My Three Favorite Homemade Wipes Solution Recipes!

I often suggest that to make cloth diapering successful, you need to keep things as simple as possible. For me…keeping it simple means I use a concentrate like Lusa Baby Wipe Juice, mix it with water and add to a spray bottle. Viola! I have wipes solution! Not to mention that one bottle makes enough that it lasted a year and a half here.

But I know lots of people want to make wipes solution at home. So here are three of my favorite cloth diaper safe wipes solution recipes! Just mix, add to your favorite spray bottle or wipes container and you are ready to go!

There are 4 main ingredients in wipes solutions.

  • Water- cleanses and dilutes other ingredients. IMPORTANT: Use distilled water or boil it first (obviously let it cool before use!). If you don’t at least use filtered water, you could run it through something like a Brita. This helps to prevent yucky things like bacteria from growing in the water.
  • Oil- I have heard of people using baby oil. I don’t suggest this as baby oil is made from mineral oil, a petroleum based product. I prefer to use oils from my kitchen instead…coconut oil, olive oil or sunflower oil.
  • Soap- helps to clean tiny bums of pee and poo. Many recipes call for baby wash. I prefer an all-natural baby wash, such as Earth Momma Angel Baby Shampoo and Body Wash. Plus, the Earth Momma has a natural, yummy smell. Many commercially available washes have ingredients that are as harmful as those chemicals found in some disposable wipes.
  • Essential Oils- this step is optional. But when using a quality, organic and pure essential oil (i.e. Young Living or DoTerra) you get amazing benefits such as antibacterial properties, healing powers and they smell good too!

Basic Wipes Solution

(Use your favorite oil and soap) I suggest coconut oil and Earth Momma Angel Baby Shampoo and Body Wash or Dr. Bonner’s Organic Castile Soap.

-1 ½ cup distilled or filtered water

-2 tbsp melted (…coconut oil, olive oil, grapeseed oil, sunflower oil)

-2 tbsp liquid soap or baby wash

 

Anti-Fungal Wipes Solution

This is a good one for treating and preventing yeast infection rashes. Leave out the vinegar if using on raw skin, as it will aggravate it.

-1/2 cup distilled water

-1 tsp white vinegar

-1 tsp calendula oil

-5 drops lavender oil

-5 drops tea tree oil

-1/4 cup 100% aloe vera gel

 

Lavender and Tea Tree Oil Wipes Solution

Great for rash prevention

-1/8 cup olive oil

-1 ½ cup distilled water

-1 tsp baby shampoo

-2 drops tea tree oil

-4 drops lavender oil

 

You can play with different combinations of the oils or baby washes and shampoos to see which you like best and which works best for YOU and your baby. Just try to use organic and all natural ingredients, as they are better for baby.

I would only make one small batch at a time. Some of these ingredients act as a natural preservatives (like vinegar). If you are using what you make in a few months you won’t run the risk of anything going bad before you have the chance to finish it.

Any of you already make your own wipes solution at home? What is your favorite recipe?

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About Jennifer Reinhardt

Jennifer is a WAHM to one beautiful little girl named Sophia. She closed her business, Curves, when she found out she was pregnant so she could stay home with her. Now she spends her time spreading the love of fluff and sharing common sense answers that help to make cloth diapers easy for everyone.

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37 Responses to “My Three Favorite Homemade Wipes Solution Recipes!”

  1. Deborah D Says:

    I will let my sister see this post. It will save her money.

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  2. Amber Ludwig Says:

    Ooh pinning this!! I love that you included an anti rash and anti fungal one!!

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  3. Olivia Shoemaker Says:

    Do you use a spray bottle and spray their bum or soak the cloths? I just have folded washcloths in a disposable wipes container. I’ve never used them yet so not sure how to start!

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  4. Jessica C. Says:

    Thanks! We’re EBF so I’m just using water right now, but I’ll pin this in case we end up needing a solution!

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  5. Alyssa Says:

    Can you recommend a particular brand of aloe? All I can find online is aloe gel or aloe juice drinks!

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    • Jennifer Reinhardt Says:

      Hi Alyssa, The cheaper the aloe vera gel the thicker and gloppier it is. So I would say to buy a little higher end bottle to avoid that. Or you can use less if you have one that is thicker.

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  6. Angela Says:

    Hi. Can I use Aveeno baby wash? I tried one recipe with it that was 1 Tbs wash, 1Tbs coconut oil and 1 cup water. It was very soapy and I was afraid to wash the wipes with my diapers which defeats the purpose to me. If I up my water will that fix my problem or do I need to get Castile soap? Thanks for any input!

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    • Jennifer Reinhardt Says:

      I haven’t personally made a mix with aveeno. But washes are designed to be soapy. You’d likely always have an issue with the suds. The only thing you can do is try using less of the aveeno, or maybe try something else.

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  7. Katie Says:

    Question: Can I wash cloth wipes with my diapers? Or will the soap and oil be an issue? I’ve been cd for over a year now and have just started with the wipes. It’s a pain to have to keep disposable wipes seperate from the diapers (if they’re poopy).

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  8. Rachel Gerrein Says:

    Thanks for this post! I’ve been using Kissaluv’s concentrate (only adding a little bit of witch hazel, mostly water) and couldn’t figure out why it kept growing things!! The instructions on the concentrate didn’t say anything about using boiled or distilled water. I’ll definitely try that next time!

