Ok, so I love using cloth wipes, but I think my husband loves it even more. My husband has a tender and gentle heart, much more than me, and when we first started using cloth wipes he was so happy that The Tiny’s bum was getting such soft and gentle treatment. Plus, at about week 2, Tiny got some nasty diaper rash that looked so sore, and the cloth wipes with the natural wipes solution was so comforting to him.
You know how I feel about my Bum Genius’, love ‘em. So we also ordered their cloth wipes–but their wipes? Mediocre at best. When we decided we needed one more set of wipes, we shopped around on amazon, and found some that are beyond fantastic (BF for short.) They are call Baby Kicks, and they’re like a warm wooly lamb for your baby’s bum.
We wipe, (usually just one soft wipe does the trick, even for a major blowout ;), roll it up with the diapers before putting it in the pail, then wash these guys with the diaper cycle. When the washer is done, we don’t dry them, we just fold them up and stick ‘em back in our Tupperware (we used to use a wipes warmer, but got over it) before splashing some wipes solution on top of them.
Mmmmmmm, home made wipes solutions. Such a little joy in our life. (Who would have thought, right? “You guys need to get out more.” Hmm, maybe) It goes along with our little plan of being frugal and natural, it is free of chemicals for teeny buns and smells great. Plus, it’s super simple and one batch lasts a couple weeks or more. (Then, when you use regular wipes, you’ll feel a lil’ grossed out like poop is seeping through onto your fingers)… anyway:
1. Start boiling some water in a kettle
2. Collect your tools and ingredients. (I’ll explain how awesome each ingredient is after the how-to)
-1 cup measurer
-1 tbs measurer
-Baby Shampoo or Wash
-Grapefruit Seed Extract (optional)
3. Measure your ingredients. We do 1 tbs baby shampoo/wash and 1 tablespoon grapeseed oil for every two cups of boiling water into the mixing bowl. We usually do a big batch, so 6 cups of water, and 3 tbs of each shampoo/wash and oil. Lastly, we add about 5 or 6 drops of grapefruit seed extract (optional).
Mmm, smell that? That’s money in your pocket. Oh, and nice warm clean smell.
Grape Seed Oil: It is actually an antioxidant and possesses anti bacterial, anti viral, and anti-inflammatory properties (what what!). Grape Seed Extract is a super potent antioxidant and helps with circulations, softens skin and helps the wipes glide on your baby’s skin.
Baby Shampoo/Wash: Use any kind, even super cheap. Helps keep a bum fresh and kills bacteria.
Lavender Oil: Soothing to skin, smells amazing, and healing
Melaleuca Oil: Anti-baterial, anti-fungal
Grapefruit Seed Extract: This is a new addition to our wipes solution, and totally optional for your own. We decided to use it because our Tiny had a problem with candida diaper rash, and this helped because it is anti-fungal, a natural antiseptic, and helps to heal wounds and scars.
Once the mixture is cooled, I pour it into a plastic, washed, empty oj bottle (any bottle will do, bonus for recycling), and we keep it up on a shelf in the Tiny’s closet and splash a little on when I put clean wipes in the warmer.
If you don’t use a wipes warmer, you can use a small tupperware with a lid to keep them saturated. Or, put the solution in a spray bottle and spray dry wipes before wiping a lil’ tushy.
You can use other kinds of oils to fit your preferences or baby’s needs as well! Try teatree oil, apricot oil or mineral oil. There’s all sorts of oils with different properties and uses.
Total time? Less than 5 minutes. Lasts for weeks!
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