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Homemade baby wipes + Homemade wipe solution

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Once you finish reading this post, you’ll be ready and excited to make your own homemade baby wipes and homemade wipe solution.

Homemade Baby Wipes

We’ve been using cloth diapers and wipes for over three years now. But, I confess, there have been some times when disposables have been necessary for us. No shame here.

No shame! I do try to carry over some of natural baby products and ideas where I can, however. 

For example, for wipes, I use cut up paper towels (don’t use the cheapies here. Get name brand like Bounty ones!). With a homemade wipe solution, or with cloth, I use a little spray bottle with the wipe solution and spray the wipes as I go.

homemade diy wipe solution for cloth or paper towels

It is cheaper to make my own wipes and solution and I know what’s in them.

homemade diy wipe solution for cloth or paper towels

Homemade Baby Wipes Ingredients

I used boiled water (to help kill off anything growing in it), coconut oil, aloe vera, vitamin E (thanks to reader Jen, I’ve learned “Vitamin E is actually not a preservative, it’s an antioxidant.

So, it will delay your oils from going rancid, but it will not prevent bacterial growth.

I don’t think it’s a great idea to put these on wipes and leave them for too long.”, witch hazel, soap (but Castile Soap, baby body wash or baby shampoo is easier) and essential oils for the wipe solution.

Homemade baby wipes recipe

Boil 2 cups of water in an electric kettle or on the stove. You could even use a microwave. Then, added some shaved soap (that was what I had on hand this time) or baby wash and all of the other ingredients and whisked it to mix it up.

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Then allowed to cool.

homemade diy wipe solution for cloth or paper towels

Using the wipe solution with paper towels

While it was cooling, I got to chopping the paper towels. A knife works, but I think an electric knife would have made things easier for me.

I just measured on the paper towels to the height of my container so I was able to close it. I just used an old wipe-sized plastic container, you know, from my store bought wipes!

homemade diy wipe solution for cloth or paper towels

Take the middle of the a roll of paper towel out and “started” the wipe roll from the middle. Then I poured the wipe solution over the top slowly and carefully. The roll of paper towels will absorb it all.

And, you will have nice wipes that slide on the skin easier than just water (what I used to use) and remove everything from their little bottoms easier.

homemade diy wipe solution for cloth or paper towels

Using the wipe solution with cloth diapers and wipes

If you use cloth wipes, you can add the very same solution to a spray bottle (or that peri bottle you got from the hospital) and spray it onto wipes as needed.

Some people prefer to spray directly on the bum when their little one is wearing a cloth diaper, but that’s not my preference.

homemade diy wipe solution for cloth or paper towels

This wipe solution is way better than just using water and we really like it better than store bought wipes. Plus, you know what is in them! And, I love that I can use them on paper…

homemade diy wipe solution for cloth or paper towels

Or, on my cloth wipes.

homemade diy wipe solution for cloth or paper towels

What should I mix my wipe solutions in?

When using essential oils, it’s ideal to have a glass bottle instead of plastic. Grab an empty amber glass spray bottle and know that your oils will not start breaking down your bottle.

What are some good cloth wipes I can use?

Good homemade wipes make a huge difference. If you don’t have the fabric or care to sew your own, I really like these Thirsties wipes They are nice and thick but also oh so soft for great cleaning.

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Do I need to boil the water for homemade baby wipes solution?

Yes, you need to boil your tap water first. You want to make sure you’ve killed anything that’s in the water since you will use it a few days.

Can I use distilled water?

Yes, distilled water is a great substitute and faster option. The only difference is you’ll want to make sure you are using a liquid bath soap instead of solid as it will be hard to dissolve the solid.

How long do I keep my solution?

I keep our solution in a spray bottle for about a week and check to make sure I don’t see anything growing in it. I also check the smell to make sure it doesn’t smell like it’s gone bad or rancid. Do the same if you use the paper towels.

Can you spray the solution on paper towels, too?

Absolutely you can use the spray directly on a dry paper towel. Again, you want to make sure your paper towels are nice and strong, but also soft. This is a great solution if your baby is older and you don’t think you will go through a tub of wipes before the solution goes bad.

Using homemade wipes on the go

I like to use this solution when we travel too. If I have the wipes made from paper towels, I just take my container and go. When using cloth diapers, I used a spray bottle of the solution with my cloth wipes. You could also use the spray bottle on a roll of dry paper towels, one at a time.

Don’t have an ingredient, what can I substitute?

This recipe is pretty easy and versatile. Not all of the ingredients are completely necessary. I would at least use water with a little baby soap of some sort, but the others will totally help.

And if you are really in a pinch and don’t have the ingredients to make homemade baby wipes? You can just use water and all will be okay!

Homemade Wipe Solution for DIY Wipes

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An easy to make and versatile wipe solution you can use for cloth wipes or DIY paper wipes.

Active Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Instructions

  1. Boil the water.
  2. Mix all of the other ingredients together and stir into the water.
  3. Cut the paper towels to fit into the container you are going to use.
  4. Pull the middle out of the paper towels and "dispense" from the middle of the roll.
  5. Pour the cooled solution over the paper towels and give them time to absorbs OR place the mixture in a spray bottle and spray on cloth wipes as needed.

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57 Comments

    1. Seriously, the only thing I had to buy for these was the paper towels! And, of course, you can modify it if you don’t have one thing or another. The vitamin E for example is a preservative, so if you go through it quickly, you won’t need it.

  1. I’d love to try this wipes solution. We just recently started using cloth wipes and my solution is not quite as advanced. 😉 Mine seems a bit “sticky” so I’m sure the oils would help!

