Diapering_: Washable Wipes

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Friday, October 13, 2006 | 1 comments
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Thanks to Christine for this Frugal Baby Tip!

For the last 6 months or so, I've been making my own washable wipes.

I bought a pack of 24 cheap blue washcloths at Wal-Mart for $4.99. I found them in the bathroom section, where all the towels and stuff are.

In a glass bowl, I mix about 1/2 cup of baby oil and just a drop of baby wash with lots of water. I dunk my washcloths in and wring them until they're still wet but not dripping, and store them in a Chubs wipes box (the ones that look like huge Lego blocks). About 10 wipes can fit in the
box. Then after they're used, I just throw them in the diaper pail and wash them with my dipes.

Some may question the use of the baby oil, but I find it makes it MUCH easier to wipe the poop off the baby's skin. When I use just plain water, it seems too rough and makes it hard to wipe off. The oil also makes a sort of moisture barrier on his skin, and he never gets a rash. Besides the
small bit of oil on my wipes, I don't use any powder or creams on my baby at all. Of course, if your baby has very sensitive skin, you may not be able to use oil.



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  1. Anonymous says:

    I would suggest olive oil instead of baby oil (mineral oil is not great for babies for all sorts of reasons).

    My recipe (and some others) is here:

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