Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Homemade Wipes Solution

So in the last leg of total cloth diapering is using cloth wipes. I had purchased FuzziBunz double sided cloth wipes but had not been brave enough to actually make the jump from disposable to cloth wipes. I finally decided it was time and thought it would be wise to try them out while I still had disposable wipes on hand just in case.
Since I already had the wipes the next step was to find a recipe for a solution. I searched the web and my favorite DIY blog and eventually landed on this website. I liked it because of all the different recipes it had to offer. I ended up adjusting the basic wipes solution a little to my own liking.
Basic Wipes Solution:
  • 1 Tbs. Liquid Castile Soap (I used Dr. Bronner's Unscented Baby-Mild)
  • 3 Drops Apricot Oil (Burt's Baby Bees)
  • 2 c. water (or more as needed)
I measured the water then added the oil then soap. I did it in this order to avoid suds. Then just pour over wipes. You can also keep in a spray bottle and spray each wipe as you need it, but since I have a wiggly bear I opted to have them pre-moistened. The only disadvantage is that I have to keep a close eye on them to make sure the wipes don't get musty or mildew. So I'm just checking it daily. I only put in 10 wipes at a time which should last about 2 days or less.

I put mine in an old wipes container that has a hole for the wipes to continuously feed through, but with cloth wipes I was concerned I would have to be digging in the hole just to get the next wipe. Being the problem solving wizard that I am, I folded the wipes so that they interconnect and as each wipe is pulled out the next one is partially pulled through and ready for the next time I need it. It takes a little more time on the front end but is well worth it when the little man is wiggling around and I need a wipe ready.

So there you go. I've finally fully embraced the world of cloth diapering!! I hope to also make a few of my own wipes from flannel or plain cotton. 


  1. Hey - we did cloth wipes too. Loved it. I just took some fannel and zig-zag stitched around the edges, folded them just like you said. I found the best solution was just water with a little bit of Johnson & Johnson's baby wash. I don't remember ours getting mildewy or musty and I would fill my wipes container completely full. They would usually dry out before mildey set in. Just my thoughts! Miss you guys!

  2. Thanks Heidi! I have a few adjustments to the recipe after using them for the last two days. Miss you too!