Hippie Parenting 4: Homemade Baby Wipes

2 1/2 cups of warm water
10 drops of Melaleuca oil
2 tbsp of body wash
1 tbsp of pure aloe vera
1tbsp of coconut oil

The first two pictures are our tea tree oil, (scientific name Melaleuca oil, which is where we get our name) and our Koala Pals body wash. In a medium sized bowl, combine the oils, body wash and aloe. Add only the first two cups of warm water (set aside the last 1/2 for later) and stir until the coconut dissolves. If you don’t use warm water, the coconut oil will not dissolve.
Cut a good roll of paper towels in half. Cheap ones will fall apart! Put it in a bag, reuse another wipes container or use a plastic container tall enough to hold it with the hole running vertically. Dump the mixture over it trying to coat it evenly. Let it sit for a minute and soak everything up, then flip the roll over in the bag and dump the last half down the middle to ensure the middle is nice and soaked! I use the reusable plastic bag and get all the air out so it doesn’t dry out. I have looked up recipes for baby wipes and no two are the same, but one common theme was that they always dried out! I just added a little bit more of the ingredients and some more water and they seem to stay pretty wet throughout. Pull the first one through the middle and you will have easy access!

So the more you buy paper towels in bulk, the cheaper they are, so half a roll for us was next to nothing, the oils and body wash don’t even have a dent in them and when you have a beautiful aloe plant, you never worry about that either! Cheap, easy and gentle!

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*Disclaimer: It is always good to check your skin first with a little bit of the oil to make sure that you are not allergic or sensitive to it. Tea tree oil needs to be diluted and is very potent. It is not a good idea to use it near airways like your nose and mouth. Some reports have shown that it is best to wait until a child (mainly boys) is two to use it. http://www.livestrong.com/article/110517-tea-tree-oil-side-effects/#page=3

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Natural Air Freshener

-Orange peels/lemon peels/Any citrus peels really 🙂
-Cinnamon sticks

Directions
Heat peels and cinnamon sticks on low in water in a saucepan. The smell with make the house smell AMAZING! I do this everytime I eat oranges and grapefruits or use lemons for food and cooking. You can save them in a container and use them a different time before they go bad too.