Natural Homemade Baby Wipes

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I’ve done my fair share of cloth diaper changes over the years. Like any concerned mom I opted for baby wipes I thought were safe and healthy for little ones. It turns out many baby wipes aren’t what they seem. So instead I came up with these DIY baby wipes with natural ingredients (plus they’re much cheaper!).

What’s Wrong With Diaper Wipes?

Ever checked the ingredients on your baby wipes? Yeah, I hadn’t either. Terms like “Fresh Scent,” “natural”,” and “sensitive skin” made me think I was choosing a healthy option. Instead many of these wipes are hiding ingredients like artificial fragrances (yep, even the unscented wipes). Then there are the harsh preservatives and parabens that can cause diaper rash on baby’s skin.

Even my favorite Huggies Cucumber and Green Tea wipes weren’t much better. At the time their ingredients were linked with issues including cancer risk, allergies, and developmental problems. I used these wipes for years, figuring that if they were made for a baby’s bum, they must be safe. Apparently not!

Since then many brands, including the big players have come a long way in cleaning up their ingredient lists. But there are still plenty of baby wipes out there with sketchy ingredients.

Non-Toxic Baby Wipes

After finding out what was actually in baby wipes I searched for healthier alternatives. There are some good ones, especially with the growing demand for better, healthier products. A lot of these options are more expensive than the typical baby wipes though.

If you’re too busy to make your own baby wipes, thankfully there’s a growing list of good options! Here are some different brands that meet my healthy mama standards.

Make Homemade Baby Wipes

I stumbled on some recipes for homemade baby wipes, but they suggested baby oil, baby shampoo, and baby lotion. Baby oil may sound gentle, but it’s mineral oil, a byproduct of the gasoline industry. Baby wash and the other ingredients in these products have their own health concerns.

I figured if you could make your own with those ingredients, you could make a healthy version too!

Homemade Baby Wipes Recipe

After much trial and error (mainly error), I finally have a great baby wipes solution recipe. After using it on several kids for years, I haven’t had any issues with skin irritation.

A side benefit to my wipe making experiment is that homemade wipes are much cheaper. When I buy ingredients in bulk, the wipes end up costing way less. This saved us a ton when I had several in diapers. Healthier and cheaper- I’ll take it!

There are several ways to make your own homemade baby wipes. When I first started I used a plastic storage container and paper towels. Later on, I switched to cloth wipes for a reusable wipes version. The homemade wipes solution works with either option. It just depends on what you have and what you want to use.

I’ve included directions for the healthy (but less eco-friendly) version below too in case you want disposable wipes.

Reusable DIY Baby Wipes

There are several different reusable wipe options – no sewing required! You can cut up old receiving blankets and t-shirts into 9×9 (or larger) squares. Old baby washcloths work too. Fold them into an old baby wipes container and pour the wipes mixture onto them. You can also spray it on each wipe with a spray bottle before using.

If you want to buy premade fabric wipes, there are lots of options on Amazon and online. These organic flannel wipes are super soft.

Double Duty Wipes

This has been one of my most fun homemade discoveries. These wipes are definitely kid approved. My kids loved smelling them whenever I pulled them out to clean the baby. And then they’d try to steal one and use it to clean things. Guess I’ve instilled this a little too well. We’ve discovered these wipes also clean tile, counters, leather, and flooring. They leave a residue on stainless steel though.

I also make a lavender essential oil or tea tree oil version. These are great for all-purpose disinfecting when we’re traveling and as reusable makeup removal wipes for me.

This tutorial takes very little time and is a great alternative to store-bought wipes.

Homemade Baby Wipe Ingredients and Materials

I use either distilled water or water that’s been boiled and then cooled in these. Tap water will work, but it can quickly grow microbes. If you use your wipes within several days then boiled and cooled regular water can work.

