I wish I had known how easy it was to make homemade baby wipes when my son Connor was first born, but I was intimidated by it.
When we brought our daughter home from the NICU after she was diagnosed with a genetic skin disorder (called Harlequin ichthyosis), we tried many of the “sensitive” varieties baby wipes. However, they only seemed to irritate her skin…so armed with a recipe from our dermatologist’s wife, we set out to make our own.
First, find yourself a good container that latches and will hold half a paper towel roll. You’ll first need to cut a paper towel roll completely in half (so that you have two short rolls, not a long split roll…that really wouldn’t get you far.)
1/2 teaspoon baby shampoo/wash (we use Johnson’s Natural Baby Wash)
1 teaspoon coconut oil, mineral oil or baby oil
1.5 cups of water (a little more if you have a roll that is larger than just the standard size)
Pour all of the ingredients in your container and just swirl them around so they mix – no shaking!
Plop your paper towel half roll in, and let magic lead your mixture all the way to the top of the roll – this will take probably 10 minutes
Then, just remove the cardboard insert and pull your wipes from the middle!
Bounty are really the best paper towels to use for this, in my experience. We have tried using a couple of other brands, and they eventually grew little mold spots. We have never seen mold when we use Bounty. My favorite is the kind that lets you tear half of a square instead of the whole square – it’s the perfect wipe size.
Not only is it easy to make your own wipes, it’s also less expensive than purchasing wipes from the store – double bonus!