Save Money with Homemade Baby Wipes

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by on August 6, 2010

homemade baby wipes2 I attempted the unthinkable – HOMEMADE Baby Wipes! Using just a few ingredients that you probably already have on hand, you can save a TON of money by replacing those pricey store-bought baby wipes with your own, in no time!

The Recipehomemade baby wipes

  • 1/4 c. Baby Oil (or Olive Oil)
  • 1/4 c. Baby Shampoo or Baby Wash
  • 2 c. Distilled Water
  • 1 Roll of Paper Towels
  • 1 Empty Wipes Container (or air tight container)

Mix liquids together in a large bowl. Cut paper towel roll in half and remove cardboard center. (Optional – accordion fold so that each paper towel is in half or a third). Soak paper towels in liquid mixture and gently wring to remove excess liquid. Transfer soaked paper towels to an old wipes container or air tight container. You are ready to use! (I found this recipe HERE)

The Results

I used some Equate baby oil that I had upstairs, a bit of Johnson’s Baby Wash, and since I didn’t have Distilled Water on hand, I used Spring Water instead – tap water would be fine, but you’ll need to use the wipes quickly so you don’t grow mold! I mixed everything together in an old Huggies wipes case that I had, but you could use a gallon sized resealable bag, or anything similar. I also used a roll of Price Chopper brand paper towels, because I got them for only $0.10 and figured I was willing to "waste" a dime on this experiment – you know, in case it all went south!homemade baby wipes3

To be honest, I loved and hated this method. I loved how easy it was to make, and loved how soft baby and I felt after each use (the baby oil is awesome), and I LOVED the amount of money that we could save.

The things I hated were the quality of paper towels that I used – next time, I’ll definitely go for the heavy duty kind like Bounty! I would also decrease the amount of baby wash – it was a little too "sudsy" for me, and I think would be just as effective with half the amount of baby wash. If you wanted an extra touch of something special, you could buy baby oil with aloe or lavender – or add a drop of essential oil to your mixture (see below for more alternative suggestions). I love that you can customize it. 

And, of course, I LOVE that this method is great for sensitive skin and gentle parts! I not only used these wipes for baby bums, but for baby faces as well!! It was great! And I didn’t freak out when my toddler grabbed a few extra wipes to "clean" her toys and change her "baby’s" diaper too!  So, I guess I loved this method more than I hated it – and I’m really tempted to continue to use it based on the savings … check it out:

The Cost Analysis

~ Breakdown Using My Products:

  • Equate Baby Oil 20 fl oz – $2.42 = $0.24 for 2 oz (1/4 c)
  • Johnson’s Head to Toe Baby Wash 15 fl oz – $2.98 = $0.40 for 2 oz (1/4 c)
  • Great Value Spring Water 1 gallon – $0.88 = $0.12 for 2 c.
  • Price Chopper Heavy Duty Paper Towels 1 roll – $0.10

= Total cost for 1 Batch of 168 Wipes – $1.09 = $0.006 per wipe or $0.38 for 64 ct

~ Breakdown Using Premium Products:

  • Johnson’s Baby Oil 14 fl oz – $3.27 = $0.47 for 2 oz (1/4 c)
  • Johnson’s Head to Toe Baby Wash 15 fl oz – $2.98 = $0.40 for 2 oz (1/4 c)
  • Great Value Distilled Water 1 gallon – $0.88 = $0.12 for 2 c.
  • Bounty Paper Towels 8pk – $9.00 = $1.13 per roll

=Total Cost for 1 Batch of 112 Wipes = $2.12 = $0.0189 per wipe or $1.21 for 64 ct

* Compare to:

  • Pampers Wipes 7pk Refill Box – $11.00 = $1.47 per pkg = $0.024 per wipe

* Final Analysis (per 64 wipes):

Alecia’s Homemade Wipes – $0.38
Premium Homemade Wipes – $1.24
Pampers Wipes – $1.47

Basically, depending on the brand name of the items you start with (and if you can pair a sale or coupon with them), you can save a TON of money, or at least a bit of money off of a package of regular wipes. For me, generic baby oil is just as good, and I can usually get paper towels for fairly cheap, if not free.

Alternative Suggestions

An alternative to the paper towels would be to put the solution in a spray bottle and keep a stack of small rags to use instead. Spray the solution on the rag, and then wipe your baby – wash rag after each use! If you have an old men’s undershirt laying around, that would be perfect if cut up into 8" x 4" rectangles. Using this method, you would only spend $0.99 for 2 1/2 cups of solution!!! Another alternative would be to use the rag and spray bottle method for those times when baby just goes "# 1" and use the regular baby wipes for when baby goes "# 2". You will probably cut your use of the baby wipes in half (at least) and therefore save yourself a good chunk of money! And tossing those "tinkle rags" in the wash won’t add much extra laundry at all!

