Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Homemade baby wipe solution

A few weeks ago, I mentioned on Facebook that Carl and I were in the process of making our own baby wipe solution. We started out using Baby Bum Drops, but after going through one very expensive box ($13.95 for a three ounce container, and it only lasted about six weeks) we decided that DIY was the way to go. Carl spent some time researching/experimenting, and this is what we ultimately came up with ...


  • Two drops of lavender essential oil (we use Aura Cacia)
  • Two drops of sweet orange essential oil (again, Aura Cacia)
  • Two drop of baby shampoo (we use Burt's Bees Baby Bee)
  • 16-ounces of water
Mix everything together in a container that pours easily (we just grabbed a small Rubbermaid bottle from the kitchen) and shake. That is it! Nothing to it!

For the wipes themselves, right now we are using Prince Lionheart Warmies -- but I am not very impressed. After the first couple of times through the wash, they lost all their softness. Now, they just feel like a regular (cheap) wash cloth. I won't buy them again. I also bought the accompanying wipes warmer at a garage sale for $5. The seller assured me it worked, but when I got home I discovered it didn't work at all and some of the pieces were missing! I have no plans to get a new one, though, because after three months of cloth diapering, the idea of a wipes warmer seems totally unnecessary. We just use it to store and saturate the wipes (just because it is there), but you could use just about any container for that.

4 comments:

  1. Dawn, let me know if you would like me to sew some wipes for you (and what kind of fabric..eg. bamboo jersey maybe?)

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  2. Is the lavender essential oil for the smell only? I ask because I'd love to make my own wipe solution but lavender makes me sneeze like crazy!

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  3. Hi Sheryl -- Yes! I would love that! Not sure what type of fabric. Whatever you like would be great, I'm sure!

    Hi Tracy -- Lavender is meant to be relaxing/calming, but I am sure it would be totally fine to leave it out if it makes you sneeze.

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  4. If you are making your own wipes, flannel is great. It only gets softer with age and if, heaven forbid, your baby should get a rash that isn't solved by more homeopathic methods, the flannel wipes do a great job of protecting your cloth diapers from medicinal and rash creams. If you have a stack of flannel receiving blankets lying around those work great!

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