Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 0 mins

This is a cheap alternative to store bought baby wipes. It takes a very little amount of time and effort to make and use. You control the ingredients.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 package cloth-like paper towels (not the cheapest papery type)
  • 2 cups hot water, boiled
  • 1 tablespoon baby bath soap or 1 tablespoon baby shampoo
  • 1 tablespoon oil (baby oil, mineral oil, massage oil)
  • 1 tablespoon lotion (baby lotion or regular)
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar (to inhibit mold)


  1. Saw the paper towels in half lengthwise with a serrated kitchen knife (not your best one ... this can't be "good" for it). Mix the hot water and following ingredients:
  2. Put the half roll in a plastic container that has a lid, Tupperware-type, empty roll-type baby wipe container, etc.
  3. Shredded side down -- I pick as much of the shredded paper off as I can -- otherwise you leave "lint balls" on your baby's bum.
  4. Pour the water solution over the roll.
  5. (Don't worry about the cardboard tube.) Let sit about 5 minutes, then turn upside down for 5 more minutes to saturate the roll.
  6. Now the cardboard tube will pull out easily.
  7. Pull a "wipe" from the center.
  8. I make one roll at a time and wash the container well between uses. (Note: Mold can be an issue. Suggestions include using Johnson & Johnson soap or 4 drops of tea tree oil to inhibit mold.)
Most Helpful

These are GREAT!!! My friend used them, and she said she would never go back to ordinary wipes again! I tried them once and liked them alot, but cant switch until I use up my couple boxes of wipes that I got on sale. These are great for babies with allergies to other wipes.

~*Miss Diggy*~ September 25, 2002

I found a recipe similar to this one on Pinterest and wanted to make it up 1) because I needed an alternative way to clean off my makeup without irritating my skin and 2) because I wanted to be a tester for when my brand new grandchild arrives in October and have something on hand for Mommy to use. Having a cottage business in making toiletry products, I am well aware of what nasty products are put in baby soaps and bath oils.... enough to run the other way! To achieve a clean product, use natural oils like Coconut Oil, Palm, Jojoba oil or even Olive oil. I would really stay away from Baby oil, mineral oil and massage oils as they have way too many preservatives and smells. As much as we love the "baby" smell, lotions carry way too much smell and are not really needed in this recipe...just double up on the oils. I used Glycerine in exchange for the lotion and about 1-1/2 tsp white vinegar. To take it one step further, you could use grapeseed extract or vitamin E as a preservative. To prevent mold, start off with a clean container, use boiling water, but make sure hands are (relatively) clean before reaching for a wipe. Mold starts with exposure to air, so make sure that your container is water proof. I left for holidays for 10 days and took my wipes in a plastic bag and they survived without any mold. As for the results, I have never, ever found a commercial product that could duplicate the feel and condition of my skin. I would truly recommend this to anyone who has sensitive skin!

Abby Girl October 01, 2012

These work great. Thanks!

drinkmore April 30, 2011