When it comes to finding good baby wipes, you will pay a big difference between the natural chemical free wipes and the standard less expensive versions. I started out with Kirkland baby wipes thinking they were the best wipes because they are affordable and don’t seem to have much fragrance – which I took to mean they were more “natural”.
Boy, was I wrong!!
I started to notice the sticky residue the Kirkland wipes left on my counters and kitchen tile floors when I used them to house clean (like most of us moms do!). As it turns out, most baby wipes on the market have a ton of irritating and questionable chemicals in their solution, including Kirkland wipes.
When I found out about the Kirkland baby wipes ingredients, I learned that there are chemicals in the solution that are contaminated with carcinogens. The most disturbing part for me was when I started using these wipes they contained formaldehyde (they have since changed their ingredient list). Kirkland has improved their wipes since but still not to the point where I would consider them to be safe at all. In my opinion, there are much better options for your baby. A great source for checking ingredient safety in products can be found on EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Database.
I have since discovered an excellent natural baby wipes recipe and want to share it. Not only will it save you money but you can rest assure knowing your little ones are not being contaminated with hazardous chemicals. You will even notice less irritation since the “chemical” wipes most likely have been the culprit if you did experience some irritation. Who knew!?
The ingredients in these wipes are all natural and easy to find. I cannot take credit for this recipe as I have seen similar ones on several pages, with a few differences between them all. I tried some of these recipes and added my own variations. I have included both a reusable baby wipes recipe and a disposable one below, the ingredients are the same.
If you do not wish to make your own baby wipes, check out Young Living’s Seedling’s baby wipes.
Aloe Vera is soothing and provides natural moisturizing benefits to babies delicate skin. Aloe also has healing properties and is great for this solution as it has no scent.
Witch Hazel will act as a natural preservative to the wipe solution and also has antibacterial properties.
Liquid Castile Soap
Liquid castile soap is a safe, natural and chemical free cleaning agent that will not irritate your baby’s tender skin.
Sweet Almond Oil
Sweet Almond Oil is fast absorbing, provides healing benefits, moisturizing benefits. It also acts as a carrier to the essential oils you add to your recipe. I especially like Sweet Almond Oil because it is great for sensitive skin.
1 roll of BOUNTY paper towels or a very durable kind
(I have tested this recipe with other paper towels such as the Costco ones and the recipe does not absorb as well as the Bounty paper towels. I will keep playing around with this recipe with different brands so please keep posted.)
1 container for wipes
1 1/3 Cups of Boiled or distilled water
1-2 Tbsp. of pure Aloe Vera Gel
2 Tbsp. of Which Hazel Extract
1 Tbsp. Olive Oil (or Almond or Jojoba Oil)
- With a very sharp knife, cut the paper towel rolls in half.
- Place wipes cut side down into a container that will fit the roll inside so you can also put the lid on.
- Mix all ingredients in separate bowl/large jar and stir.
- Add essential oils if using. This is completely optional.
- Pour the solution over top the paper towels and wait for it all to absorb.
- Now pull out the cardboard roll in the center and remove. Start using innermost wipe. Done!
Reusable Baby Wipes
To make your baby wipes the reusable kind, you can use small light weight face cloths (I use the baby ones). I have also heard of people using old t-shirts and cutting them into squares. Save an old wipes container or buy a reusable one and pour above solution on top. Easy breezy! This is an even cheaper version of making baby wipes.
*It will be handy to have a large zip-lock bag or container for easy storage of the dirty wipes.