Cut your paper towel roll in half with your sharp knife. BE VERY CAREFUL! I like to saw into the towel until I can see the center of the roll, then rotate and repeat on all sides until it comes apart.
Use one half now, save the other half for next time!
Pour your water into a bowl you don't mind having soap in. I'm using an old kitchen mixing bowl I don't use for cooking anymore.
Add a tablespoon of baby soap (I'm using Sweet P's Baby Care Bubbles) If your baby is older and has more solid bowel movements, you can add 2 Tb for a little extra soap, but it is not necessary.
Add 3 to 4 drops vitamin E oil. This bottle came from Trader Joe's.
Add 4 to 5 drops lavender oil (not sure where it came from, it was a gift). WARNING: do not use extra lavender as it is extremely fragrant and will overwhelm you. Four drops is plenty.
Stir to mix! (The lavender oil has antiseptic and anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. It will act as a preservative for the wipes.)
Pour the solution over the top of your paper towel roll in your container.
It will take about an hour to soak into the roll evenly.
AFTER 15 MINUTES: pull out the cardboard center of your roll. If you wait too long to do this, it will crumble and be very difficult to remove.
Begin using your wipes from the CENTER of the roll. This was counter-intuitive to me at first, but it allows the wet paper towel to maintain its shape , making it easier for you to use.
These wipes save me so much money! They smell great and last a long time! One warning: test them on your baby's skin before you start using them, just to make sure there are no adverse reactions.