Cloth wipe solution?

Hannah - posted on 01/27/2010 ( 49 moms have responded )

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I want to switch to cloth wipes, but need a good HOME-MADE cloth wipe solution. I don't want to buy any since the whole purpose is to go cheaper! I tried plain water and it DID NOT cleanse enough- he got terrible diaper rash.



So please post your home-made cloth diaper wipe solution mixtures- please include amounts of ingredients!



Thanks!

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Lindsay - posted on 02/03/2010

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For wipes i use chunks of flannel, left overs from making blankets. For wipe solution, I use 2C water, 1-2Tbsp baby wash, 1-2Tbsp oil, and a couple drops of tea tree oil if you want. The oil is so minimal that it does not affect the diapers. You could also leave the oil out if you want. Most recipes call for baby oil, but I prefer to use olive oil. Baby oil is mineral oil, which is a byproduct of petroleum used to produce gasoline, so I don't like to use it at all. I just put the solution in a spray bottle right on the change table. You could spray the wipe or baby's bum directly. My girl always laughs when I do that. I find that the flannel wipes work so much better than the disposable wipes! And I just toss them right in with my diapers. Hope this helps.

Selia - posted on 01/28/2010

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To the moms who use these solutions: does the oil in the wipes interfere with your dipes? I know creams,oils and the like are supposed to be avoided, so how does that work? Do you wash wipes separately from dipes?

Anna - posted on 02/15/2010

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My cloth wipe solution is

2 cups water

2 Tbsp Tea tree oil (Drug stores should have it or I think Walmart has it by the vitamins)

2 Tbsp baby body wash

you whisk the ingredients and either pour into (for paper towel wipes) or dunk cloth wipes into and wring them out a little!

I use tea tree oil instead o baby oil because it has natural antibacterial & anti fungal properties! My daughter has extra sensitive skin but if the tea tree is too strong you can cut back a half tbsp at a time

Hope this helps!!

Lauren - posted on 02/23/2010

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I take a small (say 6 oz or so) spray bottle; you can get them cheap at drugstores. I put in half water, half witch hazel, about 3 drops of tea tree oil, and a nice squirt of a natural soothing oil like apricot seed, jojoba, kukui, etc. Whatever oil I have on hand. Then I shake it well. This has been working great for me for 2+ years now and with 2 babies. Smells great and cleans well! :)

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Lauren - posted on 02/23/2010

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Oh, I use dry wipes btw. Forgot that part! I just carry the bottle and a bunch of dry cloths in my diaper bag.

Kristin - posted on 02/21/2010

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I fill a glass jar with water and a splash of white vinegar. Then I add a few drops each of tea tree oil, lavender oil, calendula oil, and squirt of aloe vera gel. I pour it over the wipes in a plastic container and store any extra cloth wipe solution in the fridge.

Daina - posted on 02/18/2010

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we always used tea tree in our laundry for the butt covers ( hahaha thats what we call them) and our cloth wipe solution is water and tea tree and lavender thats about all i found its one of thoes things you have to change it up to find the right amounts to what to get them just right for your little ones hiney and sometimes we had to change it mid batch because it was reacting to something my son ate and it didnt do as well or did to well and dried his little rump out. its ever changing hope that helped

Elisa - posted on 02/18/2010

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No real measuring, just a TINY bit of baby soap with a tsp of olive oil, and a couple drops of tea tree oil.

Emilie - posted on 02/18/2010

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My husbands cousin makes wipes: She buys solid white paper towels and cuts it in half, uses a deep round container with a lid.

put a cup of water, tablespoon of baby oil, a tablespoon of babywash and pours it in the container and put in the roll of paper towels and pulls out the cardboard roll out of the center and lets the papers towels absorb all the solution. then she has wipes.

Diana - posted on 02/18/2010

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I use, wash cloths & hot water. No lotions, but if needed Renew lotion from Melaleuca and or Tea tree oil & Olive oil. Camomile teabags are great on a rash. Mineral oil such as baby oil is not good on your baby's skin. Olive oil & TTO is the best thing out there!!!! Remember, what's on your skin is in your blood stream! Makes you think twice. We use a service and never had problems using oils, my service highly recomended olive oil.

