Thursday, November 15, 2012

Super Simple DIY: Homemade Cloth Wipes

For some reason, when I decided to do cloth diapers with baby O, I was like, "But I won't do cloth wipes because that's just crazy." Then every time I used a wipe I wanted to just drop it on the dirty diaper and throw it in the pail like you would with disposable diapers, but I had to put it in a separate trash can instead. If I used cloth wipes, I cold just include them in the diaper laundry that I'M ALREADY DOING. Duh. So I did a little research and found that I could use some stuff I already had around the house to make this happen. Decision made. I'm going for it.

Step 1. Gather up a couple of those precious receiving blankets that are clearly made for itty bitty tiny little infants, of which we have none (Hello 9lb. newborn!). If you were smart enough to not even get any of these, you can probably find some at a thrift store because nobody uses them. Or you can use whatever the heck fabric you want.



Step 2. Cut 'em up into wipe-size pieces (I got 12 roughly 7.5x9.5 in. wipes out of each blanket) and sew the edges so they won't fray apart in the washing machine. I did a zig zag stitch around all four sides of each wipe. Full disclosure: I didn't even know how to use our sewing machine until now, but this is a GREAT sewing project for beginners because it's simple and it doesn't matter whatsoever if it looks terrible. Of course, you could still make them look really cute if you wanted to.


Step 3. There are many ways to go about dampening cloth wipes, but I chose the spray method with a homemade Olive and Tea Tree Solution, since we already had all the ingredients on hand. You can find a ton more options here. For the Olive and Tea Tree Solution, combine the following and pour into the spray bottle:

1 cup water
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tbsp baby soap
a drop of tea tree oil

It sparkles like liquid gold when you're done!
Step 4. Throw the wipes into an old wipes dispenser for convenience sake and put it and the spray bottle near your changing station. Then you can just grab a wipe and shake and spray before each use.



Bam. Homemade cloth wipes. And I didn't even have to leave the house.

12 comments :

  1. Do you Spray the baby or wipe? Thanks, I too will be using cloth next year for baby M.

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    1. I spray the wipe just enough to wet it in the middle. About 3-4 little sprays. Still working great months later. Congrats on the baby and thanks for the visit!

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  2. I like this idea to use when I shower at night and use this in the morning on my face to refresh it. Do you think this solution is a good one for the face?

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    1. I'm not sure but it can't hurt to try! I do know that tea tree oil is supposed to be great for your skin! Thanks for the visit!

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  3. Thanks! This would be great to use on goat teats before milking.

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    1. My pleasure! Hope it works well. My husband and I were just dreaming about owning a dairy goat someday! Do you blog? I'd love to read your posts about that!

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  4. Hi! New follower by way of

    The Homestead Barn Hop and I’d like to invite you to join me at my weekly Clever Chicks Blog Hop:

    http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2013/02/clever-chicks-blog-hop-22.html



    I hope you can make it!



    Cheers,

    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick

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  5. I would love to have you link up to The HomeAcre Hop this evening!
    http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/2013/02/the-homeacre-hop-7.html

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  6. great way to be more eco friendly! Thanks for sharing this on The HomeAcre Hop!!! Can't wait to see what you share this coming Thursday :) Here's the super easy link to the next hop!
    http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/2013/02/the-homeacre-hop-8.html

    If you haven't checked out Wildcrafing Wednesday yet, please do! :) It's a hop I co-host for herbal remedies, natural living, real food recipes, and self sufficient living. Here's the link for tomorrow's hop:
    http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/2013/02/wildcrafting-wednesday-10.html

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  7. Is the tea tree oil in a little bottle? Or is it like dr bonners tea tree oil and castle soap???

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    1. I used the pure essential oil in the little bottle, but you can certainly use Dr. B's and it could work as your soap and your tea tree oil. I actually tried that the other and it worked great. Dr. B's is probably even more gentle than your standard baby soap! You might even try doing just diluted Dr. B tea tree if you already have it on hand, since castile soap has olive oil already too. I'd love to hear how it goes!

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