Saturday, May 30, 2015

K-daughter's homemade baby wipes

Here's a little guest posting that I cobbled together from a text message and two emails that K-daughter sent me.  What I love about these letters is not just that she figured out how to make inexpensive baby wipes, but that she's obviously inherited so much of the Miser Mom joy at learning to do things cheaply and frugally.  For joy, just check out all those exclamation points. (!!!)  For frugality, notice she cares not only about things that make a direct difference to her personally (cost), but also to the world around her (plastic, disposable paper).   And notice also that she has totally mastered the art of adapting recipes to use what she's got on hand.   I'm so proud.
And, of course, what warms my heart most of all is that when she's excited to the point of overflowing about this, the person she tells about this is me.  I'm so glad K-daughter is part of my life.


I've decided to make my own baby wipes!! So excited!!! :D So, I plan to use cloth diapers, make my own baby wipes and food. I am feeling pretty awesome.
Despite the ingredients being in plastic containers- I think you might enjoy this recipe! Also, I will make some to leave there for Baby A!

The recipe called for 1 bounty paper towel cut in half, 1 tbs of castile soap, 1 tbs of pure aloe, 1tbs of witch hazel, 1 3/4 cup of warm water and 10 drops of any essential oil (for fragrance) and 1 tps of olive oil.

Well, I didn't have castile, so I looked up alternatives- found that I could replace it with a different oil, I chose coconut oil; not only replaces the castile, but I now do not need to use olive oil either! 

MY recipe goes as follows- 
  • one bounty paper towel (according to the woman who experimented with this, bounty worked best, though any paper towel could work. Yes, sorry, paper towel) 
  • 1tbs witch hazel, 
  • 1 tbs aloe, 
  • 1 tbs coconut oil and 
  • two cups of warm water.

Place the paper towel in the coffee can and pour the mixed ingredients over. Place the lid on top and turn over. Let it soak. Pull the paper towel roll from out of the center- this will start the first wipe!

I didn't have a lid that didn't have a hole in it (this one was originally used to store bags) so I place something inside it to seal it. (we can't find our duct tape or I would've used that to cover it).   So next time, I will make sure I have a better lid for it. 

Leaves your hands as.... Well, smooth as a babies bottom ;)

The bounty paper towel was $1.89, the aloe and the witch hazel together was $4 and the coconut oil (that i already had) was once $4. But the paper towel makes 188 wipes (which usually cost like, $7/$8) but since the ingredients makes more than just one pack, its much cheaper and more healthy (after looking at the ingredients on the pampers/ huggies labels) . So ultimately, i just need to buy the papertowel- which would leave the 94 wipes only .94 cents per half roll.... . .01 cent per wipe. Most stores, even at the dollar store from what I have experienced, you only get 72 wipes and they are much smaller than the name brand.


  1. Cloth wipes are also wonderful, though disposable is really easiest for poos.

    1. True, dat. And we do have lots of cloth wipes (aka, t-shirt rags) at our home. But the exclamation points of happiness, those are just making me melt with pride. Right?

  2. If you use cloth diapers--as I did, a truly spiritual experience--you can just use a washcloth instead of a wipe. You can wash the washcloth with the diapers.

  3. ALSO--sorry to be a pain here--witch hazel might not be the best for baby's bottom, even though it's in all the the diy babywipe recipes.
    Kudos to daughter for diy. All the money she saves can go straight to baby's college fund!


    Irritants , Anti-Irritants , Plant Extracts , Antioxidants
    Commonly used plant extract that can have potent antioxidant properties (Sources: Phytotherapy Research, June 2002, pages 364–367; and Journal of Dermatological Science, July 1995, pages 25–34) and some anti-irritant properties (Source: Skin Pharmacology and Applied Skin Physiology, March-April 2002, pages 125–132).

    However, witch hazel’s high tannin content (and tannin is a potent antioxidant), can also be irritating when used repeatedly on skin because it constricts blood flow. The bark of the witch hazel plant has higher tannin content than the leaves. Steam distillation for producing witch hazel water removes the tannins, but the plant’s astringent qualities are what most believe give it benefit. Alcohol is added during the distillation process, the amount typically being 14–15%. Witch hazel water is distilled from all parts of the plant, so in that sense you never know what you’re getting, though the alcohol content remains (Source:; Depending on the form of witch hazel, you’re either exposing skin to an irritating amount of alcohol (which causes free radical damage and collagen breakdown), tannins, or both. Moreover, witch hazel contains the fragrance chemical eugenol, which is another source of irritation (Source: International Journal of Trichology, July-September 2014, pages 100-103).

    1. Thanks for the caution; I'll be sure to be on the alert for irritation.

      Thanks also for the kudos; I think the whole new mom thing is a grand learning experience for K-daughter, and I'm thrilled that I get to play the role of "grand" while she learns!

  4. We use cloth wipes with a little water spray bottle for the pee diapers. We still use commercial wipes for the poo ones. But I absolutely love our cloth wipes -- just little flannel squares. Plus, I can spray and wipe off with one half and then dry with the other. I've found drying off our little one's bottom really helps minimize diaper rash.

    Kudos to K-daughter for going the frugal route. I think it's awesome she's looking up and thinking of ways to do everything a little differently.