Natural Homemade Baby Wipes

Easy Homemade baby wipes recipe

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

Natural Homemade Baby Wipes Ingredients

  • 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
  • 1 teaspoon of Liquid Castille Soap (I use Dr. Bronner’s)
  • 10 drops Grapefruit Seed Extract or 2 capsules of Vitamin E (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon 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

Homemade paper towel baby wipes

  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.

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!

These homemade baby wipes are better for baby and save you money. Homemade wipes work really well on sensitive skin and they smell great!

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  1. 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!

    • I found them to be a little too soapy so I decreased the soap to 1 tablespoon.

      • The original recipe calls for one Tablespoon as well, Sheila. Did you mean that you reduced it to one teaspoon?

      • I was wondering if you can use foaming hand soap and baby lotion

      • Its only 1 tsp of Castile soap.. Not a Tbsp.. this soap is very concentrated.. I used the Lavender.. its smells heavenly. I loved this Recipe.. I went to Walmart and got two containers.. and this recipe is Awesome.. I am using them for myself as I am having lots of issues with my Hemorrhoids and I need some healing. I used many essential oils for healing. I love how these turned out.. and its so much cheaper and better for the body.

    • I agree – I cut up a bed sheet into wipe sized squares and just soak them in water or chamomile tea and a bit of olive oil. Easy! The latter fixes nappy rash.

    • Thank You! Yes, I have read the ingredients on wipes and despaired of every finding anything. Wish I had seen this when I was still being treated for colo/rectal cancer. I can still use this idea though as some days, I still need wipes. Here’s hoping for a no burn wipe.

    • Awesome recipe. My only concern paper towels they probably have some bad ingredients too.

  2. 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 🙂 

    • 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
      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!

      • Great! This helps me immensely 🙂 

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

        • I’ve order witch hazel and aloe from Mountain Rose Herbs and order
          Dr. Bronner’s online also.

          • 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!

          • 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.

      • How do you keep them from drying out?

        • This is why the recipe calls for adding oil – oil cuts down on Castile soap’s stripping quality.

        • Its only 1 tsp of the Castile soap.. I used Fractured Coconut oil.. and the Vit E will also add oil to the recipe.. it should be fine being diluted with water and all the essential oils etc.

      • 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!

      • 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

          • Thank you. Are these ok to use as face wipes?

      • Where can I find these ingredients in the large jugs?

      • Hi thank you for this. I have just returned some recalled baby wipes to a Sam’s Club store. After, I needed to buy wipes after I returned these wipes when I found out the wipes had a ‘pneumonia causing bacteria’ found in them back at home in this article.

        How this all began with me is I had gone to buy diapers at Sam’s Club and the diapers were all gone. I asked a manager if they were done selling their brand of diapers and he said no. He replied the reason the diapers were recalled was because the wipes had been recalled and the company gave samples of wipes in the diaper’s to try them. They seem to be good diapers (I use to use Huggies) and the wipes seemed to be good also. I had no idea…

        Anyways, my grand daughter kept complaining of irritation or “ouchy” when I changed her diaper. I looked but saw nothing red or irritated. Then she was coughing and gagging like she had something in the back of her throat hitting the gag reflex section of her throat. Her mom took her to the doctor and nothing was found. There is a cough and you can hear the fluid in her chest but nothing the doctor thought serious. I also have a cough with a very minor sore throat which has me taking Goldenseal root herb to help take away the infection that may be coming on. It works for me and usually keeps any bug from making me sick.

        In the end I came home and a friend on FB shared this recipe with me when I had told the story of what happened and I wanted to thank you for your sharing of this.

        I also was wondering where you would buy the grapefruit seed extract? I have tried to find a liquid not in a gel capsule but haven’t found it. I did find grapefruit essential oils. Is this what you were saying we should use?? Thanks

        • You can find GSE on for a great price.

      • I love this recipe I have been making them for months just for bathroom use and everyone that tries them out loves them. I’m due with my first today and plan on using them on baby too. Thank you for the great ideas. My Christmas list was as follows: arrowroot powder, shea butter, coconut butter, more vit E oil, more aloe, beeswax, and essential oils….

        • I wanted to leave an updated comment because we love these wipes so much. My husband will let me know if we are running short on wipes because these are the BEST! We have tried about 10 different brands and these wipes are number 1 hands down. They are smooth and clean extremely well. You can clean up a huge mess with just one wipe if you fold them correctly but they would so much better than store bought. I have kept them in the roll for round containers. I have also unrolled and folded to fit in a normal wipe container. I will NEVER use store bought again. I have the recipe memeorized and make them for our bathroom and Baby. I place in a ziplock bag for the diaper bag. TIP!!! When you are cutting your papertowel roll use a fish fillet knife. It will give you a nice smooth cut very easily.

      • Just a heads up Katie that although no issues have come forward within a year that both lavender and tee tree oil are estrogenics and there are studies by Dr. Williams linking them to hormonal issues in both boys and girls when used topically. In some studies baby boys have even been growing actual breast tissues by age 2 with prolonged exposure.
        I wouldn’t suggesr using those 2 ingredients, I won’t use them on my boy and I know health is very important to you and you wouldn’t want to mislead your readers!

        • That claim is completey unfounded tara & the ‘studies’ you refer to are very misleading, containing too many variables & not enough peers.

          • Unfounded or not – the use of Lavender in soaps/lotions, etc. caused hormone issues in one of my friends children. He was having issues (breasts enlarged, etc.) that were found to be directly related to the lavender. After removing all lavender from any products touching her sons skin, the issues stopped and now, a couple years later, all is still well.

            I would not want readers to think that these studies are completely false as I have at least one example when lavender was proven to be the direct cause of the hormone issues. It DOES in fact, cause hormone issues in some cases – I’ve seen it happen.

      • Hello! I am looking into making these wipes but I had a question first. If I leave out the essential oils I wouldn’t need to replace with anything else, correct? I was just afraid of my son’s skin not agreeing with the oils. Thanks!

      • I’d like to thank you for sharing all of your diy all natural ideas! I’m interested in making the baby wipes but was wondering, since I have a lot of store bought Baby wipes on hand, if it would help to maybe rinse them out (would that be effective enough in washing out the harmful chemicals??) and then adding your recipe to them…your help is much appreciated!

        • I think that rinsing disposable wipes might cause them to deteriorate to the point where they cannot be used, but you could certainly test it. It’s unlikely that you will remove *all* the chemicals, but you might get a bunch out.

          • It does seem that that would be more trouble than starting fresh. 🙂 Sorry about the wasted wipes, though. (Sometimes it’s useful to have a few that pack more easily…I had to break down and buy diapers and wipes on an almost-week-long trip. So maybe leftover conventional wipes could be used for that?)

      • What are the brands you have in the picture for the witch hazel, allow be hell and the castle soap? I would like to be able to purchase in bulk like you have pictured

      • Thank you for sharing. I am determined to try it. Question tho.. the witch hazel link you send us to, is not pure. Its mixed with aloe. Is that still okay to use?

