With a toddler running around and babysitting another I was always grabbing a baby wipe to clean up one mess or another. This meant I was always running out of baby wipes, right when I needed them most…in the middle of a diaper change. This got me thinking there must be another solution.
I hated using a dish cloth, I never feel like the surfaces I’m trying to clean ever really got clean. I liked the immediate use of the baby wipes…and so began my search. I googled home-made wipes and found a bunch of recipes for them. There were wipes for baby bottoms and others for general cleaning. Since my daughter has sensitive skin I didn’t want to change the wipes I use on her, but was quite content to try some home-made cleaning for my general cleaning.
I found a simple recipe that was 1 part water, 1 part vinegar. Depending on your likes, you can mix this in any ratio that you like, but the one to one worked best for me. At first I tried it in a spray bottle and just used a piece of paper towel as my cloth and it worked well enough, but I still preferred the “ready to go” baby wipes so I experimented some more and made my own.
I had an old baby wipe container so I decided to use that as my container and tried to fold them in various ways to make them pop up. I never really found the perfect way, so I just folded them and placed them in and just pick one out as I need them. If anyone has any suggestions on how to get them to “pop” I’d love to hear from you.
The cost…when I buy my supplies using a coupon added to the sale price, the wipes work out to be a penny a wipe. Buying the supplies at full price they actually worked out to be the same price or more than the brand name baby wipes. The baby wipes run between 2 and 3 cents a wipe, and the same for the home-made. I found that the pre-made store bought general purpose cleaning wipes run around 4 cents a wipe.
So my penny minding mission was accomplished and a simple less learned. Just because I “think” I’m saving money, doesn’t mean I am. These wipes are only a money saver when I can purchase my supplies on sale.