Dry Baby Wipes Recipe

There was such a great response to my post about how I make my Homemade Baby Wipes, today I decided to revisit the topic and share my dry baby wipes recipe.

First things first though, I’d like to address concerns over molding with the original homemade baby wipes.

From my experience in the 2 plus years of using my homemade baby wipes almost exclusively, I’ve never once had mold.  I do understand the concern though.

So for those of you that want a fail-safe, here are some solutions for you.

  • Add a few drops of Tea Tree Oil or Lavender Essential Oil to your wipe solution.
  • Use distilled water instead of tap water.
  • Use a homemade dry baby wipe.

Dry baby wipes?!

Some companies have started putting out baby wipes that are dry and you simply need to add water to them.  Since I’m going for chemical free and non-toxic, I have a method that is really quite simple and works nicely with either washable cloth wipes, napkins, or paper towels.  I like options!

Homemade Dry Baby Wipes ~ TheNewLighterLife.com

Homemade Dry Baby Wipes

  • Spray Bottle
  • 1 c. distilled water
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2-3 drops of Tea Tree Oil or Lavendar Essential Oil
  • 1 Tbsp witch hazel
  • 1 Tbsp baby wash

Pour all of the ingredients into a spray bottle and gently shake.

When you need to use a wipe, shake the spray bottle solution (since the oil will separate – see below) and spray the cloth or paper towel until saturated.


Dry Baby Wipes Spray Bottle


Now let’s talk about a couple of different ingredients.

Dry Baby Wipe Ingredients

Olive Oil. Since coconut oil solidifies, and this is a spray solution we have to replace it with olive oil.

Witch Hazel. The witch hazel is added to the solution because of it’s anti-microbial properties (and we no longer have coconut oil in our mix).  Witch hazel is also an anti-inflamatory and known to be soothing to the skin.  Translation – it’s good for diaper rashes – bonus.

Tea Tree Oil & Lavender Essential Oil. Because of this article, many parents are concerned about using either tea tree oil or lavender in a wipes solution for little boys.  You have to decide if you are comfortable with using either one. But I will say, I appreciate this post from TheSmartMama.  Basically, there were only a handful of boys affected and there could have been a multiple of factors that contributed to gynecomastia, (breast enlargement).  Given how many parents use tea tree oil and lavender essential oil on their children, you would expect to see much more gynecomastia.  But follow your gut instinct.

Paper Towels.  If you opt to use disposable wipes, you can use whatever brand of paper towels your heart desires.  The reason I had previously recommended Bounty was because it is very durable and can hold up to sitting in a wet solution without falling apart.  With your homemade dry baby wipes, you don’t need to be concerned about durability.


This wipe solution is a great option for traveling and it’s convenient.  I use little pump spray bottle and stores it easily in my purse.  This particular spray bottle has a little slider that locks it from spraying, I bought it at Dollar Tree.

For travel, I just tuck napkins and the spray in my purse.  If I run out of napkins, I just use a paper towel.

If you’ve tried them, I’d love to know what you think.  Not conventional, but they do the job and they do it well.

Sleep Deprivation in the Camper

I could just post happy thoughts.  I could tell you all the wonderful things about living in a camper and completely ignore the hard times.  I wouldn’t technically be lying to you…I’d just be keeping it positive.  Right?

Well I’m all for keeping it real and not just painting a pretty picture for all to see.

Today, marks 2 weeks in the camper.  I have to say, there have been some great times.  But mostly it’s been a chore to adjust.

Even after we got over being sick.  It seemed like there was a day or 2 of pure joy.  I think mostly because we were so happy to not be sick anymore.  But things start to wear on you.

  • We’ve all had bad attitudes.
  • Nobody has been sleeping well.
  • The kitchen is driving me batty.
  • We’ve barely gotten school done.
  • Laundry logisitics are not so fun.
  • We ran out of propane.
  • It’s been cloudy and gloomy.
  • Mr. Z is on a sleep strike (during the day and at night).

I didn’t want to write a post while we were in the “funk” so I’ve strayed away from posting any new thoughts.

Yesterday afternoon, I dropped Z off at Alicia’s camper so I could go get the laundry.  Like a good friend she listened to me whine about our struggles to adjust and helped me come to a solution.

I think our biggest issue has been sleep, or lack of.  Z had been sleeping through the night  before we moved out here.

Many parents are adamently against letting your baby cry it out at night.  Did you know there is actually an acronym for it?  I didn’t but it is CIO.

I’ll tell you about my Z though.  IF you let him get up at night to feed him, he transforms in to a raging lunatic who refuses to go back to sleep for hours.  The next night it’s even worse and he might wake up 2 or 3 times.  It seems to be a domino effect with him.  It’s just worse and worse.  He learns that you’ll get him up and he’ll screech and scream until you do so.

Now imagine this scenario in a camper.  With 3 other kids in the same room. Uh huh.

We’ve tried all sorts of sleeping arrangements to try to cope with this.  I tried becoming a co-sleeper with him too, but he just liked to stand on our bed and bash our heads for balance.

I *think* we figured out a solution.  Z has got to CIO.  Maybe that makes us bad parents but I know one thing for sure…we love our kids and if we want them to survive into adulthood it’s pretty important we all get some sleep and soon.

I don’t want to bore you with details but for the time being, the 2 oldest sleep on the pulled out couch and little V sleeps with us.  The “dictator” get’s his own room. We may do this arrangement for a few months until Mr. Dictator sleeps like a baby.  I mean a fake baby. that sleeps well. and through the night.

All this to say that things are looking up.  It’s amazing how perspectives change when you get a little shut-eye.

Today’s just begun.  But we’re off to a GREAT start.