How to Make Homemade Baby Wipes

There are two different schools of thought when it comes to making homemade baby wipes. Some people prefer fabric, reusable ones and some people prefer using paper towels. There are benefits to both:

Fabric wipes are less expensive, as you use them over and over. The only expense you have is washing them and the solution that you spray on them, or the baby bum, whichever way you prefer to do it. If you use cloth diapers, it is easy just to toss the dirty wipes in with the diapers to be washed.

Paper towels you will need to saw the roll in half with a bread knife to make for the smaller size you need. Remove the cardboard tube and pull from the center. I used to put mine in a round, deep Tupperwear container with a tight fitting lid. You just soak the half roll in solution and you have already wet baby wipes. To carry in a diaper bag, just pull out a bunch and put in a Ziploc bag.

The solution to use with either of these choices is simple:

  • 2 cups of water
  • 1/2 teaspoon of tea tree oil (optional but is antibacterial without being drying)
  • 2 teaspoons of baby wash
  • 1 teaspoon of baby oil

Mix these together and either apply the liquid directly to the wipes or store in a spray bottle to use on a time by time basis.

Personally, I like the paper towel choice, only because it is already done, and easier to use. I like to make homemade things, but I still like some convenience. 🙂


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    • There really is no way to get a “guarantee” on something you make yourself. The combination of baby wash, baby oil and tea tree oil, should be more than enough to sanitize as well as soothe a baby bottom. I would just make it in small batches so it is always relatively fresh.


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