Homemade Diaper Wipe Recipe

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Here is a great versatile recipe for homemade diaper wipe solution that can save you a TON!

Diaper Wipe Solution:

  • 2c. warm water
  • 2 Tb. oil (I recommend coconut oil; it’s naturally anti-microbial which also helps fight diaper rash and aids in fast healing of any rash sores)
  • 2Tb. castile soap or baby soap

Mix the ingredients together gently (they fill foam up). the end.

you’re ready to go!

Here are some great uses and applications:

  • store in a spray bottle and apply to baby’s bum with a few squirts during the diaper change, and use dry cloth wipes to finish the deed.
  • store the solution in a small jar (with a lid! trusty me on this….) and dip cloth wipes into the solution to dampen during the changing.
  • Add 4-5 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil to the entire solution (no more or baby’s bum will be tingly and minty!) and pour the solution over your cloth wipes and store them in an airtight jar (I love this one!) The tea tree oil is a natural anti-microbial, which means that it will slow down the growth of mildew on your wipes.  However, it’s still best to do small batches, and I’ve found that around 4 days is the max amount of time I can store pre-moistened wipes.
  • And finally, for homemade disposable wipes: Take a roll of 3-in-1 paper towels (I like Bounty for this) and use your sharpest knife to cut the roll in half, so you end up with 2 tubes of paper towels, both about 6-8 inches tall.  Place 1 half-roll in an airtight container and while the solution is still warm, slowly drizzle it over the paper towels, allowing the towels to absorb all of the liquid.  Once it is saturated, slowly remove the drenched cardboard core of the paper towels, and this is the start of your disposable wipes!

I have a little boy in cloth diapers right now, and I typically make this solution once every 3-4 weeks – so it’s a HUGE money saver and takes almost no time at all!


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14 Responses to “Homemade Diaper Wipe Recipe”
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  1. Jen

    Hi Kelsi! I just love your blog! Quick question for you after reading the post on home-made wipes…you mentioned that the wipes can mildew. Just to confirm, does this happen with the homemade disposible wipes recipe using paper towels? I was going to try this, and store mine in an empty plastic “store-bought wipes” container…but now I’m worried about the mildew issue. Can you help? Thanks! Jen 🙂

  2. Hey Jen! Yes, they CAN mildew, but as long as you add the tea tree oil, it takes a really long time for it to happen, esp if you are using the paper towel version, because tea tree oil is a natural anti-fungal and kills mold. I store mine in an air-tight container I got from Walmart – and I don’t really recommend just re-using a plastic wipes tub. It works great in function, but I find that my wipes completely dry out. You CAN use a wipes tub for cloth wipes and simply soak them in the solution I mentioned and then you have wipes ready to go (as opposed to using a spray bottle). Otherwise, it’s worth a few dollars to get an air tight container that seals all the way around. Hope that helps! all the best! – kelsi

  3. Cerena

    Thanks for this! I’ve been looking for a recipe that uses coconut oil. I have a few questions for you. 1. You said you only make the solution once every 3-4 weeks… How many wipes is that for? 2. How do you keep the coconut oil from solidifying, especially on the go? Well, I guess I only have a couple questions. 🙂

  4. Cheeky Bums

    Hey Cerena, glad you found us! To answer your questions, this lasts me 3-4 weeks and I have a one year old, so I’m changing about 5-8 diapers a day (give or take). it’s hard to estimate, but hopefully that will give you a general idea. Also, the coconut oil is so diluted in this recipe that it doesn’t solidify even in cooler temps, so you should be fine!! If you have any other questions, just let me know! all the best! – kelsi

  5. Cerena

    Hi Kelsi! Thanks! One more question…do you use cloth while you’re out and about? If so, what do you store them in? Or do you keep them dry and spray them while not at home?

  6. Cheeky Bums

    Hey, yes, i do *try* to use cloth even when I’m out and about, but it’s not always realistic. If I *DO*, then I carry them dry in a planetwise bag, http://www.cheekybumsmarket.com/wet-bags/ and then I use a small spray bottle. This seems to be the easiest, but it’s just personal preference. Otherwise, I try to use the chlorine free/bleach free wipes when I’m out, whenever possible…

  7. I bought some Tea Tree Oil and it says on the bottle not to use on rashes or open sores. Does that mean you shouldn’t use it on wipes when baby has a rash or irritated bum or is it such a small amount that it doesn’t matter? Thanks for the great article too! It was really helpful: )

  8. Cheeky Bums

    Joanna, keep in mind, I’m a momma and not a doctor, but as long as the tea tree oil is HIGHLY diluted (which is why my recipe only calls for a few drops) then it’s fine on baby skin. it’s main purpose is as an anti-bacterial – so it helps keep bacteria from growing on the wipes. In addition, tea tree oil is best used at pharmaceutical grade, so that you know that there aren’t any weird additives. hope that helps! – kelsi

  9. Carissa Ambroziak

    Hello, about the coconut oil, do u use boiling water to make the coconut oil melt to a liquid?

    thank you

  10. Kelsi

    Carissa, yep, I do. coconut oil melts at 76’F, so anything over room temp will help it melt, but I usually boil mine to make it go faster and to sanitize things.

  11. Amber S

    I know you’re not supposed to use oils with cloth diapers, and I wash my wipes with my diapers… Will this cause issues? They also sit in the bin with the diapers until I wash them at the end of the day.

  12. Amber, obviously use your judgment, but after 4 years, I personally have not had any trouble. I also strip my diapers every 6 months or so, so if there is residue, it hasn’t been a problem for me.