Be sure to pair your Homemade Baby Wipes with Homemade Baby Powder, which can save you up to $20 per year!

Alecia is a frugal, stay-at-home mom to two sweet girls & wife of an amazing husband.  Her family loves stretching their dollars, and feel it is their duty to be good stewards of the blessings the Lord has given them. Alecia would love for you to join them in these endeavors at Savings & Stewardship.

Thanks to Alecia from Savings & Stewardship for this guest post on Homemade Baby Wipes and how it has helped her save…

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  • Faryn

    You can do this same thing and put small child sized wash clothes in the container to use at wipes. You can usually find some cheap gerber or other brand wash clothes… and you can just throw them in the laundry with the rest of your stuff. You may want to keep some disposables on hand for the really “dirty” diapers though. You can also find a lot of “recipes” for solution online. We use one that has Calandula oil in it because it is soothing. (we made a butt paste with it too and it works WAY better than anything I’ve ever bought)

  • What a great idea- I am sure it was time consuming but sometimes it is better to know what is in them, control the ingredients, and save money. Thanks for the ‘recipe’.

  • if you add a couple drops of lavender essential oil or Tea Tree Essential oil, they
    1. have healing properties that help rashes, should you have one to deal with.
    2. won’t mold.
    .-= Meleesa´s last blog ..Distraction… =-.

  • Susan

    To save more money on a really good paper towel instead of Bounty, we have found Costco’s Kirkland brand are very strong and cost MUCH less!

  • Ouh, thanks! I’ll have to look into those!!
    .-= Alecia @ Savings & Stewardship´s last blog ..Price Chopper Match-ups 8-8 – 8-14 =-.

  • Tammy

    Coconut oil is much better for the babies skin than baby oil or mineral oil which is not good for them

    Coconut oil on Amazon is very reasonable especially when purchased with swag bucks gift cards

    I got 15oz bottles of virgin coconut oil for .16 each shipped

  • I had to try this recipe when I saw it. I love that you can control the ingredients. Granted my son is potty training so I only need these for #2’s.

    I first tried with what I thought was strong Recycled paper towels. Not so strong after all. I then tried with Viva and had a much better experience.

    I think if we decide to have another baby, I would definitely try this recipe using washcloths for peepee diapers and the Viva towels for the really icky ones!

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Just to point out, baby oil can be deadly. I don’t keep it in my house for that reason, if a baby ingests it, it can get into the lungs. There is NOTHING that can be done to get it out and eventually the baby will suffocate and die. I would not recommend using the baby oil, feel free to google the dangers of it. It’s not worth the risk. I would use any other kind of oil, i.e. olive oil.

  • Just to point out, baby oil can be deadly. I don’t keep it in my house for that reason, if a baby ingests it, it can get into the lungs. There is NOTHING that can be done to get it out and eventually the baby will suffocate and die. I would not recommend using the baby oil, feel free to google the dangers of it. It’s not worth the risk. I would use any other kind of oil, i.e. olive oil.

  • Noll

    I don’t want to take away from anything that you have posted here or the time that you may have put into this, but there is a MUCH easier and cheaper way to do this. I have been using homemade baby wipes for almost 15 years and if I had to do it this way or pay that much money, it would never have been worth it. I would have quit long ago. We used them for EVERYTHING….faces, hands, bottoms, and I didn’t have to care when they wanted some for their toys. I loved that I didn’t have to worry how many I was using each time. Here is what we did: Purchased a tall (maybe 8 inches) Rubbermaid square container in the kitchen section at Walmart, bought ONLY Bounty (tried others with no luck) and Walmart brand or Dollar Store brand baby wash. I never used bottled water and I NEVER had mold. We cut the towels in half, put them into the container standing on their end with the cardboard still inside, mixed 2Tbsp. Of baby wash into 2 cups of warm water, poured the solution over the top of the towels, waited a few minutes for it to soak in and then gently pulled the tube out of the middle. Doing this allowed some towels to follow so that each time we used them, we just took from the middle what we needed and the tore them off. We always put the lid back on and they smelled great and never moldy. These cost very little, take about 1 minute to make, and are 100% worth it. Again, not trying to downplay the time you have invested, but thought I would offer an easier way from my experience.

  • Noll

    Just realized this is a really old post. Not sure how it came up just today?? Oh well,……it was just a thought.

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