Friday, March 16, 2012

How I Make Baby Wipes

When I had Abigail almost 10 years ago now (Wow, time sure does go by quickly), my mother-in-law showed me how to make my own baby wipes. She got the recipe from her Mothers Of Many (MOMs) group. They had clipped it from a magazine article years before and I don't know which magazine it was. It has evolved a little since then. I've seen it on a few different websites, one of which I've left a link. I use Viva, some other moms use Bounty. I use regular Baby Oil, others use cooking oil, etc. I use Viva because it feels like actual cloth--they are scrumptiously soft. I just have to fill the water past the 2 cup mark because they soak in a lot more.

Here is what you'll need to make your own Baby Wipes:

  • Cutting Board and Serrated Knife
  • 2 Cup or larger liquid measuring glass
  • A Tablespoon measure
  • A seal-able container the size of 1/2 a paper towel roll (Rubbermaid does not sell the one I have now anymore-I wish they did)
  • Viva Paper Towels (I buy a 6 pack and it last me as many months)
  • Baby Shampoo
  • Baby Oil
How I make mine:



  1. Cut the roll of paper towels in half. This is the hardest part and Josh usually does this, but each time you cut it in half you get 2 whole tubs out of it. You won't have to do this but about once every 2 months.
  2. This is how it looks when it's cut through. See all the lint looking stuff? That side goes at the bottom so that it's easier to handle.
  3. Fill your measuring glass up a little past 2 cups. I have a 2 cup measure, so I just fill it as full as it'll go. If you need exacts, I would try about 2 1/3 cup the first time and adjust to preference (you can always drain excess water or add more).
  4. Put in 2 tablespoons of your baby soap.
  5. Put in 2 tablespoons of your baby oil.
  6. Stir it well before putting in the paper towel roll.
  7. Lower your 1/2 roll into the tub with the rough side down.
  8. Seal it tight and turn upside down. I usually let it set over-night, but it should be finished soaking through in a few hours.
Note: Unlike store bought wipes, these will over time go bad. It has never happened to me when I use these exclusively until they're out of diapers and start potty training. I'd say, if you haven't used them all in a few weeks, throw out the excess and make new ones. How will you know? They don't smell pleasant anymore.

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