How to make baby wipes at home

Can’t find baby wipes that are gentle enough for your baby’s skin? Or maybe you’re looking for ways to save a few bucks and want to make homemade reusable baby wipes.

Lucky you, today we’re talking about how you can make your own homemade baby wipes using items you may already have at home! You will only need a few items!

Baby wipes is one of the many things that a lot of moms can’t live without. I know I can’t! It’s an all-around arsenal for mommies!

Baby spit up? Clean it with baby wipes. Dirty table? Let me get the baby wipes. Baby’s hands are dirty?  Baby wipes to the rescue!

But the thing is, I can go through so many packs in a month that although they sure are handy, buying baby wipes from the supermarket all the time was getting heavier on the budget.

Especially that they get thrown away after first use! Sometimes, it feels like I’m wasting money on them, but when I think about how they make my life as a mother so much easier, I decide against not buying them anymore.

Do you know how many times a baby poops in a day? A newborn poops about 8-12 times per day and having baby wipes makes diaper change easier for us moms!

I wasn’t ready to let that type of convenience go but I also didn’t want to spend that much money!

Another thing that worried me is the impact to the environment. Most of the wet wipes you see in the market are not biodegradable.

Meaning they stay in our landfills for up to 100 years. There has to be a better way!

Solution? I started making homemade baby wipes. I didn’t realize they were this easy to make!

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Homemade Baby Wipes Practical Uses

Some might think, it’s just homemade baby wipes! There’s nothing special about it!

Oh, it is and it’s so much more! Not only does it keep your baby’s bum clean, baby wipes are a mom’s best friend!

Here are a few uses of homemade baby wipes:

• Clean keyboards and cellphones which are household petri dishes. They hold so much bacteria and viruses! Clean them with homemade disinfecting wipes every so often!

• Clean and disinfect toys and surfaces where your baby and kids play. Kids like touching things we all know that, but do you know what else they like doing? Putting their hands in their mouths. Eeew. homemade cloth baby wipes will come in handy for these things.

• Clean your car handles, car seat and surfaces. Leave some homemade baby wipes in the car for easy cleaning.

• Clean hands and face when you are out of the house and with no immediate access to water. Homemade baby wipes do not contain harmful chemicals and are perfect even for the most sensitive skin!

• There are so many uses of homemade baby wipes that I suggest having a stash somewhere in the house. Better yet, bring some with you wherever you go! You can never get enough of baby wipes even if you no longer have small kids in the house. Trust me!

Okay, enough yapping and on to the DIY instructions.

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How do you Make Homemade Natural Baby Wipes?

They are so easy to make that you’ll wonder why you didn’t think of making them sooner! Below are 2 types of baby wipes: using paper towels and cloth. Both are homemade baby wipes with witch hazel.

How to Make Homemade Baby Wipes – Paper Towel

Materials:

• A roll of paper towels – choose heavy duty

Plastic container

• 1 3/4 cups distilled water (or you can use boiled water)

• 1 TBSP aloe vera (pure)

• 1 TBSP witch hazel extract (pure)

• 1 TBSP liquid castile soap

• 6 drops of disinfecting essential oil (your choice but choose one that’s safe for babies!)

• Optional: 1 TBSP olive oil & 2 capsules of vitamin E

Instructions:

• Cut paper towels to preferred size (or place entire roll then remove core)

• Place cut paper towels inside your plastic container

• Mix your water, aloe vera, witch hazel extract, liquid castile soap, essential oil, and optional ingredients n a bowl and mix.

• Pour mixture over your paper towels and let it fully absorb

And you’re done! See how easy that was? And you know that your homemade natural baby wipes do not contain harmful chemicals! So, this is an easy, natural, and cheaper alternative.

