Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Cloth Wipe Solutions

Cloth Wipe Solution Recipes:

Almond 'n' Chamomile
Steep the tea bags in the hot water then add the oil.

2 chamomile tea bags
2 teaspoons almond oil
2 cups hot water

Omit vinegar if baby has a raw rash.

1/4 cup white vinegar
1 tablespoon calendula oil
A few drops lavender oi
A few drops tea tree oil
1/4 cup 100% aloe vera gel
1 cup water

Anti-Fungal Two
Similar to the other anti-fungal recipe, but less vinegar and water.

1 teaspoon white vinegar
1 tablespoon calendula oil
A few drops lavender oil
A few drops tea tree oil
1/4 cup 100% aloe vera gel
1/2 cup water

Basic Wipe Solution
This basic recipe can be adapted by changing the type of soap or oil.

2 drops essential oil (Lavender, Tea Tree, or any oil of your choice)
1/4 cup baby wash
2 cups water

Castile Solution
Dr. Bronner's Castile Soap comes in several yummy scents!

1 tablespoon almond, apricot, or other oil1 tablespoon Dr Bronner's Liquid Castile Soap
2 drops tea tree oil
1 drop lavender oil
1 cup water

Chamomile 'n' Honey
Brew the tea, add the honey, and drink any leftovers!

1 chamomile tea bag
1 teaspoon honey
1 cup boiling water

Easy Peasy
Just three simple ingredients...

2 tablespoons oil
2 tablespoons baby wash
1 1/2 cups water

Eight is Great
Similar ingredients as other recipes, but in different amounts.

1/8 cup vegetable oil
1/8 cup baby wash
8 drops lavender oil
4 drops tea tree oil
2 cups water

Fruit 'n' Veggie
Dr Bronner's soaps can often be found in organic markets.

1 teaspoon fruit or vegetable-based oil (apricot, olive, grapeseed, etc)
1 tablespoon vegetable-based soap (like Dr. Bronner's liquid castile)
1 teaspoon 100% aloe vera gel
1 cup water

Just One
Just one "something" of each ingredient for this recipe.

1 chamomile tea bag
1 teaspoon oil
1 teaspoon baby bath or shampoo
1 drop lavendar oil
1 cup hot water

Lavender 'n' Tea Tree
Lavender and Tea Tree are popular essential oil choices for wipe solutions.

1/8 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon baby shampoo
4 drops tea tree oil
8 drops lavender oil
3 cups water

Lanolin & Glycerine
Lanolin and glycerine moisturize without oil. Lansinoh can be found in many local stores.

1 tablespoon liquid glycerine
1/4 teaspoon liquid lanolin (100% pure)
1 tablespoon baby wash
1-3 drops essential oil
4 cups water

Lotion Potion
Baby lotion adds more softening power to this solution.

1 tablespoon baby oil
1 tablespoon baby soap
1 tablespoon baby lotion
1 cup water
Variation: Replace the baby oil and lotion with 2 tablespoons Baby Magic Creamy Baby Oil for a less oily potion. Thanks to Kimberly A. for this variation.

Magic Baby
Baby Magic products are usually easy to find in local stores.

1/2 cup Baby Magic oil
1/2 cup Baby Magic wash
2 cups water

No Measuring
Don't measure for this one, just estimate amounts.

2 squirts baby oil
2 squirts baby wash
1 drop essential oil
1 cup water (about)

Olive 'n' Tea Tree
A great natural wipes solution.

1/4 cup olive oil (extra virgin not necessary)
1/8 cup gentle baby bath
A few drops tea tree oil
4 cups water

Shampoo Style
Baby shampoo works as well as baby wash.

1 tablespoon baby oil
2 teaspoons baby shampoo
2 1/2 cups water

This recipe relies on the essential oil to cleanse, instead of using soap.

1-2 drops tea tree oil
1-2 drops lavender oil
1 cup water
**Use caution with this recipe as we've been told some children may develop a rash since the essential oils aren't dissolved in a carrier oil

Zany Apricot Solution
1 tablespoon apricot oil

1 tablespoon unscented baby wash
3 cups water

Zany Lavender Solution
1 tablespoon baby oil

1 tablespoon lavender scented baby wash
2-3 drops lavender oil
3 cups water

More Cloth Wipe Solution Recipe Resources
Here are a couple of links for more ideas on how to make and use your cloth wipe solution. Have fun seeing what others say about using cloth wipe solutions.

How to Use Wipes Solution:

There are many different ways to store and use wipes solution. Use a variety of different ways to suit your needs at home and away from home.

  • Use a plug-in commercial wipes warmer and place the solution inside. Dip cloth wipes into the solution.
  • Use a spray bottle to spritz the cloth wipes for an easy on-the-go method.
  • Warm solution and place in an insulated container to provide warm wipes for baby.
  • Place cloth wipes in a commercial baby wipes container and pour wipes solution over wipes.

Change solution once a week to prevent mustiness. Check solution daily to be sure it is not dirty or musty. If your solution gets dirty and musty within a few days, try mixing less of the solution at a time and changing it more frequently.

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