We’ve been using cloth diapers and wipes for over three years now. But, I confess, there have been some times when disposables have been necessary for us. No shame here. No shame! I do try to carry over some of natural baby products and ideas where I can, however. And so, I’m sharing my homemade baby wipes and homemade wipe solution.
For example, for wipes, I use cut up paper towels (don’t use the cheapies here. Get name brand like Bounty ones!) and a homemade wipe solution, or with cloth, I use a little spray bottle with the wipe solution and spray the wipes as I go.
It is cheaper to make my own wipes and solution and I know what’s in them.
Homemade Baby Wipes Ingredients
I used boiled water (to help kill off anything growing in it), coconut oil, aloe vera, vitamin E (thanks to reader Jen, I’ve learned “Vitamin E is actually not a preservative, it’s an antioxidant. So it will delay your oils from going rancid, but it will not prevent bacterial growth. I don’t think it’s a great idea to put these on wipes and leave them for too long.”, witch hazel, soap (but Castile Soap, baby body wash or baby shampoo is easier) and essential oils for the wipe solution.
Homemade baby wipes recipe
Boil 2 cups of water in an electric kettle or on the stove. You could even use a microwave. Then, added some shaved soap (that was what I had on hand this time) or baby wash and all of the other ingredients and whisked it to mix it up.
Majestic Pure Fractionated Coconut Oil, 16 OzLily of the Desert Aloe Vera Gelly Bottle, 12 Ouncederma e Vitamin E Skin Oil 14,000 I.U., 2 Fluid OunceThayer Witch Hazel Orgnl AlcfreeDr. Bronner’s Fair Trade & Organic Castile Liquid Soap – (Baby Unscented, 32 oz)
Then allowed to cool.
Using the wipe solution with paper towels
While it was cooling, I got to chopping the paper towels. A knife works, but I think an electric knife would have made things easier for me. I just measured on the paper towels to the height of my container so I was able to close it. I just used an old wipe-sized plastic container, you know, from my store bought wipes!
Take the middle of the a roll of paper towel out and “started” the wipe roll from the middle. Then I poured the wipe solution over the top slowly and carefully. The roll of paper towels will absorb it all. And, you will have nice wipes that slide on the skin easier than just water (what I used to use) and remove everything from their little bottoms easier.
Using the wipe solution with cloth diapers and wipes
If you use cloth wipes, you can add the very same solution to a spray bottle (or that peri bottle you got from the hospital) and spray it onto wipes as needed. Some people prefer to spray directly on the bum when their little one is wearing a cloth diaper, but that’s not my preference.
This wipe solution is way better than just using water and we really like it better than store bought wipes. Plus, you know what is in them! And, I love that I can use them on paper…
Or, on my cloth wipes.
What should I mix my wipe solutions in?
When using essential oils, it’s ideal to have a glass bottle instead of plastic. Grab an empty amber glass spray bottle and know that your oils will not start breaking down your bottle.
What are some good cloth wipes I can use?
Good homemade wipes make a huge difference. If you don’t have the fabric or care to sew your own, I really like these Thirsties wipes They are nice and thick but also oh so soft for great cleaning.
Thirsties Organic Cloth Wipes – 6 packEmpty Amber Glass Spray Bottle – Large 16 oz Refillable Container is Great for Essential Oils, Cleaning Products, Homemade Cleaners, Aromatherapy, Organic Beauty Treatments or Cooking in the Kitchen – Durable Black Trigger Sprayer w/ Mist and Stream Nozzle Settings
Do I need to boil the water for homemade baby wipes solution?
Yes, you need to boil your tap water first. You want to make sure you’ve killed anything that’s in the water since you will use it a few days.
Can I use distilled water?
Yes, distilled water is a great substitute and faster option. The only difference is you’ll want to make sure you are using a liquid bath soap instead of solid as it will be hard to dissolve the solid.
How long do I keep my solution?
I keep our solution in a spray bottle for about a week and check to make sure I don’t see anything growing in it. I also check the smell to make sure it doesn’t smell like it’s gone bad or rancid. Do the same if you use the paper towels.
Can you spray the solution on paper towels, too?
Absolutely you can use the spray directly on a dry paper towel. Again, you want to make sure your paper towels are nice and strong, but also soft. This is a great solution if your baby is older and you don’t think you will go through a tub of wipes before the solution goes bad.
Using homemade wipes on the go
I like to use this solution when we travel too. If I have the wipes made from paper towels, I just take my container and go. When using cloth diapers, I used a spray bottle of the solution with my cloth wipes. You could also use the spray bottle on a roll of dry paper towels, one at a time.
Don’t have an ingredient, what can I substitute?
This recipe is pretty easy and versatile. Not all of the ingredients are completely necessary. I would at least use water with a little baby soap of some sort, but the others will totally help. And if you are really in a pinch and don’t have the ingredients to make homemade baby wipes? You can just use water and all will be okay!
Homemade wipe solution
- Paper towels or washcloths and a spray bottle.
- 2 cups boiled water or distilled water
- 1 Tablespoon aloe vera
- 1 Tablespoon Witch Hazel Extract
- 1 Tablespoon soap I used shaved bar soap or you can use Castile soap
- 1 teaspoon vitamin E
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- essential oils of your choice optional. I used 6 drops of lavender, 6 drops of lemon and 3 drops of joy
- Boil the water.
- Mix all of the other ingredients together and stir into the water.
- Cut the paper towels to fit into the container you are going to use.
- Pull the middle out of the paper towels and "dispense" from the middle of the roll.
- Pour the cooled solution over the paper towels and give them time to absorb.
- OR place the mixture in a spray bottle and spray on cloth wipes as needed.