      • Katie I’m excited to try your recipe! Just wondering if these wipes could be made without the soap? I use water wipes and it’s just grape seed extract and water. I worry about the soap staying on the skin and drying it out? Let me know your thoughts! I am excited to save some money and keep my babies little bottoms safe!:) I love your blog so much and value your opinion! Please let me know asap!:)

      • Would grapefruit seed oil work in place if extract ? I can’t find it anywhere. I do love these wipes. Even my husband does and he wasn’t excited at first !!!

    • Hello Katie

      Can you please let me know any other brands from which i can buy the Witch hazel extract and the Aloe vera gel

        • I was wondering if the amount of essential oils you use deteriorate the plastic container? I know that essential oils do deteriorate plastic, tin, etc.

          • I’ve never had a problem with this. Since it’s such a small amount of essential oil diluted in a large amount of liquid, it shouldn’t have too much of an effect.

  3. 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!!!!

    • So glad its working well for you! Thanks for the comment!

  4. 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.

    • you are very welcome! I use them on my face too, especially to remove
      make up!

      • 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. Is the recipe for 1 half of the paper towel roll or both halfs of the cut roll? Thanks!

  6. Very cool! I really want to try to make these. 🙂

  7. 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.

    • 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.

  8. 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!

  9. Thank you for this “recipe”!  Trying it out!

  10. 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.

  11. 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?

    • Water works well too… and for cloth diapering, a lot of people prefer it. I just like this version because it smells good, and the aloe helps prevent diaper rash.

  12. The witch hazel – is that the same witch hazel you can get at the drugstore? Or is it some special kind?

    • I’m sure the drugstore version is the best?

    • Most Witch Hazel I’ve found at drugstores contains alcohol. This one does not.

      • 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.”

        • I bought one on that does not contain alcohol, Its from the homestead company.

  13. 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?

  14. 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!   

  15. 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!

  16. 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..

    •  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.

  17. 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.

    • 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

    • A used plastic coffee container like what Folgers comes in works great too!

    • 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….

    • If your okay using plastic a foldgers coffee can works great .red can black lid and I just cut an x in lid to pull the wipes out.

    • Try using a 32 oz cylinder container like the the kind that you get when you order a large Won Ton soup to go at the Chinese Restauraunt.

  18. 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.

  19. 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!

    • Yep, just about ten drops should work great.

      • 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

        • 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. 🙂

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

  21. 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!

  22. 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). 

    • Luckily, this is no longer recommended. It is now thought that by avoiding allergens,myou have a greater chance of developing allergies! One should only avoid potential allergens of there is a family history of those allergies.

  23. Where can you get these ingredients

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

    • 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…

      • What do you mean by “no oil”? Is olive oil, or are essential oils, harmful?

        also I saw this calls for only a teaspoon of Castile soap…I thought for some reason it was 1-2 tablespoons? No? Did you edit this, or have I just been using WAAAY too much soap? Thanks! 🙂

  25. 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 🙂

  26. 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.

    • 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

  27. 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.

  28. 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?

    • 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…

      • Is the rose bronners Castille soap safe to use?

  29. Where do you buy your witch hazel and aloe vera in bulk?

    • Mountain rose herbs… There’s a link in my “resources” section 🙂

  30. 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.

  31. 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?

    • It is actually ok, but not needed and a little easier to wash without it. That small amount is actually fine…

  32. 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.

    • You can actually just leave it out without a problem…

  33. Hi there! This recipe looks amazing! where do you get the ingredients in the bulk? thanks

  34. 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.

    • As long as you use bounty they won’t buy the cheaper versions will dissolve

      • Hi Katie,

        Just wondering if you ever tried making these wipes with the Costco Kirkland brand paper towels? Do you think they would work as well as Bounty?


        • Hi Sarah! I make these wipes with the kirkland brand paper towels and I’ve never had an issue. They work very well 🙂

          • Thanks, Taylor!

        • I actually prefer this brand and used it on my two kids, I think it’s way better than bounty

  35. Love your recipe for.the solution!

  36. 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. 

  37. 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.

  38. 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.

  39. 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.

  40. 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 🙂

  41. 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.

  42. 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.

  43. 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!

  44. do you use alcohol free witch hazle??? seems like most of them have 15% alcohol

    • I use the one from Mountain Rose Herbs which has some, but with the amount used, it has a very minute amount that evaporates if you leave the lid off for a little while…

      • hi i have a question. i just went to whole foods and bought everything to make wipes. I bought Thayers brand Witch Hazel, the alcohol-free Lavender Witch Hazel. Do you think thats ok ??

        • It should be alright… It does have a little alcohol, but less than you will find elsewhere.

          • I accidentally purchased Thayers Natural Remedies Original Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera. Can this still be used in this recipe? By the way, you are so inspiring! Thank you!

  45. 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)

    • I’m not sure exactly how many paper towel rolls for sure, but I’ve made several hundred batches with the one gallon sizes. With two in diapers, it has lasted me well over a year…

    • i found a small container of witch hazel at our Rite Aid drugstore.

  46. 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.

  47. 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.

    • 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!

  48. 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.

    • So grape see oil is a good alternative to olive oil? I bought all the ingredients and realized I only have avocado and grape seed oil!

  49. 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.

    • 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!

    • I use unbleached organic flannel squares. No excess waste and super soft!

  50. Is there something I can use instead of Aloe, my daughter and I are both allergic?

    • You can actually just omit it without a problem…

      • Great thank you!

  51. 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. 🙂

    • Hi! I was wondering how long your pre-made jar of solution will last?? I want to do this as well, and use a spray bottle with solution on cloth wipes, but I am unsure how long it will last? Any thoughts? Thanks!

  52. 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! 😉

    • I steer clear with boys too. I haven’t seen anything that shows any conclusive link, but I figure don’t risk it. That’s a great idea on the chamomile!

  53. Whats a Rubbermaid #6 container if you don’t mind my silly question?

    • 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

  54. Would it make a difference if I used a wipe warmer? Thanks!!

    • Actually, that would probably work great…

      • 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).

        • Hmmm… I haven’t tried heating it, but maybe the essential oils will help. You could also try a pre-scented castille soap and that might help (Dr. Bronners makes scented ones)

  55. 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.

  56. Is the recipe for the solution for an entire roll of paper towels or will this only be enough for half a roll?

  57. Is there a difference between “pure witch hazel extract” and witch hazel you get at grocery stores

    • Not usually, just make sure there aren’t any added ingredients or chemicals.

  58. Is this recipe for half paper towel or the whole paper? thank you

  59. 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?

    • I’ve used it with them without a problem, but you can skip it if you’d prefer. In fact, just water and witch hazel and aloe make a great cloth wipe solution.

  60. 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!

  61. 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!

  62. Would Thayer’s Witch Hazel work, its ingredient also includes aloe vera and grape seed extract.

  63. 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!

    • It is a preservative and antibacterial. Not really needed, just helps extend the life if you aren’t using them within a week or two

  64. 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.

