At the Panda Residence, we are constantly trying to
cut our daily costs through the guise of trying to go green. Case in point: baby wipes. We go through at least 10 a day, usually closer to 15, depending on how many poops we’re blessed with. If you figure that one package of about 70 costs about $3, I’m spending $3-6 dollars per week on wipes. That’s about $20 per month, evened out. Extrapolate out… $240 per year. Zoinks! For less than the cost of a large box of wipes (about $15), we’ve made some home-made wipes and wipes sauce to use at home (we’ll probably stick with disposables while we’re out and about… I hate traveling with Biohazards on deck).
- Wipes Material – $3 – we bought 1/2 yard on-sale fleece at Joann Fabrics. They always have some on sale or on clearance. You can also use some of those extra washcloths from your baby shower.
- Clean Wipes Tub – $1 – screw-top Rubbermaid 2 QT container, courtesy of Dollar Tree
- Dirty Wipes Bucket – $1 – if you already use cloth diapers, you probably have something set up already, but we’ve found a little bucket next to the trash works well.
- Spray Bottle – 2/$2.50 – to hold wipes sauce, bought in a 2 pack at Joann Fabrics
Recurrent Materials (You probably have most of these already, so I didn’t really include these in the hard cost analysis…)
- Chamomile Tea – 20/$3 – we like organic, but it’s not necessary.
- Baby Wash – 12 oz/$3 – we use Target Up&Up brand Baby Wash & Shampoo: Oat Extract. Love it.
- Almond Oil – 8oz/$4 – from Whole Foods. Good stuff!
- Chamomile Essential Oil – 15mL/$6 – from Whole Foods. You can opt for another oil if you are so inclined.
- White Vinegar – 1 gal/$2
- Cut your wipes fabric into ideal-sized pieces. I bought fabric that has 7″ circles with animals printed on it. I cut out each circle – perfect size for us! Place your cut wipes into your Clean Wipes Container.
- Boil 2 cups of water. You can actually boil more than two cups, then measure out two cups of boiled water. I like making my whole mixture in a 2c. glass measuring cup. So boil your water, measure 2 cups. Step 1 Complete!
- Steep 1 Chamomile Tea Bag in your boiled water, about 2-3 minutes. Remove tea bag and put in compost pile.
- Add 1 tbsp White Vinegar. (If your baby is prone to rash or currently has a rash, you can skip the vinegar.) Add 1 tbsp Baby Wash. Add 1 tbsp Almond Oil. Add 4-6 drops Chamomile Oil.
- Whisk! Be careful – it should be hot!
- Pour 1/4c. wipes sauce over wipes in Clean Wipes Container. Pour remainder into Spray Bottle.
- Spray baby’s bottom and wipe! Place dirty wipe in your Dirty Wipe Bucket.
- Wash wipes like cloth diapers – Hot Cycle with baking soda and hypoallergenic detergent, vinegar rinse, extra clean water rinse. Dry without softener; dry in sun to help remove stains when weather permits.
Kola enjoying his new Wipes!
“Everyday is Earth Day”
Do you have an easy, cost-effective way to reduce your waste and save some green? Share in the comments or on the FaceBook!