you should be able to remove the middle cardboard center of the paper towels. You can then use them as you would normal baby wipes.

In the picture above, I cut the paper towels neatly and put them in a square Ziploc container. I’m going to wrap that in ribbon and attach the recipe to give as a gift at an upcoming shower. Talk about the gift that keeps on giving!

The typical cost for making 90 wipes using the method above is only .34! Considering the average box of wipes (60 count) is $2.99, this is great savings.

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Nov 9, 2010 07:39 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

great idea...

Nov 9, 2010 08:37 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

This sounds like a great idea!!! Im going to try it. Does anyone know what the money saving cost is?

Nov 9, 2010 09:07 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

I made these when my boys (now 9 & 12) were in diapers. I liked white Viva towels best of all the brands I tried.

Nov 9, 2010 09:32 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

How long will they keep? Just wondering if I can make a big batch and store them :-)

Nov 9, 2010 10:36 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

I've been making my own wipes solution for awhile now. Instead of using paper towels and soaking them, I store the solution in a spray bottle, then I use squares I cut from old fleece baby blankets(you can grab those cheap at thrift shops or garage sales), and just spray on the squares what I need. This works best for me when I am using cloth diapers...I can see how using the paper towels would be better when you use disposables!

Nov 10, 2010 01:18 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

I've been needing to make these and just ran out of wipes today.

Nov 10, 2010 12:01 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I'm making my first batch right now!! can not wait to try them..

Nov 13, 2010 04:47 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

You can also go the old fashion route, and use wash cloths. Some nice clean warm water and a small amount of soap. Wash and reuse. Good for your wallet, good for the environment.

Jun 15, 2011 03:01 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Be careful in the summer heat! They will mildew fast if you keep them in a warmer house or if you leave them in the car. I learned from experience when I had my twins.

Brandi O

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