So some time back I told you why baby wipes, despite being so convenient when you have a baby or young kid to take care of, are actually really harmful. Also, I discussed why you need to avoid using baby wipes as much as you can. I used to carry them all the time. In fact, as a mother, it was one of those products I was obsessed with. But once I started doing a little reading up, more facts emerged, and finally, after realising how I was actually putting my baby in more harm than care, I decided to completely stop using baby wipes.
Not to forget the fact that disposable baby wipes create a huge amount of waste in our landfills. Most of them contain plastic fibres that are non-biodegradable. Also, when the wipes get mixed up with water bodies, they are often swallowed by marine creatures, causing them to die. Many parents also quickly flush them off in toilets, clogging water pipes and sewers that can also lead to flooding.
I know it’s not very easy to suddenly stop using this most convenient cleaning solution. But what if you could make your very own baby wipe at home, using all natural ingredients that will be safe and good for your baby’s skin? It will hardly take much time, will save you a lot of money, and will be all natural too – good for your baby, good for the environment too.
You Will Need
- Old clothes cut into same sized squares
- 4 cups of boiled water cooled to room temperature
- 3 tbsp. olive oil
- 2 tbsp. castile soap (available online)
- Few drops of any essential oil – optional
- An empty airtight container
How To Make
- Mix all the above ingredients (except the cloth) in the container.
- Take the cloth pieces and put them in. Make sure you put enough in the liquid so that it all gets soaked in.
- Use the wipe as needed.
For best use, make in small batches.
Not only is this a great way to make sure you’re using absolutely the best ingredients for your baby, it also saves you a lot of money, saves the environment, and lets you reuse your old clothes for some good use.
*baby wipe recipe courtesy Tree Hugger
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