Kristen - posted on 02/17/2010

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I use a witch hazel base in mine. I use only a tiny squirt of the Diaper lotion potion available on www.cottonbabies.com . Works great!

Yolanda - posted on 02/16/2010

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Very easy and effective recipe



2 cups of water

1/2 teaspoon of Burt's Bees Apricot Baby Oil

2 drops of Shaklee concentrated cleanser (all natural soap) - this product will last you YOUR ENTIRE LIFE so ends up being VERY CHEAP!!!



That's it! I mix the Shaklee into the baby oil ahead of time, and keep the jar ready. I just pour a quarter sized blob on the bottom and fill with water - very easy.



For moms who don't use cloth wipes - just soak a stack of Bounty Dye Free Napkins in the solution for perfect disposable wipes!

Beth - posted on 02/13/2010

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I also just use water on my baby washcloths as wipes. They have worked great for us. My daughter has REALLY sensitive skin, so plain old water is what worked best.

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I have done this already :-) The one I like best is 1 tbsp baby oil (makes cloth wipe slide across their bottom nicely without tugging on skin) and 1 tbsp baby shampoo (you could use the head-to-toe soap here) and then that is to about 1 cup water. I like to use a spray bottle. Most stores like Walmart or the like carry it near the small travel items section with the small tubes of toothpaste and the like. I also use this with flannel "rags" I cut from purchased second-hand baby receiving blankets and scraps from JoAnn's craft store

Alicia - posted on 02/13/2010

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We use Dr. Bronners on our cloth wipes, too. Just mix a tbsp or two with water and pour over the wipes evenly. I have been happy with it.

Cheryl - posted on 02/13/2010

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Some days, I just wash baby's bottom under the water in the sink. This makes sure that babe won't get diaper rash. It's awkward at first, but you get the hang of it pretty quick. Just put their sleeper behind their back and hold their legs up.

Cheryl - posted on 02/13/2010

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I use this cloth wipe solution for my homemade wipes for Ellee. 1 cup distilled water, 1/2 cup aloe vera gel, 2 TBSP calendula oil, 2 drops tea tree oil, 2 drops lavender oil, 2 TBSP Witch Hazel. It is a big upfront cost if you don't have any of the ingredients already, but totally worth it. You make your money back after about 7-10 batches. The stuff goes a long way. I use it with paper towel. You cut a paper towel roll in half and take the tube out of the middle. Then you find a cylinder container to fit the roll and pour the mixture over top. You don't need the entire mixture on one roll either. Pour it slowly so you don't over do it. I hope this helps.

Lucie - posted on 02/13/2010

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When looking into cloth diapers, I found the Kissaluvs diaper lotion potion was recommended when using cloth wipes or cloth diapers. Believe me, a little will last you a long time. You can use half the recommended amount and it works just fine. Baby G has only had one red butt, and the potion cleared it right up in a few days. He's 15 months old and I'm still using the first concentrated bottle I bought. Also, if you're getting rashes, make sure you use something like Bi-O-Kleen Bac-Out spray on the diapers before you throw them in the diaper pail. I use the potion daily, and have replaced using butt wipes unless he does #2. It can be used to clean and to prevent diaper rash. It's only got 4 ingredients and I highly recommend it.

Melissa - posted on 02/12/2010

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We used a thermos of hot water next to the changing table for our cloth diaper wipes. I would just squirt a little hot water on it and wipe. No solution, no chemicals, no oils, nothing but warm water. After wiping I would soak wipes in a bucket with a teaspoon of Biokleen Cold Water laundry detergent, it has live enzymes in it that begin to break down your "solids", then I threw the whole bucket, water, soap, and wipes into the washing machine, and depending on the weather, i would hang dry them.

Jessica - posted on 02/11/2010

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We just wet the wipes with warm water and keep them in a wipe warmer. I refil it about every day today and a half. About 9 wipes fit easily. Just depends how dirty the changes are. Usually on wipe per change is enough. We have a store that sells cloth diapers and I asked about the solution, and they recommended just using water. You can keep a small wter bottle in you diaper bag to for use when you are out, but not near a sink.



If you are having rash trouble, I would check your detergent to see if that is causing the problem. We use Charlie's and a drop or two of tea tree oil in the pail for smells. the only time we get a rash is if the dipes aren't changed enough, and it clears up after a couple diaper changes.

