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Making Homemade Baby Wipes

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For parents that want to control what products come into contact with their baby, making your own baby wipes can be a great option. It's easy to do and inexpensive. This is a guide about making your own baby wipes.


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Tip: Homemade Baby Wipes

To make reasonably priced baby wipes you will need the following items:

  • roll of paper towels (I prefer Viva for the softness)
  • round plastic container that a 1/2 roll of paper towels will fit into.
  • sharp serrated knife to cut the paper towels in half.
  • 2 cups water that has been boiled and allowed to cool
  • 2 Tbsp. baby shampoo or baby wash
  • 1 Tbsp. baby oil


Cut the paper towel in half and and remove the inner cardboard. Mix your liquid ingredients in container and place one of the paper towel halves inside, cut side down (save the other half for the next time you need to make wipes). Put the lid of the container on tightly and let it sit until all the liquid is absorbed. Next, turn the container upside down and let it sit for about 10 minutes. Then turn it right side up, open your container, and "start" your roll by pulling a towel from the center of the roll. These are much cheaper to make than to buy. They would be handy to keep in your car for dirty hands as well.

Source: from "Homemade Mamas" blog

By laniegirl from IA

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Tip: Homemade Wipes

I have been making this for over a year now and they are just as good as the name brand wipes. I read that they would "spoil" if you made the wipes up ahead, but I have had a container in the truck for over 6 months and they have yet to spoil even in the summer time.


  • 1 roll of Bounty paper towels
  • 2 Tbsp. of baby wash
  • 2 Tbsp. of baby lotion
  • 1 Tbsp of baby oil
  • 2 cups hot water


Cut Bounty paper towels in half and fold accordion style into an empty baby wipe container (This will make 2 batches). Next mix all ingredients into a separate container, pour into an empty liquid soap bottle. Squirt half of the mixture into the container of "wipes" and let it soak up the solution for a little bit.

This will make two containers of wipes if you buy the 54 sheet roll of Bounty towels. If you get the larger roll, it will make more as it will be hard to get all the paper towels into a wipes container. The 54 sheets will fit snugly into the container and the other half into the other container.

Also you can use any fragrance of baby lotions and wash for this recipe. I used the lavender and they smell so good. You can buy the generic brands at the dollar store and they go a long way, lasts for months. Next time I am going to try the baby powder fragrance.

Source: Can't remember, but it was on the internet

By Cassie

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Tip: Safe Baby and Adult Wipes


  • 1/2 roll BOUNTY paper towels (the others turn to mush)
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 T. baby oil
  • 2 T. baby bath OR baby shampoo


Cut Bounty in half with serrated or electric knife. Place cut side down in airtight container. BOIL WATER (Boiling the water will stop any mold growth) add baby oil and shampoo or bath. Pour over paper towels. Remove wet cardboard tube. To use, pull wipes from center. NOTE: if baby has diaper rash, add 1 T. white vinegar to the solution when making. This will really help dry it up!

I use a Folger's plastic coffe can for my container. It's the perfect size! To use: fill with cold water and 1/4 cup white vinegar and let sit overnight, this removes the coffee smell. You can make these wetter or drier by adding more or less water.

I always keep a tub of these in the car for everyone.

I have also torn off and folded a half roll of towels and put them in a wipe warmer before pouring on the solution.

Reba from Mississippi

By Reba Gayle Shurden

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Tip: Do You Ever Run Out of Baby Wipes?

And you can't get out for more? My son is 13 but has Cerebral palsy so wears "adult pull-ups." I go through A LOT of pull-ups during a winter storm where I couldn't get out. I took the empty box from the wipes and took out my BOUNTY paper towels (they REALLY are strong), folded a bunch and cut in half and stuck in a stack and put them in the baby wipes container.

By angels4ever

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Tip: Make Your Own Baby Wipes

With a serrated knife, saw a normal roll of paper towels into two half-sized rolls. Pull the cardboard core from the center and place one of the mini rolls in a coffee can. Feed the center sheet of the roll through an X cut in the can's plastic lid.

Mix 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons dish soap with about 1 1/2 cups water and pour the solution over the towels (exact quantities of water vary according to towels).

By Brier

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Archive: Homemade Baby Wipes

Instead of buying baby wipes at the store, I make mine homemade. All it costs is a roll of double quilted bounty paper towels and baby soap and baby oil which you already have for the baby. You cut the towel roll in half so you have 2 round halves. Pull the cardboard out of the center of one.

Buy a container with a lid that the towels will fit tightly into. Put 2 cups of water, 8 squirts of baby soap and 3 short squirts of baby oil. shake it up and put the towel roll into the container and close the lid. Turn upside down and let sit for about 10 minutes so the liquid can soak through.

Put the other half of the paper towels away for next time. Cheap and efficient! I discovered it when my son had an allergic reaction to store wipes and found it to be much cheaper and they last longer!

By JCR7676


RE: Homemade Baby Wipes

I have found that by making my own baby wipes we save a ton! They also seem to be stronger than the store bought.

By Julie

RE: Homemade Baby Wipes

Add a little Witch Hazel to your mixture. Don't remember who or where I got it but I do child care and go though a lot for hands. I don't think they would work as pop ups.

