How to Make Your Own Baby Wipes

Reusable or Disposable

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It's no surprise that babies are expensive. Between food, toiletries, diapers, clothes and toys, costs quickly add up. If you're looking for ways to save, you aren't alone. One trick that can save a surprising amount of money is making your own reusable baby wipes.

Using reusable wipes instead of buying packs of disposable wipes (which you can actually make yourself, too if you're really feeling savvy) can save you nearly $150 a year. It also reduces waste and puts you in total control of the products and ingredients that are touching your baby's body.

There are two different ways to make wipes: with cloth and with paper towels.

How to Make Reusable Cloth Wipes

Cloth wipes are reusable, so they cut down on waste, but making them requires a bit of sewing savvy. You could stitch cloth wipes by hand, but a sewing machine would save you time (and a headache).

That said, you don't have to be an expert at sewing to successfully complete this project. It takes about 20 minutes to make reusable cloth baby wipes.

Make sure that any products (such as soaps and oils) you use in your mixture are safe and non-toxic for babies and small children.

Supplies needed:

  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons baby oil
  • 2 tablespoons baby shampoo or baby wash
  • Receiving blankets, flannel shirts, baby washcloths
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Spray bottle


  1. Cut blankets, shirts, washcloths, etc. into 8x8 squares.
  2. Put two pieces of fabric on top of one another and use a serger or a tight zig-zag stitch around the edges to sew the pieces together.
  3. Make the wipe solution. Combine water, baby shampoo or baby wash, and baby oil into a spray bottle. Shake to mix.
  4. When you need to use a wipe, spray it with the wipe solution.
  5. Store dirty wipes in a small trash can.
  6. Rinse the soiled wipes before you toss them in the washing machine.
  7. Launder the wipes separately from the rest of your family's laundry and make sure to use the hot/sanitize setting on your machine.

How to Make Disposable Paper Towel Wipes

If you can't bring yourself to hop on the reusable wipe bandwagon, you can also make your own disposable wipes. Paper towel wipes are DIY disposables and they're super easy to make. Here's what you'll need:


  • 1 roll of premium paper towels
  • Serrated knife
  • Large bowl
  • Large liquid measuring cup
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon baby shampoo or baby wash
  • 1 tablespoon baby oil


  1. Cut a roll of paper towels in half using a sharp, serrated knife. Don't remove the cardboard tube.
  2. Mix water, baby shampoo or baby wash, and baby oil together in a liquid measuring cup.
  3. Put paper towels, cardboard tube and all, in a large bowl and pour liquid mixture on top. Let paper towels soak for 10 minutes.
  4. Flip the towels over and let soak for another 10 minutes. Adjust the amount of mixture and soaking time in order to completely saturate the towels.
  5. Once towels are soaked, pull out the cardboard tube. The wipes should dispense from the middle of the roll.

You could replace the paper towels with cloths to make the wipes reusable.

Storing the Disposable Wipes

Keep in mind that if you use natural or organic baby washes and oils in your wipe mixture, the lack of preservatives means these wipes don't have a months-long shelf life. These will be "fresh" for a few days up to a week. Store the wipes in the refrigerator. Keep them in a large plastic bag, an airtight plastic storage container, or an empty disposable wipe container.

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