We decided the other day to try to make our own baby wipes, just for the shear reason because we can. We found a recipe for homemade wipes here, but I will summarize the method.
1 roll of strong paper towel, select-a-size (scott paper towel, Spongetowels)
2 cups of water
2 tbsp of baby bath soap
2 tbsp of either baby lotion or baby oil (or we did one of each)
1 container to put all the stuff in (We used an empty wipes container)
Cut the paper towel roll in half and remove the cardboard roll. Place it into the container and pour the slurry of all the ingredients over it and wait for about an hour for the paper towel to absorb all of the liquid. Ta da, that is all there is to it.
-Easy and quick to make
-Much cheaper than buying a tub of wipes
-You know what all the constituents are in the solution
-Clean the bum rather nicely
-Cutting a roll of paper towel in half is damn hard. I had trouble cutting through with my really sharp bread knife. It is almost as though you would need a band saw to cut through easily.
-Getting the wipes off the roll, either from the inside or the outside proved rather tedious, but that might be due to the tub that we used to house the wipes.
I figured a better way to prepare the wipes, so that it is easy to access the wipes.
Using the same ingredients as above, take a roll of select-a-size paper towel and tear them apart. Place them in the container, interlinking them when you over lay them, so that when you pull one out, the next one (ideally) will follow. When they are all in the container, pour the slurry over them.
Similar to above, but it is a heck of a lot easier to get to the wipes and pull them out
Much more time consuming, but really worth it when you have to do a midnight changing and you can't fiddle around with trying to find the start of a wipe.