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 page about making your own baby wipes.


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


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 Elaine from IA

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February 23, 2012

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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January 6, 2004

With a serrated knife, saw a normal roll of paper towels into two half-sized rolls.

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Recipe for baby and adult wipes using water, baby oil and baby bath or shampoo.

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April 11, 2005

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.

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November 14, 2010

I am looking for a recipe for adult wipes.

By Evelyn Simmone from TX


November 17, 20100 found this helpful

You can just buy the baby wipes. This is a recipe I had when I had my twins. I used bounty paper towels, baby oil about a 1/2 cup, water 2 cups.


You can add more, just a very drop of baby shampoo mix. I used the tub the baby wipes came in but you can also just used Ziploc freezer bag. Just pour the solution over the paper towels.

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September 23, 20170 found this helpful

I used to make these same baby wipes, when my children were "littles." I've even used this solution on cloth wipes, too.

I do have to disagree, however, about using this as disposable adult wipes. From first hand experience, something much softer with different emollients is important. After all of my personal experience, I do not use a disposable for this, unless I buy a professional brand.

I'm looking for a better "adult solution" to use on flannel cloths. I don't sew them anymore because when simply cut with pinking shears, there is no sweat equity if thrown away. Some just need to be thrown away.

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August 9, 2010

I purchases some off-brand of baby wipes before my son was born. I used them the first few days at home with him, but his bottom turned red from irritation.


A friend told me to these homemade baby wipes:

1. Get some rolls of Viva paper towels

2. Cut them in half

3. Stick half a roll in a Rubbermaid container

4. Pour down the tube a mix of the following:

  • 2 cups water
  • 2 Tbsp. baby oil
  • 2 Tbsp. baby wash

5. Remove the tube and the first inner sheet of the paper toweling.

6. Pull sheets off from the inside of the roll.

My son's irritated bottom was much better in a matter of a day or two. I still use them since they average about 2 cents a wipe verses 4 or 5 cents for name brand wipes.

I also use them to wipe his nose when he has dried-on ickys. Its much more gentle than using scratchy tissues.

Carey B


Gentle Homemade Baby Wipes

Save even more money (and the environment!) by using cloth wipes. Those little beby washcloths work well, as do old receiving blankets, old flannel sheets, etc. (09/14/2008)


By Wendy

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January 4, 2010

Considering the number of medications that are administered via the skin, I became alarmed at the number of chemicals in baby products. FDA notwithstanding, it seems that most of these things can be absorbed by my baby's skin. So, I recently began making my own baby wipes, after reading the ideas on this site. My own input would be these following items:

I, too, like the Viva Towels, in the Select-a-Size roll. I tear them off, then fold them in half with the more textured side out. Then, I fold them to fit in the box (I really like Huggies boxes, as they have a rubber finger-type grip at the top that really holds the next wipe), and as I fold them, I put the next one in the fold of the previous one, so that when I pull on one, it naturally pulls the next one up with it. PRESTO--pop up wipes.

I use a little bit (1 teaspoon) of vodka to dilute and disperse the essential oils--I like ONE drop of lavender (only one, because it's very strong), one capsule of oregano oil, cut open and squeezed in (for antibacterial properties), 6 drops of rose hip seed oil (moisturizer), 6 drops of jasmine oil (smells great), and about 1 teaspoon of grape seed oil (moisturizer). I mix this, then add about 1 cup of aloe vera juice (available from Sam's Club for about $5.00 per gallon) and 1 cup of colloidal silver made with distilled water. If you aren't familiar with this item, google it--it's great. A natural, safe anti bacterial. If you buy your own silver generator, you can make all you need for the price of batteries and distilled water.

Mix all together, making sure to put the oils in the vodka FIRST and mix, then add other items. That way you don't have big drops of oils on the top wipe and none on the others. Pour over the wipes, pull the first one up, and you're done. These wipes have been known to eliminate diaper rash with one use. They don't have all of the chemicals in them that store bought wipes do, they smell divine, work awesome, and I also use them to clean my face.

Also, if you go to the VIVA website, you can print out coupons for the paper towels. If you like, all the ingredients can be obtained in organic form, and they really do work.

By Gina J. from Colorado


Homemade Baby Wipes

I think it's definitely worth making baby wipes for 2 reasons: avoid all the chemicals (hence I'd be inclined to use a combo of witch hazel, tea tree and rose water instead of soap and baby oil) and to do our bit for the earth (good idea to use flannel) after all 'we didn't inherit the earth from our ancestors we're borrowing it from our children' x (07/24/2008)

By justine.


Oh guys, stop folding the wipes! You're going to burn yourself out! Just cut the roll into thirds using a knife or an electric knife so it fits into an old commercial wipe container and pull out the center cardboard and voila! You have pop up wipes!! Seriously it makes it so much easier than folding all those! I usually cut up 3 rolls or so into thirds at a time and store them dry so I don't have to cut them often. Then just add the mixture over the top and in 5 minutes you have pop up wipes! (09/11/2008)

By Kelly

Homemade Baby Wipes

I started making my own baby wipes with paper towels (VIVA) when my daughter got a severe diaper rash. I like the idea of making my own baby wipes and knowing what goes into them (most wipes contain alcohol along with a lot of other chemicals)! After getting tired of the cut and fold thing I started using her old baby washcloths. I read about a lot of people making them out of fabric and terry cloth and sewing up the edges but that seemed even more time consuming (unless you have a sewing machine--which I don't). The washcloths worked way better than the paper towels (which I still use on the go because it is easier to just dispose of them than to try to keep it around til we get home).

I just went to the dollar store and bought a few packs of them since I only had like 20. Then I started buying them whenever I would catch them on sale at Wal-Mart. The ones that don't have the extra fabric around the edges work better for me. I just wash them separately in their own small load since I haven't gotten into the cloth diapers thing.

I use this recipe:

-3 Cups Distilled water (otherwise you have to boil the water)
-1/8 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil which is easiest to get since they carry it at most supermarkets(Or another type of "NATURAL" oil such as Jojoba, Almond, or Sunflower--any "NATURAL" oil will you can get them at health food stores do I don't recommend using baby oil or mineral oil they clog pores and aren't absorbed well into the skin)
-2-3 drops of Tea Tree Oil (Inhibits the growth of bacteria and also is a powerhouse of healing)
-1 drop of Roman Chamomile (This is very expensive and can be left out if you can't afford it but it is very good for the skin and it heals as well)
-6-8 drops of Lavender oil (Has calming effects and also inhibits the growth of bacteria)

-Make sure you are using pure essential oils for the Tea Tree, Roman Chamomile, and Lavender Oils!

-1 Tbs. Natural baby wash (Avoid SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or Sodium Laureth Sulfate) Try to get a good natural one without words you can't pronounce or use a mild Pure Liquid Castile Soap like Dr. Bronners unscented baby mild I use California baby or Dr.Bronners whichever I have on hand You can find them at the health food stores or at Target

-1 Tsp. Pure Vegetable Glycerin (You can find this pretty much anywhere it helps to keep the oils from separating and it is also a great moisturizer this is another reason why it is important to not use a chemical baby wash because it makes the skin more absorbent!)

-Mix all of the ingredients and pour over whatever you are using for wipes or store it in a spray bottle and spray it as needed onto the wipes or directly onto the babies bottom. (01/06/2009)

By Sarah

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August 9, 2010

Not edible, but still a good recipe to use, especially with those that have babies with sensitive skin or allergies.

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May 8, 2007

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.

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March 15, 2007

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

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February 13, 2007

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.

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