Natural Homemade Baby Wipes

Ever checked the ingredients on your baby wipes? Yeah, I hadn’t either. The Cosmetics Database gives you a complete list and a hazard rating of the different brands of wipes. For instance:

Pampers Clean and Go Wipes Contain:

Water, Disodium EDTA, Xanthan Gum, Caprylic Triglyceride, PEG 40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Benzyl Alcohol, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Sodium Hydroxymethlyglycinate, Citric Acid, Fragrance

Clean and Go Wipes are given a 5 for hazard (out of 10) and warnings include possible allergies, immunotoxicity and organ system toxicity. No thanks!

Huggies Cucumber and Green Tea Wipes

Ingredients: Water, Potassium Laureth Phosphate, Glycerin, Polysorbate 20, DMDM Hydantoin, Tetrasodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Malic Acid, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Zea Mays (Corn) Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Fragrance

These wipes have a hazard rating of 7 and ingredients have been linked to cancer, immunotoxicity, allergies, developmental problems, reproductive toxicity, organ dysfunction, endocrine disruption and cellular changes.

I used these wipes for years, figuring that if they were made for a newborn’s skin, they must be safe. Apparently not!

Are There Safe Alternatives?

My discovery of what was in baby wipes led to a search for healthier alternatives. I found out that there are natural alternatives, including wipes made from bamboo, but they are expensive! I stumbled on some recipes for homemade baby wipes, but they suggested using baby oil (mineral oil) and baby lotion- check those out on Cosmetics Database too. I figured that if you could make your own with those ingredients, you could make a healthy version too!

After much trial and error (mainly error), I finally have a great recipe for baby wipes that after using it on two kids for several weeks, has shown no irritation. A side benefit to my wipe making experiment is that homemade wipes are a lot cheaper. When I buy ingredients in bulk, the wipes end up costing less than one cent each, saving us almost $200 a year with two in diapers. Healthier and cheaper- I’ll take it!

Homemade Baby Wipe Ingredients:

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  • 1 roll of heavy duty paper towels (Note: I use Bounty for wipes. I don’t use them in my kitchen, but cheap paper towels do not work for wipes… I’ve tried)
  • Rubbermaid #6 or #8 container- (Old wipes containers,  plastic shoe box containers, old plastic coffee containers or empty gallon plastic ice cream buckets also work. )
  • 1 3/4 cups boiled water (or distilled)-cooled but still warm – (can just use regular water if you use them in less than a week like we do)
  • 1 Tablespoon of pure aloe vera- check the ingredients
  • 1 Tablespoon of pure Witch Hazel Extract
  • 2 Tablespoons of Liquid Castille Soap (I use Dr. Bronner’s)
  • 10 drops Grapefruit Seed Extract or 2 capsules of Vitamin E (optional)
  • 1 Tablespoon of Olive or Almond Oil (optional)
  • Essential Oils of choice (optional- I use 6 drops each of orange and lavender)

How to Make Homemade Natural Baby Wipes

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  1. Cut the roll of paper towels in half using a sharp knife
  2. If using a plastic shoe box or old wipe container, accordion fold the wipes into the container. If using a Rubbermaid #6 container (I highly recommend), place the wipes, cut side down in container.
  3. In bowl or quart size jar mix the water, aloe, witch hazel, castille soap, GSE/Vitamin E and oil and stir.
  4. Add essential oils if desired and stir.
  5. Pour over paper towels in container and let absorb- this takes about 5-10 minutes.
  6. Flip the container over to make sure wipes are well soaked.
  7. If using Rubbermaid container, pull the cardboard roll out from the inside This should also pull the innermost wipe out and start them for you. Depending on the brand of paper towels you use, you might have to experiment with the amount of water to get the right amount.
  8. Use as you would regular wipes, and smile, knowing you are not causing your beautiful child any future health problems!
  9. Note: If your child has extremely sensitive skin, you may need to leave out the essential oils or use calendula or chamomile.

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Reusable Homemade Wipes

If you like the disposable wipes you make, you can make reusable ones also. Just cut up old receiving blankets and t-shirts into 8×8 squares. fold them into old wipes containers and pour the same mixture (above) onto them or spray on each wipe with a spray bottle before using. These are an even cheaper option, and I am working on using these all the time.

This has been one of my most fun homemade discoveries. These wipes are definitely kid approved. Every time I change the baby, the older two hover around the wipes to smell them, and usually try to steal one, which they use to clean things. (Guess I’ve instilled this a little too well). We inadvertently discovered that these wipes also clean tile, counters, leather, and flooring well, but they leave residue on stainless steel.

I now make a lavender or tea tree version to use for all purpose disinfecting when we’re traveling and reusable make up removing wipes for me (stay tuned for that recipe).

Please try making your own wipes. It really takes very little time and is a great alternative to store bought wipes.

Willing to try it? Maybe you already make your own… please tell me about it below!

Reader Comments

  1. Elizabeth says

    Well, I don’t have a recipe to share and I am sure my wipes don’t smell that yummy, but I use cloths diapers and wipes and so I just use water on my wipes (cheap baby washcloths) in an old wipes container. I should try this recipe though because I do miss the smell of disposable wipes! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Clare says

    Katie, could you please give a break down on what ingredients do. I just found this recipe but it’s much different all the other recipes online that I’ve found. How did you come these ingredients and how long does the roll last without going moldy? I know this post is a little old but I hope you can answer my questions. Thanks :)  

    • says

      We go through wipes pretty fast, but I’ve had them in the diaper bag
      for several months without them going moldy. The ingredient breakdown
      is:
      Aloe vera is naturally moisturizing and also naturally antibacterial
      and anti-odor.
      Witch Hazel is antibacterial and soothing, and it preserves the wipes
      longer (in place of alcohol in conventional wipes)
      Liquid Castille Soap- is the actual cleaning part- its a natural soap
      that cleans without drying or irritating and has no chemicals
      Grapefruit Seed Extract- helps preserve the wipes longer and prevents
      yeast growth on skin
      Oil- helps moisturize baby’s skin and increases scent of the
      essential oils
      Essential oils- mainly for smell, though lavender, lemon and orange
      all have anitbacterial and antiviral properties that make them good
      for cleaning.

      I decided on these ingredients after a lot of trial and error, and
      I’ve been using this particular formula for almost a year now and
      have had no problems with it. I’ve also noticed that in a pinch, you
      don’t need the oil and grapefruit seed extract, they just help it
      last longer.
      Hope that helps!

      • Monica says

        I am excited to try making my own wipes! Do you have recommendations on where to purchase the ingredients in bulk? 

          • Heather says

            Katie, thank you for this recipe. I was hesitant to make it because the two previous times I’ve used Dr. Bronner’s Hemp Unscented Baby-Mild Pure-Castile Soap, it totally dried out my skin. Just a few months ago I washed my little one with it & my hands cracked and bled right after. With reservation I made the wipes hoping maybe with the other ingredients it’d be fine. I made 4 containers today & used them for changing diapers Just twice. My hands look & feel bad & very dry. It seems to be common for a lot of the homemade soaps too…what else can I use? Thank you for your website, I tell everyone about it! The information is invaluable.God Bless You & Your Family!

          • Marina says

            For Heather….

            Sounds like you need to use glycerin soaps for your sensitive skin. Castille soaps always dries out my skin too but it loves glycerin soap.

      • Ashley Song says

        Hello! Thank you for your recipes! I was just wondering if fresh home grown aloe vera will work just as well for the baby wipes recipe. Thank you!

      • Taylor says

        I’ve made these twice now. I love them, but they’re extremely soapy. The first batch I followed to a T & the 2nd I reduced the water & soap, but still extremely soapy. Have to wipe w/ a wet washcloth after. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance, Taylor

  3. Carrie says

    Katie, this recipe is AWESOME!!! I’ve got a 1 month old with a terribly sensitive bottom. There isn’t a type of store bought wipe that doesn’t make him have raw skin. After searching the internet I came upon a few recipes. All but yours included baby soap, and I just didn’t like that, so I decided to give your’s a try. They not only smell wonderful but thus far have caused ZERO issues with his bottom and work way better than just ater and papertowels alone. THANKS!!!!

  4. Maxine says

    Thanks very much for your time and effort and for sharing this…Every time I wipe my grandson’s face with a commercial baby wipe, I’m uncomfortably aware of their ingredients, few of which even sound safe. I just made some using your recipe. Again, thanks.

