Homemade Baby Wipes Recipe

The first couple weeks after having my third baby I just used store bought wipes and disposable diapers. I may try to be super frugal… but the complete lack of sleep when baby first comes home is hard enough without adding in any other variables. Then I started using my cloth wipes… but I couldn’t find my recipe for the wipes solution, so I was putting water on each wipe right before I used it. That got old fast! So I decided to tackle the huge pile of papers on my desk yesterday and I found it. My mother-in-law gave me this recipe over 6 years ago when I was pregnant with my first kiddo. It’s the same one she used on my husband, who’s now in his 30’s. So you can consider this to be a very tried and true homemade baby wipes recipe!

My baby just turned 1 month old and we’ve already gone through more than 4 large packs of wipes. So my savings estimates were definitely VERY conservative in my article on http://modernhomemakers.com/2011/09/how-to-make-reusable-baby-wipes-from-old-towels-2/

Homemade baby wipes recipe:

2 TBSP baby oil (I’ve used olive oil in a pinch)

2 TBSP Baby Bath (I’ve used Whole Foods shampoo in the past it and worked fine)

2.5 cups of water

I like to mix this up in a quart jar. The cups measurements are listed on the side of the jar so you don’t have to dirty another dish, and you can shake it to make sure it mixes really well! All you do is add together the ingredients, shake, and layer over your cloth wipes.

If you don’t want to use reusable wipes, but still want to save money you can use paper towels. My mother-in-law’s recipe says to cut towels in ½. Place cut side down in round container. Pour mixture into center of towels. Place on lid and turn upside down allowing mixture to seep thru towels. Leave for 15 minutes. Turn upright and remove cardboard center. Let set 15-20 minutes before use.

My mother-in-law passed away a few years ago, after fighting a losing battle to cancer. I try to find little ways of incorporating her traditions into my own. This way my kids get to know their grandma even if they wouldn’t otherwise have known or remembered her. Does anyone else have ideas for honoring love ones who have passed?



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4 Comments on “Homemade Baby Wipes Recipe

  1. We have a beautiful cake stand from my husband’s grandmother. It was a wedding gift when she got married. Every time we use it we make sure to tell stories to the kids about her. Having treasured items that used to belong to loved ones continues make them an every day part of your life.

    • That’s very special! It’s hard not getting to introduce our kiddos to people who were so important to us. I bet that’s how dad has felt all these years that we never got to meet Grandpa Happy 🙁

  2. Thanks for the recipe. Thinking of starting this in the new year. I have some of my grandma’s ornaments, they are little pigs in different outfits. Everytime we get them out I talk about Grandma S and think about her.

    • I hope you put those ornaments hight up on your tree! I would feel HORRIBLE if my kids broke them!

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