My family and I recently returned from a road trip to California (roughly 11 hours each way). We went to help my brother celebrate his wedding, but used that as an excuse to spend four days at the beach. :-) Heaven! Before we left I decided to quickly make a batch of “Swipes“ that I had just seen on my sister Rebecca’s website, Camp Wander. These Sanitizing Wipes are infused with Lavender & Lemon Essential Oils which not only make them wonderfully fragrant, but also have antibacterial, antiviral, and antiseptic properties! Perfect for a long car ride where we would be stopping several times and using suspect public facilities. :-)
Since I was pressed for time, I decided to make mine with baby wipes that I already had on hand (her version calls for using Bounty Quilted Napkins, another good option!).
Now I could have just put them in this less-than-lovely wipes container that came with the large box of wipes I had purchased at Costco….
…but since I don’t actually have a baby…I always feel a little funny pulling this thing out. Plus, it’s not the most discreet or “fashionable” container. I’m weird about stuff like that.
I just happened to find these containers at Walmart when I was shopping for some travel size things for our trip. They are travel first aid kits that turned out to be the perfect size for my “swipes” (plus the few first aid items that came inside it I just transferred to my First Aid Car Kit!).
How To Make Your Own Sani-Wipes:
Pile up folded baby wipes or halved napkins in a container with a lid.
- 1 1/2 C. very warm water
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon rubbing alcohol or vodka
- 3 drops Lavender essential oil
- 3 drops Lemon essential oil (I used Spark Naturals oils)
Make sure the coconut has melted into the water then pour the mixture onto the stack(s) of wipes. If you are using the baby wipes, you won’t need to use all of the liquid. But I would put it in a container to use later! I wish I had saved mine…we used both of my boxes of “swipes” on the trip TO California and I had to improvise with just the baby wipes and a few drops of oil for the car ride back!
The hubster, the kids, and myself all LOVED these things. They are sanitizing, softening and smell so good! You really feel like you’re doing something good for yourself…and you are. :-)