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