Stomach viruses are the worst. I’ve written about staying hydrated and the items I keep in my sick kid prep list but I wanted to revisit this topic, because odds are, if you come down with even a mild stomach bug or food poisoning you’ll be revisiting the restroom…over and over again.
And it really starts to chafe.
When a bug hit several members of the family, I re-purposed an old baby wipes recipe. I wasn’t blogging when I originally tweaked a bunch of baby wipes recipes I found on Pinterest so I don’t have an exact source The kids (thank goodness) have been out of diapers for a couple of years. I originally considered the homemade baby wipes one of my “Pinterest fails” because the wipes were too small for infant blow outs. I also made them in an old wipes container so they were difficult to get out of the container, unlike store bought wipes. I did use the wipes when I was potty training though. (Have you seen the cost of the Pullups potty training wipes or the name brand toilet wipes? Scandalous!!)
I do sometimes buy commercial toilet wipes but they are expensive and we go through them in days. The day of the stomach bugs, we were out of them (of course.)
So I made some…
I used a cheap tupperware that stands tall. This one change from using baby wipe containers made dispensing a great deal easier.
I cut a roll of paper towels in half. (I used to use Members Mark from Sams Club–they are just as durable and soft as Bounty. Based on news reports regarding the havoc wipes are causing in city sewage systems, I have started using biodegradable paper towels. Keep in mind that commercially made wipes are much more durable and take longer to break down than paper towels. )
Removed the center cardboard and stood it up in the Tupperware.
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Then I mixed 2 Cups hot water
1 Tbs Baby Wash (I don’t like it to be too soapy)
1 Tbs Baby Oil
a few drops of Tea Tree Oil (a small bottle lasts forever and it keeps the wipes from mildewing)
Stir the mixture and pour it in the Tupperware.
Voila! You have a wet wipes tub for the bathroom!
They are perfect. I actually use them for many purposes now and since they are so easy and cheap to make, I don’t feel bad going through them. I have many more tips on how to beat the stomach bug!
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