I call these “Sister-In-Law Wipes” because my SIL gave me the recipe at my baby shower and her SIL gave her the recipe at her baby shower…. Even if your baby only takes a short cat nap, you’ll still have time to make these wipes (and a cup of tea for yourself!) – it’s that fast and easy to do.
Step 1: Boil 2+ cups of water
You’ll only need about 1.5 cups for the wipes, but if you’re going to boil water, you might as well make yourself something caffeinated. I’m into Chai lately as, like most new parents, I can never finish drinking my beveridge while it’s hot and chai tastes good both hot and cold.
Step 2: Prepare The Paper Towels
I find the Bounty Select-A-Size works well for these wipes as they’re tough, yet not scratchy, and don’t leave a lot of lint on baby’s behind, however, any Select-A-Size paper towel brand should do. (Note: DON”T cheap out on buying a quality brand paper towel or your wipes will fall apart. You’ll be saving money just by making your own wipes!)
While your water is boiling, take your paper towel roll and cut it in half. Once cut, pull out the cardboard tube. This can be a bit annoying since some paper towel brands glue the inner towel to the tube. Take your paper towel and place it in a plastic container.
Step 3: Make Your Mixture
In a small bowl or measuring cup, add 1 tablespoon of Dr.Bronner’s Lavender Castile Soap with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Pour 1-1.5 cups (depending on how wet you prefer your wipes) of boiling water over the soap/oil mixture and stir to combine.
Step 4: Pour
Pour the mixture all over your paper towels. I like to put the lid on the plastic container and then move it around to help the towels absorb the liquid. Remove lid and let the wipes cool.
Step 5: Use!
You have now transformed your paper towels into baby wipes! Congratulations! My husband pulls the wipes from the center; I pull them from the outside in. Whichever method you prefer, make sure you keep the lid on the container securely after each use so the wipes don’t dry out. Also, make sure you keep plenty of paper towels/wipes in-home so if you have a blowout diaper, you don’t run out! Happy diapering Mommies and Daddies!
Tips for travel: These wipes are just as easy as store bought wipes for traveling. Just rip a bunch off the roll and put them into a travel case or plastic baggie. Voila!Ingredients: 1T Dr.Bronner’s Lavendar Castile Soap 2 T Olive Oil 1-1.5 Cups Boiling Water 1 Roll Select-A-Size Paper Towels