Homemade Wipes Solution Recipes

I’m sure there are some of you wondering what I use to wet down my homemade cloth wipes.  Well, folks my truly flibbertigibbet personality hasn’t allowed me to land on one wipes solution I use consistently, but there are three that have been my favorites over the years that I’ll share here, along with tons of links to others!

Amy’s Wipes Solution #1 (aka Froo-Froo Solution)

You’ll need a container of some sorts like an old disposable wipes box.  (I do know some people who use spray bottles to wet down wipes individually with their favorite solution, but I am not coordinated enough to accurately aim a spray bottle at a square piece of cloth…go figure)  I fill the container with wipes and then pour over this solution:

Mix together:
2 c. warm water
1/4 c. aloe vera gel (I use Lily of the Desert)
2 tsp baby shampoo (I use Burt’s Bees)
1 tsp vinegar
5 drops lavender essential oil (I use Aura Cacia)
5 drops tea tree oil (also Aura Cacia)

Amy’s Wipes Solution #2 (aka Diaper Rash Solution)
Once again, you’ll need a container.  Fill with wipes and pour this solution over it:

Mix together:
2 c. water
1 tsp vinegar

Gently and liberally wipe diaper area.  Let air dry.

Amy’s Wipes Solution #3 (aka Simply Lazy Solution)

Warm tap water on dry wipe as needed

(Can you guess which one I use when I’m pregnant or overwhelmed or both?)

Here are links to more wipes solutions you might be interested in trying.  Got a favorite of your own?  Share it here in the comments section!

Diaper Jungle Wipes Recipes
Natural Birth & Baby Care Wipes Recipes
MakeBabyStuff.com Wipes Recipes
Zany Zebra Wipes Recipes

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  1. In this day in age where things are filled with so many un natural products, these offer us a great alternative that is safe to use.

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

  2. I fill a pump bottle with my solution, and squirt it directly on my baby’s bottom when needed, and wipe with wet (water) cloth wipe.

    In steps as I fill the bottle:
    About half full witch hazel
    Not quite to the top hot water
    Some small chunks of olive oil soap bar
    A few drops of tea tree oil

    I’m impressed that you measure! :)
    ~Melissa

  3. I love love love cloth wipes (almost as much as the diapers.) Unfortunately, my 5 yr old loves loves loves to climb up on the changing table and play in the wipe solution. Ugh! I keep mine simple, a squirt of baby wash (I like California Baby) in warm water. I Dip each wipe in the water as needed so they don’t sit in water and get stinky. I also change the water every morning so the first diaper change is warm and soapy to get off the over night pee smell. :)

  4. Ha ha- I’m all over that third one! I was so prepared with my first baby. Now, I look around and if I don’t see any handy, I grab a washcloth and wet it with warm water. You know what? It works. The things we spend money on sometimes!

  5. i’ve been getting way lazy and using disposable wipes lately. but your recipes made me “think” about getting lessy lazy. :)

  6. Amy,
    Hopefully, at some point I can get a post up on all the links and tricks I used when I first started making diapers. It is VERY rewarding to make your own!
    Blessings,
    Amy

  7. As a mother of four under five and hoping for more we are digging to find ways to cut the budget and we have now come to diapers. We are thinking of switching to cloth but it hadn’t even occured to me to make my own. I want to know everything that you know about it. I also never occured to me to make cloth wipes. I am no sewing expert but am willing to give it a shot.

  8. My absolute favorite site for making your own diapers is this one:
    http://fernandfaerie.com/frugaldiapering.html

    As for fabrics, I started w/ flannel. It’s good, it’s cheap, and it works. My favorite to use now is cotton sherpa, but it is hard to come by and not what I would call cheap, unless you go through coops…and even then, not necessarily “cheap”. (check out yahoogroups for groups that go in together to get discounted prices on diapering fabrics) If you are really wanting to go cheap, then do flannel or a combo of flannel and t-shirts (as shown on the linked site).

    For covers, I recommend PUL (also can be bought through coops or directly from Fabrite or other diapering sites). Buy yourself a little girl’s dress & bloomer pattern or baby layette pattern and use the bloomer pattern for your cover pattern as a pull-on cover. (my favorite is McCall’s 4280 purchased at WalMart for about $3) the most important thing to note here is that you MUST use polyester thread.

    I’m hoping to do a post sometime in the next few months on making your own diapers and covers, but just haven’t found the time to hit the sewing room!

    Feel free to email me at amy @ raisingarrows dot net if you want to chat more about this near-and-dear topic!
    Blessings,
    Amy

  9. Love your site! I followed your link on an earlier post to The Diaper Jungle, and looked up every single link they listed on sewing your own diapers. It seems really overwhelming. We’re adopting an international baby and are looking for ways to cut expenses. If you could recommend just one site, just one diaper style, just one set of fabrics — what would you recommend for a (economically challenged!) person getting started?

  10. my midwife told us to just use water with a touch of … olive oil :) not much, just a touch in a squirt bottle and i shake it well before wetting the wipe.. (or rather I DID do it back when I was using my cloth wipes… I really need to dig them out and get them ready for Peanut huh…)

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