Diane - posted on 02/11/2010

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I'll gladly share my wipey secrets. With my first son I cut up a bunch of old flannel PJ bottoms & serged the edges. My mistake was that I cut them too small. The serging came undone & ended up being an irritant. Also, I kept my wipes in a plastic container in plain water & didn't like it. The water never seemed truly clean, & baby got little rashes. So, for my second son I bought several yards of diaper flannel. I needed it to make some new dipes anyway, & I ended up using most of it for wipes. (Diaper flannel is different from regular, & it's very cheap. Mine was $2 a yard. A yard gave me 6 or 9 wipes--I forget...) This time I cut the wipes generously & hemmed the egdes with a sewing machine--sturdier than serging! I keep a bottle of water on the changing table (plain water) & just squirt it on the wipey when needed. Much better! Also, I found out that you shouldn't really wipe the skin, that's what causes the rash. Just dab at it. (I also think the type of flannel can cause rashes. Diaper flannel is gentler.) Using a dry wipe first to clear away the big stuff works best for me. You may want to investigate the cause of the rash, since it may not be your diapering. The only rash my second son has ever had ended up being a yeast infection when I was on anti-biotics!

Kristina - posted on 02/09/2010

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I also own a prince lionheart wipes warmer, I use 2 cups of water, 1 tablespoon all natural baby wash and 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil because my son has terrible dry skin if i don't use it. I let the cloths soak for 20 minutes, ring them out them put them in the warmer.

Elizabeth - posted on 02/08/2010

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Does anyone ever use jojoba oil? Would that work as well as other types of oil (such as olive oil or baby oil)? Also, does anyone have any experience using witch hazel? I am slowly making the switch to cloth wipes and have only been using plain water so far, but I have both witch hazel and jojoba on hand.

Julie - posted on 02/06/2010

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2 cups hot water
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 drops Dr. Bronners Almond soap
2 drops tea tree oil

Works great, we NEVER have diaper rash
twins aged 1 year

Chantal - posted on 02/06/2010

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water with a little baby oil so the cloth glides on the skin and a few drops of tea tree oil as it is an antiseptic and will help with nappy rash.

Sonya - posted on 02/06/2010

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i just use a washer and water. I have a icecream container with cold boiled water under the change table and just wipe his bum and put it in the dry pail with my nappies and wash them all together. I can not use baby wipes as he got a bad rash from them so i am uneasy to try anything else but plain water. When he was in special care they said only to use baby wipes when i was out and use a washer with plain water when i was at home. I went against what they said and was using wipes at home and he got a bad rash so plain water and a washer works for us.

Shanda - posted on 02/06/2010

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I have been using an olive & tea tree oil solution.



2 cups water

1 Tbsp. baby wash (I use Burt's Bees Baby Bee)

2 Tbsp. olive oil

a couple drops of Tea Tree Oil (I buy mine at Trader Joe's-- it is cheap there.)



I just mix it up in a large (quart sized) measuring cup and pour it into an empty plastic water bottle. I wet a dozen cloth wipes with it every 1-2 days and keep it in a wipes warmer-- works great for us!

Emily - posted on 02/05/2010

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I buy a concentrate and mix it with witch hazel, but here are the ingredients and mixing instructions:
Ingredients for Concentrate: Jojoba oil infused with chamomile, lavender essential oil, tea tree essential oil.
To use: shake well, add 1 Tablespoon to 1/2 cup witch hazel. (money saving tip - I find that I get excellent results using only 1 teaspoon. A little goes a long way). Or 1 squirt into distilled water to make a diaper wipes solution.
I usually wipe with a dampened cloth wipe and then spray it right on his bottom and wipe again. Or you can spray your wet wipe w/ the mixture. I spent $14.95 on the concentrate and haven't even used 1/5 of the concentrate yet in almost 6 months. Definitely money saving if you ask me.
Here's where I got it: http://www.greenmountaindiapers.com/othe...
Diaper Lotion Potion Concentrate by Kissaluvs

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1 cup water, 1 tablespoon Liquid Castile Soup (I prefer Dr. Bonner's Almond Liquid Castile -- it smells wonderful), 7 drops lavender oil, 2 drops tea tree oil. The tea tree is a nice antibacterial; I'm not really sure the lavendar is necessary, but it seems nice. In a pinch, you can skip the lavender. Bonner's also makes a Tea Tree Oil Castile Soap and a Lavendar Castile Soap, so you could skip the Tea Tree Oil or Lavendar if you buy one of those because it's already included. I primarily buy the Almond because I love the smell of almonds!! Not sure where you live, but Target stores in my area now carry Dr. Bonner's Castile in the speciality soaps near the makeup department. If you ask for the Burt's Bees collection, it should be sitting right next to it. You can also buy it at Whole Foods or similar stores.

