Here on Simple Life Mom, I try to give other ladies and moms tools for a completely toxin free environment: pure bath product recipes, makeup recipes, healthy drinks, essential oil use, fresh food ingredients, and other natural living ideas. Homemade baby wipes are great to have around, even if your kids are older.
I actually use these homemade baby wipes with a different set of essential oils as disinfectant wipes (click here for disinfectant essential oils – not for babies, obviously). These wipes are very versatile, depending on your needs.
Homemade Baby Wipes DIY
Now on to the recipe! There’s a reason you’ll want to switch to making your own baby wipes. The ingredients that are in normal wipes from the store is shocking. There are ingredients like Disodium EDTA, Polysorbate 20, Tetrasodium EDTA, a lot of different types of parabens, plus chemical fragrances and other unwanted ingredients.
And this is something you put on new, developing skin?
Choose healthy ingredients that will nourish your skin and your baby’s skin by making homemade baby wipes instead.
I chose ingredients that would help neutralize the acidic nature of urine and bring the ph level of the skin more quickly back to normal. For that reason, I don’t use apple cider vinegar. Instead, I use aloe, and avocado oil for their healing and alkaline properties.
You’ll need high quality paper towels with no added ingredients. Don’t buy anti-bacterial, moisturizers, etc. Instead, buy strong plain paper towels – or use cotton baby washcloths that can be rinsed and thrown in the wash.
Carefully cut the roll in half with a large knife so that you have 2 square rolls. You can usually bend and pull out the center tube at this time. If you can’t, just leave it. It’s not a big deal.
Re-purpose an old wipes container or use a plastic container with a sealing lid.
Liquid soap is also alkaline and will help to balance the pH of the skin and allow impurities to be easily removed.
Avocado oil is a great for nourishing skin and will be jut enough to gently replenish oils as the skin is cleansed.
Essential oils are optional, but if you prefer lavender’s ability to calm irritated skin and calm through aromatherapy, go ahead and add a few drops. Other essential oils that are gentle on small children are chamomile, cedarwood, and sweet orange. I don’t recommend using essential oils on infants, but for older children you can use up to a 0.5% dilution, which is up to 16 drops of gentle essential oils in 2 cups of liquid.
Putting it All Together:
Wash hands really well.
Place all ingredients in a large bowl and whisk together rapidly. The oil will sit on top until slightly emulsified by your whisking.
Once the oil is thoroughly mixed in, place one of the paper towel squares into the bowl and let it soak up all of the ingredients. Turn as needed until all of the liquid is absorbed.
Homemade Baby Wipes with Natural Ingredients
- Cut paper towel roll in half so that you have two large squares. Remove center cardboard if you can.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together aloe liquid, rose water, liquid soap, avocado oil, and essential oil until oil no longer sits on top.
- Lower one half of the paper towel roll into the liquid and let it soak up the liquid. Turn if necessary.
- Place in a plastic sealable container until ready to use.