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Homemade baby wipe recipe
One of my past day care moms shared this with me, and I'd like to pass it along to other parents/providers. These wipes are gentle, they moisturize, don't leave a sticky residue, and best of all, they smell good and are easy to make.
First, start with a quality paper towel (I use Bounty). If you use regular sized towels use a serrated knife to cut the roll in half, leaving you with two "squatty" rolls. If you use Bounty Select-a-size, you only need to tear off about half the roll to start (each section is the right size).
Next, mix two cups hot water, 1 heaping tablespoon baby bath, 1 heaping tablespoon baby lotion together as well as possible. The recipe called for Baby Magic brand, but I used Johnson's because I like the smell better.
If you are using the "cut roll" method, stand one of the "squatty" rolls on end inside an airtight container and pour mixture over one end, especially soaking the middle. Remove the cardboard core (if thoroughly saturated, it will come out easily). Seal in the airtight container. If this container is one of the "dispenser" type that some brand of wipes come in, you should be able to use your roll of wipes this way. If the container is not one of those types then tear off and fold as many as you need at a time (I fill one of the travel wipe containers daily).
If you are using the Select-a-size towels, put the half roll that you tore off in your airtight container (I tear each one apart and go ahead and pre fold them to fit my travel container. This saves a lot of time later). Pour the mixture over these, and seal.
I found that by using the large roll that the two cups of mixture was not quite enough, so I mixed up another cup (using 1/2 tablespoon of baby bath and lotion) to pour on mine. I suggest you start with the two cups, pour it over and seal the wipes for awhile, giving it time to really soak through, then check them and see if you need more.