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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640 responses to “Natural Homemade Baby Wipes”

  1. Becca Avatar

    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.

  2. Lauren Avatar

    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!

  3. Meera Avatar

    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!

    Best,
    Meera

  4. Ester Avatar

    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,
    Ester

  5. Sara Hussain Avatar
    Sara Hussain

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

  6. lilac Avatar

    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 🙂

  7. Victoria Marr Avatar
    Victoria Marr

    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.

  8. Cannon Avatar

    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..

  9. Christina Avatar
    Christina

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

  10. Dakota Avatar

    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!

  11. Kathleen Ryans Avatar
    Kathleen Ryans

    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

  12. Misti Avatar

    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?

  13. Ashley Avatar

    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!

  14. Carmelia Marden Avatar
    Carmelia Marden

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

  15. Karen Fabbi Avatar
    Karen Fabbi

    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!

  16. Deborah Lape Avatar
    Deborah Lape

    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.
    Tanks!!

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

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

    2. Becky Avatar

      Hey Deborah,

      Not sure how long ago you posted this, but I’ve heard (haven’t tried yet) that you can make a batch and put it in the freezer (using a freezer ziploc gallon bag)! Just pull them out about 6 hours or so before you want to use them!

  17. Laura Avatar

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

  18. Megan Avatar

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

  19. Danielle M Avatar
    Danielle M

    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)

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