GIY Baby Wipes (Video)

Call me a sucker.  When I first found out I was expecting, perhaps within the same hour of letting the future grandparents know, I was checking out suggestions for baby registries and recommended supply lists.  Part of my drive to acquire all things Baby came from that age-old desire for new stuff.  (Wasn’t it Thoreau who cautioned, “Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes”?  Clearly, he was never pregnant.)

But an even larger measure of my drive was fueled by fear.  I wanted to make sure that I had supplies on hand for every possible contingency – from poop to apocalypse – which turned out some days to be the same thing.

To simplify one of the many “must-have” purchasing decisions when it comes to baby needs, consider making your own baby wipes.  I can think of four reasons why you should:

  • To control what contacts your baby’s skin
  • To save money
  • To eliminate trips to the store
  • To reduce trash with reusable wipes

What this solution costs for ingredients as shown:

$.09 Dr. Bronner’s Castile Liquid Soap with Organic Oils

$.64 Dr. Bronner’s Organic & Fair Trade Coconut Oil

$.40 Organic Tea Tree Essential Oil.

$.31 Organic Lavender Essential Oil

TOTAL: $1.44

For the disposable wipes shown (160 wipes on that half roll), add $.67 for each batch.

For the washable wipes shown (a stack of 15), add a one-time cost of $9.45.

These wipes are not just for babies or for bottoms.  Keep them on hand to wipe anybody’s sticky hands or messy faces.

Ha!  Take that, Baby Marketing Machine!

Special thanks to my niece Alora for her show-stealing cameo!

Wipes Solution Recipe

Add all liquid ingredients to a jar and shake well to combine.

  • For Disposable: Place half a paper towel roll in a jar and pour the solution over. After a few minutes, pull the cardboard tube out of the middle.  Wipes dispense from the middle.
  • For Reusable: Pour solution into a small spray bottle. Spray baby’s bottom, and wipe with a soft cloth.  OR Place soft cloths in a container or wipe warmer and pour solution over them.

You may also want to check out my post on Washing Cloth Diapers.

12 thoughts on “GIY Baby Wipes (Video)

  1. Hello Lisa,

    Thank you so much for sharing. I am just wondering if the tea tree oil and lavender oil is necessary for the wipe? Thank you

    Feny

    • Hi Feny – You can use any kind of essential oil or none at all.

  2. I made baby wipes for our son and he never had a diaper rash! I used lavender Bronner Castile soap and skipped additional essential oils. I am now expecting another baby and can not wait to have these wipes on hand! They work great for washing up tiny faces, hands and bums, and I used them on my own face – they work great at removing eye makeup. My only issue was sourcing the container to hold it all. Mine have disappeared and the dollar store no longer carries round, plastic tubs. Do you have a link or suggestion as to where I can begin looking for a container? Perhaps I should consider investing in a baby wipe warmer and try the reuseable cloths, but would still like to have a portable option of the paper towel wipes. Thank you!

    • Hi Jennifer – I’m glad the wipes worked so well for your son! A large container is key. In the video I am using a pickle jar. A shop that sells picking supplies might have a good large jar for wipes. Enjoy your newest little one!

  3. I’ve always wanted to make my own wipes but was always curious about putting DIY wipes into a wipes warmer. Would they dry out or maintain their moisture?

    • Hi Rachel – If the wipes are not being used very quickly they might dry out. A homemade wipe solution doesn’t keep as well as commercial wipes do, so only prepare enough at a time to make one batch of wipes. You can also add a little bit of the solution or some distilled water to add moisture back into the wipes.

  4. Great GIY option, thanks! Jennifer, look at either a big box store like Costco and purchase some food such as artichokes or pickles that is sold in a large glass jar. Or search amazon. I found these two large glass jars by anchor online. https://www.amazon.com/Anchor-Hocking-1-Gallon-Heritage-Hill/dp/B01EIJ0P6W/ref=sr_1_24?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1537543042&sr=1-24&keywords=large+glass+storage+containers+with+lids
    It’s great to make your own green wipes and green cleaners! Love Dr. Bronner’s products!

  5. The Container Store sells a glass container w/seal for $14. It’s 11″ x 3.5″. A standard paper towel roll is approx 11″ long. The diameter depends on what thickness you want.

    I found a similar glass jar at a garage sale for $2! I made these with recycled ‘brown’ paper towels. They are made without chlorine bleach, and they seem a bit stronger to me. They turned out great!

    Thanks, Lisa! Your niece is a cutie — and blessed to be born into such a conscious family.

  6. Hi Lisa – Very helpful post! Do you recommend a certain brand of paper towels for making the disposable wipes? That’s soft, durable, no bleaches, etc. you know 🙂 Thanks!

    • Hi Niki – I used Kirkland’s brand paper towels, but any high quality paper towel would work. Have fun making them!

  7. We found that hospital supply dry wipes are excellent for homemade disposable baby wipes – we used the Medline brand but I’m sure other hospital brands work well too. They are softer, thicker, and larger than regular baby wipes, almost as strong as cloth, and cheap to buy in bulk on Amazon. We moistened them with just plain water, and kept them in a Munchkin wipe warmer. We also kept a bottle of water on hand for when extra wetness was needed.

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