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

    • I’ve washed wipes with the mix with my cloth diapers and haven’t had a problem….

  66. 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

  67. 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.

  68. 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!

    • Yep… it is fine. You are such a wonderful aunt and as a mom I ca say that aunts like you are a huge blessing!

      • 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!

  69. What other EO would you suggest? I want to stay away from Lavender and Tea Tree.

    • I use orange!

    • I used lavender AND tea tree in my first batch lol but I also use lemon. It smells so good! Lemon is my favorite for an uplifting bright happy smell 😉

  70. 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!

  71. 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?

    • You can reduce or even omit the soap…

  72. 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.

    • I get the big jugs from Mountain Rose Herbs…

      • Thanks! That is super helpful!

  73. 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

    • I twill keep for a few weeks, but I prefer just to make it as I go…

  74. 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!

  75. 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

    • I’m not sure… haven’t tried it myself. I would think that it could, but let me know if you try it!

  76. Is this recipe cloth diaper safe? The castile soap wouldnt cause any buildup right?

  77. 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.

  78. 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!

  79. 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!

    • Grapeseed oil is not from grapefruit. It is actually Rape Seed oil but for obvious marketing purposes the name was changed to grapeseed. No grapefruit to be found in grapeseed oil (not even any grape seeds 🙂

    • Not sure how old these post are, but thought I’d respond anyway. It is my understanding that grapefruit seed extract and grape seed extract are two different things. Grapefruit seed extract is made from the pulp and rind of the grapefruit. Not sure about the grape seed extract. They are both sometimes referred to as GSE but most of the time this means Grapefruit Seed Extract. They are both anti viral, anti-fungal, etc and can, most of the time I believe, be used interchangeably. I contacted Nutri Biotic, who makes GSE and they said that the natural chemical that people who cannot eat in grapefruit for health reasons (other than allergy) was not included in the extract and therefore could be used by these people. We use GSE a lot at our house, both internally and externally. It works great. We haven’t tried Grape Seed Extract yet so I can’t speak to it. Hope this helps.

  80. 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 .

  81. 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 🙁

    • 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!

  82. i have heard that you can add white vinegar and tea tree oil to your wipes recipe for yeast. Wondering if you would recommend that or not. Thank you

  83. 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?

    • It might, but this could also be a temperature issue in the warmer months…

  84. 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.

    • You’re welcome! Thanks for reading 🙂

  85. 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.

  86. 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!

  87. 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.

    • 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! 🙂

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

  88. 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.

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

    • Natural gel, which is more like a juice…

    • Katie- I am using oils by NOW Essential oils that say for aromatherapy use and 100% orange oil and 100% lavender oil. These are safe right? They don’t have to be the kind of oils you would consume right?

  90. Do you use Aloe Vera Gel or Juice?

  91. Can you use regular witch hazel? And how much of it should be used?

  92. 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! 🙂

  93. 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?

  94. 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 😀 )

  95. 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??

  96. 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?

  97. Be very careful using tea trea and lavendar essential oils on boys. They both have estrogenic affects.

  98. 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!

  99. 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.

  100. 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).

  101. 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!!

  102. 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)

    • WOW! great idea!

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

  104. Hi Katie, can I use these wipes to clean my face when I cant do my normal cleaning process? Thanks a lot.

  105. 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.

    • I’d just wait, it really takes less than two minutes to make… congrats!

  106. 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!

  107. Is tea tree castle soap okay for the diaper wipe purpose? Thanks!

    • I use tea tree Dr. Bronners and it is great.

  108. is the witch hazel with alcohol in it bad for you? should i get with no alcohol and only 100% witch Hazel?

  109. 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!

  110. 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?

  111. 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

  112. 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!

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

  114. 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..

  115. 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.

  116. 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 🙂

  117. hi katie amazon online not here in malaysia plz where are available in castile soap another ingredient?

  118. 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,

  119. 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!


  120. 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!

  121. 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.

  122. Great recipe! Thanks for sharing it. where do you buy your bulk soap, witch hazel and aloe?

  123. Totally want to give this a shot. Can you share your resource for buying this stuff in bulk???

  124. 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.

  125. 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.

  126. 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

  127. 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!!

  128. 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!!!

  129. 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.

  130. 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?!

  131. 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.

  132. 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!

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

  133. 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.

  134. 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)

    • Good question I have some of that same witch hazel… I wonder if it would work well as a substitute..

      • I found the same witch hazel online and wondered the same thing. Do you still need the extra aloe and GSE?

  135. 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….

  136. Thanks for sharing!!!! You should do a video to make it ever easier 🙂

  137. 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 🙂

    • They can just go in whatever bucket you use for cloth diapers and be washed with them

      • 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.

  138. 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!

  139. I have some Dr. Bronner’s liquid castille soap in peppermint. Do you think that’s okay for that baby?

    • Please research using peppermint oil around babies as it can make it hard for them to breathe and possibly cause respiratory issues. I purchased that same one as well and glad I hadn’t used it yet.

  140. Do you know if it is ok to keep these in a wipe warmer?

  141. Where did you buy the pure witch hazel and aloe Vera gel in bulk like that?

      • Hi, I’m also wondering the same thing about where to find these in bulk. The inks provided give a 12 oz WHE and 4 oz Aloe.

  142. 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!

  143. 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 😉

  144. 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!

  145. 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.

  146. 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.

  147. 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!

    • Hi! How much of the YLM oil did you use? That is a great idea! Also, Katie there is a comment from last year about witch hazel having a carcinogen in it. I was just wondering if you had any thoughts or info about that.

      • The commercial versions can have a harmful additive ,but the natural ones should be ok

      • I just put 5 drops of Melrose in

  148. 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 🙂

  149. 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!

    • YOu might be able to do it with a regular knife. I didn’t have one sharp enough until recently and now I can cut through it with a non-serrated knife without a problem

  150. 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.

  151. 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!

  152. 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)

  153. 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!

  154. 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!

  155. 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


  156. 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!

  157. 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?

  158. 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!!

  159. Also, do you think I could use Lemon EO with the wipes, or is that too harsh?

  160. 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!

    • 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?

      • I would like to see the articles. A friend told me about the lavender which I had never heard before and I love using lavender in just about everything so some info on whether or not it actually causes problems would be great 🙂

  161. 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!

  162. Have you ever had your wipes go moldy? What do you do to prevent that?

  163. 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!

  164. 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!

  165. 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?

    • I use pure liquid castille soap too. The original recipe should be fine.

      • 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!

  166. 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.

  167. 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!!

    • Just like you’d expect. I have a little portable container.

  168. 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.

  169. 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,
    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.

  170. 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!

    • Maybe the castille soap? Some babies find it harsh….

  171. 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.

    • The one I posted is nice because it is alcohol free.

  172. 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.

    • 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 🙂

      • You’re welcome, Jane. It’s all about the right packaging, isn’t it?

  173. 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! ????

  174. Hi there! Did you ever post a makeup remover? I looked but wasn’t able to find it! Thank you!

    • I have mentioned it in passing. I use microfiber face cloths.

