Friday, September 12, 2014

DIY Disposable Wet Wipes

Wet wipes

I've been trawling the Internet from some frugal living ideas and I decided to try my hand at making wet wipes that I can use for clean ups during diaper changes. For my DIY disposable wet wipes, I used this basic recipe that I found online:
  • Kitchen towel (it's best to use the best quality you can find, as it would be sturdier, but for this experiment I bought the cheapest brand I could find!)
  • 1 tablespoon baby bath
  • 1 tablespoon baby oil
  • 1 1/2 cups of water (it's best to use distilled or at least filtered and boiled)
If you would prefer a more natural/organic approach, you could use an organic baby bath and baby oil. Or, you can substitute the baby oil with coconut oil and a drop of tea tree oil, like this.

Steps:
1. Cut the kitchen roll in two using a serrated bread knife.
2. Mix the baby bath, baby oil and water together.
3. Soak the kitchen roll (cut side down) in the solution for about 10 minutes. You might want to turn the roll upside down a few times to let it soak through.
4. Remove the cardboard tube inside.

Put your roll in a resealable container and it's ready to use! Be sure to pull from the centre.

Cost of my DIY wet wipes
Kitchen towels (First Choice brand from Giant): RM7.99 for 4 rolls
Cost per roll: RM1.99
Cost 1/2 roll: RM0.99

Johnson's Baby oil (125 ml): RM7.65 / *8 tablespoons = RM0.95 sen per tablespoon
Johnson's Baby bath (200 ml): RM7.20 / *13 tablespoons = RM0.55 sen per tablespoon
* 1 tablespoon = 15 ml

Cost per DIY wet wipe roll: RM1.00 + RM0.95 + RM0.55 = RM2.50 per roll


Savings
The most cost-effective baby wipes that I could find in Giant is their house brand, which costs RM5.99 (150 pcs). So, as a comparison, I can save up to RM3.49. 

Notes:
The Giant baby wipes usually lasts around 2 weeks in my home, so I'm eager to see how long my DIY wet wipes will last with daily use. I'll also be checking for any adverse reactions from my baby to the wet wipes. I'll post an update once I'm done with my first roll.

Update: The roll lasts for between one to one and a half weeks. I also use it to wipe furniture surfaces to rid them of dust and to clean my hands etc. So far, my baby has not shown any allergic reactions to the home-made wipes.

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