      • Lee says

        Thanks! I am looking forward to trying this out asap as I am on my last container of wipes! I have been using the costco kirkland brand and will be making my own now after finding out two of the ingredients are formaldehyde releasing agents!!! Very disappointing as they boast to be natural! I have a large collection of essential oils as well and am looking forward to playing with this recipe!!! Thanks so very much!!!

  5. Lisa carney says

    I made this recipe but the oil sets on the top and when I made my cloth wipes the soap made them feel exceptionally sticky.  I am wondering if I did something wrong.  I am also concerned with washing them with my FuzziBunz diapers because of all the soap on the wipes.

    • says

      You can actually leave out the oil with cloth wipes. I’ve used this without the oil on cloth wipes and never had a problem (though I have mostly bum Genius) but you can reduce the soap and up the witch hazel a little. Most of it will evaporate off before it is washed.

  6. noodle says

    I made these the other day and I just love love love them!  Althought not a baby anymore, after-toilet wipes are still necessary for younger children, and my daughter thinks these are great!  I have used them to clean my face as well and it leave you feeling so refreshed!  I bought all the ingredients at Whole Foods.  Be prepared to spend a bit, but this will make many many wipes!  Thank you so much for the recipe!

  7. shawnynicole says

    After my wipes warmer stopped working, I started just wetting my reusable wipes with warm water from the sink. I keep a small bottle of coconut oil next to the cloth diaper/cloth wipes stash. After I wet the wipes I pour a few drops of coconut oil on them. It works wonders! I helps remove the poo, soothes and moisturizes irritated skin, and I think it’s the antibacterial properties that seem to even prevent diaper rash! Water and coconut oil…who knew? HAHA! For those who are worried, I don’t have any build up issues on my diapers…never have stripped them and I am very careful not to do anything that will cause me to need to.

  8. says

    I just found this. my friend actually just uses a spray bottle with water and cut up a bath towel to reuse the wipes. do you suppose that cleans just as well? just water?

      • Tirzah says

        I read the ingredients online and it actually does contains 14% Alcohol.

        “Unlike commercial Witch Hazel extracts which contain more alcohol than actual Witch Hazel, and having only been distilled once; the line we offer leads in both quality and potency. Enjoy this true Witch Hazel extract which has been double distilled in only a 14% alcohol base.
        Contains 86% Witch Hazel Extract and 14% grain alcohol.
        Choose from 3 different sizes.”

  9. Diehl says

    Hi! I love this recipe! Few questions: does it matter if i use extra virgin olive oil? Is jojoba oil safe to use on baby instead? do I use aloe Vera gel or juice?

    Also, if I want to make all purpose disinfecting wipes do I use the same exact ingredients but use tea tree oil? Do I still use olive oil or can I omit that?
    Thanks!

  10. Diehl says

    Hi! I love this recipe! Few questions: does it matter if i use extra virgin olive oil? Is jojoba oil safe to use on baby? do I use aloe Vera gel or juice?

    Also, if I want to make all purpose disinfecting wipes do I use the same exact ingredients but use tea tree oil? Do I still use olive oil or can I omit that?
    Thanks!

  11. Kari says

    I made a similar recipe for wipes, but it just called for coconut oil and water.  I loved them for the week that I got to use them and then they started to smell a little rancid.  It sounds like adding in the aloe vera (do you use gel or juice?) and witch hazel will solve those problems and I know that those are both ingredients that are good for acne/skin issues.  Not sure if I will add in other ingredients or go more purest this first go-round.  Thanks for sharing and please do let me know about the aloe vera!   

  12. says

    Hello! I love your recipes, I first found your website through this baby wipes one. I don’t have a baby but I use baby wipes on my dogs feet after going outside everyday. He has a grass allergy so wiping his feet helps him from itching so much. I was wondering if you personally would alter this formula to be safer for dogs anyway? I know that formulas made for dogs need less essential oils and so on (especially when he chews his itchy feet!). Otherwise, I have been using your recipe minus the GSE, although I just ordered some and I think it will help yeast growth (dog allergy) on my doggy. Oh yeah, I use lavender and tea tree oil, but use half (6 lavender, 3 tea tree). Thanks!

  13. says

    You could completely get rid of the essential oils all together since they are mostly there for smell anyway. One of our dogs had an allergy, and we found that coconut oil was really soothing to the skin too. That might be tough since yours would be walking around with oily paws, but you could try putting a tiny bit of coconut oil on his paws after you wash them off. It would actually be healthy for him if he licked it… What kind of food is he eating? Some people have success in reversing allergies in dogs by changing them to a raw meat diet..

    • Lila says

       After looking into it, I will not use Tea Tree Oil on my dog again.
      Also just a bit of info, there was a report that says Lavender Oil can cause gynecomastia which is breast enlargement in boys that are pre-puberty. Google it under the New England Journal of Medicine.

  14. Anita says

    When I had my first child, 10 years ago, a friend of mine sent me a similar home baby wipes kit, but it just had some lovely gentle soap (it was cake soap, so she had grated it for easier dissolving) and almond oil.  And I think you add hot water to dissolve soap.  That simple recipe worked just great.  Cutting the Bounty paper towels was the hardest part.  And now (with new baby on the way) I have to find that special tupperware container that’s the right size.  Last I looked, the store had every size BUT that one.  May look on line for that if necessary.

    • Amy Bickmore says

      As a worse case senerio….you can make your wipes in a large zip lock bag.  I made a different version of wipes and send them to daycare in just a ziplock bag.  That way they don’t take up as much room and the water is all absorbed, so it doesn’t leak

    • Mrhycannon says

      Use the sharpest knife you can find.. It’s a little less messy and shake or blow the loose off.. Keep all knives sharpest.. They work best and are less likely to cut the wrong things (fingers etc….

  15. Linda says

    Hey, great idea for the homemade baby wipes.  My babies have longed since grown-up but we use the personal wipes.  We will soon be switching!  I do, however, have an idea for anyone using  the homemade cloth version……..Have a ladies lingerie net handy to wash the clothes in.

  16. Stephanie says

    I’m late to the party, but just wondering –  you say 2 vitamin e capsules – we have vitamin e OIL – would you just use 10 drops as you would grapefruit extract?  Thanks!

      • joanna says

        Hello,
        Is it possible to share which brand of vitamin E oil you use? I am looking into buying some but get confused by all the different types. (70,000 iu, 20,000 iu). Which is best?
        Thank you

        • Mandie says

          This may be coming to you a little late, but I’ve heard that the higher the I.U., the better. Somewhere I read that you want to look for Undilutedand 28,000+ I.U. Hope that at least helps someone. :)

  17. Danielle says

    Hello! Thanks for the awesome recipe! I’m really excited to try it out! Once question, do you use aloe vera juice or gel?

  18. Kim says

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. I just returned from the doctor’s office. My poor baby girl (20 mths) is allergic to diapers and/or wipes so horrifically that we were encouraged to potty train and only use homemade wipes. Looking at recipes out there yours is the only one that does not advocate for a Johnson and Johnson formula plus you explained in the comment thread what each ingredient does. I am going to try without the extracts and see where we can go from there. THANK YOU again my heart breaks that my baby has to be in so much pain!

  19. Lfitsu says

    Sounds like a great recipe. I just want to bring one thing to your attention, the almond oil has potential to cause nut sensitivity in infants (confirmed by my dermatologist). 

  20. multibrandsintl says

    Recently I came across Tushies baby wipes, they
    are fantastic and so easy to use and simple to get out of the packet. Tushies,
    are feel are great value for money and brilliant for keeping in your bag when
    out and about as it saves space in your bag having everything together.

  21. Elizabeth says

    My questions is about using paper towels.  Aren’t there harmful chemicals in paper towels?  Are there ones you suggest over others?

    • says

      I use Bounty for the strength. There are some chemicals, mainly used during the manufacturing process, but nowhere near as many as there are in regular wipes. Seventh Generation makes an unbleached paper towel, so that would be an option, or you could just use the mix (no oil) on cloth wipes…

  22. Sarah says

    I cut up some microfleece which doesn’t fray and soak them in a homemade solution in one of those wipes tubs that Pampers do. I  just use either – a squirt of baby wash in warm water and a drop of lavender essential oil, or simply a rooibos or chamomile tea solution…easy peasy. And very cloth nappy friendly :)

  23. ChOna oDonnell says

    Can I use coconut oil instead I’d olive oil? I’m reading the book The Coconut oil Miracle, it seems like a good option.

