How To Make Your Own Bit Wipes
Until about a month ago, I had never heard of bit wipes. Well, that’s not entirely true. I had heard of them, but I never considered using them.
To me, bit wipes weren’t something that I had ever considered buying. That is until I had a few YouTube subscribers ask me to do a DIY project of how to make bit wipes. And mainly because I didn’t have an idea of a quick video to make, I decided (last night) to see if I could make bit wipes. And you know what? It is so easy to do! I wish I would have made these sooner.
What Are Bit Wipes?
Bit wipes are exactly what the name implies. Wipes that you use to clean your horse bits, after you have used the bit. Just like companies make baby wipes for cleaning your baby, companies make wipes for cleaning your bits. And after doing a little bit of research, I have found that bit wipes are expensive.
To buy a container of 40 bit wipes, be prepared to pay about $16.00. Or, you could make your own for around $1.00.
How To Make Bit Wipes
These are so simple to make. You only need a few ingredients; shop towels (paper), peppermint extract, water and a container. It will take you about 10 minutes to make a container full of wipes. And this includes the time of going to the store and buying everything.
First, find the Scott shop paper towels. These are blue, and I found them at Walmart for $3.78 for a package of 2 rolls. I know I will not use all of these for the bit wipes, but I will have a roll of heavy duty paper towels for cleaning. That’s a bonus in my opinion. I found them in the automotive section of the store. Or you can find them on Amazon here. But they are about half the cost at Walmart.
You will also need peppermint extract. Again, I was at Walmart for the sole purpose of buying the ingredients to make bit wipes, so I bought it there, for about $2.00 for 2 ounces. If you don’t have a Walmart close by, you can find it on Amazon here.
You will need a container to keep your bit wipes in. I bought a package of 4 for $1.98. SO my container cost me about $0.50. And then I have 3 extra containers for packing my lunch, or left overs, or making more bit wipes.
And you will need water, out of the tap. Nothing fancy, just water.
Easy Homemade Bit Wipes
To make the wipes, tear off 8 paper towels. Stack them into 4 sheets, and then cut the sheets right down the middle. Then take each stack, and cut the two sections in half. So when you are done, you will have 32 “bit wipes”. Set these aside, and grab your peppermint extract, container and some water.
Put 1 cup of water into your container. If your container can take it, add 1 more cup of water. Then add 1 Tablespoon of peppermint extract for every cup of water. For mine, it held 2 cups of water, so I added 2 Tablespoons of peppermint extract.
Then stir the water/peppermint extract. And add your cut paper towels to the liquid. My container is square, so the paper towels fit inside perfectly. And once the towels get wet, you can add around 32 pieces to the container. Not too bad, we just made bit wipes in about 5 minutes, and saved around $15.00 by doing it ourselves!
Save Money, DIY!
This is such an easy DIY, and very affordable. It is also a really good idea, in my opinion. You don’t want your horse to have a dirty bit in his mouth right? So why not take 20 seconds after you ride and clean off your bit? Its all natural, no chemicals. And the peppermint might entice your horse to accept the bit a bit better (pun intended!).
I had never thought of making these, so I have to give a big thank you to my YouTube subscribers for giving me the idea. I’m thinking my horses would say thank you as well!
And if you want to see the video of how to make bit wipes, here you go…
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