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. Ireli Ann Avatar

    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!

  2. Carolina Boles Avatar
    Carolina Boles

    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!

  3. Ellie Holden Avatar
    Ellie Holden

    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?

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

      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.

  4. Holly Avatar

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

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

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

  5. Elizabeth Avatar

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

  6. Ashlee Avatar

    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.

      1. Amy C. Avatar

        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).

        1. Wellness Mama Avatar
          Wellness Mama

          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)

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

      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

  7. Sarah Williams Avatar
    Sarah Williams

    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! 😉

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

      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!

  8. Abbie Heller Avatar
    Abbie Heller

    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. 🙂

    1. Sara Avatar

      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!

  9. Amber Laray Avatar
    Amber Laray

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

  10. Diamond Avatar

    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.

    1. Mary Schaffler Avatar
      Mary Schaffler

      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!

    2. Mary Avatar

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

  11. Blam Avatar

    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.

    1. Christina Avatar

      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!

    2. Carol Avatar

      What you have listed is the EXACT same recipe that is written here…….

  12. jambol Avatar

    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.

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

      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!

  13. Beverly Avatar

    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.

  14. Jeneal Avatar

    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)

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

      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…

  15. Ava Lamb Avatar
    Ava Lamb

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

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

      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…

      1. christina Avatar

        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 ??

          1. Heidi Avatar

            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!

  16. Norma Avatar

    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!

  17. Caroviss Avatar

    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.

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