Homemade Baby Wipes

Make Your Own Baby Wipes.

Homemade Baby Wipes

In our household, we have two in diapers. This means that we go through a lot of diapers and a ton of baby wipes. As far as I am concerned, baby wipes are the most overpriced baby item out there.

Making your own wipes is actually very easy – majorly cost effective. Here is the recipe for homemade baby wipes that we use at our house:

Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon of Grated Tea Tree Oil Soap OR 2 Tablespoons Liquid Baby Soap
  • 2 Cups Boiling Water
  • 1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil or Olive Oil

Instructions

Bring your 2 cups of water to a rapid boil for 5 minutes (this will sterilize it).

Boil Water

Remove from heat and stir in your soap and oil. If you are using baby soap, your wipes will only last for 1 week unless you add tea tree oil. I use the tea tree oil soap as it is by FAR the most economical way I have found to buy tea tree oil.

I purchase the tea tree oil soap for $1.99 at Bulk Barn (Well.ca sells it, too) and will get at least 15 tablespoons out of it. This makes the cost 13 cents per batch of homemade baby wipes.

Baby Wipes Soap

Baby Wipes Oil

Once the mixture has cooled, you have two choices: pour into a spray bottle, or pre-make your baby wipes.

As of lately, I have been using the spray bottle (as paper towels can be costly). I have a pile of cut up old receiving blankets, and a roll of paper towel. I remove the diaper and decide on my plan of attack. If it’s a doozy – I spray the paper towel, wipe and toss. If its not too bad, I spray the cloth (the cut up receiving blanket), wipe and wash.

To pre-make the baby wipes

  1. Cut a good quality roll of paper towel in half and remove the cardboard tube (Bounty works best).
  2. Place into a container with the cut side down (a container with a lid).
  3. Pour the solution over the paper towels.
  4. Pull the wipes up from the middle.


You can also use cut up old receiving blankets, baby wash cloths, or white t-shirts, and pre-soak them in the solution to re-use.

DIY Baby Wipes

The cost breakdown:

  • Solution = $0.10 cents for soap, 10 cents for oil
  • Paper Towels = $2 (but cutting the roll in half, so $1 per batch – less if you buy on sale)
  • Total Cost = $1.20 per batch if using disposable paper towel or 20 cents if reusing wipes


Consider making homemade baby wipes for your child – at least in part. It will save you money and reduce your footprint on the earth. It took me awhile to muster up the courage to try, but it really wasn’t that bad and now – I actually prefer homemade baby wipes over store-bought.

Do you make any homemade baby items?


Note:It was brought to my attention by a reader that Tea Tree Oil (melaleuca oil) may pose a health risk to boys. I have two boys myself, and use my products on them regularly, so took a long look into this issue. After my research, and after speaking with a professional, I feel comfortable continuing to use these products on my children.

Melaleuca Oil is used in most purchased natural baby products as well. If you prefer to not use Tea Tree Oil, please simply omit, using instead another soap. If you do omit the Tea Tree Oil, you may wish to make a smaller batch of the soap, as it will only keep for about one week.

Everyone should make their own decisions with this matter after doing their own research. My decision may not be right for you. I respect your decision and ask that you please respect mine.

Posted on, February 28, 2013
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Comments
  1. geraldine says:

    I am starting to go green/chemical free so I would want to consider cloth wipes and water.@ Cara, where did you buy bamboo cloths?

    • Cara says:

      We use Swaddlebees and love them! They are usually only available for order online, and can be a tad expensive, but are so soft and absorbant and really “grab on”.

  2. jennifer says:

    I have tried home made baby wipes and I agree they are great and very cost effective, especially using them as flushable moist wipes when potty training. Tea tree oil is also great but it isn’t recommended for the wipes when making them for a boy as it may cause prepubertal gynecomastia(breast growth in boys)

    • Sarah says:

      REALLY?! I will certainly have to look into this – thank you for the information. What do you use to act as a preservative?

      • jennifer says:

        I usually only do one roll at a time but I have 2 babies in diapers so I go through them quick. I usually just use a tsp of an all natural baby soap, a bit of a natural baby lotion distilled water and 1/2 a tsp of olive oil or organic coconut oil. there are so many recipes out there. I heard about the tea tree oil being an issue from a tutorial I saw on youtube, and I looked into it. ”Luckily” since I have boys.

  3. teachermum says:

    I’m glad to see I’m not the only person who just used a cloth and warm water. The thought of a cold baby wipe with chemicals of any kind on it, especially on that part of my baby, just made me cringe. I see people taking a wipe to clean a messy face and hands and, well, ewwwww-I can practically taste them just looking at it! I made simple shaped diapers inside covers as well. Used a regular bath towel too. I can’t believe all the baby paraphernalia out there now that people think they need!

  4. Karen says:

    When my kids were babies, I used this really cool thing called a wet wash cloth.

  5. Chantal says:

    Hi Cassie,
    I thought this was a great idea so I gave it a try, but for some reason it went gelly on me. What am I doing wrong?

    Thanks!

    P.S. I love your site and receiving your newsletter.

    • Sarah says:

      Hi gals! If it is too gel like, it means you can use less soap – probably half the amount – or even less. The recipe depends on what brand of soap you use. So glad it has helped your little ones tushies Heather!

    • Heather R says:

      It went all jelly on me too and its just because of the soap. I used it anyway and I’m so happy that I did! Both of my daughters always seemed to have a bit of redness no matter what sensitive wipes I bought. My daughter ended up with a terrible rash which is why I decided to try this. Now no more rash, and no more redness. My initial concern was that the paper towel wouldn’t be as soft as the Pampers Sensitive wipes I use on her but they are just as soft. I will never buy store bought wipes again!

  6. Sarah says:

    I have never looked for coconut oil there – I will definitely check it out. Thanks!

  7. Heather R says:

    If you have a membership at Costco, coconut oil is the cheapest there. I wish I could remember the price, but I was buying it at Bulk Barn until I compared.

    My daughter had terrible rashes, and when we switched to baby facecloths from the dollar store and just warm water, she never had another rash. I admit to using Pampers Sensitive wipes for the poo diapers;)

  8. Cara says:

    We don’t bath daily either (every two to three). Warm water really is all you need, and if you invest in good quality, thick wipes, they will last you!

  9. Sarah says:

    I’ll have to give this a try. I guess it makes sense – why would you need more? Though I don’t bath my little ones daily. Not sure if this would matter …

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