A plastic container works well to store the wipes. My preferred option was the red Rubbermaid round container, but you can also use an old plastic coffee container or gallon ice cream bucket. When I first made these I used paper towels and the round, plastic containers fit them best. Since then we’ve switched away from using plastic.

If you’re using reusable cloth wipes, then a repurposed diaper wipes container or silicone bag does the job. These are nice for storing a few wipes at a time in the diaper bag for quick clean-up jobs. And if you’re using the spray bottle and cloth wipes option, then you can just keep the wipes in a basket on the changing table.

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Natural Homemade Baby Wipes

This easy homemade wipes solution gently cleans and soothes baby's skin. Use it on disposable wipes or reusable cloth wipes.
Prep Time5 minutes
Making Disposable Wipes15 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Yield: 15 ounces
Author: Katie Wells



For Disposable Baby Wipes

  • 1 roll Paper towels (use a quality brand that won't fall apart)
  • Large plastic container
  • Serrated knife (a bread knife works)


  • Combine all ingredients in a pint size mason jar and shake well to combine. If using a spray bottle, then put all of the ingredients in your spray bottle instead.
  • Place reusable cloth wipes in your container of choice and pour the wipes solution on them. Or just use the spray bottle to wet one as needed.

For Disposable Baby Wipes

  • Cut the roll of paper towels in half using a sharp knife.
  • If using an old wipes container, accordion fold the wipes into the container. If using a large round or square container, place the wipes cut side down in the container.
  • Shake the wipe solution and pour over the paper towels in your container. Let the liquid absorb for about 5-10 minutes.
  • Flip the container over to make sure the wipes are well soaked.
  • If using a square/round container, pull the cardboard tube 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.


  • If your child has very sensitive skin, you may need to leave out the essential oils.
  • You can also replace some of the water with soothing calendula or chamomile hydrosol. 

Are you willing to try homemade baby wipes? What scents will you use? Leave a comment and let me know!

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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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


637 responses to “Natural Homemade Baby Wipes”

    1. Jamie Larrison Avatar

      These should last for several days if the wipes are left in the solution. For a longer shelf life you can keep the mixture in a spray or squirt bottle in the fridge for about a week and apply to a wipe just before use.

  1. Katie Avatar

    3 stars
    I’ve been making this recipe for the past year and loved it, but I think you have changed it because the grapefruit seed extract is no longer on the ingredients. I had bought it just for this and I have no idea how much to use. 🙁

    1. Jamie Larrison Avatar

      Yes, the GSE was removed from the recipe because it’s not an effective preservative or antimicrobial and has some concerning ingredients. The recipe still works without it! Here’s an article with lots of research on the issues with it for more info.

  2. Elif Dabrowski Avatar
    Elif Dabrowski

    Thank you for sharing this recipe. I have been interested in making my own reusable wipes for a while and felt like it was daunting. My toddler is now 3 and we used cloth diapers for about a year and a half. She now just sleeps in overnight disposables. I am just worried about big poop clean ups. How do I go about washing and sanitizing them for the next time? I imagine i’ll need gloves lol. Also how long can they wait to be washed?
    Thanks in advance.

  3. Patty Wright Avatar
    Patty Wright

    I made these and confused the grapefruit seed extract for grapefruit essential oil and this caused a severe rash in my granddaughter’s diaper area. It was devastating for me to see this since I gave them as a gift. I just reread the recipe and realized I could have used Vit E instead and both were optional. I wish now I had realized this and hope no one else makes the same mistake.

  4. Panda Avatar

    I know I’m late to the party, but aside from baby wipes, I’ve used it as a body refresher. Whether I’m heading somewhere after the gym or after a day of beach volleyball, I’ll spray this stuff on places that need a little freshening up. I just put the mix in a tiny spray bottle. Hopefully this helps someone, this could honestly be another natural deodorant entry for this site.

    Thank you for all the wonderful recipes and guidance by the way!

