In a world that’s trying to save money and reduce their carbon footprint, many imaginative ideas have popped up to aid those information seekers. My recent find falls within that category.

How do you feel about making your own cloth baby wipes? Parents that are looking to save money and don’t mind doing a little extra laundry, can save by making their own wipes from cloth already in their home. Those with a business mind might see an opportunity waiting to be released.

Examiner.com:

Baby wipes aren’t really expensive but the cost does add up. You can save yourself a pretty penny over the diapering-life of your babies and do a little to save the earth by using cloth wipes. They’re cheap and easy to make too!

All you do is take old flannel swaddling blankets that you probably have a ton of and cut into squares or rectangles about 6 or 8 inches wide. You can also use an old soft t-shirt. The t-shirt material won’t fray so you don’t have to sew the edges. You technically don’t have to sew the edges if you use the blanket either, but they will fray a bit. So if you want to use these for more than one kid, sew around the edge and trim the fabric.

Store the wipes in an old throw-away wipe container or a plastic Tupperware container with a lid. You can store them dry or add a mixture of water, witch hazel and a few drops of tea tree oil. The mixture would be 3/4 witch hazel, 1/4 water. Use enough to only dampen the cloth.

Voila, instant reusable wipes!

Photo by basykes

 

Originally posted by Angela Shupe on January 8, 2009 in Ideas.

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