I love making DIY versions of many personal care items like this DIY Eye Makeup Remover, Alcohol-free Hair Spray, Homemade Body Wash and Nourishing Hand and Body Cream, but when you think about it, babies are so vulnerable to toxins that it makes sense to do whatever we can to make sure we only use safe products on them.
There's something really cute about a baby's bum, and I'm certain that I'm not the only one who thinks so!
Those plump little bottoms show up all over advertisements, greeting cards, and online memes.
But cute as those chubby cheekers are, they are also very sensitive and deserve gentle care when it comes to diapering.
These homemade baby wipes are a simple way to give a tiny tushy the care it deserves.
Store-bought diaper wipes are typically made with:
- questionable preservatives
- scents, and
- other ingredients, sometimes even causing horrible reactions.
Though they seem to be the most convenient option, a quick glance at the ingredients list might make you rethink that initial convenience.
Homemade wipes, on the other hand, are just as effective while being a more frugal, gentle, and natural option.
They're so easy, too!
It involves minor work on your part, but once you have the ingredients in your home (and you just might have them all already), you don't have to run to the store to buy more packaged wipes.
I've been making my own baby wipes for three years and have used various solutions to wet them. I've finally settled on this one since it is incredible easy, effective, and gentle.
I love knowing exactly what is being used to clean my baby's bottom!
You can use this solution on cloth wipes that then get washed with cloth diapers, or on paper towel wipes.
Old t-shirts or sweatshirts make great cloth wipes (no hemming required!), as do baby washcloths. My cloth wipes are made of an old t-shirt sheet set that says "Pillow Talk" with cartoon pictures of telephones.
Classy, I know.
You can also make disposable wipes by cutting a roll of thick paper towels in half with an electric carving knife, making two shorter rolls. Then take out the cardboard roll, and you're set!
Easiest DIY Wipe Ever
This is really getting simple, but you can even just put some damp paper towels or rags in a wipes container that you refill on a daily basis. Works pretty well and no fuss at all and it's the cheapest option out there for sure.
- An old baby wipes tub (or other container of choice)
- Enough cloth or disposable wipes to fill the tub
- 3 cups water
- 2 tablespoons olive oil (or other liquid oil of choice)
- 2 tablespoons liquid castile soap
- 10 drops essential oils, optional (I like lavender for babies. See Which Essential Oils Company is Best?)
- Fill the repurposed wipes tub with either the dry cloth wipes or one half of a dry paper towel roll.
- In a large measuring cup, combine the water, oil, soap, and essential oil (if using). Stir quickly to combine.
- Pour over the wipe.
- Voila! You're done!
If it seems like there's too much moisture in your wipes, you can add more dry wipes at the bottom of the tub and press down to allow the dry wipes to absorb the excess solution.
You may also find that your tub does better with only two cups of the solution, so you could cut the oil and soap back to a scant 1 1/2 tablespoons each.
You can be confident using these wipes, knowing that your baby's bum (or even the hands and faces of older little ones) are being gently cleansed without any harsh chemicals.
Do the ingredients in packaged wipes concern you?
Have you ever thought of making your own baby wipes?
Kristen Smith is a Christian, wife to her best friend and high school sweetheart, and mother to a growing brood of sweet little people. She and her family enjoy rural life in northeast Ohio. Her days are spent keeping the home, homeschooling, making real food, gardening, blogging, studying herbalism, working from home as a Lilla Rose consultant, and doing what she can to live a more natural and God-honoring life. Connect with her on her blog, Smithspirations, where she writes on topics relating to faith, family, and natural living. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.