Sorta looks like milk spewing out of that pitcher. Naw it’s just another one of Robin Sue’s cockamimi idears. When I had my first baby, a girlfriend of mine taught me how to make my own baby wipes. It was in style back then, you know like making your own onion keeper out of lady’s pantyhose. It wasn’t like I was all granola or anything, I think I did it to stay in my grocery budget. So was it cheaper than purchased wipes? Yes, but what a pain. In order to get the paper towels in the Rubbermaid (round back then) container, the paper towel “loaf” had to be cut in half using a serrated knife. Have you ever tried to cut a paper towel roll in half? Lots of sweat, a dulled knife, two caddywompus loaves of paper towels, and one heck of a dusty mess. That trend for me did not last long.
Now fast forward to today. Why the heck would I want to make my own wipes again, I have no babies? For the Cooking Salon. Last week, I found my hands got rather sticky, and without running water and only having dry paper towels, I got stickier. The hand sanitizer worked nicely but my hands were as dry as prunes by the end. So being in the market I thought I would go back to my old wipes, more au naturel though. By replacing tap water with filtered water steeped with herbs from my garden, and swapping olive oil for the baby oil in the original recipe, and using a fragrance-free soap, I was able to come up with these moisturizing, lightly-scented wipes that a dude would even use.
This pitcher is brilliant! I should patent it pronto. Wish I had thought of it years ago, instead of cutting all those wicked rolls in half. The idea of using a one gallon Rubbermaid pitcher made me giggle right there in isle 8 of my grocer. The spout makes this perfect for pulling the wipes through. When done, twist it shut. Jump up, toe touch, splits! Yaaaaaay BRK!
How to Make Homemade Wipes, the New Way
One roll 112 sheets select-a-size Bounty paper towels*
3 T. olive oil**
3 T. Fragrance-free hand soap (I used 365 foaming hand soap)***
4 cups filtered water
a few handfuls of garden herbs- I used lavender and mint****
zest from one citrus fruit, optional- I used lime*****
One gallon Rubbermaid pitcher with lid
In a large pot bring water to a boil. Pour into a glass bowl filled with various herbs and the zest of one citrus fruit. Muddle the herbs using the handle on a wooden spoon. Let steep until water is cool. Strain water through a fine mesh sieve lined with a few layers of cheese cloth or a coffee filter, then whisk in the soap and oil- I stirred and that is why I got yellow patches, must whisk well! Place the paper towels in the pitcher and slowly pour the water over it. Let the towels completely soak. Now that the towels are wet, pull out the center tube and discard it. Gently push the paper towels just below the level of the spout. Find the center towel and start pulling. Pull and rip off about 5 towels to get it all started. Don’t waste those towels, give yourself a bath with them at this point, or put them in a zippy bag for on the go. Pull the leading towel from the center and thread it through the hole in lid and place the lid on the pitcher so that the towel exits through the spout. When not is use twist the lid shut. A few towels got stuck here and there, but so do the purchased ones too.
* From what I understand Bounty uses chlorine to bleach the towels white. Go as natural as you want here and use the paper towel of your choice but it must be strong enough to withstand pulling. OK, all the way natural would be not using paper towels at all, but using cloths instead. Yadda, yadda, I get it. Go pin your shiny medal on.
**You may use baby oil as your oil of choice. Whole Foods has some very nice ones to choose from if you want to go very natural, or avoid mineral oil. Be sure to read up on any oils you may use, like if tea tree oil is not properly diluted it can cause irritation, so read up. I like olive oil even if it does make my towels look yellow!
***I liked the foaming hand soap as it does not leave such a soapy feel on my hands as does regular hand soap. I did not pump it out, I opened the lid and poured it out. Remember we are not rinsing this stuff off so we don’t want to be too soapy. But do try any soap you like, and fragrance is fine, I just wanted my garden herbs to scent my wipes.
****The mint, lavender, and lime is a great combo. Next I would like to try rosemary and lemon. Then orange and sage. I’m sure to have 17 of these around before long.
*****Using citrus zest, whether it be lemon, orange, lime, or grapefruit is a nice way to add fragrance oils. A few drops of essential oil works as well too for adding fragrance. Again, read up.
These wipes do not have preservatives in them and will spoil over time. I’m thinking a splash of vinegar may help(?). So keep in a cool place, not the car on a hot summer’s day with the windows up- that’s just a no no on all counts.
These wipes are perfect for cleaning “dirty” hands or faces, but for “germy” hands, use a hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. Catch my drift here?
Well this should keep you busy over the weekend. I am off to the market tomorrow to cook up some delicious chard dishes- the chard, the whole chard, and nothing but the chard. And a beautiful strawberry dessert too. I may just share it with you all.