Make Your Own Gentle Baby Wipes

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

When my children were babies I of course used baby wipes by the thousands! But now my children are grown and I have grandbabies to enjoy.

I’m in a different place in my life and thankfully the flurry and time-crunched period of my child-rearing days have slowed down.

But recently I found myself in need of a small supply of baby wipes. In my more time-crunched days I would have simply driven to the store and purchased what I needed. But now I hate to buy something I can easily make myself.

So onto the internet I went looking for solutions. There are several different ways to make wipes but I only needed a few for temporary needs.

So I sweet-talked RancherMan into surrendering some of his heavy paper shop towels – PERFECT!

I didn't have to run to the store for baby wipes, I made my own. This method was easy and I used items I already had in my home like coconut oil and baby wash! #TexasHomesteader

Making Your Own Baby Wipes Is EASY!

I tore off several shop towels and folded them in half longways, then folded the strip in half as well to give me the size I wanted.

Then I placed the folded wipes into a lidded plastic container. I nestled half of each wipe between half of the next wipe kind of like Kleenexes are nestled together in the box. I thought that might  make using them pop-up easy.

But I don’t think this was necessary and it really didn’t add any convenience. So I’ll probably skip that next time & just stack them on top of each other.

I didn't have to run to the store for baby wipes, I made my own. This method was easy and I used items I already had in my home like coconut oil and baby wash! #TexasHomesteader

3 Simple Ingredients For Baby Wipes

2 1/2 cups of hot water was heated and I added 2 tablespoons of coconut oil for a natural moisturizer and 2 tablespoons of baby wash for gentle cleaning.

The mixture was blended together and when fully incorporated I poured the liquid slowly over my folded paper towels.

I flipped the towels and poured just a bit more to that side to saturate the bundle.

(NOTE:  Remember oil and water don’t mix, so have the liquid still swirling when you’re pouring the liquid over the towels)

When I’m done I simply wash the jar and return it to my cabinets. (I use these wide-mouth jars for storing leftovers in the fridge). The lidded Tupperware can then be washed out as well & put away.

There ya go – Voila!  No additional items bought and no additional containers to the landfill.  Win/Win!


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8 thoughts on “Make Your Own Gentle Baby Wipes

  1. Hannah

    I just use baby washcloths and wash them, but good disposible wipe recipe.
    I hope you join us again today (yeah I know it’s a day late… linky issues) at Eco-Kids Tuesday

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      I prefer to use reusable options as well and I typically reject most disposable items. This circumstance however had unique requirements. I love that I could produce what I needed without buying anything additional and without adding anything to the landfill. Love the linky Hannah! ~TxH~

  2. Texas Homesteader Post author

    Heather, these worked absolutely perfectly for my short-term need and I didn’t have to run to the store and here was no plastic container to go to the landfill. And as you mentioned, the shop towels were thick and strong. I couldn’t have been happier with the result. ~TxH~

  3. Emily McGee

    Glad I found you through TALU. My first baby is due in May and I’m all about saving money and DIY. I’ll have to try this wipes recipe, although I might use cloth wipes and then your wipe solution on them. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom

    We make our own wipes too! My recipe is a little different than yours… but whatever works right?! We also use small baby face cloths and just wash them with our cloth diapers.

  5. Kristi @Let This Mind Be in You

    Hi Tammy–

    I love this idea. Do you know if the shop towels are baby-skin safe? Also, are they flushable? Biodegradable? I’m sorry for all the questions, I’m just not very familiar with them. I’d love to make this out of paper towels, but they aren’t flushable. Well, they are, but I’m not sure if they are ok to flush, you know?

    Thanks for sharing at Farm Girl Blog Fest #28. I always enjoy your posts!

    ~Kristi@Let This Mind Be in You

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Kristi, I think the only paper product that’s truly flushable is toilet paper. And if shop towels are a paper product, I’d assume they were biodegradable. Anyone else out there know the answer to these two questions? ~TxH~

  6. Cynthia L.

    I wish I would have known about this when my baby was still a baby!

    I am so happy you shared this on Living Big on Less Money! I am off to pin it!

    Cynthia at


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