‘Frugal’ doesn’t mean ‘deprived’.
Baby wipes seem cheap enough. Maybe you only spend a $1 or so per package of 65 or 80. But, more than likely you’re getting a small wipe that offers little, shall we say, “coverage”? That means you’re using more than one wipe on even the simplest jobs. (Oh yeah, and then you’re using extras to wipe off your own poopy fingers. Ick!)
So, why not spend a few cents less and get a better quality wipe? The key to wealth is saving little by little. And, it’s so easy that you can do it while you’re watching a favorite TV program. That way, you won’t even think it’s a chore!
I found the recipe on Better Budgeting.
- Boil two cups of water.
- While the water cools, start unrolling a tube of paper towels.
- Accordion fold bunches of ten or so sheets of the paper towel before tearing the perforation so that the wipes will unravel conveniently later on. (If you’re using an old baby wipe container, you probably will not be able to fit the last eighth or so of the towels off the end of the paper towel roll… Use those for next time or use them for other household messes.)
- With the scissors, cut the bunches in halves and perhaps quarters, depending on the size of your paper towel sheets and container.
- Then, add in two tablespoons of hypoallergenic baby wash and two tablespoons of baby oil to the cooled water.
- Fill your container half full with the dry wipes.
- Pour half of that liquid over the wipes in the container. Now, press the wet wipes down a bit into the container so they soak up the mixture (and squish together a bit so they take up less room).
- Add in the rest of the dry wipes on top of the wet wipes and pour the remaining liquid over them. Again, you may want to use your fingers to press down on the wipe pile so that they fit more snugly in your container.
These should stay nice and fresh for at least two weeks.
I haven’t counted the exact number of wipes I make her batch, but it is more than the 80 you’ll get in a package at the store. I found they last me about a week for diapering. However, lately, I’ve been using wipes on so many messes, like Bright Eyes’ face and hands after all of her stage 2 and 3 meals. So, these days I make about two batches a week.
If you don’t want to use an old baby wipe container, I’ve read about other wipe-makers who used clean plastic coffee containers or air-tight plastic bags. Others prefer to keep the mixture separate from the towels (either in a mason jar, old glass jar or plastic coffee container) and dip the dry towels in the mixture as needed. You may even wish to dip cloths or rags into the liquid instead.
So, there you have it… You already have the baby wash and baby oil in your stockpile, and it takes up little of your stash anyhow. In fact, if you use off-brands of baby wash and baby oil, you’ll be using just cents worth of those items per batch.
Be forewarned that all paper towel brands are not equal in regard to this project. Bounty Basic is the best I’ve found, and a roll is usually $0.97 separately or less if in a larger pack. If you can stock up on those packs during a sale, you may be getting each roll for approximately $0.50. Also, I’ve found that the Boulder paper towels at Aldi work fine. You may just need to experiment and see which brand works the best for you.
Considering it’s unlikely you’ll even fit an entire roll into your old baby wipe container (so you’re using those few leftover towels on other household messes), you’re slowly, yet surely, racking up some savings!
WARNING: Some baby washes contain Yellow No. 5 dye, also called Tartrazine.