Green Wipes for Sticky Situations


My Little Man broke his arm last weekend. He was very brave and I was overwhelmed by the kindness and totally amazing care we received at the hospital. Paediatric Doctors and Nurses are just Awesome! Now that the initial shock has receded we’re left with the practicalities of managing an energetic 6 year old with a heavy cast from wrist to armpit! I’m not sure if you have any experience with broken limbs but there is a certain cabbagy smell that starts to emanate from the plaster after a few days (could just be Small Boy Smell!!!). Anyway, I know that I can’t give his hand a good old slosh with soap and water so what to do? Obviously morning and night a flannel does the trick – nothing new there. However, I suddenly remembered reading about DIY Baby Wipes from the Wendyl Nissen website. These are  baby wipes made without  nasty chemicals that can be stored in a plastic container. Perfect! Here’s how I made them…..

The ingredients are so simple you actually start to wonder why we rely so heavily on chemically loaded wipes. You just need :

1/2 cup of water
1 tablespoon Witch Hazel
1 tablespoon of Rosewater
20 or so Chux cloths (or J cloths)

I love the fact that both Witch Hazel  and Rose Water are natural antiseptics to keep those germs at bay. As a bonus Rose Water is also anti-bacterial plus smells gorgeous.

Combine the liquids and pour a little into the bottom of your plastic box. Start to add the cloths (if they’re huge just cut them in half and fold) one on top of the other. Add more liquid when there’s nothing left for the cloths to absorb.

Adding Liquid

Continue until your box is full.

Filled Box

Use as and when you need them! My little Man was very taken with them and said they smelled really good!


The cloths can be washed and re-used so a Big Green Tick there too. Simply put wipes in a zip lock bag for Wipes On The Go. Simple!


7 thoughts on “Green Wipes for Sticky Situations

    • Thanks Julie and right back at you! I’ve just emailed Strayed from the Table about the Garden Share Collective. What a great idea! Thanks for that!

  1. Oh bless him – hope he makes a speedy recovery.

    Pardon my ignorance about these things but Littlest Mudlet suffers from eczema – would witch hazel/rose water aggravate this do you think? I’m thinking in terms of trips out when hands and faces get a little sticky or just plain mucky and wipes are an essential if there is no clean water to hand.

    • Littlest Mudlet may well benefit from these wipes because witch hazel is high in tannins that promote healthy skin growth and also calms down irritated skin. People say to apply directly to wet eczema but I would dilute (as in the wet wipes) and use as per my post. Rose water is used to treat skin inflamation and sun burn aswell as eczema. i hope they help him. Commercial baby wipes are toxic for little people with skin issues 😦 Let me know how you get on won’t you!

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