However, as the tween boys in my neighborhood like to say, “You’ve got to keep it clean!” (My son and his friends like to talk about their bodily functions and bathroom habits all.the.time.) Nonetheless, they have a point. Hygiene is key!
For that reason, I came up with an alternative. I absolutely think that the convenience of flushable wipes can come with a price. While my homemade wipes are cheap to make, there is an unseen cost to consider. The effect of flushable wipes on our plumbing and sewage treatment infrastructure is widespread (and gross.)
I decided to switch to a toilet paper spray which is actually much easier to make! (I’m lazy.) The most time consuming part of making DIY wipes is cutting the paper towel roll in half. It seems like I’m over exaggerating but if you don’t have a sharp knife, good utility scissors, and a tolerance for pieces of paper towel fluff all over the place then you will likely agree with me.
Well when you skip the paper towels altogether, you don’t have to worry about any of that mess.
There are retail sprays that can be purchased, like Aquinelle, but making my own spray is so easy and so much cheaper.
DIY Toilet Paper Spray
Materials needed for the toilet paper wetting spray:
- Plastic or Glass Spray bottle. I opted for a plastic bottle. I don’t want to risk one of the kids dropping a glass bottle and this recipe does not use the essential oils degrade in plastic.
- 5 oz Distilled water, or purified water that has been brought to a rolling boil for at least three minutes.
- 1-2 TBL Gentle body wash. We use Cetaphil or Cerave since that is what my pediatrician advised us to use for my daughter’s sensitive skin. You can also use a baby wash if you have it on hand instead of the body wash.
- 1-2 TBL Witch Hazel
- 1 TBL Fractionated Coconut Oil
- 5 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil
- 10-20 drops Lavender Essential Oil
Directions for our DIY Toilet Paper Moistener
We use a plastic spray bottle with a trigger for our toilet paper spray. The smaller spray bottles found in beauty aisles are a great size for this use. It is easier for children to use. (The small travel spray bottles are perfect for on the go use but is much harder for children to use.)
I like to buy this type of spray bottle from Dollar Tree, Walmart, or in bulk online. I regularly disinfect my toilet spray bottle but it is also a good idea to replace it every once in a while. Bathrooms are germy.
First, fill your spray bottle approximately 2/3 full with distilled water.
Second, add the remaining ingredients. (See materials list above) for exact amounts.) Cap the bottle and shake it. Based on the body wash you use, you can add more water if it is too soapy or foamy.
Simply moisten toilet paper with the sprayer nozzle on the mist setting. Wipe as normal.
I hang mine from the toilet paper holder. We use a toilet paper stand holder because the kids can’t reach the toilet paper holder on the far wall.
Make sure you give the kids instructions! I assumed that my tweens would just know what to do. Then one of them ask how they are supposed to spray their bottom with it if they are sitting on the toilet!
It took my husband a little longer to get used to the spray bottle than the kids. He thinks it’s a little weird but he is a big fan of saving money and not having to call the plumber about clogs so he is adjusting!
What do you think? Is the idea of a toilet paper spray strange to you?