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Marillyn B.

Bloomingdale, Illinois
Wholesome, organic and nourishing foods made with love! Follow the life of a deaf wife, mama and missionary living frugally and organically in a foreign country. Recipes involving lacto-ferments, soaked grains, tropical fruits, milk ferments and many others.
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Pregnancy Notes: Mama's Rich Milk Tea {recipe} by Marillyn B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Tweet First, I must apologize for totally dropping the ball with my Pregnancy Notes Series. I hope you won't hold it against ... Read on »
6 Ways to Eat More Raw Egg Yolks by Marillyn B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Tweet I love eggs. That gorgeous, golden egg in the picture came from one of my hens... that is what a healthy egg should look like! ... Read on »
Are You Prepared for Pregnancy? Need Help Overcoming Infertility? Save 92% on Natural Fertility... by Marillyn B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Tweet Are you hoping to start a family soon? Want to know how to start preparing your body for pregnancy? Want to know what foods to eat to ... Read on »
{A Mama's Day Gift} Chocolate Mint Cookie Scrub + Two More Yummy Scrubs by Marillyn B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Tweet I've never been the kind to "pamper" myself. I always gagged at the thought of getting my nails done (the smells, ugh.) and shied away f ... Read on »
A Breakfast Bowl: Chicken Chorizo & Potatoes with Scrambled Spinach Eggs by Marillyn B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Tweet The past couple weeks have been full of activity around our home and ministry. It has been great, but I am starting to feel like I need to "rec ... Read on »
NOW LIVE: The Ultimate Homemaking eBook Bundle Sale + Kindle Fire HD Giveaway! by Marillyn B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Tweet Yeaaa! The Ultimate Homemaking eBook Bundle is now available for you to purchase! For 6 days only, more than 75 widely-known bloggers a ... Read on »
COMING SOON: The Ultimate Homemaking eBook Bundle Sale! by Marillyn B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Tweet I have two very exciting news to share with you all... You see, about two years ago... I wrote, developed and photographed recipes for my ... Read on »
Honey Chai Orange Marmalade by Marillyn B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Tweet Orange season is done here, but I was able to get some good pickings off the trees and try the next thing on my list... marmalade ... Read on »
Join The Spring 7-Day Real Food Challenge! by Marillyn B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Tweet I am thrilled to introduce you to Roxanne, the Holistic Mama, who will be heading up a Spring 7-Day Real Food Challenge on April 21st - 27th! ... Read on »
GIVEAWAY: Safe Harvest Seed Bank from LPC Survival (3 Winners!) by Marillyn B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Tweet With spring fast approaching and everybody already planning & starting their gardens... this is a giveaway you don't want to miss. Really ... Read on »
Confessions of a Cloth Diaper Convert with Awesome Freebies! by Marillyn B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Tweet I know I haven't shared much here about cloth diapers, but I couldn't pass up sharing with you all about this awesome ebook that just came out y ... Read on »
Homemade Natural Deodorant That Works! by Marillyn B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Tweet When we first started out the road to living more naturally... one of the first things to go was the deodorant. The Stinky Story It was ... Read on »
Beef Tongue Part 2: How to Cook Tongue in 5 Easy Steps by Marillyn B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Tweet After sharing our top 4 favorite tongue recipes , I had a few friends request that I share a simple step by step guide on how to cook tongue. ... Read on »
Beef Tongue Part 1: Four Yummy Ways to Enjoy Eating Tongue by Marillyn B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Tweet I am over at Spain in Iowa today, sharing my tongue recipe that I developed and perfected. Its so yummy and real simple to make. Rea ... Read on »
Honey-sweetened Orange Curd Bars (gluten-free & dairy-free) by Marillyn B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Tweet We are finishing up a great week with a mission team from one of our supporting churches. I am always exhausted when the teams leave, ... Read on »
Real Food eBook Bundle {5 eBooks for $7.40!} by Marillyn B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Tweet Serving your family "real food" is important, but how do you do it without breaking the budget or sacrificing taste? This week's bundle inclu ... Read on »
Honey-sweetened Orange Curd (with dairy-free option) by Marillyn B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Tweet I love curd, even though the name doesn't sound appealing... the delicious creamy texture will have you eating it by the spoonfu ... Read on »
Honey Orange Marmalade Sourdough Rolls by Marillyn B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Tweet I have to say these were the BEST rolls I have ever made and I’m totally serious. I'm not the kind of person who goes around ... Read on »
10 Favorite Chocolate Sweets For Your Valentine's Day by Marillyn B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Tweet How many of you know the real story behind Valentine's Day? This somewhat international holiday wasn't always about love, chocolate, strawberrie ... Read on »

Have you ever read the ingredients in those generic store-bought baby wipes?

Unfortunately, they are full of tongue-twisting names that aren't in my vocabulary, natural medicine cabinet or food pantry... Disodium EDTA, Caprylic Triglyceride, PEG 40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Benzyl Alcohol, Iodopropynyle Butylcarbamate, Sodium Hydroxymethlyglycinate and so on.

Why can't they just use normal, real ingredients?!

It drives me nuts that they go through all the work to produce a product that is full of weird stuff and ends up not being safe for our babies' sweet little bums. According to the Cosmetics Database  many of these ingredients have been linked to cancer, immunotoxicity, allergies, developmental problems, reproductive toxicity, organ dysfunction, endocrine disruption and cellular changes... Huh?!

