Homemade Baby Wipe Solutions

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Homemade Baby Wipe Solutions

I’m all about cutting costs here and there, and making homemade baby wipe solution is a great way to save a couple of bucks while still leaving your little one’s bum smelling nice! I used to use plain water (which, don’t get me wrong, works just fine), but I found that I really needed something scented to wipe down the bum (especially after my little guy slept all night in a wet fitted diaper). I really like my BALM! Baby Wipe Solution, but there are also some great recipes out there for wipes solutions that you can make with things you might already have around the house.

In this article, we want to share some recipes from respondents who filled out our Cloth Diaper Accessories Survey. Because we want to give you the BEST recipes, we have only included those which got scores of a 4 or higher (on a scale of 1-5) for both preventing rashes and smelling good.


Before we hop into the recipes, I do want to share a few notes:

What is Castile Soap?

Castile Soap is made from 100% plant oils and is biodegradable. Several soaps and cleaners on the market contain animal products (such as tallow). Castile Soap is a product used both in health and beauty, but also in creating eco-friendly floor cleaners (I personally use it to make my own cleaning products based on the recipes provided at I Heart Organizing). You can find it in the beauty section at Target or on Amazon.

Are Tea Tree Oil and Lavender Oil Safe for Boys?

The jury is still out on this one. The New England Journal of Medicine conducted a study in 2007 that showed that boys repeatedly exposed to tea tree oil and lavender oil may developed enlarged breast tissue prior to puberty (prepubertal gynecomastia). The study does raise some questions based on the methods, particularly in regards to WHAT product was used on the children and the quality of the oils in that product. I am a little biased on this one since I used to work for an Environmental Health company under NIEHS–I personally use it minimally on my son. I really wish they did more follow-up studies on this (If you know of one, please let me know!). You can read the NIH report on this HERE.

Can Using Essential Oils Cause Repelling?

There are quite a few factors that would determine this answer–What is the water to oil ratio in your wipe solution? How much water do you use in your machine? How many diapers do you put into each load? Basically I would say to try it. If you end up with repelling, a good strip could help get those oils off. You can always tweak your solution to have less oil.

NOTE: We know there are a lot of different wipe solutions out there and we hope to not duplicate recipes. We are simply recording recipes that readers have provided. If you are a blogger or a reader who has posted or seen this recipe elsewhere, please let us know so that we can link to that source.


Liquid Castile Soap + Essential Oils

Aimee’s Blend

  • 2-3 c. warm water
  • 1 drop of liquid castile soap
  • 3-6 drops each tea tree and lavender essential oil (6 drops tea tree if baby has any irritation)

Keara’s Blend

  • 1 Tbsp Castille Soap (we use lavender soap)
  • Few drops Lavender EO
  • Few Drops Tea Tree Oil EO
  • Fill remainder of spray bottle with warm water and shake to mix ingredients.

Liquid Castile Soap

Dana’s Blend

  • A few drops of Dr Bronners in a few cups of water

Baby Wash

Elizabeth G’s Blend

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 capful Johnsons Baby Wash
  • 1 capful Johnson’s baby oil
  • (Tip: When LO has a diaper rash I add more baby oil than baby wash.)

Emily R’s Blend

  • 1/2 roll paper towels
  • 1 cup boiled water
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon organic baby soap

Baby Wash + Essential Oils

Meghan’s Blend

  • 4 cups water
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/8 cup baby wash
  • 2-3 drops tea tree oil

Baby Wash + Coconut Oil

Katie W’s Blend

  • Melt about a tsp of coconut oil in warm water
  • Stir in a tsp of baby wash, and soak wipes in it.

Baby Wash + Baby Oil

Leah’s Blend

  • 1tbs baby shampoo
  • 1/2tbs baby oil in an average sized spray bottle
  • Fill the bottle with water.

Baby Wash + Jojoba/Olive Oil + Essential Oils

Karolina’s Blend

  • 2 cups of water
  • 1tbsp jojoba or olive oil
  • 1pump of baby wash
  • 2 drops of tea tree oil
  • 3-5drops of grapefruit oil.

Baby Wash + Baby Oil + Essential Oils

Heather H’s Blend

  • 1/8 cup baby oil
  • 1 Tablespoon lavender baby shampoo or wash
  • 8 drops tea tree oil
  • 10 drops lavender oil
  • 3 cups water
  • Shake & store in a closed bottle
  • Make a 3-4 cup batch & keep it in the fridge in a bottle or tupperware container.
  • Fill spray bottles as needed.

Do you have a favorite wipe solution, whether it be homemade or store-bought? Please hop on over to our Cloth Diaper Accessories Survey and fill out a survey on it.

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Tara Porter

Tara Porter began using cloth diapers in 2011 when she felt that using disposable diapers was costing too much money. The problem was, a lot of the highly recommended diapers weren’t working for her baby. What she finally discovered was that her baby was skinny and a heavy wetter, and that diapers worked differently for those baby types. Because of her professional work with survey design and statistics, she designed Padded Tush Stats as a way to determine how different cloth diapers worked on different babies.

Tara moved on to other career endeavors in 2014 but can still be found online blogging about health and fitness at Fit Baby Steps.
  • BoiseFamily

    It’s neat to see such a variety of recipes. Thanks to all who shared what they make and use.

  • Colleen

    I also use castile soap and tea tree oil. Castile soap has changed my life! It is amazing!!

  • AJS

    Thank you for compiling all of these recipes! I will be referring to this post time and time again once my baby is born! THANKS!

  • Donna-Lynn Craig

    Will have to try some of these recipes. love using homemade wipes!!!

  • Melissa Morgan

    Oh thank you for the variety of recipes! I keep seeing solutions for purchase, but was really hoping to make my own and save some moola!

  • Megan

    Just want to put in my two cents. Essential oils- if they are pure and undiluted in carrier oils – will NOT cause any repelling. Essential oils do not act in any way like a vegetable oil or something similar. They evaporate when exposed to air (which is why you need to leave the caps on the bottles!) and do NOT cause oily residue. A good way to test if your EO has been cut with a carrier oil is to put a drop of it on a piece of toilet paper. If the drip does not evaporate and disappear in a bit of time (the amount differs with every oil. give it a day to be absolutely sure, but some could take as little as 20 mins) and leaves a greasy stain instead, it is NOT pure and shouldn’t be used on your diaper.
    I’m a cloth diapering mama and an aromatherapist. I use EO’s regularly in all my diaper endeavours.

  • Selina

    This page shows how the study done in 2007 about tea tree and lavender was poorly constructed. Tea tree and lavender oils are perfectly safe.

    http://aromatichealth.ca/2011/07/are-lavender-and-tea-tree-oils-estrogenic/