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If you have followed me for any length of time, you know I am a huge advocate of using the most natural products available, and more often than not, this means I end up making them myself.  From dishwasher detergent to diaper cream, and everything in between, I am in love with making nourishing, natural beauty and cleaning products.  My love affair with homemade products borders on obsessive.  Once I began creating my own, I simply could not be stopped.

The benefits of making your own beauty and cleaning products are obvious.  You have full control over each and every ingredient, and can choose the highest quality ones to create a product far superior to anything you find on the shelves.  Have you ever looked at the ingredient list on a package of baby wipes?  It’s a veritable cesspool of chemicals and fragrances.  When it comes to products that are used on a regular basis, like deodorant or baby wipes, we need to be even more vigilant about familiarizing ourselves with the ingredients they contain.  To make matters worse, baby wipes are designed to be used on the most sensitive, supple skin on the planet- your baby’s bum, an area already prone to irritation.  Why on Earth would you want to slather it with alcohol, parabens, and a whole bevvy of chemicals?  You would think a product especially made for the sensitive skin of a newborn would be made with a little more care, unfortunately that’s not the case.

So what have I been slathering my baby’s bum with on a daily basis?

Some of the most popular wipes out there like Huggies and Pampers contain ingredients that have been linked to cancer, immunotoxicity, allergies, developmental problems, reproductive toxicity, organ dysfunction, endocrine disruption and cellular changes!  Not quite the innocent tushie cleaners they are made out to be.  Just take a look at the ingredient list in Huggies Cucumber and Green Tea wipes.  Ingredients: Water, Potassium Laureth Phosphate, Glycerin, Polysorbate 20, DMDM Hydantoin, Tetrasodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Malic Acid, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Zea Mays (Corn) Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Fragrance.  These wipes have a hazard rating of 7 (out of 10) for toxicity level!!  Definitely not the kind of product you want to be putting on your baby’s precious, perfect skin!

Fortunately, there is a better solution (literally).

As a society, we are becoming increasingly aware of not only the products we put in our bodies, but what we put on them as well.  I think I can speak for all the moms out there when I say we have our kids best interest in mind at all times, for all things.  Once I realized the toxic juice I was rubbing on my baby’s precious booty each and everyday, I knew it was time to make homemade wipes.  Luckily, this solution is super easy to make and only takes a few minutes to prepare.  This wipe solution is 100% natural and contains a soothing and healing blend of oils to moisturize your baby’s bum (as well as make cleaning up messy situations easier), and essential oils that aid in healing and protecting against bacteria, viruses, fungus and yeast.

 

All- natural Homemade Wipes Solution

 

  • 1 roll of heavy duty, soft paper towels, I like either Viva or Bounty blue shop towels
  • Tupperware or old wipes container
  • 4 cups boiled (or distilled) water, cooled but still warm
  • 2-3 T unscented Castile Baby Soap
  • 1 T extra virgin coconut oil
  • 1 t almond or olive oil
  • Essential Oils: I used 6 drops lavender and 4 drops of tea tree

 

Cut the roll of paper towels in half using a sharp knife.

Place one 1/2 roll of paper towels cut side down in each Tupperware container.  If using an old wipes container, or to make a travel size wipe container, you will need to accordion fold the wipes.

Boil water and allow to cool.  Add castile soap, oils, and essential oils and stir.

Pour 2 c of the solution over one half roll of paper towels and then squish roll down into Tupperware and put lid on.  Allow the solution to be fully absorbed, I like to turn my upside down to facilitate absorption.

If you are using the Tupperware container, you can pull the cardboard roll out from the inside once the roll is fully soaked with the wipe solution.  This will also pull the innermost wipe out and start them for you.

You can also make reusable cloth wipes with this solution.  Just put washcloths, or pieces of cloth in a container or bowl large enough to hold them and the solution.  Pour wipe solution over them until soaked and then squeeze out excess.  Roll or fold washcloths and store in an old wipes container.  Alternatively, you can also pour solution into a spray bottle and spray onto baby’s bottom or cloth wipes before use!

I usually make up 2-4 containers at a time.  I wouldn’t recommend making up much more than that, as your wipes could mold.  Using boiled or distilled water, and the addition of tea tree in my recipe makes this unlikely but just to be sure, only make up enough wipes that you will use within two weeks.

These wipes are also great for cleaning things like counters and tile!