Homemade baby wipes recipe (reusable or disposable)

natural homemade baby wipes
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After having my son, I became appalled with the options for baby wipes. Chemical laden, and even supposedly “hypoallergenic” wipes made him break out in an angry red rash. The only brand not containing weird unpronounceable ingredients was priced INSANELY high. $7.50 for some cloth and water wrapped in plastic which will barely last me a week?!? No way am I paying that for something so easy to make myself.

What I ended up making, in fact, turned out to be better. It cleans with way less effort, this means using less wipes, and less waste. They are cheaper than store-bought wipes and didn’t cause any skin reaction for my son. They only take a few minutes to make. This is how…


You will need:

  1. A container for your wipes, like a glass jar (make sure you can get your hand into the bottom without much trouble, depending on the wipe material you use, they can stick to the bottom) or a tub designed for baby wipes.
  2. A suitable material to use for wipes, such as old towels or cotton fabric cut to size if you’re after reusable wipes. Avoid synthetic fibres (for the environment, and they’re not as absorbent as cotton or viscose). If you want disposable wipes, you can use makeup rounds, they hold together better than cotton wool and don’t leave fibers on your baby’s skin.
  3. white vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  4. Lemon juice
  5. Water preferably boiled
  6. Tea tree oil for antibacterial properties


  1. Mix one part vinegar to 3 parts water to fill your jar or container about half way.
  2. Add 1-2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  3. Add 3-5 drops of tea tree oil

Tips and Troubleshooting:

If your baby shows discomfort when using these wipes, reduce the acidity by adding more water, or omitting tea tree oil or replacing with lavender essential oil.

If they don’t clean well enough, add more lemon juice or vinegar.

If you want you can even balance the pH to ideal skin range using pH test strips found in aquarium stores.

You may substitute tea tree oil for a baby-safe essential oil like lavender.

Use boiled water if you want to store for a longer period of time

Measurements don’t need to be precise, experiment and see what works. Use tea tree and essential oils sparingly

Give some feedback

Did they work well for you? Do you have a different recipe that you love or suggestions for modifications to the recipe? Let me know in the comments.


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