  5. Shana Lehrmann Avatar
    Shana Lehrmann

    Help! Not only am I allergic to at least one ingredient in each commercial wipe on the market, every ingredient on this homemade wipe list has a high content of salicylates, which I’m allergic to, and which really shouldn’t be used on/by minors if you are concerned about Reye’s Syndrome (almost killed me, and did kill a lot of other kids in the later half of the last century before doctors figured out aspirin and Pepto-Bismal are very bad for minors). I need to figure out safe ingredients to make my own wipes before I have surgery soon that will prevent me from showering/bathing for a few days after.

    Also, for the disposable version, which paper towels won’t fall apart from a week of sitting in the fluid?

  6. Kate Garcia Avatar
    Kate Garcia

    Does anyone know if the phenoxyethanol in the iQ Naturals aloe vera gel (the one she has linked above) is a problem? I confirmed with the company that it is only ~1% of the formula. The Mountain Rose Herbs brand doesn’t have it, but it is much more expensive. Also, the Mountain Rose Herbs witch hazel is 14% alcohol.

  7. Kate Avatar

    Hello, I have a couple of questions. Firstly, is the amount of liquid for half a roll of paper towels or an entire roll? Secondly, does the Mountain Rose Herbs Witch Hazel Extract that you use contain 14% alcohol? That is the only one I see on their website.

  8. Amanda Avatar

    I used these for the first two years of my son’s life! He had extremely sensitive skin and this was the only thing that didn’t irritate. So great! Thank you for this. Also we only have the one child so small bottles of witch hazel and aloe vera would last for months. 🙂

  9. Gary Sause Avatar
    Gary Sause

    Hi! Where did you get gallons of aloe vera extract and witch hazel extract? Thanks! My butt and I love your wipes!

      1. Gary sause Avatar
        Gary sause

        Thank you! I’ve been making these wipes for years for my friends and they think I’m nuts but it just makes sense environmentally and financially – especially since you don’t have to worry about running out of baby wipes as long as you have the supplies you can make as many as you want!

      2. Lisa Marie Dudzik Avatar
        Lisa Marie Dudzik

        I have made these and they are wonderful. I am now trying to find paper towel that is bleach and formaldehyde free. Any suggestions?

  10. Carmen yu Avatar
    Carmen yu

    Hi wellness mama! I was wondering how long the solution will last in the container with the paper towels because I have read other articles that talk about only being able to keep homemade wet wipes for a few days.

  11. Rose Jennings Avatar
    Rose Jennings

    Using this now in the time of quarantine – and it is brilliant! We use cloth napkins that I cut up and have stored in our “pretty potty hat box.” Much less trash and my 2 year old loves spraying them each time she goes potty. No turning back! Thank you 🙂

  12. Victoria H Garcia Avatar
    Victoria H Garcia

    I’m not sure what a Rubbermaid #6 container is, and a Google search shows many different options. Could you describe this container or provide a picture, please?

    1. Katie Wells Avatar

      I’m not sure Rubbermaid still labels them like that. Basically, it was just a container that fit a half roll of paper towels. Any container that fits it will work

    2. Mariya Avatar

      Do you need to rinse or wipe off the Castile soap resedue? Would it be safe if it stays on the baby skin?

  13. Rashim Goel Avatar
    Rashim Goel

    Easy to understand the process. Great Explanation. Thank you. Just one question, I have an attar perfume at my home. Can I use that by adding a drop? Will it be safe?

  14. Laura Stella Cooper Avatar
    Laura Stella Cooper

    Hi. I have a newborn and I’m currently using disposable cotton wipes which are very soft. I’m wondering if the paper towels are soft enough for a newborn. She got kinda raw from some diapers which weren’t very soft.

  15. Mara Avatar

    I am interested in making these. But I have a few questions! 1) If using strong heavy duty paper towel, wouldn’t it be hard on the sensitive baby skin? Or do they somehow become soft once soaked in the solution? 2) Does it clean without leaving paper traces on the baby skin? 3) Do you think these are suitable for newborn babies? Thank you!!

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