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. Corrie Avatar

        Hi, I’m also wondering the same thing about where to find these in bulk. The inks provided give a 12 oz WHE and 4 oz Aloe.

  1. Allison Avatar

    I have some Dr. Bronner’s liquid castille soap in peppermint. Do you think that’s okay for that baby?

    1. Amy Avatar

      Please research using peppermint oil around babies as it can make it hard for them to breathe and possibly cause respiratory issues. I purchased that same one as well and glad I hadn’t used it yet.

  2. Claire Avatar

    Do you have a recipe for bubble bath? I have a toddler who loves the bath but I don’t want to use the normal bubble bath now I know whats in it! Also for a liquid wash rather than bar? Also I’m in the UK!

  3. Krista Avatar

    Thank you for coming up with a list of ingredients that does not contain baby wash/shampoo. I do however have a question. Instead of using the paper towels I am going to use cloth and need to know what to do with them after they have been used? Can I put them in the pail of water, baking soda and vinegar and wash with the cloth diapers? Once rinsed of poop of course 🙂

      1. Alexandra Purro Avatar
        Alexandra Purro

        I am curious of this as well. I have read through the comments that everyone has written and just want to confirm this recipe. I would like to ensure that I can use this recipe with cloth wipes and then wash them with our cloth diapers. It seems that since everything in this recipe is natural, that it shouldn’t harm the cloth diapers. I love that everything in here is gentle and safe for children. Also, I love that you took the time to break down the ingredients and what they are good for. Thank you very much for doing so.

  4. alicia Avatar

    awesome! I am a new mom and have been trying out different wipes recipes online…I like yours and will try it next!! I know about chemicals and so I looked on a box of huggies natural care to see the ingredients and couldn’t believe they got away with saying “natural care’ Its too bad people think it weird or extreme to make homemade wipes…but so important to be informed whats in our products. Dr. Mercola did a post about how we are concerned about chemicals in food but how the stuff we put on our skin has the potential to do even more damage….

  5. Lisa R. Avatar

    I found this online, it is Thayers Alcohol-Free Witch Hazel Extract. Do you think I could use this instead of separate witch hazel, aloe and GSE?
    Ingerdients: Water (Purified), Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Leaf Juice, Glycerin (Vegetable), Fragrance (Natural Rose), Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract (Thayers proprietary un-distilled), Rosa Centifolia (Rose) Flower Water (Rose), Citric Acid, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E)

    1. alicia Avatar

      Good question I have some of that same witch hazel… I wonder if it would work well as a substitute..

      1. Amanda Lanier Avatar
        Amanda Lanier

        I found the same witch hazel online and wondered the same thing. Do you still need the extra aloe and GSE?

  6. Erinn Avatar

    The witch hazel has a 14%base grain alcohol which I’ve read alcohol can affect little ones just as much as drinking it when it’s in products. Is there an alternative? I have yet to find a 100% pure witch hazel. Mountain rose herbs have a lot of products that aren’t 100% pure unfortunately.

  7. Danielle McDonnell Avatar
    Danielle McDonnell

    We were stuck inside for a blizzard and I ran out of wipes. I am not a naturalist, or organic, or really any of the more conscious things. I am a creature of necessity. I will NEVER buy wipes again. My 9wk old little boy has the loveliest softest hiney now and they work perfect! Even on the stuck on poo, I didn’t skimp on the paper towels. I used regular Bounty, Dr Bronnors Lavendar soap. I now printed out several other recipes from the site and can’t wait for my ingredients to arrive! These wipes are amazing! PLUS the ingredients stretch so far! One roll of paper towels and you hardly use any of the other ingredients so your initial investment will last forever and I am finding most ingredients can be used in other recipes. Baby lotion and deodorant is next! MY husband has kidney issues, I can’t wait to make my own deodorant without dangerous chemicals for him!

    1. Danielle McDonnell Avatar
      Danielle McDonnell

      Thought I should mention, I use G Diapers and these wipes are wonderful with both the disposable AND the cloth inserts.

  8. Beb Avatar

    Tbh, I ever uses the dr bronner Castile soap on my private areas & after washing off, the residue actually sting my tender skin. I cannot imagine applying it on baby’s skin when mine hurt so much even with washing.

  9. Lauren Avatar

    I read somewhere that any citrus oils shouldnt be stored in plastic because they can leech the chemicals from them as well as eat through the plastic. Is that true if i put lemon in the wipes to make them hand sanitizing as well? And if so what do i need to store them in?!

  10. Julia Lee Avatar
    Julia Lee

    Are you aware that witch hazel contains a cancer-causing chemical (safrole)? I do not feel comfortable putting that on my baby’s delicate skin and everyone needs to look into what they use, even if it is toted as being natural. Just because it’s from a plant does not make it harmless. There are many toxic and cancer-causing chemicals found naturally in plants.

  11. Jamie Avatar

    First of all I wanted to say THANK YOU because you are AWESOME and I love reading your posts!!! I had a few questions and I am sooo excited to get started making these wipes!
    1. Dr. Brommer Castile Soap- which scent do you use?
    2. Will the witch hazel, castile soap or aloe vera gel “go bad” after a certain amount of time? I want to buy in bulk, but I don’t want to end up wasting any because it goes bad!
    3. Do any of the ingredients require refrigeration?

    Thank you so much!!!

  12. Lauren Smith Avatar
    Lauren Smith

    Hi Katie!!! Thank you for this, I have already used your lotion bar recipe for Christmas presents. I made it into a lip balm as well just putting it into a container(I used a nice cube tray for the bars to make as many as possible) my husband and I are thinking if having another child and I’d like I try as many natural products as possible. I will try the reusable one I think!!! Thank you thank you!!

  13. Jennilee Avatar
    Jennilee

    I might be asking a stupid question…since there’s soap in the solution, would I need to rinse my lo’s bottom after using the wipe? I’m already using cloth diapers and was thinking I might as well switch to cloth wipes as well. Also, can I wash the wipes with my diapers even though they have oil on them? Thanks

  14. feb Avatar

    Hi what brand of essential oil do you use? How much does it need for 10 drops each use? is 4 oz last for a year? I bought online other ingredients from mountain herbs already. Thank you.

  15. Sarah Avatar

    Thanks for this recipe! A friend of mine made these and I tried them on my son and LOVED them so I made some today. But my wipes came out really soapy and even though I mixed everything really well before pouring it over the paper towels it seems as if the oil stayed on the top of the towels instead. Is this how yours are or did I do something wrong? My friend’s wipes looked pretty much just like normal wipes so just wondering what might have gone wrong.

  16. Cyndee Adkins Avatar
    Cyndee Adkins

    Totally want to give this a shot. Can you share your resource for buying this stuff in bulk???

  17. Jess Arce Avatar

    Great recipe! Thanks for sharing it. where do you buy your bulk soap, witch hazel and aloe?

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