  175. 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.

    • I did it tonight and my son seemed to love the cooling effect 🙂

  176. 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.

  177. 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!

  178. 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.

  179. I was just wondering about the castile soap from bulk apothecary. The ingredients are
    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?

  180. 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!

  181. 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!!

    • Thanks! It sounds like you have a very chunky or thick aloe gel (or maybe you are getting straight from the plant). The one I link to on the page has the consistency of water… you could try to find something of similar consistency.

      • great! thanks! also, is it okay to use both Vitamin E oil AND GSE instead of using them as alternatives to eachother?

        • Generally they are alternatives, but I don’t think using both hurt anything.

  182. Is there a substitute to witch hazel? I’m allergic to it. Thanks!

  183. 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. 🙂

    • I forgot to say “THANKS!”

  184. 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. 🙂

  185. 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.

  186. 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!

  187. 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 🙂

  188. 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.

    • Agree with Jennifer that essential oils should not be used.

    • Actually, that is not true. Many, many reputable herbalists will recommend essential oil use on children under two in diluted form. 1-2 drops per ounce of carrier oil is safe, but all people have different sensitivities, so one oil may be okay for one child/adult, but not another. I agree that it should not state EO of your choice as only some are safe for children’s delicate skin. We use a similar recipe to this one, but I make the concentrate using about 10-20 drops essential oil, mixing a teaspoon with a few cups of water at a time and that makes many gallons of solution. so the final result only has a small percentage of EO.

  189. 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).

    • TRUE !!! Any paper towels that have color print on them are NOT food safe. Always aggravates me that there no warning label about this on the product. Printed paper towels are OK if all you do is cleaning, but those ink prints are not safe for serving/wrapping/covering food. Just stick with plain white !!!

  190. 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 🙂

    • 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! 🙂

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

    • 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 😉

  192. 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

    • I am not sure why you would want to use coconut oil to replace the aloe, but you might find that it is clumpy, especially if it gets cool.

  193. 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?

  194. I was wondering if you have ever made a batch of the “active ingredients” (everything but the water), in excess and then just used a portion of the mix to add to the water. I currently use another wipes recipe in that manner, where i mix up about 2 ounces worth in advance and add a teaspoon to a few cups of water. It saves even more time, so I would love to hear if that is something you have tried with any success as I am looking for a new recipe to try.
    Thanks so much!!

  195. Any ideas on where to find the “rubbermaid #6 container”? Tried looking on amazon but not sure which one is correct…

  196. Hello,
    My son has a Hemangioma on his bum, so I just went to the store today and made a batch of this! I didn’t add the Vitamin E because it has soybean oil in the ingredients and he is lactose and soy intolerant. I added everything else.

    I was wondering if you have experienced mold growth within your Rubbermaid?

  197. I use cloth wipes as well, and tried making my own wipe solutions but I never liked any of them. Now I switch between plain water and water with a little bit of “Wipe juice” in it

    In the first year of cloth diapering my son I only used maybe a bottle and a half total of wipe juice? Maybe even less, so it was really inexpensive…I barely put a splash in 2 cups of water but it does make everything smell a lot nicer than plain water 🙂 I would fill an old disposable wipes box with cloth wipes, mix 2 cups of water with a splash of wipe juice and pour it over the wipes. Loved it! I also tried it is a spray bottle with dry wipes which worked okay as well 🙂

  198. Great idea, except what are the ingredients in paper towels? Probably not very natural and
    something I want to be rubbing on my baby’s skin everyday. This is also a waste of paper towels. I use one washable cloth (by ENJO) as our diaper wipe and it’s so quick and easy and 100% safe for my little one. 🙂 And no garbage!

  199. Hi Katie! I know this is a very old post, but I just have a quick question. Can you use the homemade baby wipes *solution* on cloth wipes that you keep in a warmer? Thank you! 🙂

    • Oooo interesting question! I am honestly not sure. Anyone else?

      • I’ve been using this solution without oil in my wipes warmer with Grovia cloth wipes for six months and have had great results. The baby loves them and usually one cloth will do the entire job.

        • Fantastic! We are expecting our first child next year and I am getting everything in order. Thanks for sharing!

  200. Hi!! Hope your well. I’ve recently gotten into making all natural products.
    Can this recipe be used as a makeup removal wipe? If not, do you have one? Or recommend any?

    Thank you!
    Light & Love, Yvette

    • You could try it, although it might be harsh. Oil cleansing works better.

  201. I love the idea of this recipe. I just tried it for the first time though & after following the recipe to a t, it was SO soapy! I feel like I wasted all of those ingredients. It’s unusable as is without feeling like I need to hose down the soapiness! I’m so bummed! I will try again with a significantly smaller amount of soap. 🙁

  202. I have been using this recipe for months now for baby wipes on my son and I LOVE it! I recently started making an extra batch and using them as makeup removing wipes, and I my acne is disappearing before my eyes! I am just wondering if you have any suggestions on tweaks you would make to this recipe if you are using it on your face? I was thinking maybe an alternative to olive oil because I believe I have read that it can clog pores, or different essential oils that are good for that purpose. Any suggestions? Thanks!

    • I’m pretty sure it’s coconut oil and cheap olive oil that can clog pores. Good quality pure olive oil should be OK. The caution with it is mostly that olive oil is notorious for not being 100% olive and is mixed with filler oils to cut costs and those are the oils that will clog, not the olive oil itself but because it says olive oil on the bottle it’s the olive that gets the bad rap. So if you’re sure you’re olive oil is actually 100% pure extra virgin olive oil from a good source and processed well, it would be ok to use, but not otherwise. I’ve used grape seed oil on my face before and it worked well and I’m currently using vitamin e oil as a moisturizer. I don’t know much about almond oil, but this recipe does say olive or almond, so maybe you could try the almond since she suggested it? Hope this helps 🙂

  203. Hi Katie, I’m having the great EO debate. I have a friend who is involved with one of the big two companies, and she has been trying to get me to “sign up”. I just want to make sure I’m getting the best essential oils for my family and especially if I’m using them with my little one. Help! I have purchased from Mountain Rose Herbs before, but how did you choose them?

    • It is a pretty long story but basically from my research they are the same quality or better as the major companies at a better price. Post coming on that eventually though…

  204. Look forward to that post :). One more question- do you diffuse and if so do you have a diffuser you love?

    I LOVE this recipe btw… I make them weekly b/c I make super small batches!

  205. Maybe this was asked before, and maybe it’s an obvious answer… can these wipes be flushed down the toilet? We use wipes as adults when we … well, you know, and get the flushable kind. I used homemade wipes on my babies and can’t believe I didn’t think of this earlier for us. BUT, can’t use them if they’re not flushable I guess…

    • Have you ever used or thought about using reusable/washable wipes? We use them in our home They are something to get used to, though if you have used cloth diapers, it’s the same concept.
      You could leave a small wet bag in the bathroom for the wipes you use and do a sanitize cycle every few days with them. You will save so much money and bit have to worry about flushing 🙂

  206. Hi,

    I was just wondering what the benefit is with using the Witch Hazel along with these other ingredients. I notice it does have a little bit of alcohol. I’m sure I can make these without it but I was just wondering if it would make a big difference.