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  9. Juliana Says:

    Hi There!! If I wet the wipes using the 3rd solution recipe you have and put them into a wipe warmer container, will they stay or am I better off just leaving them in a spray bottle? Thanks!

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    • Jennifer Reinhardt Says:

      I personally like leaving the solution in a bottle as there is much less chance of spoiling. Using distilled or boiled water also helps

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  10. Amanda Coppom Says:

    Hi there!
    As part of our nap and bed time routine I like to wipe down my Daughter’s face and hands with a warm wash cloth, and I also use cloth wipes for her bum. We live in a very dry climate, so being gentle with her skin is a big consideration.
    Do you think it would make more sense for me to use a wipe without soap for her face? The shampoo I use is Weleda Baby Calendula shampoo & wash.

    Thanks for the great recipes! I’ve been looking for confirmation that Coconut oil is a good choice!

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    • Jennifer Reinhardt Says:

      Hi Amanda! I think that if you’ve been doing it all along and haven’t had any issues, then there’s probably no reason to change it now.

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  11. Charlene Says:

    Do you start with the basic solution then add the other ingredients? Or can you just make a batch using the ingredients listed without adding to the basic solution?

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    • Jennifer Reinhardt Says:

      You use the ingredients to make a solution. But I imagine that as long as you do your research you can certainly find other recipes. These are just my favorites Charlene :)

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  12. Samantha Says:

    I use 2 drops tea tree, 2-4 drops lavender( depending on spray bottle size) and 2 tbsp’s of witch hazel(with aloe) and fill the rest of the bottle with warm water. I keep my wiped dry and folded into a wipe container.

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  13. Jordyn Says:

    Yay! Thanks for this post! I’m really excited to have found your blog as I am due in two short weeks with my first babe and planning on going the cloth route.

    As far as wipes solution goes, would I be able to prep a big batch of one of these and then store it in mason jars? Or is there a certain amount of time that the solution stays good for?

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    • Jennifer Reinhardt Says:

      Hi Jordyn, The ones with Tea tree oil might be ok as that is an antimicrobial. How much were you planning on making at a time?

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  14. Anna R Says:

    Great info! If I use soap in the solution, is it necessary to rinse/wipe after with just water or is it mild enough that there is no need?

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    • Jennifer Reinhardt Says:

      You are only using a little bit of soap, so all you have to do is wipe dry and you are good to go Anna.

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  15. Christine Says:

    I am new to cloth wipes and am doing the 1c water, 2tbs coconut oil, 2tbs susan browns baby wash. I cannot get them to last longer than 3-4 days without then smelling like mildew. I don’t have the time to make the solution twice a week and I really would like to continue to use cloth wipes. Any suggestions on preventing mildew? I used my tap water regularly the first time, then I tried boiling it first and that didn’t help either. :-(

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    • Jennifer Reinhardt Says:

      Hi Christine! I think added a few drops of tea tree oil could solve your issue. Adjust amount according to how much solution you are making.

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  16. Mary Says:

    I just put a few drops of tea tree and lavender in the wipe container with water and some Mother’s Special Blend. I use tap water but it is not in there that long. Tea tree and lavender are also anti bacterial. http://mandj34.com/cloth-baby-wipes/

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  17. Amanda C Says:

    What about essential oils besides lavendar? My mom and I are both allergic to lavender (and daddy can’t change the diapers 100% of the time).

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  18. Athena Says:

    I love using 2 cups of water, 2 Tablespoons of doterra fractionated coconut oil, 3 drops doterra lavender oil and 3 drops doterra roman chamomile oil. So simple, I fold my wipes into a container and pour the solution on top and send to day care for the week. I do another for home. I use the Oxo wipes container, no mildew at all and great scent on the babies bum. Sunday I make both containers and I’m set for the week.

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    • Kara Says:

      I have been doing almost the same thing, and I also store mine in an OXO wipes container. I haven’t been using the coconut oil, and I was using lavender instead of roman chamomile. I have that oil though, so I will try it this week when I make my wipes. Thanks! :)

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  19. Diana Says:

    How do you keep the coconut oil in solution?

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    • Jennifer Reinhardt Says:

      Hi Diana, Once the coconut oil has been melting and mixed in the solution it should stay in a liquid state. Just give the sprayer a good shake before each use and you should be good to go!

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    • Athena Says:

      if you use doTerra’s fractionated coconut oil that solves the problem. It removes teh fragrance (which is good and bad depending on whether you like it or not) and the oil is liquid form at room temp. :)

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  20. Marie Says:

    Ah I see. Good to know! Thanks. I just keep my wipes dry and wet them as needed, but have thought multiple times about using a solution amd putting them in a wipes box. Thanks!

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    • Jennifer Reinhardt Says:

      I still keep my wipes dry and use the solutions in a spray bottle. It works great for us! Also good for the diaper bag. You can use the solution in a wipes container with great results as well!

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  21. Marie Says:

    Hi there! I have a question, I am a reusable wipe user and I just use warm water out of the tap. This is the first time I have heard to use distilled… why is that so important?

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    • Jennifer Reinhardt Says:

      Tap water has bacteria in it. Most of it is harmless, some maybe not so much. But if you use plain tap water the bacteria may be able to multiply quickly depending on which recipe and ingredients you use. That means your solution will go bad faster. Like leaving food out on the counter…

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