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. Jessica Tan Avatar
    Jessica Tan

    I’m so excited to make these for our first baby… i found an awesome box so you can buy refillable wipe parts and just add your own liquid.

  2. Hannah Avatar

    I am looking for on the go wipe options for my toddler who sucks her thumb. I need something That will clean her hands but not harm her if it gets in her mouth. Would the witchazel in this be a problem?

  3. Teresa Avatar

    We’re 19 years out from the days of homemade baby wipes, but we made them for our daughter and they worked great. One suggestion: Use only white paper towels (absolutely Bounty select-a-size) because patterned paper towels contain dyes.

  4. Marybeth Avatar

    I am making these for when I babysit my granddaughter. Sometimes it is a week between her being at my house. I boil the water when preparing them. How long are they OK to keep at room temperature ? Should I refrigerate them between visits and then let them come to room temperature when she is here?

  5. Stacy Avatar

    I’m so excited about trying this recipe! Does anyone know how long the wipes last before they need to be thrown out? Another website said about a week… but I’m hoping this recipe stays fresh longer. Thanks!

  6. Marwa Avatar

    You know they say sharing is caring so thanks a lot for caring! I’m inspired and will be trying this soon!

  7. Akamatra Avatar

    We don’t use any type of wipes for our daughter and am I willing to try this to save me the trouble of cleaning her with water and cotton when we are outdoors. I haven’t heard of Witch Hazel before, I am not sure it’s available here, is there any type of substitute for it?

  8. Stine Avatar

    Hi 🙂 THANK you for your awesome page, I LOVE it!!!! Just one question, I have trouble finding Witch Hazel.Is there anything I can use instead?

  9. Jess Avatar

    I have made this recipe a few times now and I love it!! I was looking to buy the ingredients in bulk like you suggest but when I click on the embedded links in the recipe they are small bottles. Where do you purchase your aloe and witch Hazel?

  10. Rebecca Avatar

    I make wipes for myself.. My bladder is incontinent and I worry about odor.. I make my wipes with 2 cups water, 1/3 cup of vinegar, 1/3 cup of coconut oil, 1/2 teaspoon of liquid castile soap, 2 tablespoons of fresh aloe gel, 1 tablespoon of olive oil.. I use no scented oil because the vinegar counteracts it.. Use all ingredients warm and a blender to breakdown the aloe gel.. If desired you can filter or strain the gel.. I like to use Viva ”choose a size towels”.. They work well and cost less than Bounty.. The small size igood for most clean-ups but 2 can be used if needed.. I agree about the round containers for easier use.. Folding them is too much eztra work.. I also keep a few in a snack bag in my purse for use away from home..

  11. Zakiya Avatar

    Thank you for this post! I am expecting my first baby (rainbow baby) in June and am looking for healthier alternatives. I absolutely love your blog!!!
    Will you post a link to the Rubbermaid container? I would like to purchase it.

  12. Beth Avatar

    Love this recipe and make it for all our baby wiping needs but wondering— why distilled water? Doesn’t that just deplete the minerals? Does tap water go bad? Mahalo!

  13. allison Avatar

    Hi there!
    Thank you for the post! So do you leave the paper towels soaked just as normal wipes would be? How long seems safe to store them? First time mom here, Idk how fast wipes go, but i imagine quickly!

  14. Lucy Avatar

    Hey! I love your site!

    I’ve been making your bone broth and now I am having a baby in February I am looking to make all my own products.

    Quick question: what do you do with your dirty reusable wipes? When you’re out and about and when you’re at home?

    L x

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar

      Thanks for reading, Lucy! At home they go straight in the wash or in their own little laundry basket. When we go out, I try to bring my own homemade disposable wipes for cleanliness. I hope this helps!

  15. Leanne Avatar

    I use Joonya Eco Wipes who are a new brand and have the safest ingredients of all on the EWG cosmetic ingredients database. Water Wipes’ main chemical is actually not that safe according to EWG. I highly recommend Joonya as my little one’s rash has disappeared since we switched. They are available on Amazon or for even cheaper on their website. xx

    1. Ninon Avatar

      But aren’t their ingredients just water & grapefruit seed extract (like 0,1% total?). Do explain! 🙂

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