    • says

      Coconut Oil is a great option, but unfortunately, unless you are using a wipe warmer, it is solid at room temp (most, at least) and won’t work well in this recipe. If you have one of the refined liquid versions it will absolutely work

  24. Wendybsanchez says

    I have been doing research on homemade wipes and I like the solution you have here. My main question is about the paper towels. Most paper towels have formaldahyde in them which sort of defeats the “natural” part of the homemade baby wipes. Have you ever tried one of the formaldahyde free paper towels and if so, did it work as well as the bounty? Thanks.

  25. Chona_Odonnell says

    Is it safe to use essential oils on babies? I have rose essential oil that says do not use on children. Why is that? What will happen of I use rose oil in place of lavender oil?

    • says

      Most of the warnings are in place because kids have more sensitive skin and essential oils are highly concentrated. I’ve used rose before without a problem, but you’d have to try on your kids…

  26. Valesa says

    I make cloth wipes.  My formula is to fill a quart jar 3/4 of the way with hot water.  Add a tablespoon (I don’t measure, so it’s close) of Dr. Bronners hemp no scent baby liquid soap, 2 tablespoons of almond oil, 4 drops tea tree oil, and 5 drops lavender oil.  It works really well.

  27. Cindy C. says

    In your “Why We Cloth Diaper” article, you say to omit the olive/almond oil for your homeade baby wipes recipe but don’t mention that anywhere here. Is this ingredient not okay for cloth diapers?

  28. says

    I”m allergic to aloe vera and It seems to be an inherited allergy none of the women in my family can use it do you have any seggustions on things to substitute for it.

  29. Rsunshinea says

    What about the paper towels breaking down since they are filled with liquid?  I’d love to make this I just don’t want the wipes to be falling apart while using them.

  30. Flightcare says

    When my babies were little, I had cut up a large terricloth towel into 3×6″ pieces and zig-zag stitched all around the edges to prevent fraying.  Then I folded them in half and put them in an old baby wipe container.  Then I  poured water that had been boiled (to prevent mold from growing) over the wipes and squeezed out most of the water.  The small container worth usually lasted about 3 days and I could put them in the conventional laundry with a little bleach. Cheap and super effective. 

  31. Jerucia says

    I make my own wipes as well, and I love them! They never give my little girl a rash, and they smell so good! I cut a huge roll into three, and then my recipe is as follows. 1cup HOT (as hot as you can get it) water, 1-2 drops organic lavender oil, 1/2-1 tsp organic coconut oil, 1/2- 1 tsp organic natural baby wash (i use my midwives brand) Mix together and pour over wipes. These last a long time, I’ve never had them go moldy.

  32. Elizabeth says

    I can’t wait to try this recipe! My only suggestion would be to make sure you are using 100% witch hazel extract as most that are on the market contain a percentage of alcohol.

  33. says

    I use a spray from 1 TB olive oil, 1 TB castile soap, and fill up with water til it reaches 1 quart. I have this mixture in several small spray bottles all over the house and diaper bag. We use it to spray on butts, hands, rags, etc. I cut up several T-shirts and use them for wipes. I use them dry, since I spray the mix directly on the skin. I haven’t had any problems and it’s easy to carry- unless you try to go through the airport, then you need a really small bottle.

  34. MommaK says

    I’ve been making my own wipes for my 4mo old baby girl for the last month by just using water (which I boiled first), coconut oil and castile soap :) It works great! She hasn’t had a single diaper rash and it cleans sticky diaper messes up like magic! No smell, but works great :)

  35. says

    I like the cut up receiving blankets option. I’ve tried paper towel homemade wipes and they’d like to tear the skin off that tender bottom D= I never get how anyone can use those, but people use Huggies wipes and they’re just as rough, so maybe most baby bottoms are tougher than mine were.

  36. Caroviss says

    I made similar body cleansing wipes for the family for camping.  I repurposed a large plastic container that had contained protein shake mix to hold the wipes. I mixed water with alcohol free Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera in approximately equal proportions. I used a few drops of lavender and Tea tree oil. The amount of essential oils I used depended upon the size of the batch I was making. For @ 100 wipes or so, I used 20 drops of lavender and 15 of tea tree. They were a huge hit. Kept everyone fresh, and was very soothing for abrasions and bug bites as well.

  37. Princessnorm says

    I use cloth diapers and wipes and love the idea of making my own wipe solution… I currently use the one made by California Baby but I’ll be trying your recipe soon! Thanks for sharing!

  38. J. Southern says

    I would love to try this soon, but after looking at the initial cost for buying all the ingredients, I’m a little taken aback.  I was wondering, since you said you buy the ingredients bulk, how many rolls of paper towels they last for.  I’m sure knowing this will help me get over spending so much money up front because I know that buying a 1 or 5-gallon jug of witch hazel, when the recipe only calls for 1 Tbs, should last quite a while, but I’d like to have a better idea of how long that might be exactly…  Thanks for sharing. =0)

  39. Itsjustbeverly says

    I make my solution with aloe Vera juice, water, tea tree oil, baby soap and coconut or olive oil.

    Tip for reusable wipes: sew tge edges so they will last longer.

  40. jambol says

    So my due date is tomorrow,  although I’m feeling it will be about another week.  Is it ok to go ahead and make these to have them ready ahead of time? Will these go bad if I make them too early? Also, if I use spring water (actual spring water that I go get from the spring once a week) do I need to boil it? I know thats kind  vague since all spring water is different, but its the water I drink and make kombucha with and is very clean.

    • says

      A week is probably fine, but they are really fast to make when you need them too. I always put them on my labor list, since I need things to keep me busy in early labor anyway. Prayers for an easy and wonderful delivery!

  41. Blam says

    I use an altered version of the baby wipes recipe. It was slightly more oily than I liked so I tweeked it a little bit.
    1 3/4 cups distilled or boiled water
    1 tbsp aloe Vera gel
    1 tbsp witch hazel
    1 tsp liquid Castile
    1 tsp grape seed oil
    Several drops essential oils

    I love these wipes!! Best recipe I have found.

  42. Diamond says

    Just a thought… Does it bother anyone that a lot of paper towels are bleached or have dyes on them? I wound up using Marcal Small Steps paper towels and although thinner than a Bounty, are working really well. Their website states, “Our 100% premium recycled eco-friendly products are hypoallergenic, virtually lint free, and whitened without chlorine bleaching.” But it doesn’t say how they “whiten” them. I’m just curious about what others think, or are using.

    • says

      Jdiamondmcg, bother me indeed. lets see the big picture here its not just about us and our babies but the total enviromental degradation and destruction of the northern Boreal forests in Canada for what??? Super soft TP to wipe our asses!

      Use recycled paper towels please!

  43. says

    If you want to make ahead, just prep the towels and mix up a jar of solution, ready to go. I always used flannel wipes, but found the best way to never “run out” was to keep a jar of pre-mixed solution ready to dump on the wipes….best way to go when waiting for baby to arrive. When I get in “labor land” I can’t do math, so counting and measuring (or even remembering which ingredients were left) wasn’t going to happen. :)

  44. says

    I just made this recipe, but instead of just using water, I steeped a bag of chamomile tea in the water. It made them smell amazing! I omitted the lavender because I’m having a boy and worried about the effects on his hormones… Have you heard this? Supposedly it can cause some funky issues… Just in case, I’m keeping it away from my boy, regardless of how much I LOVE lavender & tea tree essential oils! What’s your take on that issue, Katie?
    On a side note, I used one of these on my face to remove makeup (as I have used baby wipes in the past) and it left my skin velvety smooth and clean! I may steal these from my baby before he comes! ;)

    • says

      It’s just the specific size… They identify them by numbers… The one in the picture is an older version. Really any container that can hold half a paper towel roll upright will work

      • Amy C. says

        I’ve been using this mix with a wipe warmer (and cloth wipes) and the smell is pretty bad. One thing that is different is that I’m using the castille soap from Mountain Rose Herbs. I thought the smell was from the witch hazel but now I think it’s the soap causing it. It doesn’t smell too terrible when cool or room temp but after getting warmed…the smell is gross and the baby then smells like it. Also note I am not using any essential oils right now but i’m going to try some to see if it will help any. Aside from the bad smell the mixture is great on baby’s skin and we have had no rashes (baby has sensitive skin).

  45. Ashlee says

    We have a container from target that has a closeable steam vent… perfect for pulling the “wipes” through. I don’t know the brand but it’s clear with purple trim and has the snap tabs for the lid. We also just use about a cup or so hot water, a few squirts of Dr. Bronner’s (baby) and a few squirts of olive oil. With the Viva big roll, it’s been really great for us with both our girls, and super easy.

