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Homemade Antifungal Baby Wipes

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Recently commercial baby wipes have come under fire for a sudden breakout of nasty, painful rashes in children and infants. These rashes are frequently caused by a reaction to the many chemicals used in the wipes. Rather than subject your hands and your children’s sensitive skin to these caustic chemicals, here is a simple money-saving homemade antifungal baby wipes recipe that you can make yourself.

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This particular recipe helps to discourage Yeast diaper rash and is soothing to the skin. In our house, there are a few essential ingredients that we always have on hand- a set of quality essential oils (not to be confused with fragrance oils, which are synthetic and should NOT be used directly in skincare products!), aloe vera gel, vinegar, and homemade calendula oil (which we frequently use in various homemade salves and lotions for its excellent healing benefits).

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This solution creates silky soft wipes that are gentle on skin, but harsh on bacteria and fungi.

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How to Make Your Own Antifungal Baby Wipes

Use a decent brand of paper towels, then using a serrated knife, cut the paper towel roll in half and place that half in a gallon size zip-style bag.

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Mix all the ingredients of the solution together and pour it over the cut paper towels in the zip-style bag. Allow the Anti-Fungal baby wash solution to absorb the moisture for at least 20 minutes. 

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Carefully slide the cardboard center out of the paper towels by grasping the edge, twisting gently and pulling. 

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Starting from the center of the roll, pull out one at a time to use.

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We always start the wipes from the center before placing them in the jar/container because sometimes they get squished in the process.

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Place the wet paper towels in the container you plan to store them in. You can leave them in the zip-style bag, or you can transfer them to a coffee can, or mason jar.

The little bits of yellow you see in the wipes are pieces of calendula flower from the homemade calendula oil. It is recommended to strain the oil thoroughly first, but I knew our wipes were going to be used up so quickly it wouldn’t matter.

We’re opting to use a quart mason jar. Seal with a lid. In the photo here we are simply using a mason jar with a plastic recap lid.B101-homemade-baby-wipes

 If you don’t have calendula oil or don’t have time to make it for whatever reason, you can omit it completely. This will reduce the antifungal properties of the finished wipes, but will still create a decent cleaning wipe for your little one.

In addition to being more economical, most people claim these formulas cause fewer irritations on the skin, like this one below.

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Photo of Rash Caused by some Commercial Baby Wipe Brands

Photo Credit: Dr Mary Wu Chang

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