Friday, October 24, 2014

{31 Days} Preparing for Baby # 3 - Cloth Wipe Solution Recipe

Welcome to my {31 Days} series this year!  We will soon be welcoming baby # 3 and I realized that there is a lot I need to do before that happens!  You can find all the posts in this series here.  Thank you for following along with me.

I talked about cloth diapers recently, but what about wipes?  When we first started cloth diapering, I bought a package.  It was essentially pre-fold diapers with diaper covers, and cloth wipes. 

I hadn’t thought a lot about cloth wipes.  I’m not sure why.  It seems like a natural extension to cloth diapering.  I think the biggest hang up I had was the cost of the wipe solution.  I mean, wasn’t part of the reason I was using cloth diapers to save money?  How was spending $20 or more per month on wipe solution helping me out?  I could easily buy disposable wipes for that amount of money!

I actually did buy that wipe solution for about a year, and when we were short on cash, I would buy disposable wipes.

But, there comes a time when you try to think outside the box – not too far of course, especially after having a baby, which could have disastrous effects!  I thought that there must be a way to make a wipe solution, I mean, I was buying it, so someone was making it!

I searched the internet high and low and found many wipe solution recipes, using baby oil and baby wash, using a bunch of essential oils; finally I came up with what has now worked in our family for several years.

Wipe Solution Recipe – 32oz spray bottle

25oz water
4-6 drops of tea tree essential oil
¼ cup of extra virgin olive oil
¼ cup of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap (I use the peppermint)

This wipe solution is perfect for our family, it doesn’t irritate anyone’s skin, and it smells nice!  I will be making a batch specifically for baby with the Dr. Bronner’s Unscented Baby Mild to make sure there are no skin irritations from the peppermint.

This batch lasts quite a while, and works really well, and it certainly is cheaper than the alternative! 

This can also work to make your own disposable wipes (for when you are out and about) just boil the water first and then pour over a roll of paper towel that has been cut in half.  Use an old wipes container to hold your homemade wipes in, and then take them with you when you are out running errands. 

Do you make your own wipe solution for your baby or family?

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