I love saving money by making things myself. If I can find a recipe or a DIY for something I normally have to buy, then I'm all over it. If I can't find instructions, I'll figure out how to do it myself.
When we first started using cloth wipes, I bought some wipe solution drops that we were dissolved in warm water. They worked well enough, but I didn't like that I had to keep going back and buying them. So, I decided to look for a DIY. I found a couple, and from all the recipes I discovered, I came up with my own recipe. I chose the ingredients in this recipe because most of them were things I already had around the house. I bought the tea tree oil on Amazon, and also found that Hobby Lobby carries it as well as a nice selection of other essential oils.
For this recipe you will need:
- A sealable container (preferably something recycled like an old shampoo or lotion bottle)
- Baby wash
- Tea Tree Oil
- Olive Oil
- First, you should fill up your bottle with warm water. If you put your other ingredients in first and then add the water, you'll end up with so many bubbles that you won't be able to fill the container completely—at least not in a timely fashion.
- Add a squirt of baby wash. Honestly, any type of soap, such as castile soap or even hand soap will work as well. You just need a little bit.
- Add roughly ten drops of tea tree oil. Tea tree oil can be exchanged for another anti-fungal essential oil such as lavender or cinnamon.
- Add a teaspoon or two of olive oil. I just dump in one good "glug." This oil can be exchanged for some melted coconut oil or almond oil. However, I wouldn't use vegetable or canola oil. The oil acts as a moisturizer so you need to use an oil that will moisturize well.
- Shake it all up together in your bottle, and squirt it into your wipes container until they're all saturated but not dripping. You don't want standing water in your wipes container. If you store your wipes dry, you can put the solution into a spray bottle and just squirt the wipes as you use them. We did that for awhile, but then decided that it made for a quicker diaper change to have wipes that were already wet.
The best thing about this wipes solution is that your wipes can sit wet for a long time without ever getting mold or mildew because the tea tree oil keeps them nice and fresh, while also ridding your baby's bum of any germs.
So you buy a wipe solution or make your own? What kinds of things do you add to your recipe to make it awesome?
Mandipants Date 7/18/2013
I plan on making my own wipes solution. I may use coconut oil instead of olive oil.
Crystalyn G Date 7/19/2013
Ooo! Very helpful! If we can afford the cloth diapers and wipes this time this would be great! I didn't even think to use anything but water!! :) Silly me.
Melissa S Date 7/19/2013
I just use lavender castile soap and a few drops of essential lavender oil mixed in water. I use a wipes warmer, so I soak the cloths first, wring them out and place in the warmer.
Kristyn Edwards Date 7/19/2013
We make our own! Water, tea tree oil, coconut oil, a squirt of Burt's Bees baby wash, and a couple drops of lavendar oil for the smell. Love it!
Tiffany Darling Date 7/19/2013
Getting ready to make my own wipes. This is a great idea!!! Thanks!
Caroline Date 7/19/2013
Thanks for the recipe. This is so much more gentle on baby.
Robyn Date 7/20/2013
I use a spray bottle and keep wipes dry until needed. Sounds like a good recipe to try!
emily Date 7/20/2013
I am just starting cloth diapering to save money this will help.
Kim Hendricks Date 7/21/2013
We have just been using a spray bottle & plain water for the past 18 months & it has worked great! It has been getting more difficult to get the sticky poo off his bum as he has gotten older, so this might be helpful!
Rachel N Date 7/21/2013
I do the same thing except I add coconut oil instead of olive oil.
Kim Date 7/21/2013
Thanks for the recipe! I saw how many different things people use in their wipes solution, and this looks about like what I would have put together from them all!
Talia Date 8/9/2013
Nice recipe! I like the simplicity of it; I feel like most wipe solution recipes have too many components.