Thursday, August 28, 2014

DIY Kitchen Wipes and Toddler Hand Wipes

I feel like I’m constantly wiping down the kitchen counter.  I hate using the commercial “Lysol Wipes” because I’m not really all that sure what is in them.  The hippie part of me would really prefer to use natural disinfecting cleaners.  With the recent Kidster illness I’ve been doubling my efforts to really keep the kitchen and the KID as clean as possible without using products like bleach and anything with Triclosan.  Germs are good for kids, in moderation at least.

I’m going to show you how to make your own kitchen wipes and using the leftover bits, how to make toddler hand wipes.

Here is what you will need:

  • Slightly used up roll of ‘select-a-size’ paper towels (I’m working on a reusable cloth version)
  • Very sharp knife, preferably not serrated
  • Lysol Wipes container, rinsed (or any kind of cylindrical container)
  • Small rectangular container with lid
  • Bohemian Baby Body Wash and Shampoo (or any kind of hippy baby soap)
  • Virgin Coconut Oil
  • Method All Purpose or Method Counter and Glass  (or whichever cleaner you prefer)
  • Warm water


Mark the paper towel roll near the top of the container.


Cut the paper towel at the mark.  You can also use an electric knife.  Any serrated knives will cause a bit of fluff on the edges but that’s all I have and it worked out ok.  Pour in your warm water and cleaner.  I usually do half and half water and cleaner. Then fill to about a quarter of the way. You can always add more.  If you have too much that’s ok too, it’ll just be leftovers for the next time.  Pull out the cardboard cylinder in the middle of the roll.  It’s ok if it pulls a bit of the towel out with it, that will just be the starter end.

Put the roll into the container.  I usually close it up tight and then turn it over for a bit to let it all soak through.


Now it’s time for the Kidster hand wipes. It’s still not an exact science since I kind of made it up as I went along.  Take the towels apart from the top bit that you cut off.  Lay them neatly on top of each other.


Then, mix together 1/4 cup of warm water, T of coconut oil (coconut oil has anti-everything properties and moisturizing too), one squirt of hippy soap.  Place the paper towels in the container and pour the mixture over the towels. Press down and let it all soak in.  If they still aren’t damp after a few minutes just add a bit more warm water. 


I use these for Kidster after she’s finished eating to wipe off her face, hands and even her feet if they are a bit dirty. I’m pretty sure cut up pieces of t-shirt will do the same job.  I will be trying that soon!

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