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Moving Away From Disposables: Washable Baby Wipes!

Those of you who have been reading my blog for a while know that we started our cloth diapering journey when Charles was about a month old.  A little over four months later, we’re still happily using cloth and have a good enough stash to make it all the way to potty training day with our son.

Now, a while back, I started thinking “well this is silly, I’m using washable diapers but still paying for disposable wipes” and so, just as we were starting to run out of the wipes, I started researching homemade wipe recipes.  I figured that if there were washable diapers, there most certainly was a possibility for washable wipes as well.

After some research and experimentation, here is what I came up with.

Homemade washable baby wipes

What you need (recipe for a 4cup container):

  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 tps of vegetable oil (I use olive oil, but you could use what ever you have on hand)
  • a couple of drops of castile soap (I used to use Dr. Bronner’s unscented baby soap, but now use the tea tree oil soap because of the oil’s natural anti-septic, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties – plus it adds a great smell!)
  • some washcloths (you could use cut up burping cloths or any soft type of fabric)
  • a plastic container (I use a 4 cup Ziploc container)

Instructions (you’ve probably figured these out already, but I’m going to go ahead and post them anyways)

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1. Gather your ingredients (duh)
Fill your container up with 2 cups of water.  Add the vegetable oil and the castile soap.
2.  Fill your container up with 2 cups of water. Add the vegetable oil and the castile soap.
Give the mixture a good shake (don't forget to put the lid on first :P ).
3.  Give the mixture a good shake (don’t forget to put the lid on first 😛 ).
Stuff your washcloths in the container and voilà!  You have some handy homemade pre-soaked (inexpensive) baby wipes!
4.  Stuff your washcloths in the container and voilà! You have some handy homemade pre-soaked (inexpensive) baby wipes!
You can also keep some of the mixture in a squirt bottle, just give it a shake before using and squirt onto a dry washcloth.  We use the squirt bottle for wet diaper changes and the pre-soaked wipes for dirty diapers.
You can also keep some of the mixture in a squirt bottle, just give it a shake before using and squirt onto a dry washcloth. We use the squirt bottle for wet diaper changes and the pre-soaked wipes for dirty diapers.

We LOVE these!  They just go in the wet bag with my son’s diapers and are washed with them.  We actually had to use some disposable wipes the other day (because I hadn’t made a fresh batch of wipes ) and were reminded of how much we loathed them!

What kind of wipes do you use?  Do you have a great DIY wipe recipe?

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Thirty-something year old discovering the joys and bumps of motherhood.

14 thoughts on “Moving Away From Disposables: Washable Baby Wipes!

    1. Haha! You know, when I first read about “family cloth”, I though “ewww”. But the more I think about it, the more I see the appeal. I don’t know though, I’m not quite there yet. Who knows though, perhaps in the (not so) near future I’ll be blogging about it.

      1. Yeah, I use it occasionally, whenever I remember to stock my basket in the bathroom. And even then, I still can’t quite get myself to use it ALL the time…

  1. I had the exact same thoughts after I’d been using cloth diapers for a bit! It didn’t make sense to buy wipes if I was already washing diapers (why not wash the wipes too?!) so I made some wipes. I cut up some of my older son’s t-shirts and some stained onesies of Samuel’s; I made them into a size similar to disposable baby wipes (but a tad smaller). The solution I make is of water and a drizzle of gentle, liquid baby soap. 😀
    I love your use of washcloths!! I’d never thought of that. xoxo

      1. Yep, not exactly something I want to save for the next baby, so why not cut ’em up for good use?! 😉

  2. you amaze me! now that I have my own washer and dryer (used to share with my upstairs neighbors in our old house) maybe I could try this and not feel guilty about getting my babies poop in our shared washer

  3. The same thing happened to me! About a week or 2 ago I went to the Great Cloth Diaper Change and saw how easy it was to use cloth wipes. Not to mention I hated having to separate the disposable wipes from the rest of my washable cloths.

    1. Once we started using cloth, it actually became easier to use washable wipes because both the diaper and the wipe went in the same container. Plus, I like knowing exactly what goes on my little man’s bum.

  4. A chaque fois qu’on utilise des produits naturels pour la lessive, ménage, etc. et que les résultats sont bons, nous venons de faire sourire la planète qui en a vraiment besoin……Paroles de grand-mère et heureuse d’avoir des petits enfants respectueux et en harmonie avec la nature.

    1. Je suis bien d’accord! Une fois qu’on aura terminé de passer au travers les produits nettoyants chimiques, nous allons utiliser que des produits naturels (vinaigre, “p’tite vache”, etc.) pour faire notre ménage. Comme ça, on fait attention à l’environnement et à notre portefeuille. C’est le meilleur des deux mondes!

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