Avoid the Wipe Recall: Make Your Own Baby Wipes!

Make Your Own WipesYou have probably heard about the recent recall of baby wipes made by Nutek Disposables and sold at ten different popular stores. Whether or not you were using these brands, it certainly makes you stop and think about the potential dangers of disposable products. If you are looking for a safer and cheaper alternative to commercial baby wipes, here are some great options to try!

If you use cloth diapers and were using disposable wipes, perhaps this is the nudge you needed to try cloth wipes. In my opinion, it is easiest to match the wipes you use with the diapering system you use. Cloth wipes and cloth diapers were a no-brainer for us.

There are many cloth diaper brands that sell cloth wipes for great prices. A couple of my favorites are Thirsties and Bum Genius wipes. If you prefer to make your wipes yourself, just buy or repurpose a bit of flannel, cotton, sherpa, terry cloth, or velour. All they need is either a turned and top stitched edge or a serged edge and they are good to go. Another option is to repurpose those soft baby washcloths as cloth diaper wipes. The soft baby terry cloth is perfect for a wipe.

If you use disposable diapers then it makes the most sense to make a disposable wipe. I’ve seen many recipes for homemade wipes solution around and all of them use sturdy paper towels as the wipe source. Some recipes recommend Bounty paper towels and some recommend Viva paper towels. Once you choose a roll, just use a sharp knife and cut it into either thirds or halves depending on what size wipes container you will be using. Then, just set the paper towel roll into the container, pour over your solution, and let it absorb. Most people recommend taking out the cardboard center as a way to “start” the dispensing action of the roll.

Whether you use cloth or disposable wipes you will want some sort of wipe solution to go with them. I’ve found a couple different recipes to recommend, depending on what ingredients you want to try or have on hand. A recipe written by Kitchen Stewardship uses castile soap or natural baby soap, tea tree essential oil, white vinegar, and extra virgin olive oil. I really like the use of tea tree in this because it will keep bacteria from growing (unlike the recalled disposable brands!).

This recipe at Southern Savers just uses coconut oil and baby soap or castile soap, so if you need a quick one with items you probably have on hand this one sounds great. This one at Wellness Mama has the most ingredients, but I really like her use of Witch Hazel Extract and Aloe Vera as skin soothers. She also uses castile soap, EVOO, essential oils for scent, and Grapefruit Seed Extract is her oil of choice for antibacterial properties.

Thankfully despite the baby wipes recall there are a lot of safe options out there that you can make right at home. Keep your baby safe from the bacteria-filled commercial disposable products and make your own!

Becca Schwartz is a cloth diapering, baby wearing, semi-crunchy mama to a toddler girl and baby boy. She and her husband have a small mini-farm with a flock of chickens, a few goats, and rabbits, and are making plans to move out west to start a homesteading adventure together!

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