    These homemade recipes are awesome though. I do plan on trying a few of them on my kids.

    Thank you!!


  207. can I make the solution in bulk? I plan on using cloth wipes and just want to have solution on hand without it going bad. thanks.

  208. For convenience, I like the idea of using the solution as a spray. I plan to just mix it and spray on wipes or bum as needed.
    Is that an acceptable use?
    How long would the spray last in a bottle?

    • Did you try this? It seems like you would have to spray a lot to get the wetness of a wipe. Did this work well?

  209. What about the dioxins in the paper towels left over from the bleaching process? I think if we’re going to go to all the extent of making our own we should be using chlorine-free paper in this recipe

  210. Have you ever used branch basics to make your baby wipes? I did once and they were great! My only problem was they soured within two weeks. I am not sure what to do about them souring so quickly. I love your site and appreciate all your hard work and research!

  211. Definitely trying that soon! What do you mean by 13/4 cups of boiled water?

    • One and 3quarters cups. Boil and then let cool before adding to the recipe 🙂

  212. When i took a knife n cut the towels in half it was hard to do. What kind of knife did u use? I used a bread knife. It chewed my towels pretty bad.

    • I’d use a non-serrated knife… they chew up the towels pretty bad. I used a very sharp chef’s knife.

  213. Did you know that paper towels contain toxins too. Actually if you really compared the two, the paper towels are worse for you.

    • That is why I am loving my cloth wipes! Organic cotton + pinking shears!

    • What do paper towels have in them?

  214. I made these for my daughter, a new mama, as directed, except using melted coconut oil instead of almond oil. It was so easy and my husband, who went out this morning to buy the witch hazel extract and the Dr Bronner’s pure castile soap, was very interested. After looking at the finished wipes, he asked to have some to take with him on hikes! I love everything about these wipes. They are moist, very lightly scented with lavender essential oil (antibacterial, another plus), separate nicely, and will breakdown in the environment. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe.

    • The coconut oil didn’t harden once the wipes cooled?

  215. Hi Katie, My husband and I love these wipes and have been using/making them for months now.

    I wondered if I make the ingredients up in a jar (except the water) and put a posit on it for my husband to add the 1 3/4 water so he could then make some more up without me having to do it for him…! would it last for a bit sitting in a jar until the current batch runs out?

  216. Can you use this recipe in a wipe warmer? Or does it need to be room temperature? I followed the link to the aloe vera but it is sold out, the others that I have seen say refrigerate after opening. I m new to this, do you have a secondary choice for the aloe vera? Thanks!!!

    • I would not personally use this in a wipe warmer. They should restock soon, but that is the only aloe I’ve used that works that well without being refrigerated.

  217. Don’t Be Cheap…

  218. If you are making these ahead of time, how long do they last in the container? Can they “go bad”? I am having a baby in about a month and want to make a couple batches so that I don’t have to think about it for the first 4 weeks. Thanks! 🙂

    • Congrats on your baby! Yes, they can go bad (usually get moldy). It’s the aloe and the water. Honestly the most difficult/time consuming part is cutting the roll in half. Maybe you could sort of split the difference and do most of the prep work ahead and have containers of prepared towels set aside so that all you need to do is mix up the concentrate? It takes about 2 minutes once you have all your paper (or cloth) towels folded in the containers.

  219. my baby just turned 2 months old and I’ve made the solution twice (double batches to use with flannel wipes). I store the solution in the refrigerator and I’ve seen no mold. the only thing I see is that the castile soap settles on the bottom.

  220. Hi!
    What Rubbermaid container should I use? I can’t find a specific #6, am I missing something?? Do you have to actual size in cups or quarts?

    • It seems that they have changed their line. You’ll just need a container with straight side (that doesn’t go in at the top) that is tall enough to hold a 1/2 roll of paper towels.

  221. Question i looked on that one site that you buy your essential oil’s on the mountain rose site. Well i was looking into getting some but it says in the direction’s do not use on children babies, or pets, etc.. ?

  222. Love these wipes!

    I’ve been using the paper towel version. I live in my RV and I don’t have running water. (Wait! Don’t say “ick” yet — hear me out). Between your wipes, birdbaths (I have a sink and jugs of water), and I shower at friend’s houses. These chemical-free wipes are the BOMB.

    When I moved into my RV I tried commercial wipes. But, like you, Katie, I didn’t want all of those chemicals! Even those brands that pretend to be “green” are not safe.

    My next experiment is to make these with receiving blankets. Katie, you mentioned a tea tree oil version. I’d be really interested to learn this recipe as well.

    Thanks for all you do! Great site.

  223. Hello! I was just curious as to how I would go about washing the reusable ones I am new to all this do I wash just like a load of clothes?

  224. Be careful using essential oils in plastic containers. The essential oils react to the plastic and can cause it to leach chemicals. But I absolutely love this recipe and will be trying it thanks!

  225. Aloe Vera juice refrigerated…is that just for it consuming…and okay not to refrigerate otherwise? I am using a 100 ml bottle to spray on clothe wipes and didn’t think gel would go through the sprayer 🙂

    • I would like to know, as well.

  226. Idk if anyone has asked this, but can you make these without the witch hazel and still have them be effective? Also, if you use glycerin soap instead of castile soap, do you use the same amount?

    • You can omit the witch hazel, but I haven’t tried the soap substitution so I’m not sure

  227. I ran out of wipes yesterday and my little guy was in dire need this evening so I tried this recipe (sort of) and it worked really well! I usually need about 8 wipes to get his bottom clean and he always fusses but this time I only used 4 and he seemed fresher! I didn’t have any aloe vera or witch hazel so I improvised with tea tree oil and jojoba oil and the only castille soap I’ve got on hand is peppermint lol. So little guy got some minty fresh wipes 😉 I was a little bit concerned about the tea tree oil and peppermint possibly burning his bottom but he seemed to enjoy it! He giggled instead of fussing which is a huge plus for me because I didn’t have to fight him to get him clean! I guess it’s watered out enough with the other ingredients that it’s not too strong 🙂 And now that I’ve read some of the comments I am relieved to see that tea tree oil is acceptable. When I was mixing it I was just thinking about how witch hazel is an astringent and so is tea tree oil so I deemed it a decent substitute and I’m glad to see I didn’t do something horrible lol. I very much like these wipes! I think I’ll be using them regularly now that I know how to do it 🙂 I’ve been wanting to try it because little guy always gets a red bottom temporarily with store bought wipes but with so many wipes on hand (we bought a huge box last time we got some) I just never had an excuse until I ran out lol. Thanks so much for your recipe! And the informative comments as well!

