Want to make your own wipes? It is fast and easy. I like to make a large batch and save the extra solution for next time, but you can adjust the recipe to meet your needs.
You will need:
- A large bowl (I use a plastic one and throw it in the dishwasher but if you do not have a dishwasher glass works better as the oil is easier to clean)
- 10 cups water (fills our tea kettle)
- 3-4 tablespoons olive oil
- 1-2 tablespoons coconut oil
- Chamomile tea bag
- 3-6 drops lavender essential oil
- 3-6 drops tea tree essential oil
- Cloth wipes or paper towels (If using paper towels, select-a-size work great or you can use the regular size and cut the roll in half to make two short rolls)
- Container for freezing extra solution (optional)
Step One: Boil water (or at least heat until warm enough to steep tea)
Step Two: Add olive oil, coconut oil, lavender oil, and tea tree oil to large bowl
Step Three: Add hot water and chamomile tea bag to bowl. Allow to sit until tea bag has steeped, coconut oil is melted, and solution has cooled enough to touch. Remove tea bag.
Step Four: Prepare wipes while your solution steeps and cools (or if using cloth wipes you can do this step while folding laundry). If you are using paper towels you can choose to leave them as a roll and tear off as needed or you can tear them apart ahead of time. It’s a personal choice.
We use Bumkins Reusable Flannel Wipes because they are a good size (8.5″x8.5″) and fit nicely in a wipe container. But you can use any cloth wipe and container for storage (butter tubs or yogurt tubs work well.)
(See below for a folding trick)
Step Five: Stir the solution well to mix oils and water.
Step Six: Add your wipes to the bowl and allow them to soak up the solution. To speed up the process you can flip them once the bottom half has absorbed some water.
Step Seven: Wring out your wipes to remove excess water and store in your container of choice. Save any extra solution in a container for later. I prefer to freeze mine out of the way in our chest freezer (leave room for expansion) but you can also store it in the fridge. When making your next batch you will already have solution handy. Warm the solution (stove top in a pan or in the microwave works.) You can also add hot water if there is not quite enough solution. It dilutes the wipe solution a little but has never been enough for me to notice the difference.
I’ve found I like this ratio best but play with the recipe until you perfect it to your liking. You can change the coconut oil amount to get more or less of the lotion/soap feel. Add more or less olive oil to adjust the oily consistency. Have a favorite essential oil? Feel free to add it to the mix (just make sure it is safe for use on children.)
Enjoy a fresh bottom! (Great for sponge baths too!)
I like to fold my wipes using the following trick so they “pop out” just like a disposable would. But you can also just fold them individually (that’s how I fold the ones I use for travel.) The folding trick works for cloth or paper towels.
Folding step 1: Lay your first wipe flat on a surface. Lay your second wipe so that it overlaps half of your first wipe.
Folding step 2: Fold the first wipe in half, over the second wipe.
Folding step 3: Lay your third wipe down with half of it overlapping the stack (should line up with the edge of the wipe you just folded over)
Folding step 4: Fold the second wipe in half over the third wipe.
Folding step 5: Add the fourth wipe so half of it overlays the stack.
Folding step 6: Fold the third wipe in half over the fourth wipe.
Folding step 7: Continue alternating and folding until you have completed your stack.