So, in the process of researching alternatives to traditional polyester baby wipes (that stick around in a landfill for a squillion years) I discovered a few recipes for making your own.
After a bit of experimentation here's the method that's worked best for us.
To do this you'll need,
- A Roll Of Paper Towel, cut in half with the cardboard tube removed. .
- A resealable box, the kind that regular wipes come in is good.
- A moistening solution
There are a bunch of different recipes for the solution, the one that I like the look of is:
- 1 cup distilled water (warmed up)
- 2 tablespoons baby lotion
- 1 tablespoons vinegar
Cut your roll of paper towel in half, straight down the middle. I used a bread knife but if you're got an electric knife so much the better.
Pop the cardboard tube out
You could skip both those steps if you are using paper towel that comes in those half sheet sizes. If you are then you spend some time ripping sheets off and folding them into a concertina stlye pile, (so one lifts another out of the box like traditional wipes)
Mix up your solution. The recipe above is what I liked best. I just mixed the vinegar and water first then added the lotion and whisked it with a fork. Some recipes call for baby shampoo or wash but I didn't love the idea of putting super-drying soap on Ted's skin when it isn't going to be washed off.
Pour the solution over the paper towels, a bit of trial and error and I found that pouring down the tube like this is the best way to get even coverage. Give the roll a squeeze then toss any solution that's pooled in the bottom of the box. You want the wipes to be moist, not drippy.
Pop the lid on the box and use them like you use normal wipes.
A few things to consider,
I used Bounty paper towels because that's what we had, but if you wanted an even more eco version you could use the unbleached recylcled type, I will be next time.
Also, stuff generally needs air to decompose, so don't put them inside the grubby disposable diaper and do up the 'tabs' to keep the grossness in.
You can find stacks more recipes for the solution here.