  46. says

    I use Thirsties All In One diapers. I contacted them to ask about ingredients to avoid in homemade wipes and they said no petroleum (like baby oils – natural oils, like olive oil are A-OK) no vinegar, and no soap. I didn’t specifically ask about castile soap, though. Do you think the Castile soap is ok or I should skip it?

  47. CarolinaBol says

    If I’m using reusable wipes, what do your recommend I wash them with? Do you have a homemade laundry soap? How do u strip cloth wipes? Do u need to? Thanks!

  48. says

    Instead of using paper towels, we use swaddling blankets that I have cut up (about 9-12 wipes out of a old swaddle blanket) and have sewn around the edges to avoid fraying. The wipes go in the wash with our cloth diapers and they’re super soft!

  49. Amanda Jurosco says

    What is the benefit of using grapefruit seed extract? I see you have it as optional. I’m new to all this! I want to try making some homemade wipes!

  50. amrb20032011 says

    I love using homemade wipes, but I have also found an amazing natural wipes brand called Water Wipes. They are over 99% water with some fruit extract and that’s it!!! I buy them in bulk on Amazon and love them so much. No chemicals or crud and my baby’s sensitive skin doesn’t react. I use them along with homemade wipes just depending on where we are. Just thought I’d pass it on to other mamas since it took me so long to find something without chemicals.

  51. Leah says

    We are using Charlie banana reusable diapers. Do you think using this mixture with reusable wipes would damage them if washed together?

  52. says

    I found some Aloe Vera Gel at our local health food store and ingredients include Carrageenan (thickening agent) Citric Acid (ph stabilizer) and Potassium Sorbate (mold inhibitor) wondering if these ingredients are safe for my little guys buns. It also sayos n the front of the bottle “Inner Fillet” Thank you

  53. says

    I have another question. The grapefruit seed extract that I found has 67% vegetable glycerine and 33% grapefruit seed extract for the ingredient list. Is this the right thing to get for the wipes.

  54. LysiJoy says

    I don’t have babies of my own yet but I have little nieces and nephews that I love very much & I try to help my busy mom friends as much as I can by making stuff like this. You can imagine how much they appreciate it! And it brings me so much joy to do it, so it’s a win win! :-)
    With these wipes, you’re not rinsing your baby’s skin off after using, right? So the small amount of soap that’s left on their skin is not irritating or anything? It’s probably a silly question but I wasn’t sure so I wanted to ask. Thanks!

      • LysiJoy says

        Aw thanks! It’s definitely one of the best jobs in the world! Thank you for taking the time out of your busy life to post all of these wonderful tips and recipes. Such a gift!

  55. Leah says

    These are amazing. I use baby wipes to take off my makeup, but switched to these now that I’m pregnant and my skin breaks out at the slightest provocation. They are a dream! Thank you!

  56. says

    Hi, I just tried this recipe (word for word), and I don’t know if I did something wrong, but the wipes came out REALLY soapy. REALLY. I have to wash the residue off with water. I don’t know if I’d be comfortable using this and having all these suds left on my baby’s bottom… Any advice or suggestions on how to avoid this?

  57. says

    Hi, I just tried this recipe (word for word), and I don’t know if I did something wrong, but the wipes came out REALLY soapy. REALLY. I have to wash the residue off with water. I don’t know if I’d be comfortable using this and having all these suds left on my baby’s bottom… Any advice or suggestions on how to avoid this?

  58. TunieD says

    Where do you get the giant jugs of the ingredients?
    Also, do you use Young Living Oils? They are the only theraputic grade oils and are the only ones that won’t just smell good, they will be good for your child’s health and well being (and yours as well!) If you would like to learn more or how to sign up, just send reply and let me know.

  59. says

    can u please tell me how long this solution can be kept? im going to use cloths so reusable but want to know if this solution will spoil or start to smell if i make a decent sized batch? thanks

  60. says

    I love this recipe! I’ve been using it and making our own wipes for my son for a few months now with great results. In fact, we unexpectedly ran out and had to use a baby shower box of commercial brand wipes that day and my son got a rash on his bottom. Natural is certainly better! Thanks so much!

  61. says

    I tried to find the answer already in the comments but it seems it was only asked once and never answered. Can aloe Vera juice be used? I also have aloe Vera plants but not sure how to use them for this, I don’t want my daughter to get sticky

  62. Angela Tschida says

    I know most of these comments are quite old, but I found that the plastic 1 lb Folgers coffee containers fit a half roll of paper towels PERFECTLY! Just thought I’d share in the hopes someone else doesn’t pull their hair out trying to find a rubbermaid container! Thanks for the wonderful recipe and amazing website… my daughter is terribly sensitive to ANY store bought wipes, and I’ve never had a problem with these.

  63. TillyMonster says

    Hi there mama! Thank you for this post! I love that I can make natural(ish) wipes that are disposable. It’s a necessary evil for someone like me with coin-op laundry in an apartment.

    I wanted to mention– I am using Up and Up paper towels from Target. I’m sure Bounty is better, but it *is* possible to use generic. My daughter is fully potty learned, so we are mainly using them after she uses the potty. When our new baby comes (due Sept.) I’m not sure how these will stand up to that kind of beating! But I wanted to mention!

    I love this blog!

  64. nikki says

    I was just wondering if there is something I could use in place of the grapefruit seed oil that has antifungal properties. My sister can’t eat grapefruit for health reasons, I’m not sure if it would affect her if it absorbed through the skin, but I don’t want to find out if she babysits!

  65. says

    This sounds like an awesome recipe for wipes!! I can’t wait to try it. The only thing I would warn about is that lavender oil (although awesome for its many medicinal qualities) is not recommended for use on boys under the age of puberty because of its hormonal side effects. So for mamas of boys I would recommend using a different essential oil or just going without. Its not worth the risk. Here is a link on WebMD that explains the side effects .

  66. Laura Jessup says

    I’m pretty simple and this seems like a lot of work!!! I prefer the simple tea tree oil, carrier oil of choice (coconut, olive, almond, sunflower, vit e or grapeseed) and water. And I use cloth wipes as disposible is such a waste :(

    • MathGirlTM says

      It’s not a lot of work at all! I whip up a triple batch every week or so. I put the kettle on while I’m fixing dinner and by the time dinner dishes are washed, the water has cooled. I purchased several dozen organic wipes and wash them with the diapers. No waste and super easy!

  67. MJ says

    I made these in a time of need – my daughter had the most awful diaper rash that nothing was touching. After ditching store bought wipes in favor of these, the rash completely healed within days! However, I noticed that within 3 days the wipes smelled funky and within 5 days at the most they were growing mold. What am I doing wrong? I used a blend of witchhazel that has rose water in it, pure aloe, and almond oil. The witchhazel listed grapefruit seed extract as an ingredient and I didn’t add any extra. I stored them in an old wipes container. Would adding more GSE help?

  68. corey says

    Katie, I just want to thank you for your site.Your recipes have truly helped me feel more in control of the health and well being of my family. These wipes smell divine even without the addition of essential oils (I use the almond Dr Bronners). I used to stress all the time about what goes in and on our bodies because so many “natural products aren’t natural at all. And because most of the body care products that really are natural are so expensive. These easy, inexpensive recipes are really empowering. You are helping people live non toxic lives.

  69. says

    OMG I’m so exited! I just made this. I made a tea with camomile and plantain and used that instead of plain water and added some rose essential oil. They smell yummy and fell very nice on the skin.

  70. Peter Clausen says

    I’m not making a joke here; wipes are great for adults and elderly too? Nothing wrong with being clean? Also, we use them on our sailboat for “showers” when out for several days; it saves water!

  71. Canadian Darlene says

    Great post. I have recently started “going crunchy” and am loving all the info from your site and Crunchy Betty. You are both amazing. A question I have is do you need to “rinse” after using these? Does the soap make things sticky at all? I know after using chemical ones I shouldn’t be concerned lol, but was just wondering. I’ll be using them for cloth wipes for use with my new Mama Cloth (another awesome thing I can’t wait to try). Thanks for any info.

    • Jen Long says

      I know you’re not asking my opinion, but thought I’d share. I’ve been using these for over a year now, and it is the best solution! No need to rinse. It does NOT make the skin sticky. The skin is left silky soft! I’m about to have my third, and I plan on doing the reusable cloth wipes this time. Hope that helped! :)

      • Canadian Darlene says

        Thanks so much for your opinion. It helps to hear from someone using it. I will definitely give it a try:)

  72. Dmama says

    What could you do if you wanted to make your own disinfecting wipes like the Lysol brand for cleaning? I have a 8 and 9 year old so it helps them make cleaning a little easier.

