Whether you already have a stockpile of essential oils or you are ready to try your hand at them for the first time, these Homemade Reusable Baby Wipes are a great place to start! They are gentler on your baby's skin than the store bought kind that contains harmful ingredients- the least of which are alcohol and fragrance.
Most wipe recipes use a roll of paper towels cut in half, but I prefer to make my own reusable wipes. They are very soft on the skin and are another way to keep harmful chemicals and wipes out of the landfill. Reusable wipes can be a great addition to your cloth diapers or disposables. Fleece is great for this as it does not fray when washed so their is no need to hem the edges, and it is of course soft on your babies tender skin.
Homemade Reusable Baby Wipes
- 1 cup distilled water
- 1 T. coconut oil
- 2 tsp. Dr. Bronner's Castile soap, unscented
- 5 drops Lavender essential oil
- large container with tight fitting lid
While it is not at all necessary, you might consider picking up a Rotary Cutting Set for projects like this. It makes cutting a breeze and easy to keep uniform sizes. These sets are great for sewing or any other fabric projects.
1. I cut my wipes into 5″ x 5″ squares because that is a good size and also it just happened to be the size of my clear sewing ruler so it made it much easier. You can use the rotary cutter or scissors to prepare your wipes fabric.
2. Next, combine your water, coconut oil, Dr. Bronner's Castile soap, and essential oils in your container. Stir well to combine completely.
3. Stuff your container full of your fabric wipes, stirring and wringing them with your hands until all are soaked. When they are to your desired dampness stop adding more wipes to the container.
4. If you are already using cloth diapers, you can use whatever method you use to pre-rinse your diapers before tossing in the washer. I do not recommend using fabric softener on these as it will make them less absorbent and adds another chemical to their skin.
5. When your wipes run low it is easy to just make up another batch. I spent about $2 on half a yard and made dozens of wipes. The savings will be phenomenal!