I am trying this little experiment with myself. I have done this off and on for a few years, but because there are bigger things that our family wants (like land) I'm trying to save money with the little things. Now when I run out of something, I do a little research to see if I could make an effective replacement. This time when I ran out of wipes I decided to finally try to make my own. I do have some cloth wipes that I use from time to time with a spray bottle. This time though I used paper towels. The recipe is from here:
2 cups of water (I boiled it first)
2 Tablespoons of baby shampoo
1 Tablespoon of baby oil
- Cut the roll of paper towels in half with a knife and remove the inner cardboard core.
- Mix liquid ingredients in container.
- Place the paper towels in the container with the cut side facing downward.
- Secure lid tightly and allow to sit until all liquid is absorbed into the paper towels.
- Turn the container upside-down and allow to sit for 10 minutes.
- Open container and 'start' the roll by pulling a towel from the inside of the roll.
- Wipes are now ready to use.
You can do this with almost anything. If you run out of ranch dressing - try some recipes online. It is actually kind of fun. Of course you have to be careful because there are some things that are not worth the time to make at home. The Simple Dollar has a neat series called Saving Pennies or Dollars concerning frugal tactics that might not really save that much money. It is pretty interesting. I quit making homemade dishwashing detergent and he did a comparison that found that it really did not save you that much money to make your own. So that is one thing I do buy.
What about you? What things have you decided to make yourself instead of buying?