  73. Alisha Moore says

    I was wondering. You said you to use Aloe Vera Extract but in the Picture it is Aloe Vera Gel? Is there a difference?

  74. Jeneal Southern says

    I love making these wipes! Recently I tried the cloth wipes by cutting up some old receiving blankets, putting them in an old wipe dispenser and pouring the same mixture over the top. I love them! They are soft and very easy to wash with my baby’s cloth diapers. But I’ve run into a problem. After just a few days the wipes on top got so dry I could barely use them, so I turned the whole pile of wipes upside-down, but now that I have about 1/4 of the wipes left they’re really too dry to use. Is there something I can do to re-moisten them besides making a whole new batch? Can I just pour warm water over them? Please help! :)

  75. Kristen says

    Thanks for sharing! I can’t wait to they this. Just curious, my friend made a reusable recipe similar to this and noticed within a few days that the cloths started to mildew. Any thoughts on why that would happen?

  76. Amanda Passmore says

    I have used your recipe for a year now, with my son whom I cloth diaper and I love it! I use lavender and german chamomile oil (my son needed extra bottom soothing) and it’s been amazing. When my son was in daycare, his teachers LOVED the way it smelled. Thank you for posting! (And thank you for introducing me to Mountain Rose Herbs – love this company also :D )

  77. Kelley says

    Hi I am pregnant now and will use this recipe most definitely, but I was wondering if you could use this for feminine wipes as well??

  78. Eryn says

    Thank-you so much for sharing! I’m excited to try these!
    I have one problem, though… I’m allergic to witch hazel, so need to find an alternative. In the past I’ve been told I could use something like gin or rum, but don’t really want to put that on a baby’s skin. Do you have any suggestions for something else I could use?

  79. Kim Morales says

    How long would these wipes last? Let’s say I wanted to give them as a baby shower gift…is this something that last for months? or needs to be used asap? thank you!

  80. Amber says

    LOVE this recipe – so does my baby’s bum! no more diaper rash since using! However, just read a study that may be of interest to those of us using this recipe. Consider substituting another oil (?sunflower oil?) for olive oil, as it has been shown to reduce skin integrity…

    Pediatr Dermatol. 2013 Jan-Feb;30(1):42-50. doi: 10.1111/j.1525-1470.2012.01865.x. Epub 2012 Sep 20.
    Effect of olive and sunflower seed oil on the adult skin barrier: implications for neonatal skin care.Natural oils are advocated and used throughout the world as part of neonatal skin care, but there is an absence of evidence to support this practice. The goal of the current study was to ascertain the effect of olive oil and sunflower seed oil on the biophysical properties of the skin. Nineteen adult volunteers with and without a history of atopic dermatitis were recruited into two randomized forearm-controlled mechanistic studies. The first cohort applied six drops of olive oil to one forearm twice daily for 5 weeks. The second cohort applied six drops of olive oil to one forearm and six drops of sunflower seed oil to the other twice daily for 4 weeks. The effect of the treatments was evaluated by determining stratum corneum integrity and cohesion, intercorneocyte cohesion, moisturization, skin-surface pH, and erythema. Topical application of olive oil for 4 weeks caused a significant reduction in stratum corneum integrity and induced mild erythema in volunteers with and without a history of atopic dermatitis. Sunflower seed oil preserved stratum corneum integrity, did not cause erythema, and improved hydration in the same volunteers. In contrast to sunflower seed oil, topical treatment with olive oil significantly damages the skin barrier, and therefore has the potential to promote the development of, and exacerbate existing, atopic dermatitis. The use of olive oil for the treatment of dry skin and infant massage should therefore be discouraged. These findings challenge the unfounded belief that all natural oils are beneficial for the skin and highlight the need for further research.

  81. Leanna says

    Have you ever used aloe gel from an aloe plant?

    Also, it is my understanding that you should use glass containers with essential oils because the oils can pull or leach from petroleum products (i.e. plastic).

  82. jessica a. watson says

    can I use glycerin soap? can I use plain witch hazel or does it need to be the extract? is the aloe the juice or the gel?? is there any reason that I cant use these for makeup remover wipes or feminine wipes. would you exclude or add anything to make them more multi-purpose?? I LOVE YOUR WORK!!

  83. Danielle M says

    To go really cheap on cloth wipes, I went to goodwill and got a queen size 100%cotton jersey sheet and cut it into squares. It cost me $3.99 and I have enough to last several days! (Or multiple children when the time comes)

  84. Megan says

    Where do you find grapefruit seed extract? I bought some grapefruit essential oil but now I’m thinking that’s not the same thing?

  85. Deborah Lape says

    How long are these wipes good for? My due date is Oct 10 and I’m doing as much as I can ahead of time, but I didn’t want to make these up too early and risk loosing a batch.
    Tanks!!

  86. Karen Fabbi says

    I have tea tree castille soap. Is that okay for the diaper wipes? Also, should I drain off extra solution. Thanks. So many things of yours to try!

  87. Ashley says

    Hi, I am wondering how you store the wipes? I am thinking about making a big batch for when baby is born, though I am due in a week and a half so I’ve got some time before I will use them. Thanks!

  88. Misti says

    I noticed that the witch hazel extract you have listed from Amazon has Aloe in it. Do you still need to purchase pure Aloe in addition to the witch hazel?

  89. Kathleen Ryans says

    Hello,
    I am in my late 20′ and have been suffering from terrible allergies down below for about 2 years. I pretty much have had chronic diaper rash :(

    To make matters worse I was using Huggies Sensitive wipes instead of soap thinking that I was helping my allergy but it was infact the wipes that were causing it!!

    I am so excited to try these wipes, just made a batch

  90. Da1109 says

    I’m expecting a baby anyday, so I just made a roll of these wipes! I am putting them right in my hospital bag! I used coconut oil and orange essential oil. They smell great!

  91. Christina says

    What is the aloe for in the wipes solution? My husband is allergic to aloe. Is there something I could substitute?

  92. Mrhycannon says

    Lovely, I’m partial to the breed..

    Are you sure your pup’s allergic to grass.? Lawn chemicals could be the culprit.. Stuff in the air can also settle on the grass.. Of course they will also respond to these wipes..
    Have you tried them on the dogs face.? I’m thinking these wipes might condition and clean the coat as well.. Dogs and my indoor/outdoor cats could benefit too..

  93. Victoria Marr says

    i can’t find any containers that fit these wipes nicely, so I’ve been using ziplock bags which is not exactly the greatest in terms of reusability. Can you direct me to the tupperware you bought? Thanks.

  94. lilac says

    thanks for the recipe, I am working out the ingredients to start
    making it myself so i would appreciate if you could further explain what
    is witch hazel, what would be the widely known alternative product, it
    does not exist in my country :(. thanks in advance and greetings fro
    serbia :)

  95. Facebook User says

    Hello Katie, I love your blog!
    You inspired me to make my own baby stuff :)…
    I was wondering if I could use purified water instead of distilled water and will work the same way and keep it for longer? Thank you again,
    Ester

  96. Jo Ma says

    Hi Katie! I made my own wipes inspired by you! I cut a paper towel role and soaked it in cold pressed avocado oil, took out the center, and voila! The wipes are awesome! I was wondering if you found the need to wash the baby’s bottoms with the recipe that calls for Dr. Bronner’s soap in the wipes. I feel soap can be drying and is meant to be washed of so cannot be good on the baby indefinitely. What are your thoughts?

    On another note, do you feel overwhelmed sometimes with how everything around us is so polluted and toxic. For instance, now I am on a mission to get rid of all polyster and other harmful fabrics n the house. I have already rid the kids’ rooms and our own bedroom of the traditional mattress for a plant derived latex mattress. Not only is it super comfortable but also non-toxic.

    Sometime, I just feel like everywhere I look, I have to get rid of the conventional store bought items in place of homemade and DIY because it seems that everything is harmful. Do you ever have difficulty drawing a line because of time etc? I am an attorney who has the luxury to work from home. My heart goes out to all the moms who feel just as bothered by our environment but don’t have nearly as much time to make a wholesome living their mission. Any advice on doing the best you can and letting go of the rest?

    Please keep posting awesome ideas. I am inspired by your ingenuity and wonderful suggestions!

