21 days to a more natural home series part 16…wipes

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Convenience that is the name of what we want nowadays.  We want convenient foods, convenient people, and definitely our cleaning to be convenient.  So what if it is more of a pain to drag out the spray bottle and paper towels to clean up our messes all of the time??  What if we didn’t want to get a washcloth wet every time we changed the babies bottom??The answer is wipes.

It is so easy to make your own cleaning wipes at a fraction of the price of store bought ones.  All it takes is some time and creativity to make some.

There are numerous ways you can do this. You will need good sturdy paper towels.  I would recommend Bounty, for the extra cents it costs the quality will be better and easier to rip apart.

We then need to decide which type of container you are going to be using for storing the wipes in.

Option 1:  You can take an old wipey box and unroll and fold paper towels to neatly fit inside your container, would probably take awhile and I know would drive me crazy.  images

Option 2:  You can take a roll of paper towels and cut in half with either a sharp serrated knife, an electric knife,  or use a band saw to easily do the job.  images (2)

Then place them in a smaller plastic container.  You can use numerous containers— ice cream buckets, large coffee cans with lids, or regular plastic tupperware containers.images (1)

Option 3:  Get a roll of paper towels, and find a container that it will fit into and you will have no need to cut or fold your wipes.  I believe they will fit in a large reusable store bought wipe container.

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I gave all the options I knew of because it all is going to depend upon what size container you have to put them in. If you have the money save some heartache and go buy a store bought wipe container and use it up and then start making wipes from it next month:).

For your type of wipes you can make all sorts.

  • cleaning wipes—using our all natural all-purpose spray solution.  Just pour over top of the wipes and you are ready to use them.
  • baby wipes–2 cups distilled water–or boiled then cooled
    1 tablespoon castile soap (or other natural, mild soap)
    1 tablespoon aloe vera gel
    1 tablespoon witch hazel extract
    1 tablespoon sweet almond oil (or olive oil)
    10-15 drops essential oils of choice (optional)
    combine above and pour over your paper towels.  You may have to invert the container a few times to make sure that the towels get completely wet.
  • window cleaning wipes.  Pour in the all natural window cleaner solution and you have instant wipes.
  • makeup remover wipes.  Just cut your paper towels into a smaller size and use like a sour cream container to store these in. 2 cups of distilled water–or boiled then cooled, 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, and 2 squirts of castile soap.

This is just one way to start making those small steps from convenience to homemade.  The more steps you take the more you are on your way to a more simplier and plainer lifestyle.

5 responses to “21 days to a more natural home series part 16…wipes

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  3. My best friend made me some wipes. She took those ridiculous “receiving blankets” that are only big enough for baby dolls that she had & found at garage sales, and laid them wrong sides together. Then she cut them into 6×6″-ish squares and used her serger to sew up all the edges (she rounded the corners to make it easier on herself). There’s a special way to fold them so you can put them into a wipes container with the pop up lid and they will pull out one at a time, bringing a new one with it, ready for next time! I usually just wash my baby’s bottom in the bathroom sink b/c of his sensitive skin (all drains lead to the sewage!), but the wipes do come in handy for “sticky poo” 🙂 also can be used to clean faces, windows, counters, etc. (just don’t use a wipe previously used on the bum to wash the face…. my baby ended up w/ pinkeye, which I caught from him, then my hubs caught from me :-\ won’t do that again! 🙂 By the way, I found it entertaining that we have the same exact washer you do 🙂 And we also LOVE BumGenuis! I’m enjoying your blog! I’d love to see some family photos! 🙂 God bless you! You’re beautiful, & congrats on your weight loss! Wish I looked as young as you, and I only have 4! 🙂

    • Crystal,
      yes when I first started using cloth, back in the day, I just used prefolds and rubber pants. I made a bunch of wipes out of flannel and used them. I loved them, used them for faces and everything. I have just gotten lapsed, well actually too busy and used washcloths:)
      Love my washer and dryer, we have had some issues with it but I made sure to buy the 5 year Lowes warranty because I KNOW we will need a repair.
      we have some family pictures under a post titled, taking pictures with a large family. I admit I wish I could do a good whole family photo, but it is usually me taking the pictures, one day, in time:) and you don’t ONLY have 4, you have 4 wonderful blessings. Any size family, I think is amazing. I love the joys from when we had our four—which btw we did for about the first 10 years of our marriage and it was such a joyful time. I loved it. The next 6 came one after the other and it was hard, but I am only now being able to feel like I can breathe again, otherwise I wouldn’t be doing this blogging thing lol.
      Take care. Amy

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