Oh baby! How to make homemade baby wipes

This is the first post of a new blog and (eventual) video series I’m calling Homemade Simple, that will document my family’s journey of learning to live a simpler life. As I mentioned in my latest article, organization and simple living go hand-in-hand so I’m making an effort to walk the walk instead of just talking the talk. Glad you’re here with me. I may need someone to hold my hand.

I love all things simple but when it comes to having a baby, things can get out of control quickly if you’re not careful. Already having one child, I know how the cost of everyday essentials can add up. So, I decided that I was going to go on a mission of simplicity with baby #2 and that meant getting thrifty, thinking outside the box and hitting Youtube!

The first experiment is making my own baby wipes. Seems simple, right? I found a couple different ladies on Youtube and combined their wisdom to come up with my own little recipe.

You’ll need:

  • 1 roll of papertowel (Make sure to use a thicker brand or the result won’tbe pretty.)
  • 1 ½ cups of water
  • 2 tsp baby wash (I used Dr. Bronner’s Unscented Baby Mild Organic Soap.)
  • 1 tsp oil (You can use baby oil, but I just used regular ole’ olive oil.)

First, use a SHARP knife to cut the papertowel in ½. Set in a large bowl and put to the side for later. Combine water, baby wash, and oil in a separate bowl. Stir together. Evenly pour on top of papertowel. Let sit for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, flip papertowel over and let sit for 10 more minutes. After 10 minutes, remove cardboard center roll and remove papertowel from the bowl. You can store in use a freezer bag, old baby wipe container, or regular food storage container. I’ll be using a freezer bag this time.

That’s it! Easy enough, wouldn’t you say? I wanted to post a video of this, but forgot. Sorry! I’ll definitely post one next time. I’ll give my review of how they work out on my Facebook page in a few days.

Ever made your own products or anything for baby? Let me know the comments below!



Just wanted to give some feedback on the outcome of using the homemade wipes. The hubby and I love them! They feel and work just like the real thing. He actually laughed when he used them for the first time because he couldn’t believe we’d spent all that money buying them. Oh well, live and learn, right?

The overall experience has been a good one, however I would change one thing. Only use 1 tbsp of baby wash instead of 2. I found that 2 leaves soap on baby and that’s definitely not ideal. I used 1 tbsp of wash on my second batch and will be using this method from now on. Success may not smell sweet in this case, but it has never felt so clean!

Now, it’s your turn friends. Let me know how it goes!

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