    Best,
    Meera

  97. Lauren says

    Hi, Katie!
    Just wondering about a few things as I am new, new, new (did I mention new?) to this:
    -I have an aloe plant. Can I use the aloe from it instead of purchasing? (It was grown using organic soil, eggshells, and coffee grounds, and was obtained from a local farmer.)
    -Have you tried paper towels from Seventh Generation or Whole Foods?

    Thanks a ton for the fabulous recipe!

  98. Becca says

    My recipe is slightly different… Less ingredients. I would take all natural soap shavings from bar soap and mix with 1/4 cup of water and maybe 6-8 tablespoons of olive oil and slow cook until all the soap shavings are well blended, then extra water to the mixture and pour over paper towels. I like this recipe you have on here and will be trying it sometime.

  99. Sarah says

    Thanks for this recipe! A friend of mine made these and I tried them on my son and LOVED them so I made some today. But my wipes came out really soapy and even though I mixed everything really well before pouring it over the paper towels it seems as if the oil stayed on the top of the towels instead. Is this how yours are or did I do something wrong? My friend’s wipes looked pretty much just like normal wipes so just wondering what might have gone wrong.

  100. feb says

    Hi what brand of essential oil do you use? How much does it need for 10 drops each use? is 4 oz last for a year? I bought online other ingredients from mountain herbs already. Thank you.

  101. Jennilee says

    I might be asking a stupid question…since there’s soap in the solution, would I need to rinse my lo’s bottom after using the wipe? I’m already using cloth diapers and was thinking I might as well switch to cloth wipes as well. Also, can I wash the wipes with my diapers even though they have oil on them? Thanks

  102. Lauren Smith says

    Hi Katie!!! Thank you for this, I have already used your lotion bar recipe for Christmas presents. I made it into a lip balm as well just putting it into a container(I used a nice cube tray for the bars to make as many as possible) my husband and I are thinking if having another child and I’d like I try as many natural products as possible. I will try the reusable one I think!!! Thank you thank you!!

  103. Jamie says

    First of all I wanted to say THANK YOU because you are AWESOME and I love reading your posts!!! I had a few questions and I am sooo excited to get started making these wipes!
    1. Dr. Brommer Castile Soap- which scent do you use?
    2. Will the witch hazel, castile soap or aloe vera gel “go bad” after a certain amount of time? I want to buy in bulk, but I don’t want to end up wasting any because it goes bad!
    3. Do any of the ingredients require refrigeration?

    Thank you so much!!!

  104. Julia Lee says

    Are you aware that witch hazel contains a cancer-causing chemical (safrole)? I do not feel comfortable putting that on my baby’s delicate skin and everyone needs to look into what they use, even if it is toted as being natural. Just because it’s from a plant does not make it harmless. There are many toxic and cancer-causing chemicals found naturally in plants.

  105. Lauren says

    I read somewhere that any citrus oils shouldnt be stored in plastic because they can leech the chemicals from them as well as eat through the plastic. Is that true if i put lemon in the wipes to make them hand sanitizing as well? And if so what do i need to store them in?!

  106. Beb Bo says

    Tbh, I ever uses the dr bronner Castile soap on my private areas & after washing off, the residue actually sting my tender skin. I cannot imagine applying it on baby’s skin when mine hurt so much even with washing.

  107. MadMommaMimm says

    We were stuck inside for a blizzard and I ran out of wipes. I am not a naturalist, or organic, or really any of the more conscious things. I am a creature of necessity. I will NEVER buy wipes again. My 9wk old little boy has the loveliest softest hiney now and they work perfect! Even on the stuck on poo, I didn’t skimp on the paper towels. I used regular Bounty, Dr Bronnors Lavendar soap. I now printed out several other recipes from the site and can’t wait for my ingredients to arrive! These wipes are amazing! PLUS the ingredients stretch so far! One roll of paper towels and you hardly use any of the other ingredients so your initial investment will last forever and I am finding most ingredients can be used in other recipes. Baby lotion and deodorant is next! MY husband has kidney issues, I can’t wait to make my own deodorant without dangerous chemicals for him!

    • MadMommaMimm says

      Thought I should mention, I use G Diapers and these wipes are wonderful with both the disposable AND the cloth inserts.

  108. Erinn says

    The witch hazel has a 14%base grain alcohol which I’ve read alcohol can affect little ones just as much as drinking it when it’s in products. Is there an alternative? I have yet to find a 100% pure witch hazel. Mountain rose herbs have a lot of products that aren’t 100% pure unfortunately.

  109. Lisa R. says

    I found this online, it is Thayers Alcohol-Free Witch Hazel Extract. Do you think I could use this instead of separate witch hazel, aloe and GSE?
    Ingerdients: Water (Purified), Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Leaf Juice, Glycerin (Vegetable), Fragrance (Natural Rose), Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract (Thayers proprietary un-distilled), Rosa Centifolia (Rose) Flower Water (Rose), Citric Acid, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E)

  110. says

    awesome! I am a new mom and have been trying out different wipes recipes online…I like yours and will try it next!! I know about chemicals and so I looked on a box of huggies natural care to see the ingredients and couldn’t believe they got away with saying “natural care’ Its too bad people think it weird or extreme to make homemade wipes…but so important to be informed whats in our products. Dr. Mercola did a post about how we are concerned about chemicals in food but how the stuff we put on our skin has the potential to do even more damage….

  111. Krista says

    Thank you for coming up with a list of ingredients that does not contain baby wash/shampoo. I do however have a question. Instead of using the paper towels I am going to use cloth and need to know what to do with them after they have been used? Can I put them in the pail of water, baking soda and vinegar and wash with the cloth diapers? Once rinsed of poop of course :)

      • Alexandra Purro says

        I am curious of this as well. I have read through the comments that everyone has written and just want to confirm this recipe. I would like to ensure that I can use this recipe with cloth wipes and then wash them with our cloth diapers. It seems that since everything in this recipe is natural, that it shouldn’t harm the cloth diapers. I love that everything in here is gentle and safe for children. Also, I love that you took the time to break down the ingredients and what they are good for. Thank you very much for doing so.

  112. Claire says

    Do you have a recipe for bubble bath? I have a toddler who loves the bath but I don’t want to use the normal bubble bath now I know whats in it! Also for a liquid wash rather than bar? Also I’m in the UK!

  113. Tammy says

    Hi! I just made these and love them! I used an old wipe container, accordion style, and now they are making Bounty paper towels that are smaller than regular ones, but not as small as select a size, and they are too big. So I just want to offer suggestion of modifying the list of supplies to say select a size IF you are going the accordion route. For the circular tube, it shouldn’t matter as much. Hope this helps!

  114. Anna says

    Thanks for sharing this great recipe! I will try it asap. Nowadays so many products around us are so dangerous, sometimes it is even scary. From my experience with essential oils – I would not put them in baby wipes, because you have to be very careful with those. I have natural citrus oil, I bought it from the aroma therapy expert, and it costed about 50$, very small bottle as they are usually sold. One drop in water above the candle and no more than one hour of smelling it, the expert suggested me, because the natural ones are the best – but they are very very strong even for adults! Sometimes I forgot the candle and oil for few hours and it made me very dizzy and sleepy. And she also said that it is dangerous to use essential oils that are not natural, they may have ingredients that may cause lung cancer and other problems, and these ingredients may not be listed (in my country it is absolutely true, because they smell unnatural even if the label says pure natural). I hope this will be useful info to all mamas ;)

  115. Natalie says

    Thankyou for this recipe! I made them without the oil and used an old huggies wipes container and they work brilliantly! My first batch is a little too soapy so I think I will use half the amount of dr bronners next time but otherwise very impressed! The wipes dispense out of the container quite well. I just used them for the first time on a poo and they worked way better than any wipes I have used, she actually feels fresh and clean!

  116. Zed says

    I had a really hard time finding the rubbermaid #6 or #8 container but found the OXO click clack 3.2L/3.3Q container which is airtight and can be opened with one hand. it fits the half of a paper towel roll wonderfully! It’s currently on clearance at Target.

  117. Shannon says

    Hi Katie! I LOVE your homemade recipes, thanks for taking the time to do this and share! I have Thayer’s alcohol-free toner rose petal witch hazel. Is it safe to use something with rose in it on my little girl? Thanks in advance.

  118. Sarah says

    I just wanted to say THANK YOU!! These turned out perfect! I keep them in our wipe warmer and they couldn’t be better :) added Young Living Melrose oil for its anti-fungal properties to avoid diaper rash. Love it!

