Yes, you can make your own Reusable Baby Wipes! I was a bit dubious about this at first, but when I had my second baby and started using cloth nappies, it seemed a natural transition to start using cloth wipes too. I’d been making my Disposable Baby Wipes when I had my daughter, so I was already into DIY baby wipes. Why not give reusable wipes a go? So, I did, and haven’t looked back since!
We want the best for our babies, so why would we use store-bought chemical-laden wipes against their precious sensitive skin? I get it, the convenience of having the packet there, but seriously, these are so quick and easy to make. Plus, you can still use your wipes in the nappy bag, just chuck a few in a ziploc bag or container* before you head out.
Give it a go and it will become second nature. You will wonder why you didn’t start doing it sooner! Once my daughter was old enough, she used to love helping me make her wipes, and she helps me make her baby brothers now!
You may like to also check out my Disposable Baby Wipes recipe. Personally, I make both – I keep the reusable ones at the change table and the disposable ones in the bedroom for the late night and early changes (our babe sleeps in a co-sleeper in our room).
*If you are trying to make more environmentally sound choices, and wish to support small Australian business, you may want to check out Laminated Cotton Shop. I use their reusable food bags for heaps of things – including taking my DIY Baby Wipes on the go.
Reusable Baby Wipes
- Jug or bowl
- Spoon or whisk for stirring
- 12 drops Lavender essential oil
- 12 drops Tea Tree essential oil
- Baby Wipes Vinyl Label Available in Black, White and Grey
- Make Master Blend by adding Fractionated Coconut Oil, Castile Soap and essential oils to Pump Bottle
- Shake bottle of Master Blend to combine Fractionated Coconut Oil and essential oils
- Put ⅓ wipes in wipes container
- Add 1½ tablespoons of master blend to 2 cups of boiled, then cooled water
- Pour a third of the mixture over the wipes in your wipes container.
- Add another third of your wipes into the container and pour another third of the mixture over the wipes.
- Add the remaining wipes and mixture to the wipes container
- Once you have made your master blend, all you will need to do to remake wipes when you run out is to follow the steps to add the blend to the water and pour over the wipes. I do this in thirds so that the mixture disperses evenly through the wipes.
- Note that you can also use distilled water in this recipe. You can purchase this at the supermarket, but it does come in a plastic bottle - and of course, you have to pay for it. I prefer to boil the kettle, make a cup of tea, then by the time my tea is finished the water is cool enough to make the wipes. If you use boiled water straight from the kettle, this can affect the properties of the essential oils which is why I recommend to let the water cool first.
- You can use whatever size bottle you like to make your master blend. The recipe is simple - just half the bottle of Castile Soap and the other half Fractionated Coconut Oil.