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I recently found myself with a glut of paper towels and a shortage of baby wipes (I know. Bad stockpiler, bad stockpiler!) Then I remembered that a friend of mine who had three kids in diapers at once told me how to make homemade baby wipes using paper towels. So I grabbed a roll from my stockpile and went to town.

What you'll need:

  • 1 roll of paper towels cut in half (use a sharp, serrated knife to accomplish this)
  • 1 gallon-size plastic zipper bag
  • Approx. 2 cups water
  • Approx. 2 tsp. baby wash


1. Cut your paper towel roll in half so you end up with two mini rolls. I used Bounty, but I suppose others will work. I would stay away from super cheap ones because I don't think they'll hold up to a massive diaper blowout.

2. Place one half paper towel roll in zipper bag.

3. Mix water and baby wash in a measuring cup, then pour over paper towel roll in bag. Notice I gave APPROXIMATE measurements. Depending on the weather where you live, the type of paper towels, etc., you may need less or more. I live in humid south Florida, so I found I needed less soap and water in order to get the proper moistness for my wipes. Start with a lesser amount than you think you need. You can always add more, but taking away will be difficult.

4. Smoosh it around a bit to allow the paper towels to absorb the soap and water mixture.

5. Remove the inner cardboard roll from paper towels, pull a piece from the center, and VOILA! You have your own homemade baby wipes!

Don't have a baby? No problem! With a few substitutes for the baby wash, you can make all kinds of wipes:

  • White vinegar = GLASS CLEANING WIPES
  • Multi-purpose cleaner = MULTI-PURPOSE CLEANING WIPES (I guess that was self-explanatory)

I'm sure with some imagination and a dip into your stockpile, you can think up many more types of wipes to make!

This has been a guest post by Michelle from Port Charlotte, FL
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