Homemade baby wipes


Make your own baby wipes!

Someone gave me a recipe years ago for homemade baby wipes, like ten years ago. My sister and I both used these wipes with our kids and I’m so thankful for whoever passed this wonderful idea along. Whoever you are out there, thank you! This recipe is cool because it is mostly all natural, minus the paper towels.

I recently visited my parents and was feeling lazy so I didn’t make wipes beforehand. I thought I would save myself the time and effort and just use some Huggies wipes I keep in the car for wipe-worthy situations. As always, trying to save time actually made more work for me. My youngest ended up with the worst case of diaper rash she has ever had. I think it must be the alcohol in them, or something. Even though they say fragrance-free, they always have a flowery smell. My homemade wipes smell like sweet babies, you should definitely try it!

You need the following items:

  • 2 Rubbermaid servin savers, 3 quart
  • 1 Bounty select-a-size regular paper towel roll, not super or large or basic (which isn’t normal sized I learned after a stupid purchase at a warehouse store)
  • Baby shampoo – I use Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Fragrance-Free Shampoo & Wash because I have this on hand anyway for bathing babies
  • Water
  • Really good, sharp knife
  • Arm muscles

How to assemble:

  1. Cut the paper towel roll in half, this will be a little difficult, but then you feel like a rock star, so don’t give up.
  2. Mix together 1 tablespoon of baby shampoo and 1 to 1.5 cups of water. I tend to use less water in the humid NC summers, and more in the dry winters.
  3. Pour this mixture in the first Rubbermaid container, then repeat Step 2 and pour that in second container.
  4. Drop one paper towel roll in each container, count to 20, and flip the paper towel rolls over.
  5. Put the lids on and give them ~ 10 minutes for the water/soap mixture to completely saturate the paper towels.
  6. Take the lids off and carefully pull out the cardboard from the middle of the paper towels rolls. Recycle the cardboard and…
  7. You made your own baby wipes! You can pull the towels out from the middle of the roll each time you need a wipe.

It seems like a lot the first time, but it is so simple. Once you make it a couple of times, you’ll be an expert. Good luck!


5 responses to “Homemade baby wipes

  1. Thanks for this recipe, I am going to have to Pin it as well! When my husband asked if it was okay to use the Costco baby wipes for face wipes too, I figured it might be time to find something a bit more…gentle? 🙂 I’m going to have to try this!

  2. That is great! I am thinking of these types of things since my husband and I will be trying for a baby in a few months. I want affordable but natural-esque options for my family. Thanks for sharing!

    • You are very welcome! I’ve been using Johnson and Johnson baby shampoo for years, but recently tried the Burts Bees version, it seems fine, but use whatever you have on hand.

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