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How to make homemade baby wipes. | Homemade baby wipes recipe

With a baby, expenses can quickly add up, especially when you go organic. One easy way to save is to make things yourself. Not only will you save money, you also get the added benefit of knowing exactly what you’re using on your baby.

Recently, I have started making my own baby wipes. I was amazed at how quick, easy, and frugal it is! You really only need around 10 minutes total and only 5 of that is spent doing something.

If your baby has sensitive skin, you’ll definitely want to try this. Many wipes have drying ingredients (like alcohol) that can actually make conditions like diaper rash worse.

On a personal note: I know that using reusable cloth wipes is becoming more and more popular.  I just can’t do it.  I’m sorry…

How To Make Baby Wipes

What You’ll Need:

-2 Cups Water
-Paper Towel Roll
-Container To Store Wipes (Plastic storage container or old wipes container)
-2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
-1 or 2 Tablespoons Baby Wash or Dr. Bronner’s Soap

The Steps:

1.) Boil 2 cups of water. You’ll want to be sure to boil the water to help prevent mold.


2.) Using a sharp knife, cut a roll of paper towels in half.

cut paper towel

3.) In a bowl, combine water, coconut oil, and baby wash or Dr. Bronner’s Soap. The coconut oil will help prevent mold. You’ll want it to be above 76 degrees so that it will be in a liquid state though. If you need to raise the temperature, you can put it in a saucepan with a small amount of water to liquify it.

liquidcocnut oil

4.) Put a liquid mixture in the wipes container.

5.) Put half a paper towel roll into the liquid. You’ll want to put the cut edge down.

in container

6.) Put the lid on the container.

7.) Flip the container over and let it sit for 5 minutes.

upside down

8.) Open the container and remove the paper towel cardboard tube.

9.) Pull the center paper towel towel so they will pop up like wipes.

baby wipes

That’s it!

Helpful Hints and Tips:

-I have found that Bounty Paper Towels work best. I like to use the select-a-size version so I do not waste wipes.

-The wipes last me around 1 1/2 to 2 weeks.

-You do not want to make more than 1 or 2 batches a time to prevent mold from growing before you can use them.

-If you do not have a sharp knife, be sure to use one with a serrated edge.

-You can put wipes in a quart size bag to use when you aren’t home.

-Store in a cool, dark best to decrease chances of mold growth.

Note: We are not a 1 wipe kind of family. Most jobs take 3-4 wipes.

Is it really cheaper?

Buy-Price for Store Bought Wipes: 1¢ each

Price to Make Wipes:

-Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, 1 oz, 59¢
-Half Bounty Paper Towel Roll, 37¢
Dr. Bronner’s Soap, 1 oz, 40¢
-Water, Free

Total Cost =$1.36 for 103 wipes

Makes it 1¢ each for homemade wipes.

In the end, the price will be about the same for the wipes you made and regular, store bought wipes at their rock bottom price. The benefit being you can control exactly what goes in them and therefore on your baby’s skin.

Have you ever made your own wipes? Please share your thoughts, tips, and tricks in the comments below!

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    • Cari

      wow very compelling! How well do they hold up to older baby poop? The early breastmilk poop is a walk in the park compared to post-solid foods. lol

      • In my experience, they work great! They are strong yet soft.

    • Meagan Imsand

      Do you not need to leave a lid on to prevent drying out?

      • Yes, I just left the lid off in the last picture to show you how they pop up.

    • Laura84Coupons

      Note: We are not a 1 wipe kind of family. Most jobs take 3-4 wipes.
      Thanks for that note! I always feel like I’m doing it wrong because of the whole “One and Done” idea (which is a joke to me!). I am liberal with my wipe-use!

    • Laura84Coupons

      Note: We are not a 1 wipe kind of family. Most jobs take 3-4 wipes.
      Thanks for that note! I always feel like I’m doing it wrong because of the whole “One and Done” idea (which is a joke to me!). I am liberal with my wipe-use!

    • Beth

      We made wipes for all 3 of my girls when they were babies. 2 of them are in college now. :-) 1T baby shampoo, 1T baby oil, 1Cup boiling water, mix those in a container, pop in 1/2 roll of towels and then let them soak up the liquid. Those taller squarish containers work great. Also, find someone with a bandsaw and get them to saw the towels for you. Makes them have a neat edge and it will take the carpenter about 1 minute to do 2 or three jumbo bags of towels!! If you know and use the products that don’t irritate your baby, you won’t have to worry about your wipes!

      • Beth

        And, I think it was about a cup and a half of water that we used. It’s been a long time. :-) Also, “better” papertowels worked better than single ply cheapo towels. If you make them as you go, you probably won’t run into an issue with mold. Across about 7 years, I think I had mold one time and that was in the Florida heat. Definitely worth the effort.

    • Debbie

      I have made these before but they always mold :(

    • Debbie E

      I use to make wipes too out of baby oil, baby shampoo and tea tree oil..they still were a mold problem. I liked it except for that.

    • Khadija

      Hmm, I never had a mold problem with my homemade wipes. I liked Viva paper towels the best. When I made baby wipes mine were much much cheaper than store bought wipes. Are you sure about your calculations?

      • If you are buying the hot deals only store wipes we can get a package of 64-72 ct. for 50¢ to 99¢ many times. That is where the store calculation comes from. For folks not shopping the deals, homemade wipes are always cheaper.

    • Kathy

      I saw on the news the other morning there is a chemical in store bought wipes that is causing rashes. Karen Greer on 11Alive could not even pronounce it and called it MI? This is so worth a try for sure!

