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Your baby’s health and hygiene hold prime importance and baby wipes help you in achieving that to a great extent. However, buying wipes from the market for everyday use can burn a big hole in your pockets. Therefore, you can try various homemade options for making baby wipes for your little one. Here in the following article, we shall discuss how you can make DIY or homemade baby wipes for your baby.
Why Make Homemade Baby Wipes?
If there are so many options available in the market for baby wipes and they are so readily available too, then why should you undertake all the effort of making homemade baby wipes? Here’s why you should opt for homemade baby wipes:
1. Homemade Baby Wipes Are Low On Cost
There is no denying that baby wipes are a necessity and no compromises can be made where your baby’s hygiene is concerned. However, the amount of money you spend on wipes may startle you. But the wipes that you make at home using natural ingredients will be way cheaper than the ones you procure from the market.
2. Homemade Wipes are A Safer Option
The wipes you make at home using natural and pure ingredients are a safer option for your baby. This is because the baby wipes available in the market sometimes have ingredients and chemicals that may not be safe for your baby. These chemicals may be harmful to your little and also may lead to various health complications. Using homemade wipes ensures that your baby is not exposed to any harmful chemicals.
How to Make Organic (Reusable) Cloth Wipes for Babies?
If you have made up your mind on making DIY baby wipes then the first option you may consider is making cloth wipes for your baby. The best part about making cloth wipes is that they are reusable, which means you can wash and reuse them. However, these are not quite similar to the paper wipes that you may usually be using. This is because cloth wipes are required to be used with a wipe solution. Here’s how you can make homemade cloth baby wipes:
What You Will Need
Soft cotton flannel (which is chemical-free and washable)
- Sewing machine (you may stitch with hand too)
- A spray bottle
- 2 spoons each of baby shampoo and baby oil (you may use baby wash also)
- 2 cups water
How to Make
- Cut the cloth in the desired size.
- Place two pieces on each other and secure by stitching all the ends.
- Put all the wet ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well.
- Whenever required, take some homemade wipe solution on the cloth wipe and use it.
- You may also use old cotton blankets or cotton shirts to make baby wipes.
How to Apply and Store
It is important to remember that when you are using natural ingredients and no preservatives to make wipe solution then they have a very short shelf life. You should store the wipes in a plastic container or bag. As and when the need arises, take out a cloth wipe and spray some solution for cleaning your baby.
How to Make Disposable Paper Towel Baby Wipes?
If you find making and using cloth wipes too much of a task, then you can make paper towel baby wipes too. These wipes are very easy to make and convenient to use. Here’s how to make:
What You Will Need
- A good quality paper towel roll
- A sharp knife
- 150 ml water
- 15-20 ml baby wash or baby shampoo
- 15-20 ml baby oil
- measuring cup
- big bowl
How to Make
- Cut the paper roll into half by using a sharp knife.
- Mix water, baby wash and baby oil in a measuring cup.
- Put the solution is a big bowl and immerse paper toll in it. Let it soak for 10-15 minutes. Now repeat the same from the other side as well.
- Once completely soaked, remove the cardboard roll from inside.
- Your wipes are ready to use.
How to Apply and Store
You can store these wipes in any clean plastic bag or homemade baby wipe container. Whenever you require a wipe, gently pull out a wipe from the container and clean your baby.
You can easily use these wipes for a week or two. However, refrain from storing it for long periods as there are no preservatives used to make them long-lasting.
How to Make DIY Baby Wipes Solution?
You can easily make the baby wipes solution by using various natural ingredients in your home. These are not only easy to make but extremely safe your baby’s gentle skin.
What Ingredients Can Be Used for Making the Solution?
Here are some of the commonly used ingredients and recipes for making DIY baby wipes:
- Oil: Oil is one of the best ingredients for making baby wipes as it will not only make your baby’s skin soft and supple but it is ideal for smoothly wiping your baby’s skin.
- Soap: Soap is a good cleaning agent and good for cleaning the urine and poop traces from your baby’s genitals.
- Essential Oil: Essential oil is a good option for baby wipes and as they come with some added benefits. Such as lavender oil can be used for soothing and calming benefits and tea tree for its antibacterial properties.
- Water: Water is an essential ingredient for making baby wipes. It helps in mixing all the ingredients and also makes it easier for the ingredients to spread easily.
These are some of the ingredients that you can use to make baby wipes. You may follow the some of the recipes that are mentioned below.
If you are wondering how to effectively use the above-mentioned ingredients in making wipes, worry no more as here we have some easy to make homemade baby wipes recipes for you:
i) Antibacterial Baby Wipe Solution
Your baby poops and pees a lot in the initial months after birth and thus his genitals become the apt place for various kinds of bacteria to grow and survive. This antibacterial baby wipe solution may help in keeping bacterial infections at bay. Here what you need:
- 2-3 drops of tea tree oil
- 2-3 drops of lavender oil
- 1 teaspoon vinegar (white)
- 1 tablespoon calendula oil
- 40-50 ml pure aloe vera gel
- 100 ml water
Skip vinegar in case your baby has a skin allergy or a skin rash. Some babies are allergic to tea tree oil too; you should skip it in case your baby is allergic to tea tree oil.
ii) Easy Baby Wipe Solution
This one is really easy and simple to make. Here what you require:
- 100 ml water
- 10-20 ml baby oil
- 10-20 ml baby wash
These are ideal homemade wipes for sensitive skin and you may add any essential oil for some added benefits.
iii) Almond and Chamomile Solution
You can use these homemade baby wipes for diaper rash as they are very soft on your baby’s skin. Here’s what all you need for making these wipes:
- 250 ml hot water
- 15-20 ml almond oil
- 2 chamomile tea bags
Put the tea bags in how water and let the goodness of tea get into the water. Remove after a few minutes and add almond oil. These homemade wipes without baby oil are very safe and smooth for your baby’s skin. If your baby has very sensitive then DIY baby wipes made of coconut oil can be used.
There is no doubt that homemade baby wipes are very good for your baby but sometimes your baby may develop an allergic reaction due to the presence of certain ingredients. Therefore, keep your baby’s allergy in mind before using any ingredients for making wipes. Also, homemade wipes have a very short shelf life, therefore, keep discarding the unused old wipes and make newer ones for your baby in every two to three weeks. However, if you notice that your baby develops an allergy or rash due to the use of homemade baby wipes, you should seek immediate medical help.