Make Your Own Natural Baby Wipes

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June 15, 2012 by Kimberly Beauchamp, ND

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I can’t stand the thought of slathering petrochemicals and phthalates on that brandy new sweet baby skin. Why not make every diaper change a truly clean one, without any synthetic fragrances or petroleum by-products touching your little one’s bum?

This simple recipe saves you money, uses less plastic, and is better for your baby’s skin than many store bought wipes. It’s all good.

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: 15 minutes

What You Need:

  • Roll of heavy-duty paper towels
  • Large serrated kitchen knife
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil or unrefined grapeseed oil
  • 2 tablespoons pure, unscented castile soap
  • 2 cups filtered water
  • Round plastic Rubbermaid container with tight fitting lid

Here’s How:

  1. Cut the paper towel roll in half, so that you end up with two shorter rolls.
  2. Remove the cardboard from the center of the roll.
  3. Mix liquid ingredients in a bowl with a pouring spout.
  4. Place paper towels into a Rubbermaid container, cut side down.
  5. Pour cleansing mixture evenly over the paper towels.
  6. Cover tightly and allow to sit for 10 minutes.
  7. To use wipes, pull gently from the center of the roll.
  8. Replace cover tightly after each use.


  • Avoid using mineral-based baby oils or nut oils (in case of allergy).
  • Try select-a-size towels to reduce the amount of paper towels you use.
  • Look for unbleached, 100% recycled paper towels like those from Ever-Green or Marcal Small Steps.
  • Try Dr. Bronner’s Baby Mild Liquid Soap for extra-gentle cleansing.
  • Look for a container that will accommodate the wipes without being too big. The paper towels should fit snugly into the container.
  • ‘Make-your-own wipes starter kits’ are a fun, cool gift to put together for a new or expectant mom.

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