Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Do It Yourself

Having a new baby in the house makes for all kinds of fun DIY projects.

Especially if it can help us save a bit of money.

When it was getting close to the end of my pregnancy, I decided to get started on some of the DIY projects I had on my list.

The first, that I am mainly excited over are the wet wipes.

Home made wet wipes.  Who knew?  So easy.
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We may never go store bought again!

I especially love the fact that there aren't a ton of chemicals being wiped all over my little girl's tush.  Win!

In case you are wondering and wanting to make some of your own, here is the easy peasy recipe:

  • 1 roll Bounty paper towels (must be Bounty- other brands were tried, and they were terrible)
  • A very sharp knife or saw
  • 1 Tablespoon baby wash
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil (other oils can be used, but coconut is antibacterial, moisturizes, and does all kinds of great things)
  • 1 Cup water (it needs to be hot enough to melt the coconut oil)
  • 1 container large enough to hold the paper towels.
Cut paper towels in half.  Remove the cardboard tube from the middle.  Mix the baby wash, oil, and hot water around to make sure the wash and oil are evenly distributed.  Pour the mixture into your wipes container.  Add the cut paper towels and let sit for about an hour until all the liquid spreads throughout the paper towels.  

They are ready to use!  Pull wipes from the center.  

Rather than lug the whole container around, these are easily made travel-friendly by pulling out a bunch and putting them in a ziploc bag.  Done and done!

The best part about these?  They contain no alcohol, and are soothing for those delicate areas, especially when dealing with diaper rash.  Nice, right?

Another thing we are loving right now is home made laundry soap.
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I have been making my own laundry soap for about a year now.  I was not excited when I thought about buying the special baby detergent. That stuff is pricey!  So I decided to do some research.  After searching around for a bit, I found a recipe for homemade.  Yay!  It is surprisingly similar to my regular homemade detergent.  Which makes things easy, because I have most of the things already on hand.

  • 1 Cup Borax
  • 1 Cup Washing Soda
  • 1 bar Fals Naptha soap
  • 1 bar Johnson's Baby Bar soap
  • 1 Cup baby Oxyclean
Shred the soap and combine all ingredients.  It only takes about 1 Tbsp per load.  

The clothes come out smelling lovely, are beautifully clean, and soft.  It is wonderful.  And so cheap. I love how much cheaper it is than buying other detergent.

Being frugal feels so good!

5 comments:

Noodle said...

I love making my home made laundry soap and it saves so much and is easy to make =) I haven't did home made wipes yet... I have surplus of wet wipes and so have not had the need to yet =) but this is a good idea for when I run out =)

Xazmin said...

I did homemade laundry detergent and I thought it was great, but Hubby complained that it didn't get the clothes as clean. I don't know if it was just in his head, but I haven't made it again. :(

Interested in the baby wipes!

Lisa said...

Love it! Someday I may have to try those!

Jenny said...

You are so cool!

Gosh. I wish we lived closer together! We would have a great time!

Sue said...

Good work. You are saving money right and left!

=)