  119. Heather Grant says

    YOU. ARE. AWESOME!!! Thanks for doing all the research and testing for the rest of us! I am going to be using all of your natural baby advice on my first that is on the way. If you have a list you disburse updates to or anything else, please feel free to add me :)

  120. Melissa says

    I haven’t seen this asked yet… how do you possibly cut through the roll of Bounty without a serrated knife? I’ve been using your recipe (edited) for 9 months now, and I hate cutting through the roll because of all the bits that get chopped up with a serrated knife. Do I just not have a sharp enough non-serrated knife? They’ve cut me plenty of times!
    Thanks!

  121. Jane says

    I was excited to try your recipe and I did make a batch the way you suggested.
    However after wiping my baby’s bottom with it … by the third diaper change her poor bottom was blistered and bleeding! So disappointing. I will not be using this recipe again.

  122. Andrew Lambert says

    Nice recipe! God knows what’s in those “all-natural” wipes, but sometimes, I got no choice but to settle. Thanks for sharing this with us! I can’t do without baby wipes. Yes, I prefer baby wipes to regular wet wipes. any day of the week!

  123. Amanda Lanier says

    I found this online, it is Thayers Alcohol-Free Witch Hazel Extract. Do you think I could use this instead of separate witch hazel, aloe and GSE?
    Ingerdients: Water (Purified), Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Leaf Juice, Glycerin (Vegetable), Fragrance (Natural Rose), Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract (Thayers proprietary un-distilled), Rosa Centifolia (Rose) Flower Water (Rose), Citric Acid, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E)

  124. Jenni says

    Hi there! I really appreciate all of the research and experimenting you’ve done with homemade wipes. My son has chronic diaper rash and I’m convinced now that its partly due to conventional wipes. This recipe seems like it will be perfect for us to use from now on!

    I have a question: I found Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap in bar form, not liquid, at my local organic market. Should I still use two tablespoons (shaved) of the bar or less? I just don’t want to use too much soap and I’m not sure if there is a difference in concentration.

    Thank you!

  125. Jenni says

    Hi there! I have a question: I found Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap in bar form, not liquid, at my local organic market. Should I still use two tablespoons (shaved) of the bar or less? I just don’t want to use too much soap and I’m not sure if there is a difference in concentration.

    I really appreciate all of the research and experimenting you’ve done with homemade wipes. My son has chronic diaper rash and I’m convinced now that its partly due to conventional wipes. This recipe seems like it will be perfect for us to use from now on!

    Thank you!

  126. Virginie says

    Thank you so much for sharing the recipe it smells so good…I love it.
    But… My wipes are turning to an orangy color, is it normal? Would you know why?
    And I cannot find witch hazel extract and used witch hazel water is that ok?

    Thanks again

    virginie

  127. H says

    Hi there! Do you know if washing the wipes with cloth diapers poses a problem as the oils in the wipes solution might affect the cloth diaper absorbency? Thanks! Expecting wee one in 2 weeks!
    :)H

  128. Kylie says

    Hello all,

    I just wanted to say I have been dying to try this, finally did, and it rashed my 11 month olds bum. I thought the wipes felt really soapy, but I followed the directions well, (used Dr. Bronners Baby castille and subbed coconut oil for olive, since I already use that on him) and decided to try them. He was starting to rash after the first diaper, but I thought I might have let him go to long (about 2 hrs in Grovias), after the 2nd diaper it was even worse! :( So bummed. Should I try it again without the Dr. B’s?

  129. Brittney says

    HI Katie!

    Love this recipe times a million! I only have one question? When I got towards the end of the roll, I noticed the last few of them started to grow black mold! =( None of the others I had been using on my boy had any that I noticed, but the mold harboring on the other wipes, can’t be good… =( Any suggestions on why this is happening?? I would love for this to work out, without feeling like I have to be paranoid that there are black mold germs floating around on all the wipes inside the container.

    Thank you for your help!!

  130. Sam says

    Cute idea!! The Lavendar though is an endocrine disruptor and recently linked to male breast tissue growth in boys. I’d skip that ingredient for more a healthier wipe. Great recipe!

    • Brittney says

      There actually has been no true evidence linked to the estrogen in lavender, affecting boys. It was based off of one article, that wasn’t fully proven. :-) I can get you the articles if you want?

  131. karly says

    I have not seen any answers about using the aloe vera plant yet. I would assume it would work fine, but I don’t want it to spoil the whole batch if not. Has anyone tried this with their own aloe plant. Thanks!

  132. Naomi says

    I am now 4 months pregnant with my first child and least to say, I’m kind of freaking out over everything! This really helped though! I was allergic to throw away diapers when I was a baby (after 5 minutes of wearing them my butt would bleeding from how allergic I was!) so I KNOW that’s the last thing I want on my child. Finding something that is as safe as reusable diapers and is still cheap is a HUGE relief! The father of my child is allergic to a lot of things too so I’m always worried that our child will be too but with this recipe I’m down one worry! Thank you so much for posting this and making it so easy for us all to get to!

  133. Lindsey P. says

    I’ve been using this and many other recipes of yours for my newborn. They are amazing! The wipes double as sponge bathing material. Thank you! You helped me become the natural mom that I never knew I could be!

  134. abby says

    Just a quick question. If I use just a pure castille soap should I use less of it? Or would it not be a good idea to use?
    thanks.

      • Courtney says

        Hi there! I’ve been reading your blog on-and-off and I read through the comments section to make sure no one had mentioned it already. The reason these formulas for wipe solution go moldy or rancid is because of the water added. Water is a breeding ground for mold, bacteria and yeast, and grapefruit oil can only do so much. If you formulate the solution without adding *any* water (including water present in any aloe/witch hazel you buy) you will increase the shelf live and general safety of the wipes, which is especially important if you are giving the wipes to someone as a gift.

        As pure castille soap has a high ph it can be very drying to most and it needs to be heavily diluted. The recipe could easily be cut down to 1tsp or less of the castille soap. Fractionated coconut oil would work very well as a base – although refined, it has an indefinite shelf life and does not solidify.

        Just a few tips for everyone!

  135. Courtney Cormack says

    Hey! So, I love your site. I used your recipe with my own adjustments. I used vanilla extract instead of an oil (its cheaper). Also instead of castile soap I used liquid black soap. I have sensitive skin and am acne prone (on my face and back). I also work at a barn, between the dust, dirt, horses and children I get VERY dirty. So as a way to clean off quickly, I put it in a spray bottle. I let you know how it works for everything. So far its moisturizing, waiting to see how it goes for the breakout I’m having.

  136. Zoe says

    I have a question about this… what do you do when you’re on the go? Do you just keep some in a smaller container? I’m expecting my first child in December and I just stumbled upon this recipe… I never thought of making my own disposable wipes, it sounds like a great idea though!!! I might just keep disposable wipes from the store in the diaper bag when we’re on the go, but if you or someone else has any handy advice for those situations, I’d love to hear them!! Thanks!!

  137. Amanda says

    Have you tried the Huggies Natural Care baby wipes? The wipes are hypoallergenic and fragrance free. They do not have that many ingredients either. Making them yourself is always better but for people that can not do that, maybe this is a good option.

  138. Yvonne says

    I second the Huggies Natural Care baby wipes. The “cosmetics database” site is not up to date on these. And I would caution people about the scores given on the site. Most MSDS chemical information is based on HIGH doses, not the low level exposures we’re talking about. If you ever read the MSDS on ‘ethanol’ that way you’d never have a glass of wine again!

    The content of the huggies wipes is as natural as, I think, you can find in a long term shelf stable wipe. You can find the ingredients here,
    http://www.huggies.com/en-ca/simpleformula.
    and decide for yourself.

    I’ve been using them on my daughter, who is 5 months now, and she has NEVER had a diaper rash.

    I think homemade wipes are great and I plan to make a variation of re-usable cloth ones for at home, but prepared ones that are stable for extended times are still great to have in a diaper bag ready to go.

  139. Tina says

    I made this about a month ago and want to love it, but every time I use it my 4.5mo gets a mild rash :-( Nothing I’ve used before has given him a rash (I’ve used 7 Gen, WF brand, etc). Any ideas as to which ingredient might be the culprit? Thanks!

  140. Jane Cunningham says

    Hi!!! I can’t wait to make this! Is the Nature’s Oil brand Witch Hazel on Amazon OK to use? It’s cheaper. I don’t want to use anything that could be harmful, as it is going to be used in sensitive places :) Thank you for all you do! I’m learning so much through your blogs.

  141. Kristen says

    I just had to share, I’ve found the perfect container for this. The Click Clack 3.5 QT with black lid…you can open the lid with one hand!!! Got it at Target. Heaven for mothers everywhere. Thanks for the awesome recipe, I make it all the time.