Anita - posted on 02/05/2010

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Hi Hannah- the trick is to include a moisturiser to help get everything off- it kind of lubricates the skin, meaning not only are you moisturising bub, but it makes the poo just slide off. Olive oil is a great thing to use. Also, to prevent any bacteria growing in your wipes (while waiting to be used), some white vinegar is a natural antibacterial. So for a general recipe you can adjust yourself according to preferred ingredients, I would go with
2 cups water
3 tsp white vinegar
1/2 cup of something moisturising (baby lotion, olive oil, other nice oil)
1-2 drops essential oil (lavendar, tea-tree, eucalyptus are good)- totally optional!
Put ingredients in a bottle, shake well until combined and then tip quickly over your folded, dry wipes in the container.
Hope that helps :)

Nicolefuehrer - posted on 02/04/2010

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If you google search cloth wipes solution, you will find TONS of recipes.

Nicolefuehrer - posted on 02/04/2010

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What I used to do with my baby was just plain shampoo with water 1:4 (approx) in a squirt bottle and/or spray bottle. Lately I have added a few drops of tea tree oil to the shampoo/water solution. I use patterened wash cloths for bum wipes and solid wash cloths for the face. I was the patterend wash cloths with the diapers. I also made my own wipes out of old fabric, and towel.

Erika - posted on 02/03/2010

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I use just water unless she has a really messy poo, then I drop a drop of Dr. Bronner's Liquid castile soap either TOO or Rose since that is was I have at he sink and that's it!

Kathleen - posted on 02/03/2010

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I usually put plain water on my wipes, squeeze them out, then store them in the Prince Lionheart wipes warmer. When I do use a solution I wash them with our regular clothes after running them through a cold water pre-rinse to get the poo off and assure that the clothes are not being washed in poopy water!

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When I'm home, I just rinse baby off in the sink with a drop of baby soap. On the go, I keep baby washclothes in a travel wipe container and small flip top bottle with a few drops of baby soap, a few drops of olive oil & tap water. Works well. My daughter has very sensitive skin and it doesn't bother her. I got this tip from a friend whose daughter is allergic to just about everything under the sun and her skin could tolerate this. There is so little oil it doesn't really affect the diaper.

Erica - posted on 02/02/2010

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The best thing you can do for a bad diaper rash is just use WATER on cloth wipes. I have used cloth wipes for over 18 months on my daughter and I never use any type of solution on them. Just get them wet and put them in a wipes warmer. It's cheap and good for your baby.

Melanie - posted on 02/01/2010

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I use baby washcloths (straight colours for diapers, patterns for washing baby to keep them separate) and keep a spray bottle with water and two drops of tea tree oil at the change table. I use both motherease cotton cd's, and bumgenius and have never had a problem with build up of the oil (my son is two). I wash the cloths with the diapers.

Vilate - posted on 02/01/2010

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I was going to suggest that no matter what yo make use the Tea Tree oil in it. I see you found one with it. The reason I say this is that the TTO will help to kill any mold or mildew that might try to grow in it as it sits.

Stefie - posted on 01/31/2010

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I use a very small spray bottle from the dollar store (travel size for hair spray I think, comes empty). I fill the bottle 3/4 of the way and add a few drops of baby soap and baby oil. I use one or two sprays per diaper and don't have an issue with buildup at all. We don't have any rash issues and I like this because it is stuff we already would use for our DD. I keep 2 bottles on hand so we can take one with us on outings.

Tarryn - posted on 01/30/2010

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i just use chux superwipes, kitchen cloths, with water and wash them with the nappies.
i think you have to change the nappy ASAP, before it sticks to them!
my daughter has never had nappy rash with this method.

