Baby wipes are yet another “must have” baby item that really isn’t necessary to buy pre-made. In fact, it’s much quicker, easier, and better for your baby to make your own! Despite the fact that I already cloth diapered, I never considered making my own wipes until I saw a short Youtube video. Upon realizing just how quickly they can be made I gave it a try and I haven’t looked back since. Below is my fool-proof guide on how to make your own baby wipes out of a roll of paper towels. For more helpful (and crunchy!) articles like this follow our HINEYTALES FACEBOOK PAGE and our TWITTER page!
*You may substitute the paper towel roll for cloth wipes if you want to save the money and conserve your use of paper products!*
- 2 cups of water (boiled and cooled- I like to use my tea kettle)
- 1 heavy squirt of fractionated coconut oil
- 1 heavy squirt of Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Castile Soap (for very sensitive skin use Unscented, I use Lavender)
- Option 1: 1 dash of witch hazel (this helps clean poop off of your baby’s skin more thoroughly).
- Option 2: 1-2 drops Lavender or Tea Tree Essential Oils
- 1 Viva Vantage Paper Towel Roll (I have tried MANY different kinds of paper towels and this one holds up the best against the prolonged saturation and rubbing against baby’s skin. It does not flake off like the others do. I greatly recommend this brand for anyone with a girl – you don’t want any paper bits coming off and being left there until next diaper change. Viva Vantage can be bought in bulk from Costco and is definitely worth the investment. You’ll still save a lot of money overall.)
To make your own baby wipes, combine boiled and cooled water, coconut oil, castile soap, and essential oil drops together and mix. Cut your roll of paper towels in half so that you have two equal half-sized rolls of paper towels. Place one half in a container and pour liquid over the entire roll, soaking it entirely. After a minute, place the lid on the container. After 10 minutes, remove lid again and gently pull out brown cardboard center (it should come out easily if thoroughly saturated). Pick out the inside paper towel and pull gently upward so it unravels from the inside to the outside. These will keep at room temperature for many days!
Time-Saving Tip: To make this process even faster, grab an empty gallon container (like an old vinegar jug) and fill with boiled and cooled water. Add an increased amount of Dr. Bronner’s, coconut oil, witch hazel and essential oil drops to the water. Shake and label “Baby Wipes Solution”. When you run out of wipes, all you have to do is pour this concoction over your paper towel roll. Store it in a cool, dark place and use it again the next time you need more wipes. It’s MUCH cheaper and quicker than running to the store to buy more wipes!
Earth-Friendly & Money-Saving Tip: Substitute paper towels for cloth wipes. These can be made from extra fabric around the house or can be bought pre-made from many cloth diaper manufacturers. Simply do a pre-wash on them, dry them, then soak them in the wipes solution. Many people place them inside a wipes container and fold them so that a new one pops out when one is used. The solution is exactly the same and the wipes can be thrown in the cloth diaper pail and washed with the diapers.
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Molly, founder of HineyTales, has been cloth diapering for 3 years. Working 4 days a week and with 2 kids under 3 years old in cloth diapers, she tries to remember that parenting is an adventure with plenty of room for mistakes, short-cuts, and imperfections. Her inspiration for starting HineyTales is to spread the #crazyforcloth message to working mamas. With only a little help needed to get started, it’s one of the best decisions a family can make.