Re-useable wet wipes

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My little one has been out of diapers for a while now – we used cloth and LOVED them – but I thought I would share with you one of my favourite DIY tricks for babes: re-useable cloth wipes!

This tutorial comes with a recipe for diaper / wipe “spray” – you can either spray it on a bum directly and wipe, or spray it on a wipe first. In a small spray bottle, mix:

1/2 part MILD castille soap (Dr. Bronner’s makes an excellent one)
1 part olive oil
1 part aloe vera gel (food grade – I like Lily of the Desert)
10 parts water

Shake to mix. Because of the aloe vera, this recipe will only keep about a week or so out of the refrigerator. I recommend making a small batch first to see how quickly you will use it up. Using a tablespoon as your “part” should make a small batch.

For your wipes, you can use any small pieces of absorbant material – I personally loved using those little baby washcloths – they worked brilliantly, and I happened to accumulate a lot of them. I kept a basket full of them by our change table, and the spray bottle beside. Spray your baby or your wipe, and clean away! I recommend following with a dry wipe to remove any residue. The aloe and olive oil will soothe any rashes or irritations and be moisturizing for that bumby. The castille soap will take off anything stuck!

If you find your babe’s bum gets irritated in any way from this, remove the castille soap. Still works well without it!

And there you have it! Toss them in your diaper pail with your cloth dipes, or throw them in the laundry basket. Wash ’em with your lovely homemade laundry detergent, and you are helping eliminate a lot of paper and plastic waste, while also taking care of your LO’s tender tushie. Not to mention saving yourself some hard earned cash! Hope these work well for you 🙂

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