Last Updated on July 3, 2022
Here we’ll show you how to create DIY personal hygiene wipes because the usage of wipes can grow on you immediately since it is more effective in wiping any dirt and, at the same time, leave a fragrant smell. However, you can get dependent on wipes for hygienic reasons, and you might run out of it for some reason. If you have searched around the house, you might see some paper towels and think whether you can utilize it as an alternative or not.
Preparation To Create DIY Personal Hygiene Wipes
Wet wipes are more convenient to use compared to normal tissues. The moisture it contains serves as shortcuts for using water or rubbing alcohol. Its single application feels safer than using a damp rag for cleaning.
Luckily, you can utilize paper towels into DIY personal hygiene wipes. The first thing you need to do is prepare these items possibly found on your home:
- One roll of paper towels
- 2 cups of warm water to dissolve the other liquid agents easily
- 2 tablespoons of liquid baby bath soap
- One tablespoon baby oil
- One plastic container with tight cover enough to contain half the size of the paper towel.
Why Use Paper Towels?
We often use paper towels in kitchen applications such as oil buffer for fried foods and even in baking procedures. The reason for this is that manufacturers designed and created paper towels to allow the absorbed liquid to travel through the paper fibers. These are more effective absorbents compared to napkins and tissues.
What is the Purpose of Liquid Soap and Baby Oil?
Original wet wipes contained moisturizing and detergent agents that make it useful in wiping. It also leaves a fragrant, pleasant scent as you use it for cleaning. The purpose of the liquid soap and baby oil is to replicate the agents used in the first wet wipes in a practical sense. With the warm water as the carrier of the detergent agents, the paper towel can absorb the mixture.
Step 1: Cut the Paper Towel Roll Crosswise in Half Using a Sterilized, Sharp, Serrated Knife
You will only use only half of the paper towel for the rest of the procedure. Paper towels are commonly available in extended sizes, also two to three times the height of standard toilet tissue.
You can utilize the other half to make another set of DIY personal hygiene wipes. We recommended you to use a sterilized, sharp knife to have a neat finish while maintaining the cleanliness of the paper towel.
Step 2: Place Either One of the Halves of Paper Towels into the Square Container
The square container’s lid must have a locking mechanism. We suggest utilizing unused or spare food containers similar to that of a lunch Tupperware plastic.
Step 3: Boil Two Cups of Tap or Drinking Water for about Two Minutes
We clarify that, at this step, the water reached the boiling point and maintained at that state for two minutes. That is NOT similar to heating the water for two minutes—boil water, preferably on a kettle. You can also use the warm liquid inside the thermal container.
Step 4: Add the Liquid Baby Bath Soap and the Baby Oil into the Boiled Water inside a Container. Mix Thoroughly
The ratio of liquid bath soap and baby oil is 2-to-1 tablespoons. Adding more can lead to the solution being soapy, and adding less can lead to not attaining the moisturizing effect. Use brands that are well known and for baby use. This type of product caters to the sensitivity of the baby’s skin, so it is very applicable to any age as well.
Step 5: Pour the Said Mixture over Paper Towels Evenly
If you have a beaker or small pitcher, use it to contain the mixture. Its mouth opening guides your distribution well as you pour the liquid mixture.
Step 6: Pull the Cardboard Out from the Paper Towel’s Core
The cardboard holding the roll of paper towel will come out effortlessly once it is soaked wet. It will become a hindrance when the soaked paper towel functions as wet wipes.
Step 7: Place the Lid of the Container
The purpose of covering and sealing the soaked paper towel when not in use is similar to how the manufacturers designed the packaging of the wet wipes. This is to prevent the liquid mixture absorbed by the paper towel from evaporating even under room temperature.
Step 8: Keep the Lid of the Container Tightly Secured until Ready to Use
Step 9: Start Using by Pulling Out the Wipes from the Center, Where the Originally there was the Cardboard.
It is already apparent to keep the wipes closed after every use. The homemade wipes’ freshness and wetness can last for up to one week. If you haven’t used the said wipes and they are drying out, you can remake the liquid mixture and pour it into the dried up roll to refresh.
To guide you visually for this procedure, here is a link to a YouTube video:
Tips And Tricks
In the absence of a paper towel, you can utilize pieces of clothing as alternatives. Select fabrics similar to the texture and thickness of the paper towel, like a cotton shirt or a handkerchief. We can guide you on how to make DIY personal hygiene wipes from pieces of clothing through the following links:
Are you encouraged to make your homemade wipes? It is easy and cheap, right?
The purpose of such an alternative is to raise awareness of the effects of carelessly using wet wipes. They are made for single applications only, and as you use them, one wipe might be enough for your daily needs like refreshing the face or for bathroom activities.
The dependency of using wet wipes can become a concern. And when plenty of people think alike, especially those living in urban areas, it will be a considerable problem for waste management and public sewerage.
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