Sting-Free Disposable Baby Wipes

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A couple of months ago I had a cold and my poor nose was raw from sneezing. I was changing Mouse and I thought “wow, a nice, cool, moist baby wipe would feel great!” I grabbed one, used it, and holy moley, nearly hit the roof it stung so badly. I was surprised as heck because they were scent-free, sensitive skin wipes, but boy, not so sensitive on my sensitive skin. It really made me think of how it must feel on Mouse’s little bottom, especially during a diaper rash. Ouch!

So I set out to find a sting-free wipe experience. Now I already have a stack of cloth wipes and bottles of wipe solution made from “bits” (little cubes that you melt and mix with water), but sometimes the cloth wipes don’t clean all that well and sometimes you just want a wipe you know you’re going to throw away after a massive poo-splosion.

I know what you’re saying. You’re saying, “Kickboxing. Sport of the future.” Or, “Disposable wipes? That’s hardly Conveniently Green, Scriv.” Hey, remember what I said a while back about non-negotiables? Well this is one. I dispose and then use cloth.

Kickboxing. Sport of the future.

Following instructions all over the internet, I tried making my own wipes out of paper towels, but I hated them. They were difficult to get off the roll or to separate when I folded them individually. Plus, Train Guy hated them, and he’s such an active parent I need to take his preferences into account too.

I decided to take my disposable wipes (the ones I’d bought in the 10,000 pack at Costco) and turn them into sting-free wipes. This involved two parts: one, rinse out the chemicals from the existing wipes, and two, using an all-natural wipe solution that wouldn’t hurt sore bottoms (or noses).  So here’s my process:

  1. Open the container of wipes (or in the Costco situation, cut open the bag)
  2. Take a really close whiff of the wipes. You’ll smell a chemical smell or some scent to cover the chemical smell. This is your baseline.
  3. Break the stack in half. This is important and something I only figured out like the fourth time I did it.
  4. Without separating the wipes from its chunk, rinse, rinse, rinse, rinse, rinse the wipes. If you saved clean water from your shower, this is the perfect opportunity to use it.
  5. Rinse until you don’t smell whatever it is you smelled in Step 2 anymore.
  6. Squeeze out the moisture. I do this by carefully rolling them in a towel. They don’t have to be completely dry, but if you’re anal, set them out to dry for a few days.
  7. Place them back into the container and cover with the wipe solution of your choice. I find that 1 cup of solution is usually the perfect amount, and I always use distilled water to keep the solution from going funky.

Et voilà! You’ve got all-natural, sting-free wipes! Now I don’t know if it’s possible to completely rid the wipes of the original chemicals, but I get as close as I can and then do a test-run on my nose.

Now what about wipe solution? Well, the meltable bits got irritating and too high-maintenance, so I tried different recipes I found online and none of them made me happy. Wipe solution needs oil, and the main natural oil we have hanging around is olive oil, and that felt gross on my hands afterwards. I started looking up different oils I could buy (sweet almond oil, etc.) and then it got really complicated and I thought “Why don’t I just buy some solution concentrate from a work-at-home Mom!” My extensive searching then led me to Buddha Bunz Soy Wipe Wash Concentrate.

I can’t even tell you how much I love Buddha Bunz, but I’m going to try. It’s awesome. It’s soy-based for all the vegans in the audience and I can actually pronounce all of the ingredients. It’s heavy-duty but gentle, and doesn’t leave a residue on my hands or my cloth diapers. At one teaspoon per one cup of water, a single bottle has lasted me nearly two months and it looks like I barely made a dent. And on top of all that, you even get to choose your luscious scent.

The great part about Buddha Bunz wipe concentrate is that it’s not just for baby wipes! Whip up some solution for your, ahem, personal feminine needs. Or pour some solution over a couple of baby washcloths and take them along in your purse for gentle, non-drying hand wipes.  I don’t know about you, but I hate instant hand sanitizer because it just smears the dirt around and is gross (and I believe it’s bad for our immune systems). So when you just need to wipe off your hands, Buddah Bunz and washcloths are perfect, or you can use them before or after instant sanitizer to leave your hands soft and nice-smelling.

Melinda at Buddha Bunz offered a free bottle of wipe solution to one of our Gen X Moms readers! Thanks Melinda!

The Scrivener

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