Friday, February 19, 2010

Homemade DISPOSABLE Baby Wipes!

I've always been intrigued by the idea of homemade baby wipes. My only problem was that I needed them to be disposable. Since we are currently living in an apartment where each load of laundry costs $2, it wouldn't have been very economical for us to use cloth baby wipes. The money saved on wipes would have just been used on the added laundry! Finally I cam accross a great recipe for homemade DISPOSABLE baby wipes in the book "The Duggars: 20 and Counting!" I've been using this recipe for about 2 weeks now and I'm very happy with it. Not only are they easy to make but they are MUCH less expensive than the store brand wipes that I used to use. Try them out and tell me what you think!

Note:I was a little worried about the wipes drying out but thankfully this hasn't happened.


-1 Roll BOUNTY Paper Towels (this is the only brand that works- trust me! there are lots of coupons out there to make it even more worth your extra pennies)

-2 Cups Water

- 3-4 TBSP Baby Oil

- 1 TBSP Rubbing Alcohol.


1. Cut the paper towl roll in half. Use an electric knife for best results. Place in large bowl.

2. In a small bowl mix water, rubbing alcohol & baby oil. Pour over paper towels.

3. Let sit for 30 mins. By this time the cardboard center should be soft enough for you to pull out.

4. Cut Paper Towel roll in 1/2 (Cut the roll at 12 0' clock and 6 o'clock...hope that makes sense). I recommend using an electric knife for this part too but mine is currently MIA.

5. Storage: I'm currently using a plastic wipes container from before. The Duggars use an empty 1 gallon ice cream container and cut a slit on the top. I'll try that out once my huggies container breaks and report back!



  1. This is great! I've made these before and used our tea maker jug for it, it seemed to be the perfect size for the towel expansion. :) Thanks for posting this!! :)

  2. this sounds great if you aren't using cloth but i would caution against using rubbing alcohol - it is very drying on baby's skin!

    also, this has no soap in it...

    a different solution might include castille soap and a drop or two of teatree oil because its antimicrobial!

  3. I made these wipes for years ago. (My "baby" is 7 1/2.) I never used rubbing alcohol. I would imagine that would be very drying on a baby's sensitive skin. I always just used the baby oil &/or baby wash.

    There are recipes that have you using both & those that have you using one or the other. The ONLY ingredient that was vital was the brand of paper towels. I always used Bounty. Others had issues.

    Also, we kept our roll in tact & pulled ours from the center when using them at home. They should come right out one after another after the center cardboard holder is pulled out.


  4. I have also always pulled mine from the center, and stored them in a large round rubbermaid container. I recently began adding witch hazel after reading that it prevents diaper rash and has a low alcohol content (thus, not drying). It has worked WONDERS for our very diaper rash-prone little one! I also add a tiny bit of baby soap to mine. I love that you can tweak the recipe to fit your baby!