Although you can buy baby wipes that are made from natural and non-toxic ingredients, they are still disposable, and often expensive. Making your own at home therefore appears to be the ideal solution, by both respecting the environment and looking after your baby’s skin.
You can find so called “natural” baby wipes in the baby product aisles of the shops, but a recent study revealed that in reality they contain compounds that could in the long term lead to food allergies in your little ones.
Note that the majority of traditional baby wipes contain toxic products such as purified water, malic acid, sodium citrate, phenoxyethanol, caprylyl glycol and cocamidopropyl betaine.
How to make your own DIY baby wipes
Paper towels made from bamboo remain the best option for looking after your baby’s delicate skin. These are sustainably produced (as bamboo grows quickly) and pesticide free, and can provide the ideal material to make soft and absorbent wipes. You can also reuse the wipes, as bamboo paper towels can be washed up to 100 times!
The recipe: Take a roll of absorbent bamboo paper towels, a cup of witch hazel water, a teaspoon of aloe vera and possibly a few drops of lavender essential oil.
Cut each paper towel into quarters. Mix the aloe vera and the witch hazel water in a bowl. Stack the wipes evenly on top of one another and pour the witch hazel mixture evenly over them. Leave it to sit until all the liquid has been absorbed.
Put the reusable wipes in an airtight container, to make them practical and usable either at home or when you are on the go.
Make three or four lots of these organic reusable wipes at the one time. You should thus have enough to keep you going between washes. Before each use, remember to moisten the wipes with a mixture of witch hazel water and aloe vera.