    1. Hmmm…I wonder what it is that is causing the sticky-ness.

      1. Oh, I just meant that the wipes don’t “glide” very well. Not that they’re really sticky. 🙂 But I think adding the coconut oil & Vit E might help, so thank you for that idea!

  2. Thanks for posting this great recipe! I am going to get the ingredients and make these. What a genius idea!

  3. Lisa Brown says:

    yes, i would absolutely make this solution, easy and looks like it works great

  4. Julie Wood says:

    5 stars
    I really like your homemade wipes solution and think it is better than the stores and want to buy the ingredients to make it at Walmart! Thanks for sharing.

  5. Mary Happymommy says:

    I might try the wipes solution.

  6. I will definitely have to try this. I’ve been using just water or watered down baby wash for wipe solution. Thanks for sharing!

  7. I would like to try this homemade solution to see if it works well.

  8. I’d like to try and make this solution! I would stock up on Bounty paper towels.

  9. I would love to try this.

  10. Patricia C. says:

    This looks like a good recipe. I use almond oil, Dr. Bronners, and a little tea tree oil.

  11. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    I would probably try this out.

  12. Stephanie says:

    5 stars
    i plan on trying it! thanks!

  13. Jessica Beard says:

    I love making my own natural products. I plan on using it!

  14. steve weber says:

    I definitely want to try this! it’s good for the environment too

  15. I’ll try anything once! I love the essentials oils you included. They must smell divine! If I didn’t try making these, I would snag all the pampers and luvs diapers for a stockpile.

  16. I will definitely try this out, love doing diy.

  17. Jessica To says:

    I would like to try the solution. I like your choice of essential oils in the solution.

  18. Tabathia B says:

    No, I wouldn’t make it. I would probably purchase some plastic utensils and items for grilling

  19. Bridgett Wilbur says:

    I would try to make it why not. I love to try new things.

  20. I would buy Bounty and Tide.

  21. Thomas Murphy says:

    The homemade wipe solution looks awesome! I would buy tide at walmart.

  22. shelly peterson says:

    I think the home made wipes are a great idea, I probably wouldn’t make them . I would buy some Pampers.

  23. Heather Hayes Panjon says:

    The Homemade Wipe Solution Is A Great Idea! I’d Try To Make It! I Would Buy Tide.

  24. The solution looks great. I think I would get the Luvs diapers w/ the gift card.

  25. I would try it for sure. I am into natural products and less chemicals.

  26. I love the idea of homemade wipe solution, would like to try to make it.

  27. James Robert says:

    I’d try it if I still had babies using wipes and bet they would smell great as well. I’d buy anything my kids need with gift card which is always something

  28. Leilani G says:

    This looks amazing! What do you think the shelf life is? More than a week?

    1. I haven’t fully tested it, but I would think at least a week. Especially with boiling the water (or you can used distilled) and adding the vitamin E. Ours is at a week and looks and smells just as good as it did the first day.

      1. Veronica Arnett says:

        5 stars
        Thank you for sharing! Would this recipe work for wet wipes rather than spraying? I have about 2-3 days worth of cloth wipes.

        1. Hi Veronica- I think you would be good to pour it on a couple days worth of cloth wipes. Just keep an eye (and nose) on them. But, I think 2-3 days would be okay.

  29. Barbara Montag says:

    I’m all for the homemade wipe solution.
    The more natural the better.
    thank you

  30. kathy dalton says:

    I think the home made wipes are a great idea but I honestly wouldnt make them

  31. kathy dalton says:

    I would buy groceries from Walmart

  32. Sarah Hayes says:

    i think the wipe solution looks great. the kind i make is a little simpler but I would like to make this one as well

  33. Allison Downes says:

    I plan to try this out.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  34. Heather Dawn says:

    I love the idea of homemade wipes/solution! It seems easy to do. I use cloth diapers, so why not wipes?

  35. I love how simple this is to make and use! Thanks for sharing.

  36. 5 stars
    Vitamin E is actually not a preservative, it’s an antioxidant. So it will delay your oils from going rancid, but it will not prevent bacterial growth. I don’t think it’s a great idea to put these on wipes and leave them for too long.

    That being said – this is a great recipe. I don’t want preservatives on my baby’s skin. I make a smaller batch of this and remake often.

    1. Thank you! That makes sense.

      I usually end up making the small spray bottle full and it lasts less than a week. And I don’t let it get hot.

      I’d definitely keep my eye on the paper towels.

    2. What variation of this do you make as i am looking for a small amout in a spray bottle as well so the cloth wipes stay dry

      1. I use this same recipe for cloth wipes. I just put a smaller amount into a spray bottle and the rest into a bigger bottle to store as a refill.

  37. Great recipe for homemade wipe solution. I too prefer to make them in small batches.

    I love how you have included so many tips and details that I might have otherwise overlooked, such as keeping the solution in amber glass bottles if we’re adding essential oils.

    Thanks for sharing!

  38. I made this and just want to be sure it is correct. I made my own cloth wipes and they seem kind of soapy and left a little residue on my little one. Is that okay? Normal?

    1. Hi Amber

      I’d probably dilute what you’ve made with a little more water. It could be the soap you used or your water or another number of factors. I’d see how your LO responds and go from there. But if there’s residue, I’d consider diluting or using less on your iOS

  39. I’d be apprehensive about using soap in a non rinse product. IS that not a problem?

    1. I used this recipe for several years without a problem. It wasn’t a very large amount of soap. You could definitely make it without soap, but it’s hard to get the oils to emulsify as well without it. If you really want to, you could just use water, too. This is just a little extra.

  40. This sure looks like a great idea, i have using only toxin free baby body wash for my baby and it has such great ingredients that keep him clean and soft at the same time.

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