Baby wipes can be an expensive part of taking care of your little one, but they don’t have to be. If you are trying to save money on your budget or trying to create more reusable products and less waste, you are going to love this tutorial on how to make homemade Baby Wipes!
Homemade Baby Wipes
When we started using wipes for our oldest son, I was curious about what the ingredients were in the product. So I did a little investigation and here’s what I found:
This is a list of ingredients from the Unscented Soft Care Pampers Wipes. If you want the info on what each of these ingredients are you can find them below:
Water, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, PEG 40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Sodium Citrate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Benzyl Alcohol, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Benzoate, Bis PEG/PPG 16/16 Dimethicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dipropylene Glycol
Um, no thank you. A few too many ingredients for me!
A lot of “recipes” for wipes that I’ve seen out there use baby shampoo. To me, that isn’t much better than the toxic chemical filled baby wipes listed above as most shampoos often contain similar, if not worse, ingredients. So if you are wanting to make your own, totally natural wipes, here’s a great recipe!
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Homemade Baby Wipes
What You Need:
- 1 cup Filtered Water
- 1 cup Witch Hazel (Where to Buy)
- A drop or two each of Lavender and Tea Tree Essential Oil (optional) (Where to Buy)
- 1 teaspoon Aloe Vera Gel (Where to Buy)
- Cloth Wipes or Good Paper Towels
Place the water, witch hazel, aloe vera, and essential oil (if desired) into a spray bottle (these are my favorite spray bottles).
Wet wipes and place in a reusable container (you can use an old, clean baby wipes container) or keep the solution in a spray bottle and just spray on towels or cloths as needed. You can make your own cloth wipes or you can buy an inexpensive set of reusable Flannel Wipes on Amazon to get you started.
And if you want to take your wipes on the go, just soak or spray ahead of time and take along with you in a plastic baggie! Don’t forget your wet bag to store the dirty ones so you can bring them home to wash. You could also make your own homemade wet bag to store dirty wipes until wash time by making an extra-large Homemade Sandwich Bag. The materials are the same! 🙂
Cloth to Use for Homemade Wipes
You can either use good paper towels or scrap fabric for the actual wipes. I recommend using fabric because you can reuse them as much as needed without having to buy more. The one benefit of using the paper towels is that you can toss them when you are done using them. However if your goal is to save the most money in the long run and to have less waste, go with the cloth.
My favorite type of cloth to use for homemade baby wipes is cotton flannel. It’s nice and soft and absorbs well. Plain cotton will get very wrinkly when washed and will not have nearly to same absorbing power. Microfiber may work ok as well, but cotton flannel is still your best bet.
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To really save money on the fabric needed to make these wipes, you can always cut up an old flannel shirt. Of course, if you’d rather not worry about any of these things, you can always buy the Cloth Wipes here and use them with your wipe solution.
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- Toddler Busy Bags
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- Homemade Baby Toys
- Towel Bib Pattern
Would you ever make homemade cloth baby wipes?
This tutorial for making homemade baby wipes was originally posted on Little House Living in May 2012. It has been updated as of March 2012.