DIY Water Wipes — Chemical-free and Cheap, Cheap, Cheap

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Eleven months.

Over 11 months, Baby Bird and I have dealt with thrush and mastitis, colds, cuts, bruises, explosive poop, constipation … the list goes on and on.

But in 11 months, we’ve never had to deal with diaper rash. Until now.

She’s been really fussy lately during diaper changes, but I assumed she was being irritable like her mama, or that Mr. T was wiping her too hard.

Then, on Wednesday morning, I took a closer look and spotted the problem.

I know it’s not a big deal and that most kids get a rash before they’re potty trained, but that didn’t stop me from feeling guilty and heartbroken about my baby suffering.

We haven’t introduced any foods that would have caused the irritation, and I change her 2.3 seconds after she pees. That left her baby wipes as the primary suspect.

Now, I’m not a crunchy mom, but I’ll be a little scrunchy if it means helping my baby. As such, I decided to ditch the wipes and only clean her with water and washcloths.

Then she pooped. A lot. And I had to clean it up. And it was gros.

So the washcloth plan went out the window, and in came the decision to use water wipes.

I could’ve bought WaterWipes from Target, but those things aren’t cheap. I could’ve used any of the methods online that involve cutting up paper towels, but I was worried about them turning to mush. Plus, we still had a stash of the new wipes in her closet, and I HATE wasting money.

So I decided to wash a pack of disposable wipes and make them into water wipes.

You’re looking at the screen like WTF is she talking about? Who washes a disposable baby wipe? This chick did … and she did it successfully.

I put a half-pack of wipes through two wash cycles, using a bit of Dawn dish soap to strip them, just as you would a cloth diaper.

Washed and folded baby wipes

Once they were folded, I soaked the wipes with two cups of distilled water and two tablespoons of unrefined coconut oil (I added the oil to help keep Baby Bird’s skin moisturized). I then cut open an empty wipes package, washed it, stuffed the “water wipes” in, and taped the end closed.

Washed re-wetted baby wipes were resealed in the original packaging

I’m not worried about the wipes disintegrating (they survived two washes, after all), and I’m still cleaning Baby Bird with just water.

Here’s what you’re thinking now: What’s the plan once your stash is gone, huh? Won’t you have to shell out for WaterWipes then?

Nope. My brilliance knows no bounds.

Medline disposable dry cleansing cloths

I ordered 1,200 dry disposable cleansing cloths — which is what baby wipes are — from Amazon for $29.19. That’s about 2 cents per wipe, versus about 4 cents per wipe for a box of 540 WaterWipes.

I’ll have the convenience of disposable wipes (sorry, Earth), and I’ll still be able to protect Baby Bird’s skin.

I’m might not be crunchy, but I’d like to think I’m pretty clever.

***UPDATE (7:30 p.m. 7/21/17)*** Our dry disposable cloths arrived from Amazon and they are MORE than what I expected. They’re soft right out of the box, and they become softer when wet. They absorbed my water/coconut oil mix incredibly well, and they’re durable — I wasn’t able to pull a soaking wet one apart despite my best efforts. Since we’ll be using baby wipes for the foreseeable future, I’ll be ordering another box or two of these!

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Homemade Water Wipes — No Chemicals, Just 3 Ingredients
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