Homemade Cloth Baby Wipes – No Sew Tutorial

Tired of buying baby wipes that are expensive and unhealthy for your baby’s skin? Well, here’s an easy tutorial to make your own at home, using just oil and water and fleece fabric. They actually work much better than disposable wipes and are oh-so green and non-toxic!

Homemade Cloth Baby Wipes

Now that we are cloth-diapering, cloth-toilet-papering, green-living crunchy folks, it only makes sense to continue down the green mile and check another thing off the list – cloth baby wipes. This was super easy to do since I’d already made 6-inch square toilet cloth (as I call it – it replaces our toilet paper). See my tutorial on toilet cloth if you want more information that you probably care to read (smile) about cutting the squares.

But for this post, I’ll break it down for ya real quick-like (gotta start talkin’ like a Georgia girl since we’re gonna be movin back home this summer!). These homemade wipes work just as good, if not better, than disposable ones because they are thicker and, therefore, have more fiber to grab the fun bits off those precious little chubby buns.

Homemade Cloth Baby WIpes - Supplies


Supplies

  • Your Oil of Choice (grape seed, sweet almond, jojoba, and olive oil. Check out this organic one from Amazon, with a combination of many oils).
  • Brownie Pan
  • Filtered Water
  • Optional drops of lavender or another yummy essential oil (like sweet orange, rosemary, and cedar wood or a blended oil like Gentle Baby (Geranium, Jasmine, Ylang Ylang, Rosewood, Roman Chamomile, Rose, Lemon, Lavender, Palmarosa, and Coriander) to fill your nostrils with something other than stank-nastiness. These oils also aid in reducing bacteria and fungi and softening the skin, all of which lead to less diaper rashes. (where to buy high quality essential oils)
  • 1 yard of fleece fabric (or jersey cotton, but it’s not as fluffy)
  • Fabric scissors or pinking shears (where to buy)
  • Old baby wipes container or a container that closes so the wipes stay moist
Homemade Cloth Baby Wipes - Tutorial on Cutting

I bought three yards of fleece fabric on sale at JoAnn’s for $6-ish a yard and cut it up into 6-inch squares with  pinking shears. The pinking shears aren’t totally necessary since fleece doesn’t unravel – the number one reason I bought it because I didn’t want to do any sewing what-so-ever! Jersey cotton would also work, but it’s not as fluffy as fleece. As I mention in my toilet cloth  post, fleece is NOT a green fabric, which I didn’t figure out until I’d already bought the darn stuff. But, you can buy organic bamboo cotton fleece at Amazon for the same price per yard as fleece at JoAnn’s (when it’s not on sale, about $12)! You get 60 wipes out of one yard of fleece, which lasts for about a week for us! A lotta bang for your buck there! 

Homemade Cloth Baby Wipes - Soaking in Oil Mixture

Directions

  • Cut the fleece into 6-inch squares, and oil up those bad boys one of two ways – by dunking them like a Southern Baptist (I grew up Southern Baptist so I’m allowed to poke fun) into a holy pool of your oil of choice (I already had mineral oil, but learned later it is not green or even healthy for the skin. I no longer use it!) and filtered water in a brownie pan (hmm, ironic brown reference there).
  • OR Keep a glass spray bottle (essential oils destroy plastic, where to buy) with a solution of three parts filtered water to one part oil and spray it on the poop cleaners each time you use them. I did the first method because I figured it would be the easiest way to do it – my Little G-Dog wrestles like a baby alligator when we try to change his diaper, so I need wipes quick, like yesterday. There is NO time to spray them and sing sweet songs and listen to birds chirping, By then, he’d have taken a nose dive off the table and be running around his room with poop stuck to his chubby little butt (and yes, the latter part of that has actually happened!).

I soak all the wipes at one time and store the extras that don’t fit into our poop cleaner container in a plastic zip-lock bag so they stay moist. Then I dump the dirty ones in the cloth diapering pail we already have in the bathroom, along with the stank-nasty cloth diaper. And that’s it! Voila!

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Comments

  1. Great tutorial! I have to admit, I’ve loved the idea of cloth wipes for years… but still can’t wrap my head around the cloth toilet paper. :-)

  2. Stank nasty cloth diaper!! LMAO! That was perfect!! Thanks for linking up to Fantabulous Friday this week!!

  3. Perfect for those who cloth diaper!!! (Makes me wish we did cloth!)
    Thanks for sharing with my Super Link Party! :-)
    ~Susie~

  4. Super neat idea! That would be so much cheaper than all the money I’ve spent on buying wipes.

  5. Another great cloth tutorial :) Thanks for linking up at Tiny Tip Tuesday, Sara!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Hey Sara…Going to a baby shower this weekend. Going to JoAnn’s tonight to get some flannel for these baby wipes. She has ones down on her registry from B’r’us, but these will be so much cooler! Hope you are loving your new place!!
    Kathy Milander

  7. Hi there! Thanks for your post! I read elsewhere that fleece tends to pill after a while and becomes less absorbent. Have you had any problems with this? Does it just depend on the type of fleece? Thanks!

    • I have not had any trouble with pilling, but it is true that fleece is not very absorbent. It has not been a problem for me at all. The only time I have issues is when the cloths aren’t wet enough and then they don’t wipe well.