  228. Hi There,

    Love trying you’re recipes for natural products and have had great success so far! So much so, that I’ve started converting all my products and baby’s products to natural ones. However, I’m new at all of this and still learning the benefits of all these natural materials. Once thing I’d really love to have explained is the benefits/purpose of these ingredients in the baby wipes.. Generally, I know soap cleans and aloe is good for the skin, but what about the witch hazel, GSE and other additives? Just really want to build my understanding! Thanks.

  229. Hi,
    I’ve made these once and the wipes were great, except the were kind of “fall aparty.” I used a thick Viva. I’ll try Bounty, next. I had a few questions.
    There was also mold when we got closer to the end. Our youngest is potty trained, so they lasted about 3 weeks. Is there anything that will keep them from molding?
    Also, it was difficult getting the aloe vera gel to melt. The aloe vera juice I have says it needs to be refrigerated, so I’m worried about using it. Do you have any thoughts on that?

    You mentioned a tea tree and lavender version. Do those oils disinfect skin and objects? How long do they last? We keep lysol wipes in the car. Would these be a good alternative or do they mold in a month or so?

    • Bounty is the only brand I’ve gotten to work for this, unfortunately… I haven’t had to keep any of mine past about a week because I’ve almost always had two kids in diapers, so I’m not sure when they would go bad. One solution would be to keep a spray bottle with the wet ingredients and spray on the towels as needed. The problem might be the aloe- I used the pure aloe vera gel I linked to… I haven’t tried aloe juice, but I would think it would need to be refrigerated, so that could be the problem. The tea tree and lavender should help keep it good longer though

  230. I recently made some homemade, reusable wipes from old t-shirts. Since we don’t have running water at our cabin these are a must (especially when my boy is up there:). My first batch was WONDERFUL! They smelled great, stayed fresh until they ran out (about a week and a half), and were incredibly handy. So, of course I made another batch.

    Batch two seemed just as wonderful, until about three-days in. Then they began to STINK. Like a horse barn. Bad news. PLEASE help so I can make another GREAT batch.

    The differences between the two batches were:

    1) Batch 2 included some I’d washed from Batch 1 – I did not dry them before putting them in the container

    2) Batch 1 was stored in plastic containers (old wipe container and a cheapie zip-lock box) Batch 2 was stored in a large glass jar (washed olive jar)

    3) Batch 1 included olive oil, Batch 2 did not

    I followed this recipe both times.


  231. I have a hard time finding the right container for the wipes, could you help? I love the recipe! So easy to make and so much better for the baby. Thank you!

  232. Thought you would like to know your recipe has gone cross-species! I foster rescue dogs which frequently comes with skin issues. Your natural skin wipes are recommended by my vet for helping these furry kids too!

    • Oh, wow! SO glad to hear these worked!

  233. If I use reusable wipes then if i need to wash it out after usage, what should i use to clean wipes?
    should I use dettol liquid or detergent powder? Is it good way? if not please suggest it.


  234. I made this recipe and found it to be soapy also. I also used the peppermint Castile which was a bad idea cause of being used on such a sensitive area. They are working great for my swifter though! Lol

  235. Hi there,

    I’m a big fan of your blog and have made a few things with your recipes.
    I am now on the lookout for recipes to make healthy baby wipes. The ingredients
    that go onto the paper towels in your recipe are great, but I just wonder about
    the actual paper towels themselves. I have not yet come across a brand that is ‘chemical free’, because the process to make the paper towels is chemically intense. Do you know if the chemicals that are in the VIVA or Bounty brands will be lessened once the made up solution is poured over them?

    • For truly chemical free, I’d use cloth wipes. You can use a natural chlorine free paper towel, but you would need to spray the solution on a dry wipe to use, as more natural paper towels dissolve quickly

  236. Hi Katie,
    I really like these wipes (hub said he does too and that says a lot bc he usually has some joke about another diy of mine…haha). I’ve done 3 batches now but the 3rd batch showed a dark green color coming up on my paper towels. I know that is synonymous with mold but I just don’t know why that would be it. I keep them in an old dishwasher tablet container (that I cleaned before using). The only other thing I could think of was I added sweet Orange essential oil to this batch that I didn’t add to others. I also haven’t rinsed the container before doing a new batch. I use olive oil instead of grape seed but all other ingredients are what you suggested. This batch with the green was only made a week and a half ago!

  237. I make these weekly for my 11 wk old, love them! She’s about to go to daycare in a week though and I’m not sure how to best take/store them? All her items have to fit in her one little basket, and our large wipes container (half the size of a paper towel roll 😉 doesn’t exactly fit! Thanks!

  238. I made this solution, and it totally dried out my kids butt. He had dry scaly patches all over where the wipes had been. I don’t know if it was the witch hazel, or the soap, but I wouldn’t use this again cause I felt so bad for his butt. I know just use a mixture of water and aloe. It works just fine and his butt is nice and soft.

  239. Wonderful! Thank you! One question. Is the ratio of ingredients for half a roll of Bounty or the whole roll? Thanks!

  240. When my husband was bedridden and incontinent during his hospice, he began having skin reactions to the standard hospital-provided diaper maintenence products and was very uncomfortable. I used your recipes for baby wipes and diaper creme, and they cleared up the rashes in two days. He grumbled about my ‘weird hippie notions’ at first, but liked as how he was much happier with the all-natural products as they clearly worked better than the commercial ones!

  241. Hi Wellness Mama and friends, so my question may seem a bit off, but I’ve been using little hemp cloth scraps for wipes and just wetting them down with warm water, so soap, nothing. In fact, I’ve never used soap on my baby, who’s 6 months old on Saturday. I have read that soap is really unnecessary for babies, but I’m not sure how long that stands true and wanted to ask your opinion about this. I breastfeed her exclusively, and she’s never been sick or anything. I wash her just with water… could you share your thoughts … is there a certain age or time – like when they start eating solids – that soap becomes a good idea? Thanks!

  242. Hello,

    I just looked at the ingredients for the aloe vera gel that you posted and I noticed this:

    Potassium Sorbate- 0.05%
    Ascorbic Acid- 0.10%
    Citric Acid- 0.05%
    Xanthan Gum- 0.005%

    Are these ingredients ok? Seems like the same ingredients in commercial baby wipes.

  243. Katie, I love this recipe! I’m going to be making my second batch soon, and I waited to comment until the first batch was gone, so I could report about how long they lasted and whether or not they molded.
    There are no babies at my house, and I’m single, and use them as tush wipes for myself. 🙂
    So I knew they’d last a lot longer than yours.
    Incredibly, they lasted for four months! No sign of mold or off-putting odor. And they stayed moist.
    I did not use the GSE or vitamin e, or any oil, or essential oil. Just the witch hazel, aloe vera and castile.
    Crazily, the only Castile I had at the time was peppermint, and there were a few moments of near panic the first time I used them. I wasn’t sure if or when the burning sensation would stop! LOL
    Soon I could see that it was fine, and I never had an issue. But, for this batch, I have un scented. 😉
    I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your great recipe!

