Homemade Reusable Baby Wipes: How to DIY with Essential OilsCaroline Fenton
Baby wipes. They are a saving grace to have for just about anything… I think as a mum you really do learn to wipe up and clean just about anything with a good old baby wipe! But when you look at the ingredient list on a packet of wipes, it’s often a bit worrying the number of unnecessary chemicals and additives that make their way in there, and onto your babe’s bottom.
When you hunt down the best for your babe, it can often come with a bit of an unwanted price tag. I am sure you’ve all seen the organic options in the baby aisle at the supermarket. Hmmmm, yeah… not in my budget either!
Avoid the fragrances, alcohol, perfume, benzoic acid, parabens, phenoxyethanol, propylene glycol, the list goes on… Without too much faff, or mess, you can create your own at home. Not only will they save your pocket (it’s estimated that you could save up to $200 a year), but they’ll save babe’s bum as well.
You can make up whatever you like (so long as it’s safe for baby). But as a general rule, you’ll need a soap to cleanse, and an oil to nourish. Plus add some beneficial properties of essential oils.
Baby Wipes Simple Solution
2 cups distilled or filtered water
1 tablespoon liquid castile soap
1 tablespoon coconut oil (or jojoba, almond, olive oil)
Reusable Baby Wipes Ingredients
Castile Soap is plant based and is the perfect, all-natural ingredient to add to homemade baby wipes. If you’re looking for Castile Soap, it’s good to choose an unscented, baby friendly one.
Coconut Oil is a natural sanitiser for the skin containing antimicrobial, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.
Jojoba Oil is an emollient to provide help moisturise baby’s bottom. It heals and soothes the skin, perfect for sensitive bottoms.
Aloe Vera (use approx. 2 tablespoons) is a classic remedy used to heal the skin and is also a powerful immune-booster. Learn more about the goodness of Aloe Vera here.
Apple Cider Vinegar (use approx. 1 teaspoon) is bacteria-fighting and will help keep nappy rash at bay. You can pick up Apple Cider Vinegar here at Nourished Life.
Vitamin E Oil or Grapefruit Seed Extract (use approx. 3 drops) as a natural preservative.
You can always swap out the castile soap for natural body wash if you have some on hand. The water can also be swapped out for equal amount of chamomile tea, to add some extra soothing properties.
Baby Wipes Essential Oils
Take your pick depending on which therapeutic benefits you’d like to bring to your wipes. Approx 3 drops is a good dilute for the amount of liquid.
Lavender has antiseptic properties. It is very gentle on the skin, plus is also soothing and calming. Perfect to help relax your babe. It can help with any inflammation, red, sore, or irritated skin.
Chamomile is also calming and great for sensitive skin. It promotes regeneration of skin and can help with rashes (even stop them appearing in the first place) as it’s an anti-inflammatory. It is a natural remedy for nappy rash.
Tea Tree offers natural anti-bacterial protection. It helps to relieve itching and prevent inflammation.
How many reusable wipes to make?
It’s best to make them up in small batches so they don’t spoil. Simply pop your cloth pieces into your container. Simply lay flat, pile up, and pour the solution over. Leave for a few hours to soak. The batch will do you for about a week. Once used, just pop in the washing machine. Leave to naturally bleach in the sun. Then repeat the following week…
If you are more of a fan of ‘dry wipes’, then simply add the solution to a spray bottle. Then spray and use as needed, either onto the cloth, or straight onto babe’s bottom.
Which cloth to use?
You can purchase face washers, reusable wipes, or similar and use these. Just opt for something made from organic cotton or bamboo and avoid synthetic fibres, such as these organic cotton cloth wipes. If you’re feeling more resourceful, you can cut up old flannelettes, or muslins. It may be an idea to stitch the hems together to minimise fraying if you’re doing this.
If you don’t want to use cloth, you can always use this recipe with a strong, absorbent brand of paper towels. Simply cut the roll into two halves, pour the solution over, allow to soak, and pull out the inner cardboard tube. You may need to turn upside down to allow all solution to soak through to the inner towels.
What do you do when out and about?
You can buy a little travel sized wipe container and just pop a few pre-soaked wipes in there. Or for longer trips away from home, it may be good to invest in a couple of wet bags (one for clean and one for dirty wipes). We have found some gorgeous ones here at The Clean Collective. They are then easy to use and store when on the move. Just get different coloured wet bags so you know which is which at 4am after only a few hours of broken sleep!
So, there we have it. A few different ways you can DIY your very own baby wipes using essential oils and all-natural ingredients. Not only are they better for babe, and the environment too. But they do a better job of cleaning up and using fewer wipes too. Winner all round. The only additional workload is making them up (which will soon become second nature), and a little bit of extra laundry. Yep, I know we really don’t need anymore but they really don’t take up much more space! Have fun and enjoy experimenting to freshen your babe’s bot in style :)
If you’d like to learn more about Essential Oils, we can help you with a great discount on retail prices. All the info is available on our Essential Oils page. If you have any queries, please just drop me a quick email and I’ll be happy to answer any questions. We are on the same journey, and love sharing our experiences to help you on your natural mama journey too.
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