For the last four years, we have been making our own baby wipes and cleansing wipes.
While baby wipes aren’t thaaat expensive, cleansing wipes are!
In order to make the wipes you use ingredients that you mostly have on hand. You’ll save money and a trip to the store, and will know what’s going on your skin or on your baby’s skin.
Even if you get the sensitive skin or all-natural wipes, some of the ingredients in the wipes aren’t the best (think harsh chemicals and drying agents). I know and can pronounce the ingredients in my wipes. I can count on two hands the number of rashes we’ve had with three kids over four years – I’d like to think the wipes helped with that!
We’ve made them with different ingredients, mixtures, and brands. Throughout the tutorial, I’ll explain which ones worked for us as well as tricks we’ve learned along the way!
Here’s what you’ll need:
1 roll of select-a-size paper towels (Bounty works best, Viva works okay)
4 cups water
1 T of coconut oil (found in a health foods or vitamin store)
FOR BABY WIPES: 1 squirt of organic baby wash or organic cleansing wash
FOR CLEANSING WIPES: 1 squirt of all natural face wash or cleansing wash
First, you need a container, here are the ones I use:
Both are Rubbermaid containers, they don’t make the one on the left anymore (find them at garage sales!) but the on the right can be found at K-Mart, Target, Wal-mart for around $4.99. Both work great, but I love that the one on the right has four tabs that you lift to open it, making it easy to do with one hand.
-Make sure your kitchen or other working area is clean before you start, you don’t want crumbs in your wipes!
We tried using other brands, but nothing works as well as the Bounty Select-a-Size. You won’t waste as much unused wipe since your wipes are smaller. They also won’t rip like cheaper brands.
They are a bit more, but if you’re good and use them only for wipe making, it’ll end up costing you about $0.75 a container – still cheaper than buying wipes!
-Cut your paper towel roll in half.
Use a large, sharp, non-serrated knife and cut your paper towel roll in half, brushing off the fuzz at the end
If you don’t have a sharp knife, you can you use a serrated knife or electric carving knife. You will end up with a lot more fuzz from cutting, just be sure to brush them off.
- Make your wipes solution.
For each container, you will need 2 cups of distilled or purified water.
When adding the water, mark the water level on the side with a permanent marker so you will not have to measure in the future!
If you are making two containers, it also helps to mix everything in a large glass measuring bowl.
-Add a tablespoon or two of coconut oil.
Coconut oil has a melting point of 76 degrees, meaning that it is solid and white at anything less than that (looks like shortening).
To warm it up, take the amount you’re using, put it in a saucepan with a bit of your water and heat it just warm enough to melt (76 degrees, so it won’t take long). Once melted, pour the mixture into your water and stir.
If your house or area is really hot (like our old apartment or my mom’s house), more than likely your coconut oil will always stay melted in the container without needing to heat it.
Why coconut oil?
It’s naturally anti-bacterial, microbial, and fungal, the perfect moisturizer your skin, plus it smells great.
This is all that we use in place of lotion and it is amazing.
-Add in a squirt of organic baby wash.
It may not seem like enough, but keep in mind you are not rinsing them like after a bath and you may have a bit of soapy residue left if you use more. Stir gently.
I strongly recommend using an organic, sensitive, baby soap. We use Shaklee products. The other washes are tough your little one’s skin and have chemicals you may not want lingering on their little butt!
You are using a tiny amount and will save money making wipes, avoid rashes and buy the good stuff.
-Pour your mixture evenly into the containers, about 2 cups per container.
-Place the paper towel rolls cut/fuzzy side down into the container and solution.
Your containers might be bigger than mine, but if not, don’t freak out if they look like the containers are too small. I promise you – they’re not. ;)
-Smoosh your paper towel down with the lid and seal it.
See – I told you they’re not too small!
Turn your containers upside down, stack them if you like, and walk away for about 5 minutes.
-Take out the cardboard tube.
Come back, open up (see, they stayed smooshed!), and take out the inside paper towel roll. Don’t try to do this earlier while it’s dry, it just makes a big mess…
-Take out the start of the roll in the center, pop it up for easy grabbing, and close the lid. You’re done!
-When traveling, grab a few and stick them into a zippered baggie – instant travel wipes!
-Two containers will last me between one and two weeks.
-USE DISTILLED OR PURIFIED WATER TO AVOID MOLD. I’ve had many comments coming back and mentioning that their wipes molded. If you use good quality ingredients in addition to the purified water, you should be okay! Also keep the wipes out of direct sunlight and don’t make them too far ahead.
I have never had an issue with mold, but our water is purified.
-Once you buy the oil and containers, you use so little that you’re only spending $1.50 for two containers! Store bought wipes are anywhere from $1.50 to $5 each and the wipes are larger so you go through them faster.
-Make some wipes, gather the ingredients, and give the kit as a baby shower gift! I’ve even done the hard work for you… click for a free pdf printable you print on some cute paper and can give them!
-With the coconut oil, they make GREAT moisturizing wipes or make-up remover wipes! Either leave out the baby wash or use your favorite face wash.
-This process could easily be used to make *cleaning wipes*! I use Basic H, a diluted organic cleaner, so it’s just as simple as getting four cups of water and adding a few drops of the concentrated solution.
Any other questions or comments about the wipes, feel free to ask!
Please let me know if you try them, I’d love to hear your experience and what worked for you. Like I said, we’ve been using them for four years now so we have some experience!