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Saturday, August 6, 2011

Homemade Baby Wipes

Last night I dreamed that homemade baby wipes cost the same as regular baby wipes (yes, I think I need to take some classes or attend some lectures ... and fill my brain with more than baby wipes).

Well, that didn't seem right, even though the dream person was quite confident in her conclusions, so I did my own figuring.

Target Baby Wipes
box of 792 costs $13.69    
$.0173 each

Homemade Baby Wipes using Bounty Select-a-size rolls from Sam's Club, each roll cut in half
1 roll has 154 sheets, or 308 when cut in half costs $1.62
$.0052 each

Homemade baby wipes = winner, winner, chicken dinner

Yes, the numbers are small, each wipe is less than a penny no matter which direction you go, but we all know that it takes more than one wipe to get through the day, week, month, year, and the homemade wipes cost less than 1/3 the price of store-bought. Over time that's big savings, my friend.

Add to that that there is nothing funky in homemade wipes - just water, a bit of oil or lotion of your choosing, and a bit of soap, also of your choosing.

Here's my recipe for homemade wipes ... feel free to adjust it, there's nothing scientific about it.

1 roll Bounty select-a-size paper towel (I am fussy about the paper towel I use, other brands can shred and I like the smaller size of these sheets)
2-3 cups water
2 T. baby wash or gentle liquid soap
2 T. baby oil or lotion

Mix the liquids together with a whisk in a sealable tub large enough to hold the paper towel roll. Bring to a boil in microwave (optional, but keeps the mix fresh longer, in my opinion). While the liquid mixture is coming to a boil cut the paper towel roll down the middle, to make two 1/2 rolls, with electric bread knife. Put the paper towel rolls in the water mix.

After your concoction sits a bit and the water soaks through pull out the cardboard center tubes. As you use the paper towel wipes pull them from the center - a delightful little dispenser.

Use as needed. Which is often. Very, very often. And if you have a home daycare it's very, very, very, very, very often.

Now I must go back to sleep and have a talk with that uninformed dream person.

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