Whether you’re reading this because you’re looking for a cheaper alternative to regular wipes or you’re looking for something that is safer for your baby and better for the environment, DIY baby wipes are worth trying. I never thought about making my own wipes until I stumbled upon mommy forum one day. After scouring the internet to find suitable ingredients and methods, and after trying many different recipes and materials, I have narrowed it down to my 2 favourite homemade wipes. One of them is reusable and one of them is disposable.
Why I Decided To Try Making My Own Baby Wipes
As a health-conscious mom, I was already using baby wipes while avoiding all the chemicals and unwanted ingredients. But I was still finding that my baby was occasionally getting rashes. I did all the usual things like switching diaper brands, changing more often, using creams and so on but nothing seemed to help. The only thing that I hadn’t tried was using a different type of wipe. I did some research and found cloth wipes, but I wasn’t sure that cloth wipes were right for me just yet, so I didn’t exactly want to go buy a pack of cloth wipes if I didn’t intend on using them long-term. I decided to use some material from around the house; old washcloths, cut up t-shirts and any soft material I could get my hands on, If you don’t have any old clothes lying around, here are some cloth wipes for babies. The results were almost instant. The redness went away, and it hasn’t come back since then. I still haven’t bought a pack of ‘special’ cloth baby wipes because I’ve found that my homemade ones work perfectly. But if you would like to buy a pack, they are really affordable and of course, reusable.
However, if you are like me, and don’t like to use cloth wipes to change poopy diapers then disposable DIY wipes may be a better option. I actually tend to use both depending on what diaper I am changing. These are my favourite recipes.
Tip: Do a patch test of the mixture on your baby’s bottom before use.
DIY Cloth Baby Wipes
- Container: old wipe container or kitchen container
- Material: baby washcloths, flannel material from old pyjamas or shirts, or any other soft and absorbent material
- Essential oils safe for babies (should only be used for babies over 3 months): lavender, chamomile, eucalyptus or tea tree oil
- Almond, grapeseed, or olive oil
- Filtered or distilled water
- Vitamin E oil (to preserve)
Find a used, empty baby wipe container or any container from the kitchen will do. Cut your material into the right sized pieces, this is totally individual. Because I only use my cloth wipes to change wee diapers, I prefer smaller wipes, but you might need bigger ones if you’re using them to change poo diapers. In a separate bowl mix the ingredients together. I’ve done some trial and error to find the best recipe for me because I try to use the least amount of product so that it’s as natural as it can be, while still being effective at cleaning and getting rid of the smell.
Mix 1 cup of water, I tablespoon of olive, almond or grapeseed oil, 4 drops of lavender oil (reduces itchiness), and 4 drops of tea tree oil (natural disinfectant and preservative) and half a teaspoon of vitamin E oil (if you are storing your wipes). I tend to prepare a pack every couple of days as I prefer them to be fresh and more storage time equals more ingredients. Once you’ve mixed the formula and folded and placed your cloths neatly in the container, pour the mixture over the wipes, close the box and give it a good shake. And voila, your baby wipes are ready to go when you need them.
If you don’t want to prepare al the cloths at once, you could pour the mixture into a spray bottle and spray the mixture onto the wipe just before you use it.
DIY Disposable Baby Wipes
- Kitchen paper towel roll- cut in half
- Essential oils
- Filtered or distilled water.
- Baby oil
- Baby bath soap
Like the above recipe, you really need to trial different amounts and methods to find the best mixture for you and baby. I start by cutting my kitchen towel roll in half with a sharp knife and placing one half in a container. Mix one cup warm water, 2 tablespoons of baby oil, one tablespoon of baby bath soap, 4 drops of lavender oil and 4 drops of tea tree oil. Pour mixture over paper towel, close container and shake. Open the container and pull out the cardboard from the centre of the paper towel. Gently pull out the first sheet from the centre of the roll to begin using it. Keep the lid on between uses.
Since using my homemade baby wipes, I have been saving money, I have noticed a decrease in the redness on my baby’s bottom and I have mastered the process, so I am much quicker at preparing them. I know exactly what I am using on my baby and I can adjust the recipe as I need to, depending on my baby’s needs. I have even been brave enough to start using cloth wipes to clean poo diapers and I have been surprised at the ease of cleaning my baby and the cloth wipes. I have converted to DIY wipes and if you trialled them, I bet that you could be too.