‘Make Your Own’ – Nappy Wipes

Welcome to the very first of the ‘Make Your Own’ series, a collection of posts designed to help you expand your resilience within the home.

Making your own nappy wipes will save you money, be kinder to the environment (hello minimal waste and no packaging) and ensure that you never have to worry about running out!

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What You Will Need
• Fabric (If you have soft t-shirts in need of recycling, use them up! Otherwise, you can use the humble Chux cloth)
• Fabric scissors
• Water
• 1-2tsps Sorbolene / Moisturising Cream (Only necessary if you have horrible household water)
• 1-2drops Lavender Oil
• Storage Container

Method
1. Cut up your cloth into squares of roughly 15cm x 15cm.
2. Optional – overlock the edges to increase longevity.
3. Mix your water, sorbolene cream and lavender oil in the storage container by pouring in, securing lid tightly and shaking thoroughly.
4. Add dry wipes to the container, scrunching up to ensure that all wipes become lightly damp. If too wet either add more wipes or gently wring out moisture.

Notes
• The moisturising cream and lavender oil are completely optional. Our water is horrendously harsh so both are necessary additions for me at the moment. If you have relatively soft water, try making a batch without any softeners.
• Some people prefer to leave the wipes dry and the water mix in a drink bottle until the moment of use. This is entirely up to you.

Coming up in 2014

2014 is almost upon us and I am so excited to be able to share it with you! It will be a big year for The Happy Rebel and a big year for our family with a cross country move planned and our second baby due in April.

The Happy Rebel will be becoming slightly more structured throughout 2014, with a couple of really exciting series planned. Check out the sneak peeks below…

12 Months to a Happiness Rebellion

The 12 Months to a Happiness Rebellion series will be published on the first Wednesday of every calendar month and will feature tips, tricks and challenges to help you to reclaim and sustain your happiness throughout the year.

Baby Steps to a Greener World

Baby Steps to a Greener World is your beginners guide for taking simple steps to reduce your environmental impact and adopt a more sustainable and eco-friendly lifestyle. Baby Steps to a Greener World will be published on the second Wednesday of every calendar month and will have some great tips and tricks!

The Lost Art of Self Sufficiency

Do you rely on a mechanic to check the oil in your car, a tailor to take up your jeans and the bakery for special treats? If so, The Lost Art of Self Sufficiency series is for you!

The Lost Art of Self Sufficiency will be published on the third Wednesday of every calendar month and is the essential guide to basic self-sufficiency. Easy step by step guides on everything from automotive maintenance to baking cookies will help you recover skills that are fast being forgotten.

Make Your Own

The Make Your Own series will be published on the fourth Wednesday of every calendar month and will feature stacks of fun and easy home projects that will help save you money and amaze others with your ingenuity. Learn how to build your own raised garden bed from recycled materials, entertain your toddlers with easy home-made play dough and even create your own Advent Calendars. If you are completely non creative like me, you will love these easy step by step guides!

Meat Free Monday

I’m on a mission to reduce my meat consumption and improve my repertoire of vegetarian recipes and I’d love to share this journey with you! Every Monday, a delicious new vegetarian recipe will be posted after being thoroughly tried and tested by our meat loving household. If you regularly cook vegan or vegetarian meals, please feel free to point me in the direction of winning recipes…

So, as you can see, we have a really exciting year ahead with heaps of great strategies to make 2014 your greenest, happiest year ever.  Make sure that you add The Happy Rebel to your favourites and join us on Facebook to ensure that you don’t miss a moment!

Have a great 2014…