  244. There’s no sense in making wipes with paper towels when they contain formaldehyde. Your best bet is to reuse a wipe container and use baby wash clothes and just wash them. Careful with all the soap, even if it’s Castile.

  245. To truly have non-toxic wipes, you would also have to use organic non-toxic papertowels. All the chemicals used in bounty papertowels are worse or equally as bad as using commercial wipes. Just sayin’.

  246. Hi – Can I make the recipe without wetting the paper towels 3-4 weeks before my due date? Will I need to store it in the fridge before the baby gets here? Thanks so much for your reply.

    • Honestly, wipes are totally unnecessary. Get some hemp or cotton little cloths/baby washcloths and dip them in water and voila. Baby wipe. I save the plastic containers that I would otherwise recycle, and put the dirty ones in there, at your changing station, have another (I use a washable pyrex) for the clean water. Then you just rinse them off and wash. If you put them to dry in the sun, any stains come right out. The thing is, the paper towels have all sorts of chemicals in them, even “natural ones” and the other ingredients, like aloe, also have preservatives, same as store bought wipes. You don’t need any of that, nor soap. I’ve used this method for 7 months and my LO has never had a diaper rash or any disturbance down there (except for the first week until I realized she was allergic to the dairy I was eating). Good luck!

  247. May I recommend Thayers Rose Petal Witch Hazel which already contains aloe vera, purified water, grapeseed extract, witch hazel,glycerin, rose flower water and citirc acid. Please let me know if is a safe enough product. It states is organic and so far it has worked for me with my cloth wipes. I pour into my solution together with boiled water,calendula oil which is cold pressed with olive oil and is known for it antibacterial properties and soothing irritated skin. Ladies please be aware there is an article on WebMD which warns moms to avoid using tea tree oil and lavender oils on baby boys because causes a hormonal imbalance or alteration of some sort.

  248. Is the liquid for half a role, or should it be divided up between the entire role/two containers?


  249. You mention making baby wipes with 9 parts water to 1 part Branch basics. My baby is so sensitive we had to stop using wipes, just use wet paper towels… when I went to Branch Basic website, so many items to choose from. which product in their line are you referring to? Have doctors appointment next week & want to consult with her. Thanks…

    • I just order their concentrate and use it to make many natural cleaners for my home, as well as very diluted in skin uses like this…

  250. Is this spray-able? I use cloth wipes and just spray her bottom before wiping. Didn’t know if the aloe would make it through the sprayer or not.

  251. Hi there. Are these ingredients all CD safe, would i have to use a liner and does it help with diaper rash? I usually put corn starch on him or put a bit in his bath and that stuff works like magic! I was wondering if i could add a bit to this recipe ..?

  252. Hi,
    I am planning to try these wipes but having hard time finding pure aloe vera gel and witch hazel extract in Singapore.

    I found some witch hazel extracts which are 14-16% alcohol and remaining witch hazel. Even the one on MountainHerb has the same ingredients. If you have used the same, how are these wipes alcohol free?

    Also the aloe vera I am getting here has many many ingredients like “Fruit of the Earth” etc.

    Please help can I use the above mentioned ?

  253. Hi wellness mama! Wondering if you make home made wipes out of old t shirts can you put in a wipe warmer ?? And they still last as long in there?

  254. I’m planning to test this on myself before my baby is due. I love making natural things for myself and already own all of these ingredients.
    My question is- What are your thoughts about using grapeseed oil instead of olive oil? I love both oils but have found grapeseed is lighter and I tend to use that more than olive oil in many DIY things I make for my skin.
    Thank you!

    • I haven’t tried it but it should work. Let me know how it goes if you try it and congrats on your little one!

  255. I ordered the rubbermaid #6 container but its very wide I cannot seem to find a container that fits right either too narrow or too wide.

  256. a simple question– what is a #6 or #8 rubbermaid. when i google them, or search on amazon, i just find 6 or 8 cup, or 6 or 8 qt containers.

    • I just ordered the 4qt and they fit nicely compared to the 6qt too wide.

  257. How long do they keep for? I’m due in a few weeks and wanted to get them made but don’t want them going bad before baby is here. BTW I found a container in reply to my comment above.

  258. What about the safety of Bounty paper towels? Wouldn’t it be better to use something that hasn’t been bleached with chlorine? Thanks.

  259. I realize this is an old post. But I have been making these the last month or so. They are great for my daughters bum, but I’m having a mold issue. After only a few days I have mold growing. So I have been making really small batches and having to make them every few days which is getting kind of annoying.
    I used vitamin E oil, does the grapefruit seed extract work better as a preservative? Also, if I made a batch of just the liquid in a bottle and used it to pour spray on wipes instead- do you know about how long the liquid would last without going bad?

    Thank you for your recipe.

    • I made it for spray bottles with cloth wipes and it’s working great!

    • I just learned that the “364” brand of paper towel (Whole foods) is unbleached and my research indicates that it’s also sturdier than other ‘healthier’ type paper products.

    • I just made my first batch & I’ve started pulling out only enough for 2-3 days & refrigerating the rest ( even though I used the GSE (grapeseed extract)–a great mold/mildew fighter– as suggested

  260. I have been using these for about 8 months now. I had the same mold issue in the beginning…filtered water, boiled tap water. It wasn’t until I bought distilled water and heated up that I no longer saw the mold. I use these up in about 2 weeks. Also, the container that works perfect for me is an empty economy size, dishwasher tablet container from Sams club.

  261. Thanks for the recipe.

    I have aloe Vera and essential oils and coconut oil…could I use these for a healing wipe solution?

  262. I found these to be entirely too soapy. I reduced the amount to just a few drops and it worked well but I would change your recipe. One tablespoon is way too much and you could actually get a rash of you don’t wash this off of you. I love dr bronners but when not used in moderation it leaves a thick white film over anything it touches, so needless to say, the first batch I threw away because any bit of skin I used them on had to be thoroughly washed after which completely defeates the purpose of the wipes. Like I said, I decreased it to literally 4 drops and it made a huge difference. No more washing after washing 🙂

  263. I love these wipes, I make them for my grandkids, wish I’d have had this recipe when my kids were little! Thanks for this recipe!!!

  264. I was wondering if you had a cost breakdown for these wipes vs. Regular store bought wipes? 🙂 thanks!

  265. Have you considered using bambooee reusable paper towels or even a different brand of paper towel? Bounty along with many other paper towel brands often use resins that may contain or be derived from harmful chemicals to keep the towels strong while wet. Maybe use disposable paper towels just for the poops and reusable, organic ones for the peepees!

  266. Hello there!
    I’m using the flannel wipes from CottonBabies/Bumgenius. Sounds like perhaps you use the same ones? Or you have used them?
    How many flannel wipes do you use with this recipe? I read through the comments and couldn’t find that info. 🙂 I see it is for half a roll of paper towels, but I’m wondering the number of flannel wipes you use per batch.

    I’m trying to “perfect” the amount of “juice” to use with the flannel wipes so they aren’t too wet or too dry.

