I posted about my homemade baby wipes over a year ago now. The response has been amazing – I still get comments on that post! I just wanted to give an update on how my system has evolved in the last year, making it even easier and time efficient. To get see my recipe and original tutorial, click here.
I used to tear and fold the wipers to fill my travel container once a week. With two in diapers, this was getting to be a hassle. Several people suggested I try converting a round plastic container into a wiper dispenser. I had tried this before but hadn’t had much successs (maybe the towels were too cheap). I’m so glad your tips inspired me to try again. Now I cut a roll of paper towels in half about once a month, and every two weeks I place a half a roll into an old pretzel container (Coffee cans or old tupperware tubs work, too), and pour my soapy water over top. I’ve cut a hole in the lid about the size of a dime so I can pull the wipers out as I need them. This is what we use when we’re at home – I fill my travel container by accordion-folding a pile from the half roll. Again, I can just pull them out as I need them, ripping them at the preforation. I still like using the paper towels that are perforated in thirds.
I love that I only have to make wipers every two weeks now. They are sturdy and just the right size.
There have been a lot of questions posted in the comments of my last post. I have answered them as they come in the comments, but thought I’d address them all here in a post…
Brand…I use Bounty Select-a-Size paper towels. Viva is another good brand.
Usage…A large BJ’s-sized package lasts me about a year with one in diapers and one who is potty trained (we use them for ‘business’).
Flushable? We do flush these wipers – they are sturdy, yet not even as thick as the toddler wipes that are advertised as ‘flush-able’, so I figure we’re safe.
Sour Wipers? I have never had the wipers go bad or smell musty, but for the first time this month, after a stretch of very hot weather, I noticed a little spot of pretty, purpley mold growing on the last of this month’s wipers. The way to keep your wipers fresh would be to make a smaller batch more frequently, or refrigerate the large container and refill a smaller tub as you need it.
Sensitive Skin…If your baby has sensitive skin, these wipers may be the answer! I’ve had several people thank me for providing the first wiper solution that doesn’t aggravate their baby’s skin.
Cost Effective! If you haven’t tried this yet, I hope you are inspired to give homemade wipers a chance. You could save $50-$100 a year by making your own!