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How to Make Homemade Baby Wipes – Cloth

Materials:

baby washcloths (cut to size)

Plastic container

• 1 cup distilled water (or you can use boiled water)

• 1 TBSP Olive Oil (or grapeseed oil)

• 1 TBSP liquid castile soap

• 3 drops of lavender essential oil

• 5 drops of tea tree oil (natural preservative)

• 2 capsules of Vitamin E

Tip: you can also use other cloth that does not easily fray. This is the perfect time to repurpose those old flannel baby clothes!

Instructions:

• Combine all ingredients in a bowl (add water first)

• Place your cut cloth in a container

• Pour the mixture over wipes until moist – don’t drench! We are not making soup!

• You can use left over mixture to spray on cleaning cloths or surfaces before cleaning

That’s it! Easy peasy! Enjoy your homemade reusable baby wipes! This alternative is of course more cost-effective since you can wash and reuse the wipes!

I know there are some people (myself included) who swear by coconut oil on everything so here’s a bonus DIY:

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Homemade Baby Wipes with Coconut Oil

Materials:

• A roll of paper towels – choose heavy duty

Plastic container

• 2 cups distilled water (or you can use boiled water)

• 1/8 cup melted organic coconut oil

• 2-3 drops of lavender or tea tree essential oil

Instructions:

• Combine all ingredients in a bowl (add water first)

• Cut paper towels to preferred size (or place entire roll then remove core) and place in container

• Pour the mixture over wipes evenly and let it soak for 10 minutes then flip container upside down and let it sit for 10 more minutes

Enjoy using your natural homemade baby wipes!

How to Make Your Own Cloth Wipes

Don’t know how to make your own cloth wipes? It’s easy! You can use any of the following:

• Old flannel receiving blankets

• Old flannel pajamas

• Old cotton shirts

• Old bamboo fleece towels

• Old Terry cloth towels

One of the goals is to re-use and repurpose old materials so you save money!

Instructions

• Cut the cloth into 7″ x 7″ squares or whichever size you prefer

• Using a sewing machine, sew a tight zigzag stitch around the raw edges

• If you don’t have a sewing machine, you can use a pinking sheer (goal is to lessen unraveling or avoid fraying)

And you’re done!

That was easy, right? By doing this, you lessen your trash, and you are sure that your baby wipes are soft enough (but cleans well!) for your baby’s sensitive skin!

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Container for Homemade Baby Wipes

Wondering what you can use as a container for your homemade baby wipes? Any of the following will do:

• Old store-bought wipes container

• Empty ice cream tub (pierce a hole on the lid)

• Glass jars with airtight cover

• Easy open Tupperware containers

• Old airtight lunch boxes

You can practically use what ever is on hand at home! As long as it can hold liquid and it’s airtight, you can use them as containers for your homemade baby wipes!

Benefits if using Homemade Baby Wipes

Better for your baby’s skin– since it does not contain harmful chemicals and preservatives usually present in store bought baby wipes, you are sure that it is safer for your baby’s sensitive skin without sacrificing effectiveness. It cleans and disinfects just as well!

Better for the environment – especially if you use reusable cloth! Since you are also repurposing containers and glass jars, lesser plastic goes to our landfills and waters

Better for the pockets – you make more baby wipes at home at a cheaper cost compared to buying from the supermarket. Do you know how much they cost? Then only to throw away after one use. And as a mother, I can say that saving money on wipes so I can buy more important things for the house, like food, is a very good motivating factor to start switching to homemade baby wipes

These will also make for perfect gifts to your mommy neighbors and friends. Especially for moms with newborn babies who you think could benefit from a baby wipes shopping break.

Imagine how grateful they would be! Just make a few extra batches and leave them in your neighbor’s porch with a simple note saying you’re thinking of them.

Kindness and compassion will go a long way. And because they are so affordable to make, I’m sure you’ll have no problem making an extra batch.

I never thought I’d make my own homemade baby wipes but here I am, and my only regret is not starting sooner.

Imagine all the money I could have saved if I started making them sooner! Whatever your reasons are for wanting to make your own wipes at home, I hope this article helps!

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