Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Homemade Baby Wipe Solution

2 cups water
1-2 tablespoons baby wash (I measure the squirts into the tablespoon, and then just squirt directly into water the next time I make the solution.)
1 tablespoon olive oil or coconut oil*
15 drops grapefruit seed extract*

Heat the water in a kettle or in your microwave until it is very warm. This step is essential if you are using coconut oil. Add the baby wash (use a wash of your choice), oil, and grapefruit seed extract. Stir gently. Pour into a plastic container (a tub or a spray bottle). You can either fill the container with wipes, or wet wipes as you use them.

*Coconut oil solidifies at 70-ish degrees, so in the summer it is perfect for adding to a wipe solution. In the winter, however, if the solution cools you will have little solidified floaties in your water.

*People use about any kind of oil. I recommend olive oil or coconut oil only because I have done some reading about mineral oil (baby oil) and I'm not going to use it (partly because of a health condition I had and a conversation with my doctor about mineral oil and other things that alter hormonal balance.) Anything you put on your skin has an effect on your body.

*Grapefruit seed extract and coconut oil are natural remedies for Candida. (Candida can cause baby rash.)

What to use for wipes:
-If you are going with disposable, you can cut a tube of paper towels in half, and soak them in the solution.

-If you are using cloth, you can use anything from baby washcloths to flannel wipes you make yourself. You can also buy cloths made especially for wiping, but this is not necessary.

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