It is easy to make your own sanitary wipes. Reuse baby wipe containers or recycle any plastic container with a tight-fitting lid, such as a plastic coffee can or cottage cheese container. By making your own wipes, you choose the scent and decide how durable they will be. Homemade wipes cost a fraction of the price of store-bought ones.
Materials and Ingredients
Assemble a roll of cloth-like paper towels. Name brands tend to work better. The generic brands often disintegrate when soaked in the antibacterial solution. You can recycle a clean, empty baby wipe container or use any plastic container with a tight-fitting lid. Sharpen your bread knife and utility knife before you begin. Use vinegar, water and your favorite antibacterial hand soap or shampoo for your sanitizing solution. This will be gentler than hydrogen peroxide or alcohol-based solutions and will not be as likely to cause spots if the liquid spills or leaks from the container.
Cut a roll of paper towels in half with a sharp bread knife and remove the cardboard core. Thread the paper towels up through the opening in the baby wipe container. You can also cut a slit in the lid of a plastic coffee can or cottage cheese container with a sharp utility knife.
Making the Solution
Mix 2 tbs of white vinegar with 1 tsp of antibacterial hand soap or shampoo. Add ½ cup of water and stir. Pour the mixture over the paper towels in the baby wipe container. Close container and turn it over several times to ensure even distribution of the water and mixture. Use these wipes when camping, to freshen up between showers and after toileting.
If you are going to use your wipes on a baby, adjust the ingredients to avoid causing irritation to tender behinds. According to Amy S. Nogar of Zany Zebra Designs website, "Most cloth wipe solution recipes contain similar main ingredients, which are used for the same reason in each recipe." Ingredients include oils or lotions, soap, scent and water. According to Nogar, lotion or oil "h elps the wipe glide across baby's skin and keeps skin soft."
According to the Mayo Clinic, you should not use "... deodorant sprays or feminine products in the genital area. These products can irritate the urethra and bladder." This can cause a condition called cystitis, which is a urinary tract infection. When mixing your wipe solutions, avoid using heavy scents and harsh soaps. Use a cloth or paper towel moistened with water after using your flushable wipes, to minimize irritation.