Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Homemade Wipes

With the economy the way it is and with not a lot of positive outlook in the near future, I am always looking for ways to save money but I hate to have to give up certain things. One thing that I absolutely LOVE is a nice container of "Sanitizing Wipes". I usually pay around $5-$8 per container and I admit that I go through them pretty fast. So as you can imagine, the cost is pretty high each month.

I have found a way to have what I want and to save BIG money in the process...I have learned to make my own!
You need your favorite disinfecting cleaner, a disposable container with an lid and a roll of strong paper towels...

"Saw" the roll of paper towels in half...a serrated blade works best.

Mix approximately 2 cups of warm water with 2-4 Tablespoons of your fav cleaner...This is dependant upon your own particular liking...
Make sure it's soaked completely through. I turn the roll as I pour the liquid so it soaks throughly and be sure to soak the cardboard center. This provides for easier removal.

If you have an old "Wipe" container, squish it in..if not, you can leave it in the disposable container, squish it down and put the lid on it and pull the wipes from the center each time you use them.
Ta Da...there you have it! And for only pennies. The cost breakdown is as follows:

  • $1.59 for a roll of Paper Towels (and that makes 2)

  • $.50 for the container (I got it at the Dollar Store)

  • Approximately $.05 for the cleaning liquid
Total: $1.35 for the initial roll...if you reuse the container...well, you get the point!

I'll admit that the individual towels are not as strong as the store bought wipes, but it is still cheaper and if you can find the industrial paper towels (they're usually blue) you'll get a stronger wipe.

I also made baby wipes. I went to the dollar store, bought a large bottle of baby shampoo and a large bottle of baby oil. The process is the same, just add 2-4 Tablespoons of the shampoo and 1-2 Tablespoons of baby oil! They work great!


Love Being a Nonny said...

WOW! How thrifty. Amazing how much $ we spend just for the *name* on the packaging!

Dawnelle Anderson said...

I don't know if you will have time, but this would be great in addition to the laundry soap that you are doing next Tues

Lynn said...

Be still my frugal heart!

Thanks MAry! This tutorial is awesome!

Ginny Marie said...

I've seen the baby wipes recipe before, but not antibacterial ones! I'm always looking for a way to save money!