Home made baby wipe solution.

24 08 2011

Yesterday Hope, our office manager, called me to let me know that we had a package. I got very excited because it was our Aloe vera juice! Oh, by the way, I do not drink Aloe vera juice, but I use it to make my baby’s wipe lotion.

Changing table, complete with pump bottle and wet wipes contaier. This was before Ignacio arrived, so I did not know which system I’d like best.

See, I have heard once and again the story of how when I was a little baby I never got diaper rash except that one time my mom used commercial pre-moistened wipes. And both my husband and I have very reactive skin, so it really is a matter of probabilities that Ignacio’s skin will react strongly to things. So I started to look into making my own wipes. I bought cotton wipes (also non disposable and environmentally friendly!) and bought me some ingredients. I made a mixture of a recipe given in Diaper Pin and one that my friend Hanna makes.

It works really well. It smells great (lavender!) and has kept Ignacio’s bum clean and rash free. Plus I know exactly what goes into it and have not to worry about any unwanted chemicals. Once I prepare the solution I place the wipes in an empty tub (I use one that used to have disposable wipes) and add a generous amount of solution to it. Then I turn the wipe stacks upside down and add some more solution. They stay moist for a long time (think couple of weeks). You might get some deposits as some components can precipitate over time, but this is not a problem.

I know Hanna uses her solution in a pump bottle. I tried this but I found it easier to have the wipes pre-moistened for whenever I needed them. I keep the remaining solution in a soda 1L bottle until I need to prepare more wipes. If I don’t use it soon enough (two-three weeks) the oil might oxidize, but I just wash the bottle with hot water and clean out the old solution.

My recipe:

2 cups hot water

1/4 cup aloe juice (the cheapest one, I will not drink it after all)

1 tablespoon mild soap (Dr. Bronner)

2-6 drops tea tree oil

Oh, and there is no reason why you should not use this on yourself too! I did, and it was the only thing that wouldn’t burn like crazy when the skin around my belly broke into a wild rash in my 9th month of pregnancy!