When I became a mother, I turned into the most protective, crazed mama bear that ever was. We're talking The Revenant kind of bear. Like "I will maul and destroy you" kind of bear... but with regards to toxins and chemicals and not so much the fabulous Leonardo DiCaprio. My whole world lately has been systematically eliminating every toxin from my little guy's life. And call me crazy, but I just don't believe that it requires 21 ingredients to wipe my kid's ass. Here a quick how-to make some great all natural solutions for you baby's booty! Put it in a spray bottle and use as needed or let the cloth wipes soak in an old wipe container! I've found that the spray bottle is far more economical and effective, but I took pictures for both options. :)
WIPE SOLUTION #1
- 1 cup distilled water
- 2 tbsp witch hazel
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 2 drops lavender
- 2 drops tea tree oil
1. Boil water. I wouldn't normally pour it this hot, but I didn't melt my coconut oil first, so ...two birds one stone. :)
2. 1 tbsp of coconut oil. Coconut oil is great for the skin. We use it as our lotion and diaper cream! Not a single diaper rash to date.
3. Witch Hazel is a natural astringent that's known to reduce inflammation and treat all kinds of rashes, acne, eczema. It also will keep any bacteria from growing in your solution.
4. You can add a couple drops of any essential oils for desired scent. I use lavender oil for it's a calming smell and tea tree oil because it's an amazing remedy for dry skin.
Give it a good shake, spritz ...and wipe away!
WIPE SOLUTION #2
- 1 cups distilled water
- 1 tsp Dr.Bronner's Pure Castille Soap
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 4 drops lavender
Pour all your ingredients in and dip your cloth wipes.
Here's how you fold cloth wipes:
What type of cloth wipes should I buy?
There are countless options for cloth wipes. Researching the pro's and con's can drive you crazy, trust me. At the end of the day, try and remember its toilet paper...it's just something to wipe your kids butt..it won't make him an astronaut. So calm down, select cloth and move on. There's hemp, bamboo, terry cloth, old rags and yes...even an old t-shirt. You can make them yourself or order them online.
I bought these from Amazon. I liked them because they were the exact size to fit in my disposable container. They are very thick and durable. So far no complaints.
How many do I need?
We're past the newborn phase so 2 dozen has been a good amount. 24 wipes gives you enough padding to do your laundry every 2-3 days and still have wipes on standby.
Do I use cloth wipes for pee AND poop?
Cloth wipes can be used for anything. They aren't magical material only intended for wiping butts. It's just cloth. So yes they can be used for pee and poop.
How do I wash them?
Cloth wipes can be thrown right into the laundry with your other clothes. No need to separate them into their own load. Unlike cloth diapers, the wipes aren't soaking in pee. If you are exclusively breastfeeding, poop wipes are also fine to throw in the wash since breastmilk poop is water soluble. If your child is on solids or drinks formula, I'd rinse the cloth wipe first.
Where do I store them?
You can store them anywhere. Dealer's choice. I keep mine in an old disposable container.
Do I soak the wipes in a solution or keep them dry ?
I've tried both. I prefer to keep the cloth dry and spray it right before use. Its more economical than soaking the wipes. The cloth is absorbent so you end up going through the solution a lot quicker. If you are going to soak the wipes, make sure you are using them up every 2-3 days so mold or mildew doesn't grow. My go-to move is to wipe dry, then spray and wipe again. The first wipe absorbs. Spray and second wipe cleans!
After I use it, do I put in in a special bin?
I throw mine in the laundry basket. If you're cloth diapering you can throw it in your wet bag.
My husband isn't convinced. What do I do?
My husband is fine using the cloth wipes for pee. He does nothing different besides throw the wipe in the laundry basket vs the trash. If it's poop...he refuses. I've found that using cloth wipes for poop is way quicker, easier and more thorough, but alas....men will be men. So if he changes a poopy diaper, he uses a disposable. But guess what? You can DIY disposable and still use your natural solution.
How to make disposable wipes?
Buy a roll of Bounty paper towels. I never tired another brand, because every article I read said not to waste your time. Get a bread knife and cut it in half. Take out the inside cardboard roll. Put in old disposable box and pull from the inside. For disposable wipes I would definitely soak them instead of using the spray. A little bit goes a long way.
Doing a combo of disposable and cloth can definitely be more user friendly. As your child moves into solids...using disposable wipes for poop makes the whole process seamless. No rinsing, using a sprayer, dunking in the toilet or any of that.
Disclaimer: I'm not a chemist or a doctor. I'm just a mom sharing her personal experiences. I scoured the internet and did the research...and I'm here to just give you the cliff notes, because lets be honest...if your'e a mom you don't have time.