By Judi

RE: Homemade Baby Wipes

I've done the same sort of thing with cloth wipes. I use squares of flannel that I finished with a zigzag stitch around the edges. I put them in a tupperware container with water, baby soap, witch hazel and oil. They go into the diaper pail and get washed with my cloth diapers.

By Shawna

RE: Homemade Baby Wipes

You can use these in pop up containers,you just pull the paper towel from the center of the roll after you have removed the cardboard and added your solution. Just feed it through the hole in the lid.

By Julie

RE: Homemade Baby Wipes

I still don't see how this is more cost saving than buying the Equate brand wipes. There are 800 in a pack for $3.80. The Bounty towels are that much for a double pack and there are only 100 sheets per roll. Even cutting them in half, you only have 400 wipes.

By Shera

RE: Homemade Baby Wipes

You can also use VIVA which is cheaper than Bounty.

By Dahart

Baby Wipes

Take Baby Wash (dollar store) and paper towels and make your own baby wipes! Use Bounty paper towels (or a really good brand) and fold them in fourths and line them in an old recycled plastic wipe container/tub. Then mix 1/3 cup baby wash to 2/3 cup warm water. Pour over wipes. Keep container closed. If they dry out just "wet with warm water and the baby wash will come back onto the wipe.

By Gina

RE: Homemade Baby Wipes

I have two small children 2 years old and 8 months old I go through more baby wipes than you can imagine in just a day. I am saving $13.00 a month which makes it well worth it.

By Kristen

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I am doing a project on bounty paper towels and brawny paper towels and bounty paper towels soaked up more liquid than brawny!!

By Kaytlin

RE: Homemade Baby Wipes

I've been using the Target Brand unscented baby wipes and tearing each one in half. This way they last twice as long. I believe it comes out to about 1cent each (per half)-I buy it by the case. I'd do the math with the paper towels, but I'm not sure how many are on a roll,etc. I like the idea of folding the paper towels into fourths and adding baby shampoo, etc, but that seems too time consuming.

By Judy

RE: Homemade Baby Wipes

I was pretty sure that i read somewhere that baby oil is not a good thing to use on infants. Is that true?

By angelinaballerina

Archive: Homemade Baby Wipes

Try this if you find that you're close to running out of baby wipes and won't have enough to last until payday.

Using the empty wipe container, put in a small amount of warm water in the bottom, about 1/2 inch, add a few drops of baby oil, and a few drops of mild baby bath wash. Now, take enough paper towels to fill container and cut each one in half, then put them into the water, oil, bath wash solution. Now flip the stack over to be sure they all get saturated. Whaa-la! You have instant baby wipes. The bath wash cleanses the skin, the oil moisturizes and seals the skin. Use a dry paper towel or wash cloth to pat skin dry before diapering baby. I recommend using the better quality paper towels. The ones that feel more like material, because they're softer and don't fall apart so easily. Also, use the products that you normally use on baby, so you know they won't be allergic. I used these on my three children, now grown, when money was tight and found they worked better then the store bought ones.

By Josie from Homer, AK


RE: Homemade Baby Wipes

Viva is the best kind of paper towel to use. (It's the thickest) Also try to get the select a size so you don't have to take the time cutting in half. Oh and one more thing. Make sure you boil the water to steralize it. I didn't and ended up with some mold. (02/16/2007)

By jessie

Archive: My Homemade Baby Wipes

Save tons of money by making your own baby wipes. It's much easier than you might think. I use only the Bounty paper towels because they hold up better. Fold them in thirds (accordion style--like when you were a kid and made fans in school with your old papers!) Make sure to leave the paper towels attached at the perforation because it helps them feed through the wipes container. When the paper towels are folded cut them in half (this means each roll of towels should make about 200 wipes) and set them in your wipes container. Boil water, let it cool and measure out about 1 1/2 cups of water per wipes container. Add 2 drops of tea tree oil (a natural antiseptic) for each 1 1/2 cups of water. Pour it slowly over the towels. Allow them to sit of a couple hours and you're set.

I use old wipes containers that I already had around the house. If you don't have some, ask neighbors, co-workers, family, church members. Most people just throw them away so it shouldn't be hard to find 4 or 5 of them. I pre-fold my paper towels when I'm on the phone, watching our toddler in the tub, etc. This way when I run out, they're already folded. All I have to do is add the water. If your buy the paper towels on sale with coupons, you can make the wipes for about 1/2 cent or less per wipe as opposed to the 2-3 cents per wipe they cost at the store. It may sound like a small amount, but it REALLY adds up in the long run. Good luck!

By Heidi from Washington, DC


RE: Homemade Baby Wipes

I have noticed too that in a pinch, when I run out of wipes, that the 1 papertowel is equivalent to like 2 or 3 wipes. I don't know why. But those papertowels are better.

Wipes are so tiny, for every poop, I gotta use at least 3 or 4. It adds up! $9.80 was the last time I was at Walmart for the Huggies Sensitive wipes (some of those cheaper brands irritate the little bums).

By mommamoody