What Can You Do with Dry Bamboo Wipes?

A new product we have recently added to our product line is Dry Bamboo Wipes. Many people use disposable wet wipes for many purposes, such as baby wipes, hand wipes, or facial cleansers.  But when we introduced the Dry Bamboo Wipes, people would ask, “What can you do with dry wipes?”

The best response we have is, “There are no limits!” Because the wipes come dry, you can make your own natural formulas and create high quality wipes that are specific to your needs.

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These wipes are made from 100% bamboo fibers and are 100% biodegradable. The bamboo fibers create a very soft wipe that is especially great for sensitive skin (such as a baby’s bottom). Not only are the wipes free of parabens, petrochemicals, sodium lauryl sulfate, fragrances, and bleaching agents, but they are also hypoallergenic and tear resistant. What more can you ask for in a wipe?

Because they are biodegradable, you can use them as disposable wipes and throw them in the trash (not the toilet). But, if you prefer, they can also be washed and used multiple times since they are very sturdy and tear resistant. Note: For a longer life-span, let them air dry rather than placing them in the dryer.

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Bamboo Wipe Recipes

Now we will answer the question, “What can you do with dry wipes?” Below are a list of recipes you can make and use with these wipes.

Please note that it is always better to let the wipes remain dry and add the liquid solution to them right before you use them. This prevents any mold or bacteria growth. However, if you use the wipes quickly, you may be able to soak a whole package in liquid.  If you prefer pre-moistened wipes, but may not use a whole package fast enough, try getting a small number of wipes wet and placing them in a sealed zip-top bag.

Baby Wipes

  • Servings: Yield = 1 3/4 cups of solution
  • Time: 5 minutes
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Ingredients and Materials Needed:

  • 1 1/2 cups distilled water
  • 2 Tbs. fractionated coconut oil
  • 2 Tbs. witch hazel
  • 6–8 drops vitamin E oil (2 capsules)
  • 3–4 drops lavender essential oil
  • 3–4 drops melaleuca (tea tree) essential oil
  • 16 oz. PET Jar or baby wipe container

Instructions:

Mix all ingredients in a 16 oz. PET Jar. Shake until well combined.
To use, shake the jar and dip a bamboo wipe in the liquid. Squeeze out extra liquid and wipe the baby.

If you go through these fairly quickly, you can mix all the ingredients in a bowl and pour them over the bamboo wipes in the wipe container. However, due to the nature of using natural ingredients, mold may develop if the wipes are not used quickly.

Basic Hand Wipes

  • Servings: Yield = 3/4 cups of solution
  • Time: 5 minutes
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Ingredients and Materials Needed:

  • 1/2 Tbs. liquid soap base such as Castile Soap
  • 1/2 Tbs. carrier oil (such as olive oil or fractionated coconut oil, etc.)
  • 3–5 drops essential oil of your choice
  • 1/2 cup distilled water
  • Ziploc bag or small wipe container

Instructions:

Mix everything but water in a small bowl until well combined; then add water and mix together (avoid making bubbles). Place 10–20 bamboo wipes in a Ziploc bag, and pour the mixture over the wipes. Seal the bag, and let the liquid soak into the wipes.
To use, just pull a wipe from the bag, ring out any excess liquid, and wipe hands.

Some essential oils that can be used for different purposes are as follow:

  • Antimicrobial: arborvitae, cassia, cinnamon, cypress, geranium, helichrysum, lavender, lemon, lemongrass, melaleuca (tea tree), myrrh, rosemary, thyme, or a blend of antimicrobial oils.
  • Disinfectant: grapefruit, lemon, or Cleansing Blend.
  • Calming: bergamot, cedarwood, lavender, myrrh, and ylang ylang.
  • Alertness: basil, lemon, peppermint, and rosemary.
  • Refreshing: peppermint.
  • Moisturizing: geranium, lavender, lemon, patchouli, Roman chamomile, and sandalwood.

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Cleaning/Disinfecting Wipes

  • Servings: Yield = 1 1/2 cups of solution
  • Time: 5 minutes
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Ingredients and Materials Needed:

  • 3/4 cup distilled water
  • 3/4 cup white vinegar
  • 20–25 drops disinfecting oil(s)
  • 16 oz. glass jar (a pint size Mason jar works well)

Modern Essentials recommends the following disinfecting oils: Protective Blend, lemon, Cleansing Blend, melaleuca, lime, cinnamon, thyme, and peppermint.

Instructions:

Mix all ingredients together in a glass jar.
To use, dip a bamboo wipe in the liquid. Squeeze out extra liquid, and wipe the desired surface.

Dryer Sheets

  • Servings: Yield = 1/4 cup of solution
  • Time: 2 minutes
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Ingredients and Materials Needed:

  • 20 drops of your favorite essential oil
  • Enough white vinegar to fill the rest of the bottle
  • 2 oz. Glass Bottle with Lid
  • Safety pin(s) to reduce static (optional)

Instructions:

Mix all ingredients in a 2 oz. Glass Bottle with Lid.
To use, dab mixture on a dry bamboo wipe, and place the wipe in  the dryer. Add a safety pin or two to the bamboo wipe to reduce static.
NOTE: These wipes will hold up through a few drying cycles. Re-wet each cycle.