    • Jane says

      So I found the Click Clack at Target today after 20 minutes of looking all around the store for it… And finally asked an associate. I just made my first batch of wipes and they are great. The Click Clack is awesome! Thanks :)

  142. Lynne Poulson says

    Hi, I can’ t get witch hazel without alcohol in the UK, so is there anything else I can use. I use moist wipes a lot due to IBS, but they really dry my skin out and cause more problems. As I am getting older, my skin is more fragile and is beginning to break down. Thanks for reading, I love your blog! ????

  143. Silje says

    Is it possible to replace the witch hazel with a few drops of tea tree oil for an antibacterial effect? I can´t find witch hazel here in Norway.

  144. Della says

    I accidentally found a great use of these wipes–cooling refreshers! Mine had dried out on a trip and I rehydrated one with ice water–it was a great way to wipe all the sweaty sunscreen residue off my hot face! I’m going to let some dry out on purpose so I can do this whenever I want.

  145. Carol S. says

    Love these! This is the second time I have made them. I really enjoyed making them. You are very ingenious!

    I buy the really big Bounty Paper Towel Rolls, so I made a double batch of the soapy liquid this time. Last time I didn’t have enough and had to make extra.

    Also, I cut mine differently this time. I took all of them off the role completely and accordion folded them so that they were in a big stack.

    Next I took them in groups and cut them down the center so that the Folded edges would be on the outside edge for each stack.

    Next I cut them down the center starting at the fold to create stacks of squares.

    Most of them will be attached where the towels are hooked together, but a few will have one single square here and there if you tore the towels apart anywhere.

    I used essential oils of lavender, tangerine and grapefruit in mine. They smell really good!

    I prefer them over the national brand that I still have in all my containers. I use the DIY baby wipes before I use the store-bought ones. LOL

    We use them in the car, to wipe off our hands, but I add 3% hydrogen peroxide to kill any bacteria that may be on our hands. We normally do this after we have to touch shopping carts etc. My husband uses them in his tractor-trailer to freshen up throughout the day. These will save me a lot of money! I usually buy three bags every two weeks. (approx $208.00 and their prices are going up all the time!)

    Fabulous job Katie!!! Many thanks!

  146. Cassie Garica says

    I love your wipe recipe. My daughter has a severe allergy to Coconut and all its forms. do you have a suggestion on what to replace the Castille Soap with? I know earlier in the post you could leave it out but I would prefer to have some kind of soap in it. Any suggestions would be most helpful.

  147. abby says

    I was just wondering about the castile soap from bulk apothecary. The ingredients are
    Water
    Potassium Oleate (Derived from Organic Sunflower Oil)
    Potassium Cocoate (Derived from Organic Coconut OIl)
    Glycerin (Organic)
    Potassium Citrate
    Potassium Palm Kernelate (Derived from Palm Kernal Oil)
    Palm Kernal Acid (Derived from Palm Oil)
    Are all these safe for babies skin?

  148. Lia E. says

    I just made my first batch of wipes, I was slightly hesitant that the paper towels would deteriorate which they have not! I also expected them to tear easily when wiping…. nope! My messy one year old son got the trial run, id already given him a clean diaper prior to deciding to make wipes so, as usual, I used these wipes to clean up his face, hair, hands, belly and legs after breakfast. He usually fusses relentlessly when I wipe him up, whether with a baby wipe or soft washcloth and warm water…. he sat quiet and still until I was done wiping him up… for the first time EVER! I am definitely pleased with the results thus far… thanks so much for sharing! I cant hell but share your page with all of my momma friends!

  149. Adria says

    Katie–I’ve been making these now with cloth wipes for a month and a half and I love them!! I omit the GSE because it seemed to irritate my DD’s bottom. I also use olive oil instead of almond and omit the aloe. I’d love to include the aloe, but mine stayed chunky on top of the wipes instead of working in. Do you have a suggestion for that? Also, is it ok to use both GSE and vitamin E oil instead of “or”, as the recipe is written? Thanks, again!!

  150. Pam says

    Hi, Katie! I plan on making these as reusable wipes instead of disposables. I read several chats but don’t have time to go through them all,and I noticed you recommend not using the oil if creating cloth wipes. Is there anything else about the recipe that is different?

    I need this recipe for a shower I’m going to next weekend. :)

  151. Pam says

    Hi, Katie! I plan on making these as reusable wipes instead of disposables. I read several chats but don’t have time to go through them all,and I noticed you recommend not using the oil if creating cloth wipes. Is there anything else about the recipe that is different?

    Please, I need this recipe for a shower I’m going to next weekend. :)

  152. Seasons says

    Well this looks interesting and worth a try. I usually keep a clean plastic bowl of water and a roll of paper towel, rip paper, dip and wipe (of course no double dipping!) :) During pregnancy shopping though I did buy three pack set of pampers ‘natural’ wipes which contains all those ridiculous chemicals! I now use those for wiping the seat or the changing pad etc.

  153. Rebekah says

    what i use as a baby wipe alternative is simple receiving blankets cut into whatever shape and in either a spray bottle or pump: you fill most of the way with warm water, a couple drops of any combo of lavender,tea tree,even rosemary}most essential oils work-esp if you need a specific kind, then a few small squirts of an organic baby soap with no additives(or make your own) then gently flip up and down to mix.
    when it’s time for a change simply spray the wipe, and for particularly messy diapers the babies bum, then wipe-even for a pretty messy diaper i usually use 1 maybe 2 wipes.
    wash with cloth diapers.
    *hardly ever any rashes.
    if there is ever a rash we put either coconut oil or ghee(clarified butter) on it-sometimes homemade vaseline to keep from rubbing on the diaper.
    tip:if they begin to ravel a simple straight single line stitch along all edges will work or pinking shears}depends on fabric-i prefer a thicker flannel or cotton :)
    also work great for a toilet paper alternative or facial cloths :) with or without solution!

  154. Shelby says

    I make mine using coconut oil, homemade liquid soap, bicarb, distilled water and essential oils of chamomile and calendula. Smell beautiful and work fabulously! I do like the sound of your recipe too so I’ll give it a burl when I make my next batch :)

  155. Jennifer says

    There is no essential oil considered safe to use topically on children under 2. You may want to rethink and edit this recipe — it’s very good if you remove the essential oils.
    BTW a facebook EO interest group with several thousand members just posted this link to discuss the dangers of EOs on and around infants. To say “essential oils of your choice” is a big mistake — what if someone uses cinnamon of some other highly caustic oil? Citrus oils like grapefruit and oarange are known to cause strong sun sensitivities even in adults.
    I’ve visited your site on a couple of occassions and so far have liked what I see. So please edit this recipe and remove the essential oils, not only to maintain your reputation but to remove the risk in using these oils on infants.

  156. Joy Wicks says

    It would be wise to avoid the regular chlorine bleached paper towels and use reusable cloth wipes or find safer paper towels bleached with hydrogen peroxide (there are some brands out there). Avoiding any with color designs on them would also be good as those aren’t natural dyes. I’d also watch for what the preservative is in the aloe vera to as some may have preservatives you might no want to use. (Packaged aloe vera must be preserved).

  157. Cassandra says

    I started making these because my husband and I are taking a trip home. I wanted something I could use to remove my makeup in the car and for whatever else we needed them for. I made them to read you have a makeup remover recipe. *bummed* lol I will patiently wait for your makeup wipe remover recipe :)

    • Becky says

      A good way to remove makeup is by putting coconut oil on where you want it removed then use a damp cloth to wipe off, plus it’s good for your eyelashes!
      or you can take paper towels (like in this post) and mix clean warm water and coconut oil together(heat enough in pot or microwave to melt coconut oil)then saturate the towels/cloths and keep in a clean container! :)

  158. Jesse says

    Recipe seems awesome. I wonder if you could substitute olive oil for coconut oil (which has antibacterial properties and offers some limited uv protection).

    • says

      You would need to use refined coconut oil, which might lessen effectiveness. You could try it though. Just don’t let it get too cold or you may end up with a block of wipes ;)

  159. Hana says

    Hi! I’m new to green living and I need some advice about the wipes. I noticed that you mentioned they are safe to use on the face, are they safe to use on my lo hands? I often wipe her hands and face with baby wipes. Also, could I use coconut oil instead of aloe?
    Thank you for your time

  160. Pam says

    i am anxious to try this recipe for the wipes. When I bought the ingredients I bout Aloe Vera juice. Will that work or must I have the gel? Do I use the same amount?

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