Reader Jamie emailed me yesterday asking about some frugal tips for parents when it comes to baby wipes, diapers, and other high cost products.
"Hi Mary. My name is Jamie. I am a single parent of 2 twin girls who just turned a year the other day! I love your blog and enjoy all of the frugal tips you share daily with us. I was wondering if you knew any ways that I can save on the cost of things like diapers and wipes (besides the obvious coupons of course). Maybe a DIY project? thanks!"
As a parent things like baby wipes and diapers really can burn a hole in your wallet. Did you know that you can make your own baby wipes at home? The recipe is so versatile and can be altered to fit your likes! Check it out below:
What you need to make your own baby wipes:
- 2 cups Water
- 2-3 tablespoons of Baby Shampoo or Baby Bath
- 1 tsp. Baby Oil (Use tea tree or jojoba oil for a different scent and anti-bacterial)
- 1/2 Roll Paper Towels (I use VIVA, they are the best priced and softest for wipes)
- Mix water, shampoo and oil in in a large container with tight fitting lid
- Place paper towels in container (Either stacked or the entire roll cut in half with cardboard tubing still in tact)
- Wait about 10-15 minutes, turning the container upside down and over again to coat well and allow the towels to absorb.
- You can either fill an old container with the wipes after soaking or if you are using the tube method, after the 10-15 minutes you should be able to pull the cardboard tubing right out of the container leaving the wipes.
You can also use up old tshirts, rags, etc and use them with the solution above for instant wipes!
This is definitely a cost effective alternative to buying wipes at the store. Water is FREE. Baby shampoo & oil can be bought for $1 at the dollar store and on average 1 roll of VIVA Paper Towels are $1. That means you can make a whole roll of wipes for a little over $1 which is great!
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