Eye Makeup Remover

  • Servings: Yield = 1/4 cup of solution
  • Time: 5 minutes
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Ingredients and Materials Needed:

Instructions:

Mix all ingredients in a 2 oz. Glass Bottle with Lid.
To use, shake the bottle, and dab the mixture on a dry bamboo wipe. Wipe over face and closed eyes.

Eye Cream/Makeup Remover

  • Servings: Yield = 1/4 cup of solution
  • Time: 2 minutes
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Ingredients and Materials Needed:

Instructions

Mix all ingredients in a 2 oz. Salve Jar.
To use, dip a bamboo wipe in the coconut oil mixture, wring it out, and then wipe over closed eyes or face. This also works great for fixing mistakes while applying makeup.


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Facial Cleansing Wipes

  • Servings: Yield = 1 cup of solution
  • Time: 5 minutes
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Ingredients and Materials Needed:

  • 3/4 cup very warm distilled water
  • 1/2 Tbs. coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp. rubbing alcohol (for emulsion)
  • 3–4 drops vitamin E oil (1 capsule)
  • 2 drops lavender essential oil
  • 2 drops lemon essential oil
  • 2 drops melaleuca (tea tree) essential oil
  • 12 oz. PET Jar

Instructions:

Shake or whisk all ingredients together until well combined. The warm water should melt the coconut oil, and the rubbing alcohol should help with the emulsion process.
To use, shake the jar and dip a bamboo wipe in the liquid. Squeeze out extra liquid and wipe face.

Lens/Screen Cleaner

  • Servings: Yield = 15 ml of solution
  • Time: 2 minutes
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Ingredients and Materials Needed:

Instructions:

Mix all ingredients in a 15 ml Spray Bottle.
To use, spray mixture on a dry bamboo wipe, and then wipe lens or screen. Do not use on plastic surfaces, as the lemon essential oil may harm the plastic!

Do you have any other ideas for using the Dry Bamboo Wipes?

14 thoughts on “What Can You Do with Dry Bamboo Wipes?

  1. If you add 5-10 drops of grapefruit seed extract, your wipes will last even longer. From what I’ve been told, the grapefruit seed extract works as an antioxidant. I’m not sure how this works against the mold, but it sure does. And perhaps I have my verbage wrong. Anyhow, it makes a huge difference to the longevity of a tub of wetted wipes. 🙂

  2. I have made my own baby wipes for 3.5 years now but with paper towels instead of the bamboo wipes and I only had one time that my wipes molded and after that I started my solution with boiled water (tap) and then added my soap, witch hazel, CO and EO’s and kept them in snap tight plastic buckets with a seal and haven’t had them mold since.
    They way you describe to dip the towel and wring out the excess is a sure way to introduce bacteria and mold every time that you introduce your hand into the solution. I highly urge and recommend boiling the water and pre-saturating your cloths and use as needed.

    • Tiffany I have just started making my own wipes. Can you tell me if I don’t use soap or witch hazel but boil the tap water and use a seal tight if that will keep it from molding? My first face wipes didn’t mold but this one is.
      Thanks
      Deann

      • I imagine that the type of oils you use would play a role in keeping them from molding. I have either used citrus oils or melaleuca with lavender so this may be why I don’t have problems. The witch hazel is a natural astringent so that also may help. I guess it depends on your solution ingredients?? Are you reusing your bamboo wipes? This may be a factor. I have always used paper towels and tossed- I can also flush these and then they get ‘recycled’ through the sewer treatment plants. I have not tried the bamboo wipes or reused them, I hope that was not misleading in my first post.

        • I’m not using the bamboo wipes either. I use paper towels too. I use lavender melaleuca and patchouli. I just tried using the boiling the water. I hope that stopped it, otherwise I’ll try to add some lemon or maybe grapefruit. Thanks so much for getting back with me!

  3. The portion that suggests oils for Antimicrobial differ from whats listed in the Modern Essentials (6th Edition) chart on page 321. In fact, most of what is listed for use with bamboo wipes actually aren’t listed under the Antimicrobial section in the chart via ME6 book.

    Can you explain further.

    • The list was chosen based on oils that contained antimicrobial, antibacterial, or antifungal properties. For example, some of the oils may contain smaller amounts of antimicrobial properties (and didn’t make it on the chart in Modern Essentials), but contain more antibacterial properties. Thank you for bringing this to our attention so we could update it with the new oils introduced with the 6th edition of Modern Essentials!

  4. I have really long hair that takes forever to dry. Using a regular towel to dry it makes it frizzy. Lots of hairstylists recommend drying your hair with a paper towel but that is a lot of waste. You can reuse a paper towel once or twice but then it disintegrates. I can use a bamboo wipe over and over and just let it air dry. A spritz of lavender and rosemary hydro sol keeps it fresh.

    • You can throw them in the washing machine on a cold or warm water cycle, then air dry. They aren’t designed to last indefinitely, but you can reuse and keep washing them until they start to fall apart.

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