Oh, don't pretend like you don't have one!
I’ve seen a few of recipes for wipes for baby butts, but the thing is, I don’t have a baby butt to wipe. What I do have is a face, a boyfriend’s face, a dog, two step-kittens, a roomie, all of our frequent guests, and all our collective bums.
When I saw the recipes, though, I ran screaming. Most DIY wipe recipes call for select-a-size paper towels, a container for storage, water, baby shampoo, and an oil--usually coconut. I don’t relish the idea of letting soap sit on my face. Or coconut oil. I use it to moisturize my body, but I need to keep it away from the more acne-prone areas; even my back can’t really tolerate the glorious coco.
I revisited this recipe often before going forward with it, pouring over different combinations, some calling for aloe and glycerin, some for just water. I thought long and hard about what I would want to see listed on the back of a packet of wipes.
First off, I knew I had to go with ingredients that would be safe to use on all skin, especially face and animals, because otherwise I highly doubt we would go through them quickly enough to ward off mold. Many steps can be taken to prevent growing mold in your wipes, and using them up in a decent timeframe is the first. Keeping the additives to a minimum but nailing a clean but moisturized feeling led to the combination of rosewater, glycerin, aloe, witch hazel and some healing tinctures diluted with water.
Soap can leave an unwanted residue on the face, as well as wipe away the acid mantle that keeps skin protected. Coconut oil is great for so many things, but my face hates it; I kept oil out of my personal recipe because I want to be able to use it more as a toner and refresher than a dedicated makeup remover. The makeup I wear is pretty light--nothing that some enhanced water can’t get rid of--but if you personally need a bit more power for removing dirt and makeup, throw a teaspoon of your favorite oil in while the liquid is warm.
The recipe is very simple, and the application is even easier!
Cut a roll of paper towels down to fit your container. Save the other half to make your next batch, or use it to make a different type of wipes with the other recipes below.
In a measuring cup, add 1 ¾ cup boiling water and allow to cool slightly.
Add the following ingredients:
•¼ cup rosewater
•¼ cup vodka (cheap stuff !)
•1 tablespoon aloe vera gel
•2 tablespoons vegetable glycerin
•a few drops of turmeric tincture
•2 drops of peppermint essential oil
Stir mixture well.
Pour half of the warm liquid in a bowl and place the paper towels in it for just a minute, flip and then pour the other half.
After 5 minutes, remove the cardboard roll from the center, and it should pull up your first wipe!
I added turmeric for anti-bacterial properties, and the two drops of peppermint were to add a cooling effect, without becoming unsafe for use on even your kitty. Just an FYI: essential oils can be very powerful to cats; it's best not to use them around kitties at all (peppermint and lavender are OK in tiny doses, i.e. 2 drops per 127 wipes).
To add your own personal twist, use your own tinctures, such as chamomile, thyme or myrrh, for added skin benefits.
Here are a few variations on the recipe for other uses:
Makeup remover wipes: Follow above recipe adding up to ¼ of your favorite oils. Castor, jojoba and coconut oil all work great.
Adult "baby" wipes:
•2 cups water (heated)
•1 cup witch hazel
•3 drops tea tree oil
•2 drops peppermint oil
Household cleaning wipes:
•1 ½ cups water (heated)
•1 ½ cups vodka
•½ cup lemon juice
•2 tbs baking soda
Play around with these recipes, and remember one more tip: I tried using eco-friendly paper towels, but they generally don’t work, as they tend to fall apart. Viva or Bounty are really the only suitable brands available in the store, as they stay BOTH strong and damp. (I avoid prints and scents on paper products as well.)