Hannah - posted on 01/30/2010

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I ended up finding one that I liked and modifying it... have not tried it yet but it smells and feels good!

1 cup water
1 Tbsp Dr. Bronner's Castille Liquid soap w/ Almond Oil
2 drops Tea Tree Oil

It smells super yummy!

Thanks to all who contributed!

Heather - posted on 01/30/2010

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I posted this on another conversation and maybe you've already seen it but here it is again anywhos!

As for the oils, the only oil that i've actually used it the extra virgin olive oil because it is sooo great for the skin! I've even just slabbed EVOO on a diaper rash or dry skin - I often used EVOO with pure essential oils in a little bottle instead of lotion in the winter for babies and me! :o)

2 c. of boiling water
3 T. baby bath
1 T. baby or olive oil
essential oils according to your desires but not necessary

mix the baby bath and the oil together until it becomes almost a cream. you have to do that before you pour in the water otherwise the oil just floats to the top of the wipes and you get 3 wipes full of oil.

then quickly mix in the boiling water with the creamed oil and bath. Stir together until well blended and pour over your box of baby wipes Let sit 1 hr. and they will be ready to use!

Heather - posted on 01/30/2010

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I keep my solution in a bottle and just wet the wipe when I am ready to use- we use water, a pinch of bakind soda ( helps keep skin dry) and a drop or too of tea tree oil ( natural antibacterial). Never a problem with rashes- and since the oil is really just a drop or two , never an issue with the dipes either! I found soaps build up over time on cds and other ingredients are unnecessary for us- we had worse diaper rashes too when we used certain soaps to wash our dipes in. Maybe if it is a continuous problem you could try stripping your dipes to make sure it isnt a reaction to something in the detergent used for washing?

Kris - posted on 01/29/2010

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I don't use any solution at all. We keep a bunch of old washcloths with the diapers, and when it's time for a change we wet down one (or two, if the mess is bad) and wipe everything down. They get laundered in the diaper load.

Lindsey - posted on 01/28/2010

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I use a Prince Lionheart cloth wipes warmer with some plain white washcloths. I can fit about 10 - 12 in the container at a time. I use about 1.5 cups water, 1 tbsp liquid castile soap, a few drops apricot oil and a few drops tea tree oil. I blend it all together and pour over my wipes. I found that the tea tree oil does great for baby's skin and the cloth wipes really get all the grit out of the crevices :-)

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I use a service because I don't have a washer and dryer. I asked them about using essential oils in a wipe solution before I tried it out. They said they would let me know if it caused any problems. I have not heard a thing from them about it yet and it has been months now since I started since the solution.

Stephanie - posted on 01/28/2010

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I use a mixture of baby oil, soap, and lotion about a tablespoon of each for about a pint of water.. i keep the wipes in the mix till i need to use one.

Kristin - posted on 02/21/2010

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I fill a glass jar with water and a splash of white vinegar. Then I add a few drops each of tea tree oil, lavender oil, calendula oil, and squirt of aloe vera gel. I pour it over the wipes in a plastic container and store any extra cloth wipe solution in the fridge.

Daina - posted on 02/18/2010

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we always used tea tree in our laundry for the butt covers ( hahaha thats what we call them) and our cloth wipe solution is water and tea tree and lavender thats about all i found its one of thoes things you have to change it up to find the right amounts to what to get them just right for your little ones hiney and sometimes we had to change it mid batch because it was reacting to something my son ate and it didnt do as well or did to well and dried his little rump out. its ever changing hope that helped

Cheryl - posted on 02/13/2010

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I use this cloth wipe solution for my homemade wipes for Ellee. 1 cup distilled water, 1/2 cup aloe vera gel, 2 TBSP calendula oil, 2 drops tea tree oil, 2 drops lavender oil, 2 TBSP Witch Hazel. It is a big upfront cost if you don't have any of the ingredients already, but totally worth it. You make your money back after about 7-10 batches. The stuff goes a long way. I use it with paper towel. You cut a paper towel roll in half and take the tube out of the middle. Then you find a cylinder container to fit the roll and pour the mixture over top. You don't need the entire mixture on one roll either. Pour it slowly so you don't over do it. I hope this helps.

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