Why We Make our Baby Wipes: A Recipe Safe for Mama and Baby (and Your Furry Friends, too!)

After sharing my post on cloth diapering, I received requests for information regarding the baby wipes I make. Funny enough, the two people asking me wanted to know for their dogs, not necessarily for kids. I’ve used these wipes with Margaret as well as myself. They’re super handy for cleaning your hands on the go as well.


When Jeremy and I started cloth diapering, I wanted to start making my own wipes. I reached out to my friend Meredith for suggestions. She sent me a recipe that includes Ava Anderson products. (Note: Ava Anderson is now Pure Haven Essentials. Check them out at Meredith’s consultant site. I do not yet have experience with the Pure Haven products. I will update this post once I have used them).

Here is the recipe for homemade wipes solution:

  • 1 Roll paper towels (I use Bounty select-a-size. I do not recommend store brand, as they tend to fall apart)
  • 2 cups distilled water
  • 2 tablespoons PUREhaven baby wash and shampoo
  • 1 tablespoon PUREhaven hands on the go
  • 2 tablespooons olive oil (also can use warm coconut oil; I’ve used only olive oil)

Prepping the paper towels:

  • Cut the paper towel roll in half (we use a bread knife, which works well)
  • Tear apart the paper towel sheets
  • Fold paper towels as instructed in this video. I like having them folded for the pop-up effect.
  • Pour wipe solution over folded paper towels and let them soak for a few minutes. I pour around all sides of my stacks, which seems to distribute the solution well.
  • Transfer to container of your choice. I prefer Huggies wipes containers.

There are several size rolls of paper towels you can use. If you get the larger rolls, you’ll need to either 1.5x or double the other ingredients. Your desired amount of wipe solution will also depend on how wet you want the wipes to be.

If I use a huge roll of paper towels, these wipes last me about 2 weeks. The solution stays fresh and we’ve had no issues with molding or the wipes getting funky. I generally like to use up our wipes within 1-2 weeks just to be safe.

I have not done my own cost comparison, but the recipe Meredith provided for me states these homemade wipes are about half the price of Huggies wipes. To me, knowing that I am using a product free of harmful chemicals is more important than nickle and dime-ing a cost comparison.

Well there you are! If you have any questions, please contact me or leave a comment below. Enjoy!


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