A mum who was left unable to find baby wipes as other shoppers stripped the shelves during the coronavirus pandemic found a savvy way to create her own – and even saved money.
She shared her hack online in the hope of helping others who were struggling to find the wipes as many shops continue to struggle to keep up with demand.
The parent, from Australia, picked up an oversized bath towel from her local bargain store for just £3, which she cut into 32 square pieces – each the size of an individual face flannel.
She said uses the cloths for nappy changes, before soaking them and washing them to be used again.
Creating the wipes took about 20 minutes and she said it takes the stress away from having to try and hunt down baby wipes when she heads out shopping.
In her post on Facebook, she side: “One bath sheet $6 (£3) 20mins work and I now have 32 reusable wipes for my little one so no more stressing if there will be any left at the shops.
“These will be used for nappy changes, soaked, washed and used again. I am going to use a different colour bath sheet for face and hand wipes. So much cheaper then facewashers and wipes.”
Others hailed her for the clever idea, which makes the most of a bad situation in challenging times, as reported by The Sun.
Some even compared it to being ‘just like the good old days’, when parents didn’t have the option of using disposable wipes on their children.
One said: “That’s what us baby boomer mums did in the 70’s! You should also try the good old cloth nappies!! Great for bubs, your wallet & the environment!!”
A second wrote: “And heaps nicer on the bum ! Lol I loved washing my little ones dirty bum with a lovely warm cloth like this – wipes are full of chemicals and I reckon they make a bubs bum smell. Great work!”
Another replied to say: “Great sustainability – shame it took this virus to make us more aware of our household items.”