Since many of us find that commercial baby wipes are too harsh on our babies' diaper areas and are not very economical,
some use homemade diaper wipes made with our own recipes or ones we've borrowed from others.  Here are a few of them:

  • 3 cups water
    1/8 cup olive oil
    4 drops tea tree oil
    8 drops lavender oil
    1 T baby shampoo (I like Mustela!)

    Pour over either cloth wipes or 1/2 paper towel roll, or can be kept in a spray bottle near changing station.
    (Thanks Danie for this recipe)

  • Anti-fungal Baby Wipes
    By Millie, who has this recipe online at her Stony Mountain Botanicals site
    1/2 c. distilled water
    1/4 c. vinegar
    1/4 c. aloe vera gel
    1 TBS. calendula oil
    1 drop lavender essential
    1 drop tea tree essential oil

    I made these wipes because I wanted something to gently discourage yeast diaper rashes. The vinegar and essential oils discourage yeast growth which means you shouldn't have too much trouble with these wipes getting moldy.

    To prepare, use a glass jar with a tight fitting lid. Pour all your
    ingredients in, cover the jar and shake to blend the ingredients. Place your wipes in a container and pour on enough solution to moisten them. Store any extra solution in the fridge. It should stay fresh for a long time especially if you used distilled water.

    I use blue shop towels for my wipes. I cut them into quarters and place them in a recycled baby wipe container. You can also use wash clothes or flannel clothes. If a baby had a really red, raw diaper rash you might not want to use these wipes as vinegar may cause a burning sensation. So far I've had no problems. Let me know if you try these and what you think!

  • 2 cups water
    2 T. oil (I use baby oil or half baby oil and half calendula oil)
    1 T. baby bath
    1-2 drops Tea Tree oil
    1-2 drops Lavender oil

    Mix all ingredients together in a 3qt. cylinder Rubbermaid container. Then I place 1/2 roll of Bounty paper-towels (which I cut in half horizontally ahead of time with a sharp straight edge knife) down in mixture.  Let sit a couple minutes, then pull out middle cardboard tube from paper-towel roll.  Then flip paper-towels over in container and place lid on and within 10-15 min., the mixture is easily distributed and wipes will be ready for use! (recipe by Donya)

  • Very thin wash cloths, an old wipe box, water and a drop of rose/glycerin.  (Thanks Tana for sharing this!)

  • I just wet 8 washcloths & put them in an open topped plastic  container near the changing table. Eight will last most of the day. Washcloths are washed with the diapers. When the washcloths wear out, I'm going to replace with flannel wipes (made from receiving blankets probably) because the terry cloth fluffs off in the wash. I don't add anything to the wipes. I've heard of people keeping a container of water next to the changing table, but I'm afraid it will get knocked over & make a mess.  Plus, with fresh wipes made usually two times a day I know how fresh the water is. (Thank you Dawnette for this info!)

Compiled by Donya Platt


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