    • Tonetta (DvaAuNaturel) Spencer

      Great concept. May have to try. The calculations are interesting. Are they accurate? How is a jar of Trader Joe’s EVCO 59 cents and half roll paper towels 37 cent. I am confused. Can you give more detail?

      • That’s the price broken out by the ounce, since we are trying to get to a unit price on the wipes.

    • Chelsi

      I use cloth wipes, but instead of soaking them in the solution, I put it in a spray bottle and spray the wipes or directly on my baby’s bottom. I have never had a problem with mold doing it this way! Cloth wipes work well for me since we are doing cloth diapers as well. For the wipes, I collected a bunch of old receiving blankets and cut them into squares. It cost about $60 to buy everything I needed for a year’s supply.

    • susanthecouponer

      I would love the recipe for making homemade flushable toilet wipes. I would think it would be similar to the baby wipes but I am not sure.

    • betsy

      We made our wipes out of 8″ squares of flannel serged two together. You can still put the liquid part of instructions on these. We folded them into an old wipes container. After using just throw in the washer and you only have a one time expense. We have never had a diaper rash and she is now three.

    • tori729

      If I did disposable diapers this would be great! We use cloth diapers though and I love reusing baby washcloths as wipes. I usually only have to use one because they’re so huge and soft.

      • Charlene Chandler

        I have to say I know of a friend who makes her own wipes and uses cloth diapers. For some reason she says that she uses both…..I’m not sure but she claims that it helps to keep the mess so to speak down…..I do however fail to see how she gets that.

    • My daughter is 18 months old, and I’ve been making my own wipes for most of that time. I’ve tried several different brands of paper towel, and my absolute favorite is the Bounty DuraTowel. It’s a bit pricier than others, but it holds up sooooo much better, and I don’t know about you, but when I’m wiping up gooey brown matter, I want something that isn’t going to tear. It also holds its shape better than others, in my opinion. I also cut my roll into thirds. Halves would be nicer, but the containers I use require the roll cut into thirds. It works just fine. I use water, Dr Bronner’s Castille Baby Soap when I have it, coconut oil, vitamin E oil, tea tree oil, sometimes lavender oil, and I’ll add a little witch hazel if my baby’s tush needs a little extra something. I haven’t had a problem with mold, but I just moved to Arizona from Utah, so I’ll have to keep an eye out for that! It’s great to see so many people being resourceful with an item that is so easy to make!

    • 1 cent per wipe is definitely better than 5-8 cents per wipe. If I think for example how many wipes can be used in a day on avge (say 30), one can save hundreds of dollars a year. Not only can making your own wipes save you money but it can also help lessen the amount of chemicals you and your family are exposed to.
      Many big store brands contain chemical allergens including parabens, propylene glycol, synthetic fragrance, formaldehyde releaasers and methylisothiazolinone as part of their baby wipe recipe. When we make our own, we can control what goes on our skin and ultimately in our bodies.
      Thank you for sharing this simple and easy recipe! :)

    • Megan

      As far as mold…Just a tip we’ve been using…i made a big batch(because I didn’t see our think about the mold issue until after I had finished making them and read more) and placed them in vacuum sealed bags and placed my extras in the freezer… No problems!

    • J_

      You can also add tea tree oil to help prevent mold. A caution is that some people have a skin reaction to tea tree, so test it first. I also add lavender with the tea tree because I really don’t like the tea tree smell.

    • Sue

      Where is water free??

      • chelsea

        i have free water… js

    • Charlene Chandler

      I have been using this recipe now for right at 3 months now and it’s saved me so much money. I will agree with a few things I’ve read yes, waters isn’t free (unless you are on well water) but I will agree that it does break down to be right at one cent each wipe. I absolutely love this…..I have since then started making multiple other things that have saved me lots of money around my house. I would love to help others learn more about how they to can do this if you’re interested please email me and I’ll help you….Charlene.Chandler@att.net

    • Sandi

      Seriously, are people cloth for wipes, and reusing them??? First of all, cleaning/disinfecting them (properly) of waste will in the end cost much more than using a disposable wipes. They need to be washed in very hot water and bleach must be used. This is a very unhealthy practice especially for a baby/child, but for adults too. There’s a reason why toilet tissue is flushed away.

      • dawn

        Cloth wipes can be washed with cloth diapers. Easy peasy.

        • Sandi

          Anything with excrement on it should be disposed of. Period.

      • Margaret N

        R Just wondering what you think we did BEFORE there were disposable wipes. I raised half my 6 children without them.I was totally raised without wipes…pampers…bought baby food. We survived and are all healthy.

    • marcie

      If mold is a problem for you, try adding a tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide (which is oxygen, very safe).

    • julia

      I have been making them for over eight years and they work great! You can use baby oil and baby bath instead of the above.

      • Mayra

        Hi i just started making homemade baby wipes and my wipes are 4 days old and there going bad already, i use baby oil and baby bath and water can you help me out please do they go bad that fast what did i do wrong

        • Tracy

          Coconut oil is a natural antifungal and a main ingredient in Dr. Bonners castile soap. Use these ingredients and your mold problem should subside.

    • mar

      I just started making my own wipes. Per half roll: 1 cup distilled water (I’ve never tried tap or boiled water), 1 tsp baby oil, 1 tsp Eurcine (sp) baby wash. I’ve always used this baby soap on my son since its fragrance and dye free. It also does not have the ingredient that makes suds. Since I like to stay fragrance free for him, I might swap out the baby oil for olive oil or plain mineral oil. So far so good. We like these wipes.

    • Deaven Mauldin

      I tried this with Scott select a size and they don’t absorb well at ALL. So much water left and they were soggy. Going to use bounty next.

    • Joy

      Can I make a large amount of the solution up in advance to pour on the wipes as needed? I wondering if anyone has tried that