How to Make Disposable Baby Wipes

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I have to admit that I've never considered making my own baby wipes before, but considering how many baby wipes we've bought and used over a lifetime of having four kids, it definitely is an idea I wish I would have used. I use baby wipes for everything from cleaning my babies sticky fingers out in public to using them to clean the surfaces in my house in a pinch. (Um, like today when I totally used baby wipes to clean puke off the floor because it's a never-ending germ session in this house.)

So making your own baby wipes really makes a lot of sense and they are also a great idea if you're using cloth diapers because you can save money on both diapers and wipes. However, anyone can really benefit from making some DIY baby wipes. This version is disposable, but when you're feeling more adventurous, you can also try your hand at making cloth baby wipes as well. 

You can easily make your own disposable baby wipes with items that you more than likely have on hand in your home. You will need the following items:

  • One roll of "select-a-size" paper towels
  • A rectangular air tight canister at least 6 inches deep (Rubbermaid's Servin' Saver 3 Quart Canister works well).
  • A large serrated knife
  • A tablespoon
  • 2 cups of water
  • Baby Oil
  • Baby Wash

Add Water

Add water to make baby wipes
You can use tap or bottled water to make baby wipes. Jennifer White

Pour 2 cups of water into your rectangular canister. You will want to make sure that the paper towels are completely covered to make sure they absorb all of the liquid and stay moist.

Add Baby Oil

Baby or natural oils a necessary ingredient for baby wipes.
Baby oil makes baby wipes glide over skin. Jennifer White

Add 2 tablespoons of baby oil to the water. Alternatively, you could use a natural oil, such as apricot, grapeseed, or safflower. Coconut oil would probably not be a great choice since it is solid at room temperature and would harden in the wet wipe solution.

Add Baby Wash

Baby wipes require wash or shampoo
Gently stir in wash or shampoo to the baby wipes' mix. Jennifer White

Add 2 tablespoons of your favorite baby wash or baby shampoo to the solution. Stir gently so as not to create excess bubbles. The baby wash will serve as the cleaning agent to bind with any stool particles and help keep your baby's diaper area fresh.

Cut Paper Towels in Half

Paper Towel Baby Wipes
Paper towels are used for baby wipes. Jennifer White

Using a long-blade, serrated knife carefully cut the roll of paper towels in half to form two smaller rolls. Set aside one roll to use later. Be sure to store it in an air-tight container or a Ziplock bag would be perfect to take your homemade baby wipes with you on-the-go in your diaper bag.

Place Cut Roll in Container and Remove Tube

Homemade Baby Wipes
Completed homemade baby wipes. Jennifer White

Place one of the halves of paper towels down inside the container. Remove the cardboard from center. Seal tightly.

Pull Wipes to Dispense from Center

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Once the towels are saturated with the solution, use your fingertips to pull the wipes up and out from the center of the roll.

How To Make Cloth Baby Wipes

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Now, if you've successfully made your own disposable wet wipes, you might want to give cloth wet wipes a try as well. The recipe is very similar, but you will store the wet wipe solution in a spray bottle instead of soaking the wipes with it. That way, you can use anything you have on hand--old blankets or flannel shirts, for example, to make the wipes.

Then, when you need to clean your baby's bottom, you simply spray the wet wipe solution directly on your baby's diaper area, then wipe with the cloths. You can store the dirty cloths in a special can or just wash with the rest of your dirty clothes.

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