    Will you lend some insight? Many thanks from Portland, OR! 🙂

  267. I use napkins from Marcal they are strong, have nothing added and i get 400 for $ 2.00. When i need them i dip them in water. We never ever have a rash! Simple, good for the environment and cheap. I wish i could use the resueables but i have no dryer and already to much laundry :-(((

    • bella, what are marcal napkins? is marcal the brand? and is the napkin tougher than others? where do you find 400 marcal napkins for $2? i checked amazon- they sell 400 marcal napkins for $10.

  268. Hi there,

    I am looking forward to making my first batch of these wipes this week. I have a question – I regularly use breast wipes (Bella B Nipple Nurture) and I am curious – could these baby wipes double as breast wipes? I guess I’m worried about the soap getting in baby’s mouth. If they are not okay as breast wipes, can you recommend a recipe for them? (Or point me in the right direction?)


  269. I was wondering which type of Grapefruit seed extract you use? I found GSE LIquid Concentrate unfiltered and GSE Liquid Concentrate Maximum. Does it make a difference between the two? I am new to the GSE world :)..Thanks!

  270. I’m having an issue with them getting moldy after even a short time. Solutions as to what is causing this?

  271. Quick question, i get the amount of ingredients is very small, however the price of all is quite pricey, approximately how many rolls do you get out of say one bottle of castile soap 32 oz, or any idea how much it’s costing for say one batch of wipes, and which ingredients would you say are most necessary

    • You could make wipes with just aloe vera and witch hazel added to the water and it would still work well. I have gotten over 100 uses out of a 32 ounce bottle of liquid castille soap though.

  272. Hi can you stores these in a wipe warmer??

    • There are not any preservatives in this, so I”d be hesitant to use it in a wipe warmer.

      • You responded to someone else that the grapefruit seed extract is a preservative… is it then? And, I just want to caution the use of essential oils in plastic for skin care- that is not advised. Maybe edit this blog post? Cloth wipes and a glass container with your recipe and it would be great!

  273. Hi Wellness Mama and All,

    Has anyone tried making big batches and freezing some? In preparation for baby 2 arriving I was thinking it would be so helpful having jars in the deep frezzer that just needed defrosting, but I have never tried freezing a liquid soap anything…no idea the impact.


  274. What about the paper towels? Aren’t there chemicals in them? Have you ever tried a brand like seventh generation with this recipe? I don’t use paper towels but would to make my one baby wipes to use while we are out.

  275. I used to make wipes when my kiddos were little. You save $$$ making your own and you know exactly what you’re putting on your babies skin. We used an electric knife to cut the roll in half. I liked Viva (select a size) paper towels the best. They will get moldy if you don’t use them within a couple weeks. To help avoid mold….use same container all day and night versus keeping one in diaper bag and one in bedroom, etc.. I used the exact container she has pictured and since it’s clear you can see the mold as soon as it appears.

    Huge thank you to Wellness Mama!!!! I love you more than you’ll ever know 😉

  276. Hi Katie are you still using this recipe for your new little one?

  277. Are these wipes flushable?

  278. The citrus oils will definitely break down the plastic container. You may not notice it right away, but it will. This will then allow chemicals to leach into the wipes. Maybe switch to melaleuca instead of orange. Also, mommypotamus did a great article in response to lavender causing hormone issues. There are so many issues caused by synthetic oils that companies (unbeknownst to us) are mixed with the “pure” oils that are sold to us. These are where issues come in with hormones. Synthetics are hormone mimickers and endocrine disrupters

  279. Would adding chamomile tea, rather than just water add to this recipe? I don’t want to use e.o. For my newborn. Thanks.

  280. Hi Katie,
    I made these a couple of months ago and they are fantastic! Thank you for the recipe. I use them b/c I have hemorrhoids (mild) and they feel so nice on my skin.
    I had an old container of baby wipes from long ago in the back of my cabinet. My husband used to use them for the same reason as me. What I did was fold each paper towel in half and cut it. You can do several at a time with good scissors. It takes a little longer but it’s perfect for my container. Then I labeled the container b/c I’m always forgetting how I made something!!
    Your website is fantastic. My kids are grown but there’s so much info !!

  281. I’m going to make a small packet of these (with cloth) for my next camping trip!!! For use on my own body (since I have yet to have a baby!!!). What a nice way to stay fresh in the back country–which can be difficult when the water sources are freshly melted snow/ice/glaciers…. brrrr!

  282. Hi wellness mama! First off, I love your website and the support you offer to other moms. Thanks so much I appreciate it a lot. I’d like to know if I can use Humphrey’s Witch Hazel Astringent ( only thing is my ingredients on the back does not say organic because I didn’t have access to the witch hazel extract that was originally listed above in the recipe. And if I am able to use this maybe I should reduce it to 1 or 1/2 teaspoon? Thanking you so much in advance.

  283. HI Katie!

    I’m making these wipes for the first time for our first baby, due the end of this month. We have a pretty robust aloe plant so I’m harvesting Aloe directly from the plant itself. Have you ever tried this before? I just ask because I want to make sure it does not affect the ‘shelf life’ of the solution.


  284. I love this recipe and it worked so well to zap my baby’s rash off. Thank you so much for posting this recipe – I currently use a box that fits the bounty roll very snugly and it works well but I am looking for something that does not involve grunting ans shoving the roll into the box 🙂 Can you please post a link to the Rubbermaid #6 or #8 box that you reference? Or anything other box that fits well and doesnt dry out the wipes?

  285. I am wondering if these small squares of paper towels could be safely flushed (we have city water/sewer). Anyone had good or bad experiences with this? We want to use the wipes for bum cleanup (after using toilet paper, of course.)

  286. Woah that’s a lot of comments and a lot of us out here who are benefitting from your work and generous sharing, Thankyou. I found your post having spent two hours searching for biodegradable/Eco-friendly toilet wipes (they just don’t seem to be either – even when they say they are – as the biodegradation takes far too long for our poor drains and oceans to cope with) and then for a spray to use on toilet paper as a substitute (none of them currently available in the uk, even if they did turn out to be full of great ingredients for our families). I plan to use your lovely eco and people friendly recipe to make both the wipes and a spray – many thanks.

  287. Thankyou so much for the recipe which I’ve now made and really like. As well as chemicals on our babes’ skin, wet wipes are a massive problem for marine life in our rivers and seas. They are causing huge problems in city drains where they combine with grease to form giant “fat balls” (eww). Even so called “flushable” or “biodegradable” wipes may not degrade fast enough. So this is a great solution to my guilty wipes habit. For uk mamas, we’ve discovered that using Plenty kitchen roll cut in 3 works really well, and that the Lakeland square plastic boxes then fits a roll of wipes perfectly. Many many thanks.

  288. Hi,
    You use plastic container to hold the wipes, is that ok with the essential oils?


    • Yes, because the oils are so heavily diluted, I’ve never had a problem with the container.

  289. Thanks for this recipe! I am a momma to be and am looking into different options for wipes. Do you have a price breakdown for this?