Frugal Friday- Make Your Own Wipes

  You know how they say necessity is the mother of invention. I say desperation really is. Like running out of wipes late at night and not feeling up to a midnight run to the store in my pajamas. So instead I turned to my good friend google and decided to make my own wipes. Here is what I did.

Take a roll of paper towels (I use the good ones-Viva, cause they are super soft) and use a sharp knife to cut it in half. Then mix 1 cup of boiling water, 1 tablespoon of baby oil and 1 tablespoon of baby shampoo. Put the paper towels in an old baby wipe container and pour the mixture over the top. Voila, baby wipes. For a fraction of the cost of store bought wipes even when I used the good paper towels.

They have worked out so well that I might give up the store bought kind. Until I decide to stop being lazy already and potty train my 2 1/2 year old so I can get off the wipes permanently. Or until she hits puberty and the whole peer pressure thing sets in.

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  1. Speaking of potty training- my pediatrician told me about a mom who had 3 kids and finally trained her youngest when he was over 3 and he asked her if he could stop wearing diapers! At least she knew he was ready.

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  2. I need to do this, I keep seeing the recipe on the web. With another baby on the way I need to find ways to cut back, lol!

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  3. I think I might use these for me…

  4. oh man that sounds WAY more complicated than just going to the store.

    when I run out of wipes I just use toilet paper. if it’s good enough for my butt, it’s good enough for his.

    (though I like wipes even for grownups, myself.)

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  5. Jen@BigBinder says:

    Waaay back, before I even knew you (which seems like another lifetime), I did this but I used diaper flannel fabric cut up into little wipe-sized sheets, and made the solution out of baby shampoo and tea tree oil I bought at the health food store. I soaked, then washed the wipes along with the cloth diapers.

    That was when I had one kid, lots of time on my hands, and Al Gore on my speed dial. My my, how times have changed…

  6. I’m out of the diaper stage but great idea!

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  7. Shynea says:

    More and more, I am seeing people talk about making their own baby wipes. I have even done it a few times with my oldest two boys when I ran out unexpectedly at the last minute of diaper wipes. I also added baby lotion to my mixture for extra softness. I just now read another blog that said to add the liquid of three vitamin E capsules as well. This is frugalness at it’s best.

  8. I haven’t tried this yet, but often let my wipes stash get dangerously low, so this “recipe” will come in handy:-)

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  9. I go one step further and use baby wash cloths instead of paper towels. I just throw ’em in the diaper pail with my diapers! (I use cloth)

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  10. My youngest is 15 and I still make my own wipes. I keep them in the car. Someone is always getting something on them and the wipes come in handy.

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