I'd been meaning to make some wet wipes for quite some time, and just hadn't gotten around to it. We've had simple, homemade cloth wipes since Sam was born (flannel squares that I just zig-zagged the edges of), but we've always just gotten them wet in the sink, which can be kind of a pain. When I came across this simple recipe for making your own wet wipes, I decided to finally give it a go. It was so easy that I've been whipping up a batch every few days.
Here's what they recommend:
- 3 cups warm water
- 2 T olive oil
- 3 drops of lavender essential oil (or scent of your choice)
- 2 drops Tea Tree Oil
- 2 T baby wash
I first tried reusing this container, but the cloth wipes are too thick to pull through easily. Now we just use a Pyrex container with a lid. I've tried a few different essential oils. I really like including tea tree oil; I feel like it keeps them fresher longer. Another fantastic trick I discovered is putting a few drops of antiseptic essential oils (tea tree, lemon, clove, mint etc.) on a dry wipe and dropping it in the bottom of the empty diaper pail. Then when I go to wash the diapers they're way less stinky; it's amazing! And give the wipes a try; they're so handy to have around and it only takes a few minutes to whip up a whole bunch.