How to Make Baby Wipes at Home

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Making your own baby wipes will not only save money, but you will know for sure that no harsh or drying chemicals are touching your baby's bottom. These instructions are for disposable wipes, but you can also make reusable cloth wipes.


  • Round plastic container (Rubbermaid #6 or #9 works well)
  • Thick, strong roll of white paper towels
  • Sharp knife to cut paper towel roll in half
  • 2 cups water that has been boiled and cooled to room temperature
  • 2 Tablespoons baby shampoo or baby wash
  • 1 Tablespoon baby oil


  1. Cut the roll of paper towels in half with a knife and remove the inner cardboard core.
  2. Mix liquid ingredients in ​the container.
  3. Place the paper towels in the container with the cut side facing downward.
  4. Secure lid tightly and allow to sit until all liquid is absorbed into the paper towels.
  5. Turn the container upside-down and allow to sit for 10 minutes.
  6. Open container and 'start' the roll by pulling a towel from the inside of the roll.
  7. Wipes are now ready to use.


  1. These also make a great gift for new parents. You can decorate or personalize the container and, of course, be sure to include a copy of the recipe.
  2. Save the other half of the roll for use next time you make wipes.
  3. Make sure the container is closed tightly after each use to prevent drying out.
  4. When your baby is older and his skin is less sensitive, you can add about a teaspoon of rubbing alcohol to the mix.

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