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

Equipment

Materials

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)

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

  • 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. WellnessMama.com 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.

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633 responses to “Natural Homemade Baby Wipes”

  1. Linnaea Avatar

    Thanks for the recipe! Can’t wait wait to try it. How do you dispose of these? I don’t think human waste can go in the compost, and they are maybe too thick to flush? Do you toss them in the garbage?

  2. Pam Avatar

    I have been reading how so many commercial paper items are bleached and so unhealthy. Do you know if paper towels are bleached and safe? Or is there a unbleached paper towel that would be absorbent and be able to make your recipe?

  3. Gabi Avatar

    Can I use this recipe with cloth, instead of paper towel to reduce waste?

  4. Francs elliott Avatar
    Francs elliott

    Tip: i hate sawing the towels in half, so I buy the select-a-size bounty towels which let you rip off half-size sheets, and put the whole thing in an oxo pop top 6 qt container, which fits a whole role of bounty towels just fine. NEW OXO Good Grips POP Container – Airtight Food Storage – 6.0 Qt for Bulk Food and More https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077VLC4BB/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=wellnessmama-20&linkId=fdc33a78481e56a256cb2b5c07c53721&language=en_US

    I find the size of each individual wipe is still just fine. One less step! I find about 2 cups of the liquid solution is what i need for a whole roll.

  5. Bryce Avatar

    Hi,

    I’m the current buyer for baby wipes on Walmart.com and I’d love to create a huge natural and organic wipes assortment on our e-commerce space. Looking to find out some key brands to have as well as other formulas to have in the assortment so that eco-friendly and naturals moms have a space to shop.

  6. Bryanna Avatar

    Hi Katie,

    I’d love to try and make this and a few of your other recipes in anticipation of my first baby. Can you tell me if your aloe went bad before you could use it all? Also, what is the brand? I can’t make out the logo in the image, and I think purchasing it in larger quantities would be most efficient (otherwise I’d just use your link in the recipe), but I’m distrustful of most I can find online so far. If what you bought has worked, I’d like to do the same.

    Thanks so much.
    Bryanna

  7. Jade Avatar

    Hello! I was wondering about the essential oils in this recipe and if they should be omitted until 3 months old? I was reading the baby wash recipe and seen you mentioned to omit them in that recipe until 3 months. Please let me know your thoughts and thank you so much for everything you do! You’ve made the natural mama lifestyle accessible in such a tough era!

  8. Bonnie Avatar

    If these are used for stain pretreatment, wouldn’t the oils stain?

  9. Julie Avatar

    Could you clarify the “rubbermaid #6 size”? I did a search on amazon for that and couldn’t find exactly what you meant. Thanks!

  10. Erin Avatar

    Anyone try this using an aloe plant? I just tried but it’s really goopy, it didn’t mix well.

  11. Monica Avatar

    I want to purchase a Rubbermaid #6 container, you mentioned. What does this look like exactly? I assume the #6 refers to the number on the bottom of the container but what type of shape are you referring to in order to dispense the wipes properly? Thank you!

  12. Lavina Avatar

    Hi Katie,
    What is your opinion on the safety of using Monistat treatment for yeast?
    I know you’re not a doc and can’t prescribe so I’m just asking for your opinion and if not what are good alternatives.
    Thank-you! and God bless you for what you do!

  13. Karen Avatar

    I love making my own wipes, but I’m wondering if anyone else has noticed Bounty towels have suddenly become very thin and weak, no longer making a thick and strong wipe. Wellness Mama, or other readers, has anyone else had this problem, and if so, has anyone found a better alternative?

  14. Shannon Avatar

    Hi! I’m wondering what’s my problem is when making these wipes.
    They end up smelling moldy quickly 🙁
    So, I traded aloe for coconut oil, and added a little vinegar. After a week or so they still end up having a yucky smell. With the paper towel ones I’ve seen mold spots and the cloth ones are too dark to see but smell bad still.
    What to do?

  15. Tori Penney Avatar
    Tori Penney

    Have you ever had a problem with them smelling bad after a while? I love the recipe but after a couple weeks, when the wipes come in contact with my hands, it makes my hands smell like vomit! Any idea what could cause this/ any solutions?

    Thank you!

  16. Lisa Avatar

    I love this idea! Thanks for sharing. I was wondering- the aloe you linked to says it has a 2 month shelf life. Does that mean the wipes would also only have a 2 month shelf life or do the other ingredients like witch hazel help preserve it? I’m not due for another 3 months but just wanted to get a head start on some things! Thanks 🙂

  17. Jacqueline Avatar
    Jacqueline

    I’m really excited about your DIY baby wipe formula. But your link for pure aloe vera gel onto Amazon is not so pure. Potassium sorbate, a known carcinogen, is an ingredient in that particular brand. You mentioned you buy in bulk. I live in Hawaii & it’s impossible to find these type of ingredients in bulk. What is the particular brand of the aloe vera & witch hazel you have in the picture above? The picture is not clear enought for me to make out the name of the product.
    Mahalo

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