I originally wrote this post on Homemade Baby Wipes back in 2009, when our third child was a baby.  I used and LOVED these DIY wipes for many years!  

Since our cloth diapering journey began over two years ago I’ve been searching for just the right recipe to make my own wet wipes. The toxins that are in store-bought wipes concern me enough to keep me from using them… but you gotta have something to keep those hands, faces, and bottoms clean!


I’ve tried cloth wipes but, to be honest, I have enough “extra” washing with cloth diapers to suit me just fine. 🙂

A few months ago a friend shared a few recipes for making homemade baby wipes. I created my own version and absolutely love making and using these! It’s so quick, easy, and these wipes work. I honestly like them better than store bought versions.

Here’s the nifty little container I keep them in. I have two of these, one for the car or extra bathroom, etc.

(I bought these “Sterilite” snap-top lids at Walmart and Hobby Lobby for less than $2 a piece.)

And here’s the recipe! It makes two batches of wipes.
Most of the ingredients I use are by Melaleuca; you can use whatever natural brands you like.
Fabulous Homemade Baby Wipes
  • 1 roll Bounty “select a size” paper towels (Don’t use cheaper brands, they turn to mush! The “select a size” are the ones that let you tear off smaller amounts, perfect for baby wipes!)
  • 4 C warm water
  • 2 TBSP Koala Pals soap (or a gentle, natural baby soap)
  • 2 tsp Renew Oil (or a natural moisturizing oil to keep skin soft and smooth, + a few drops tea tree oil)
  1. Cut roll of paper towels in half. I use a long, very sharp knife by Rada Cutlery to do this.
  2. Gently remove cardboard tube from rolls.
  3. Mix remaining ingredients in a bowl; pour 2 cups mixture over each of your dry “baby wipes” rolls. (Be sure mixture is evenly distributed over rolls.)
  4. Pull wipes from the middle and use!
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