I previously mentioned that we are trying to cut costs and be as frugal as possible. It's an ongoing learning process for us, and some habits (such as careless spending) are difficult to break. We're working on it though!
One of the ways we've been able to save money is by making our own baby wipes. Not only do I have children still in diapers, but my older kids use them once and a while too so we go through quite a bit of them which gets pretty costly.
Homemade wipes cost about $1 or less per batch to make. If you do well at couponing, you could make them for a lot less than that.
What you need:
1 Roll of Bounty or Viva paper towels (the cheap, thin towels won't work)
1 Tbsp Baby Oil
1 Tbsp Baby Wash
1 to 1 & 1/2 cups water (I like my wipes with more moisture so I use 1 & 1/2 cups).
Several drops of Essential Oil if desired. (I use 5 drops of Lavender Oil per batch.)
Cut your roll of paper towels in half with a sharp knife. You will use 1/2 roll per batch. Place 1/2 roll in a plastic container with lid or re-use a round wipes container. Mix together all of the above ingredients and pour over paper towels and place lid on container. Let sit for several minutes and then turn container upside down for several more minutes so mixture will soak fully into paper towels. Turn back over, remove lid and pull cardboard roll out of the middle of the roll. This will start your roll for you and you will be able to pull wipes out of the middle!
I'm able to make 96 wipes per batch this way, but this also depends on what size roll I buy. I was recently able to buy a 12-pack of Bounty paper towels for $8.99 at CVS which ends up being about .37 cents per batch for paper towels.
I have also used liquid Bronner's Organic Castille soap that I found on clearance at Target for .96 cents and it works great as well!
|This container is too big, but it's all I have to use right now.|
|The wipes pull easily out of the middle!|
Let me know if you try making your own! I'd love to know what you think about them.