Homemade Baby Wipes – Save on Diapering with This Frugal DIY

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Homemade Baby Wipes

Making homemade baby wipes is not only easy, it’s fun!  This homemade DIY version costs just pennies, which is much less than store-bought wipes (unless you’re taking advantage of some of our great Amazon deals on baby wipes).   You can save even more by using coupons for the paper towels, but don’t skimp on quality.  If you purchase flimsy paper towels they will disintegrate and not hold up to daily use.  Another idea is to use the liquid solution with fabric (such as a soft old t-shirt cut into squares) for baby wipes that can be used over and over again.

Another tip:  I adhered the instructions on how to make homemade baby wipes to the front of the container so it would be easy to find when I made them again.  These aren’t just for babies, either.  They are great to keep in the car for wiping messy hands on-the-go.

Homemade Baby Wipes
1 roll of Bounty (or another thick, quality brand) paper towels
2-1/4 cups of water
2 Tbsp. baby bath or shampoo
1 Tbsp. baby oil

Cut the roll of paper towels in half (an electric knife works well) and place in a container (a large plastic coffee can or a Rubbermaid container works well).  Mix all liquid ingredients together and pour over top of the towels.  When ready to use, remove the cardboard center and pull the paper towels up from the middle.  There you go:  Homemade baby wipes, fast, inexpensive and easy!

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Do you have any advice on how to make homemade baby wipes?  What has worked for you?  Leave your reply below.


  1. Christy says

    I’ve made these before but found that the paper towels got moldy if not used fast enough. Anybody else have that problem??

    • Kimberly Danger says

      I’ve never had mold issues, but it’s easy to see how that could happen if you live in an area with high humidity. You could also add a tsp. of vinegar to prevent that from happening next time.

  2. H says

    Wish I’d come across this sooner. Perhaps using a “regular” roll instead of the “mega” rolls would help avoid mold as well (smaller rolls instead of larger).

  3. Tami says

    I loved these and made them all the time after my son was born! Someone gave me a container of them w/ the “recipe” attached to it as part of a shower gift. They were much gentler on my son’s skin than commercial wipes. I never had a problem w/ them getting moldy or even musty smelling.

  4. Carrie says

    I make these all the time and have for the last 2 years! I use Viva papertowels as they are the softest and I put 5 eyedrops of Tea Tree oil in for smells…

  5. says

    For my cloth wipes, I add a little bit of tea tree oil to prevent mold.

    This same thing can be done with baby wash cloths to make cloth wipes (which is what I do).

  6. Caitlyn says

    I thought this was a wodnerful idea. I am having my first son in March and In was trying to find a cheaper way to get wipes and someone on parents posted this, and bot am I glad she did. Thanks to everyone for there ideas to make them better. =)

  7. Mary Ann says

    I have also made these and had problems with mold. Thanks for the advice on trying tea tree oil &/or vinegar!

  8. Donna L. says

    Just wanted to let everyone know…I made these for my 14 year old!! and she NEVER had a diaper rash:) And I loved the scent ..of course I had travel wipes too but I used these for home. Thanks for the memory and I will make them for the next shower.

  9. says

    I use cloth diapers and use 6×12″ strips of old t-shirt fabric for diaper liners (easier than rinsing out a whole diaper), and I also use them for wipes. Since we may have to rinse something, we change diapers in the bathroom. I keep the wipes next to the sink and wet them just before using them. If I need extra cleaning help, I use a spray bottle with mild cleaning agents and spritz her bum before a final wipe. Then the whole pile of diaper stuff goes into the pail for wash day.

  10. Amy says

    You might try using distilled water instead of tap water. Sometimes the minerals in regular water causes some funk. Besides tea tree oil you can also try lavender (with or instead).

  11. Keri B. says

    For the car (as we like to have them on hand, but don’t use them regularly), I like to store the wipes dry and use a small spray bottle with the solution in it to moisten each one as I need it.


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