Not touching another one of those wipes on my babies ever again!


With all my babies, at home, I used cloth wipes and would simply get the cloth wet with warm water to clean them up, but sometimes felt that I needed a little more cleaning power when dealing with the stinky stuff.

Plus, when we are traveling, I often ditch the cloth wipes and use disposable. After reading the ingredients and knowing what I know now... Won't be doing that anymore!

This pushed me to look for safer & healthier alternatives. There are , but they are pricey and I wanted to be able to keep using my cloth wipes or at least make my own disposable wipes.


On A Mission
I came across several recipes for homemade wipes on google, but most all of them called for baby oil (really mineral oil, a by-product of gasoline), baby soap and baby lotion... not exactly what I had in mind.

Then I remember the solution I mixed together for my Soothing Postpartum Pads ... {ding!} The light bulb went on.

I set out to make my own baby wipe solution using the recipe from my postpartum pads as a guide. After some tweaking I was able to come up with this great solution that leaves my sweet little babe's bum soft, clean and smelling superb without any irritation!

Not only do I use this to clean up my baby's bum, I have also found it to be great for cleaning my kids' dirty hands & faces... which leaves them (and mine too!) feeling fresh & clean. I find that it works and smells so much better than the  we often use when traveling.

The Ingredients
I like to purchase all the ingredients from Mountain Rose Herbs . All their products are high quality and the prices are reasonable. I have been very happy with everything I've bought from them so far. Plus, when I buy these ingredients in bulk... I save a nice chunk of money!

Water: It is important that you use boiled, filtered water or distilled water to help the wipes from getting too musty smelling.

Aloe Vera Juice/Gel: Best known for its natural healing of skin, wounds and other skin issues. Leaves your baby's skin feeling soothed and fresh. Best to use aloe vera juice or gel with no preservatives.

Witch Hazel: A natural astringent and helps heal & prevent painful diaper rashes. I found that Mountain Rose Herbs' witch hazel is better than the ones at your local store because the alcohol level is lower. 

Castile Soap: Gives you a little more cleaning power to clean up the stinky messes. Don't worry, it won't dry your baby's skin.

Essential Oils: These oils will leave your baby's skin smelling clean and kill any lingering fungus or bacteria that can cause painful diaper rashes. I like to use a mixture of chamomile, rosemary and tea tree (you can use lavender instead of rosemary or calendula instead of chamomile, if you prefer). This mixture of oils are gentle on the skin and have wonderful healing properties.


The Wipes You can use any square cloth. I have a mixture of homemade wipes, bumGenius wipes and Circo washcloths. I have about 40 wipes that last me over a week.
I like to store my wipes in the tall plastic container, as you can see from the pictures. It works great and I can fit all my wipes!

But if you have an old Huggies wipe case, you can use that instead. Here's a great video tutorial on how to fold your wipes for that nice "pop-up" effect:


 

I really do love using reusable wipes over disposables. Here's my 6 reasons why:
    I know exactly what is in my wipes... no weird, yucky ingredients! Once they are washed and dried, they are ready for you to use them when you are running low on wipes. No need to worry about running to the store to get paper towels if you forgot to buy some when you went grocery shopping. Cloth wipes last for years and so frugal. Less trees are getting cut down for disposable wipes & paper towels (I'm not a tree-hugger fanatic, just considerate). They hold moisture well and you only need to use one wipe to get the job done. Sometimes I even use one wipe for 2 or 3 diaper changes! Great for cleaning dirty hands and faces. Doesn't leave them feeling greasy or smelling stinky.

Traveling with Wipes
If you are traveling and don't want to use reusable wipes. You can use heavy-duty paper towels. I've seen some mamas cut the rolls in half, soak the whole thing in baby wipe solution and store in a plastic container or baggie.

I, on the other hand, like to tear each sheet out, cut them in half, fold them inside a plastic baggie and soak them with the homemade solution. A little more work, but works great for me!

But I do sometimes travel with my reusable wipes and carry along a plastic washable bag that I can store the dirty wipes in. I've found that I can carry about 5-8 wipes in a hard, thin plastic Huggies wipe case and they work wonderfully... especially if I fold them to get the "pop-up" effect.

Now, let's get to work making these wipes!




Homemade Natural Baby Cloth Wipes
2 cups filtered water, boiled or distilled
2 Tbsp aloe vera juice/gel
2 Tbsp witch hazel
2 tsp castile soap
6 drops chamomile or calendula essential oil
4 drops lavender or rosemary essential oil
4 drops tea tree essential oil
about 40 cloth wipes or a roll of paper towel cut in half

Mix everything together in a medium bowl. Put half of the cloth wipes on a large bowl. Pour half the mixture over the wipes. Using your hands, squeeze and stir the wipes until all the liquid is absorbed.

Put the rest of the cloth wipes in the large bowl, stir the wipes solution to distribute the oils and pour evenly over the wipes. Again, using your hands, squeeze and stir the wipes until all are evenly damp.

Take your container, fold (regular or pop-up technique) the cloth wipes and set it next to the diapers. If you are using a container like mine, do not seal the lid tight... it will cause the wipes to get musty fast. Best to let a little air get in to keep things fresh.

There you go! Enjoy using them on your sweet baby's bum!

What you do think? Have you made homemade wipes? What essential oils do you like to use?


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