  8. Mineral oil: It is produced as a byproduct of the distillation of gasoline from crude oil.

  9. Do you have any problem with the wipes souring? It seems like if you pre-wet them they’d sour after a couple days in the container. Or is that only a problem with things that have had soap on them, like dishcloths?

  10. Love your tutorial! I will definitely be making my own when my little one comes along in June 2013. (Though I agree with Jessica, I would stay away from mineral oil/baby oil. I don’t want that stuff on my body, let alone my baby’s. *I’m a massage therapist and we are highly advised to never use mineral oil on any body*). And I also use “family paper” ie: fabric toilet paper, I love it! Especially now that I am 4.5 months pregnant and peeing 17 times a day!! It saves us a lot of rolls (we still stoke up on regular TP, my husband isn’t exactly on board, which I don’t mind, not sure if I’d want to wash his shit-paper. Ewww). But thanks for the great inspiration!! Keep it up!! :)

    • Hi Stacey! Yes, I agree with the mineral oil. I wrote this post towards the beginning of my green/natural journey and didn’t know the dangers of mineral oil. I now use olive, sweet almond, jojoba, or sunflower. Need to fix that in the post! Congrats on being pregnant! I’m preggo as well :). So, why are you advised not to use mineral oil?

  11. First I have to say I am also Southern Baptist and we do get dunked pretty good. LOL. I love this, I have my 8th grandbaby on the way and love this. I always hated the wipes, Specially when they had diaper rash, They would burn there little buns more… My question is there any right per portions to this mixture? Or am I getting old and just missed it.

  12. Hahaha, “holy pool of your oil of choice”, you’re funny! :D
    Thanks, this sounds awesome. I am 29 weeks pregnant now and looking out for lots of green, healthy choices. Your cloths seem to be really easy to make and reuse! And your website is a little treasure box of awesomeness.=)

    Blessings and Shalom,

    Luna

  13. We are going to be starting our journey as cloth diapering parents (in a family of all disposable diaper lovers) in just a few short months. You did not specify in the post, but I assume you just wash the soiled wipes as you would soiled cloth diapers?

  14. I go to Fabric.com, free shipping for 35.+
    they have been very dependable for years..
    Just thought I’d share this..
    Regular wipes also have alcohol (irritating)
    Homemade is much better.. :)

  15. OK, so talk to me more about oil. I am apparently missing something… wouldn’t a cloth wipe soaked in oil just oil up the babe like a greased pig? And doesn’t that leave your hand covered in oily wipes? It just seems like it adds to the mess in theory. Also, how do oily wipes affect the waterproof of the diapers?

  16. Vicki Hughes says:

    just a note – essential oils are volatile, so, putting the chemical free wipes in a plastic container will work against you (the only plastic that does not leech chemicals is the kind milk comes in) because they will literally “pull” the chemicals out of the plastic container and into the clean wipes you just made. Thrift stores in your area? Yard sales? Look for the crock and lid from a crockpot or a stainless steel container. It sounds like you use them fast enough that they will probly stay wet enough for you to get to the end of the supply before you need to wash them.

  17. I just ordered zig zag scissors from amazon and am looking for cute flannel! I am going to use these for the home but regular disposable wipes when I’m on an outing.

    I really like your website!

    • Thanks Jessy! Hope you’ll like your new baby wipes, too.

      • Hi,
        My baby was just born on DEC 25th and I started using these wipes yesterday. Once her poop was normal LOL I think she likes these better than the wet wipes from the store that are cold.

        The scissors I had bought did not work. So I eneded up using regular scissors with a cute puppy paw print flannel. I have a black little case and a hot pink squirt gun (for the wipes).

        I used a baby wipe juice recepie from pinterst. 1 cup of water, 2 tps of cocunut oil, and a tbs of baby wash. I warmed up up the first time so oil would melt.

        Works like a charm. I also us ethese wipes wit baby wipe juice for sponge bath :)

  18. Mango's mum says:

    Actually, by using fleece you are doing something great for the planet! It’s a man-made fibre, and won’t decompose in a landfill – so recycling is a superb idea for fleece. I had some old single layered blankets that I needed to reuse – I put them down outside, covered with gravel (recycled and free), edged it with brick (“-”), and I was able to double our patio space. The fleece breathes, allows water thru, and blocks weeds from growing (preventing extra labor and or weed spray!). It’s a ‘win/win’. I’ve been thinking about the fabric squares for loo paper – but didn’t want to sew, or trim unravelled threads. The fleece will be PERFECT! I will buy some blankets from the thrift shop – inexpensive and good recycling! I’ve also done the homemade booty wipes for babes, but wasn’t too fond of the way it ended – but the fleece squares? – I honestly hear angels singing! So very glad I found your blog! Thanks!

  19. I love the way those brown wipes look, but don’t you have to bleach your diapers every month or so? (I use BumGenius/Flip and their official washing instructions mention bleach.) Won’t the bleach mess up those cute patterns?

    • Hi Lindsay! I don’t like using bleach anymore, so I don’t use them on the wipes. I bet it would bleach the fabric, so if you’d like to use bleach, I suggest buying white fleece instead. Although, it’ll get stained in the meantime. It’s nice to have cute ones, but honestly, I don’t really care anymore after using them for several years. As long as they work, in my opinion! :)

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