On an average day, you may change your baby’s diaper six to 10 times each day, which not only adds up to a lot of conventional diapers landing in landfills but also lots of diaper wipes. Disposable diapers generate 7.6 billion pounds of garbage each year, some of which is used baby wipes wrapped inside and tossed away.
A lot has been said about the pros and cons of cloth diapers. But if you’re looking for ways to decrease the amount of waste that your family produces, keep in mind that you can also switch to more eco-friendly wipes or even make your own at home. The other downside to many conventional baby wipes is that they can often contain potentially harmful chemicals.
According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), many conventional baby wipes can include toxic chemicals like formaldehyde, synthetic fragrances, and estrogen-mimicking parabens.
Instead, follow our easy guide to make your own eco-friendly, baby-friendly DIY diaper wipes at home. Here’s how:
- 1 cup distilled water
- 3 tbsp California Baby Diaper Area Wash
- California Baby organic cotton terry-cloth baby wipes
- Airtight reusable container
Mix the distilled water with the diaper area wash. Soak and gently squeeze six organic wipes (our wipes are made from super soft 100% organic Egyptian cotton that is grown and processed without the use of pesticides, chlorine bleach, or chemical softeners) in the solution in an airtight reusable container/bag and store.
Make in small batches, no more than 12 wipes at a time. Or in a pinch, just bring along the handy 2 oz spray bottle of diaper area wash and spritz it onto one of the organic wipes.
If you’re on the go, store dirty wipes in a separate bag and launder as you would dirty cloth diapers. Voila! Economical, eco-friendly, and baby-friendly!
Have you tried making your own wipes? Tell us about your experience below!