I began making my own baby wipes when my eldest was a few months old. But only this year have I got it down to a science, so I thought I’d share my method with you.
You’ll need Olive Oil, Baby Shampoo, Paper towels, and a wiper container to store them in.
A note on the paper towels: Viva brand paper towels are reportedly the best for baby wipes, but I just use the best brand BJ’s sold. I bought a 12 roll package of Bounty paper towels for $17 back in September, and I do believe it’s gonna last me over a year. Compare that to Huggies Flushable Wipes (my preference over regular baby wipes for their size and portability) which would cost me aprox. $100 a year. Plus, I don’t have to worry about all the fragrances and alcohol and stuff they put into store bought wipes. Whatever brand you choose, you will need the towels that tear into thirds.
To start, I rip a whole roll of paper towels into individual sheets (this is a quick chore every month or so). Then when I’m ready to make a batch of wipers, I take a stack of these and begin folding them. I used to just bend the whole hunk together so it fit into the container, but I found a little more time spent at this point in the process means way more convenience each time I change a diaper. So I fold them like this…
I fold the towels accordion style, overlapping each new sheet about 3/4 an inch.
When the water has boiled, I add a tablespoon each of the olive oil and baby shampoo. This makes the wipers soft and, well, ‘wipeable’. I place my stack of folded towels into a loaf pan, and pour the water over top. Whisk the mixture well right before you pour it over to blend the oil in. Then I just let them set on the counter till they’re cool enough to pack away into my container.
I love the Huggies flushable wipes container – it’s small enough to throw into the diaper bag, and super convenient. With the pop up lid and my patented folding technique, grabbing a wiper in the middle of a messy diaper change is as easy as 1-2-3 and only requires one hand. For Jesse, I use a whole wiper, folded in half for nice thickness. Claire’s diaper changes are tidier and I only use a half a wiper at a time. The towels tear in half a lot easier than store bought wipes, so being thrifty with them is easier.
I’m totally sold on making my own wipes, especially now that I can make them as good as store bought, without paying the price!
Check out this follow-up post in which I answer questions and show my new method for bulk wiper storage!