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How to Make Herbal Baby Wipes

You don’t have to be a baby to use these either.

Really, anyone who wants a nice gentle non-toxic cleanser will benefit from making their own cleansing cloths and tossing the toxic wipes which are loaded with cancer-causing parabens and formaldehyde.

You will need:

-Organic disposable cotton pads or you can make your own cloth squares by cutting organic cloth baby diapers into 3 equal parts and sewing around the edges.  If you are too lazy to do that or your life is crazy busy like mine, just chop up a 100% die free cotton tee shirt into 5inch by 7inch rectangles.

-5in by 7in glass dish with airtight cover or you can use the size you have available.  When traveling you can use a smaller container or a resealable waterproof cloth bag that replaces the traditional zip-lock bags or just use a small travel size baby wipes container.

-1 pint of distilled water

-3 drops of essential oil of lavender (avoid essential oils if sensitive)

-3 drops of essential oil of rosemary (avoid essential oils if sensitive)

-1/2 tsp of calendula oil

-2 drops of organic tea tree oil (avoid essential oils if sensitive)

-1 tablespoon of organic almond or olive oil

-1/4 teaspoon of organic apple cider vinegar

-1/2 cup of 100% pure organic aloe vera gel (purchased or made at home)

To make:

Mix your essential oils in with the tablespoon of almond or olive oil.  Add this mixture to the distilled water and add in the aloe and vinegar.  Mix well then place your cloth pieces into your glass container and pour mixture over.  Seal and use within one week.  Store any extra solution in the fridge.

I know this might seem time-consuming and crazy but this a better choice for your health and for our environment.  Why give the baby wipe manufacturers money when they are using toxic ingredients in their products?  Better yet, why expose your family’s skin to cancer-causing solvents and endocrine-disrupting chemicals?

**Note** I always keep some extra liquid alongside my wipes, because I use some of the liquid to cleanse our little one’s tush or our hands while we are on the go.

**Travel Note**You can carry your cloth pieces with you in one of the containers or bags mentioned above and place your liquid mixture in a spray bottle.  When it is time for a facial cleanse or diaper change just spray your wipes with the desired amount and use right away.  If you’re at home set dirty wipes aside in a wash pail with some soap, baking soda and vinegar and launder later in the day in hot water.
If you are out and about, place the soiled wipes in a sealed bag until you get home.

 

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