DIY Cloth Wipe Solution



I recently talked about how I save so much money diapering my little guy. In short, we basically will be able to diaper our son for roughly $8 a month until he’s potty trained thanks to cloth diapers. To make these savings even greater, we also use cloth wipes. To be honest, it just makes more sense when you’re using cloth diapers to use cloth wipes as well because everything can go in the same place. It’s a heck of a lot easier too, especially if you’re forgetful like me some people and would most likely end up with a washer full of disposable wipes. Woops!

This DIY cloth wipe solution is super easy and quick to make and it’s cheaper than cloth wipe solutions that you could buy online. The best part is you know exactly what’s touching your precious baby’s bottom (not preservatives or chemicals that are found in disposable wipes).

So what do I use for my cloth wipes?

What you’ll need:

  • 2 cups water
  • 1.5 Tbs. coconut oil
  • 2 tsp. baby wash
  • You may notice that the coconut oil says it’s refined and a cooking alternative but it works just as good as a non-cooking coconut oil. The only thing I would suggest is getting coconut oil that will become a liquid at the lowest temperature you can find.
  • I am currently using Johnson’s baby moisture wash with shea & cocoa butter because I love love love the smell and that’s what I was given at my baby shower. After this one is gone I’ll be switching to a more natural baby wash like Earth Mama Angel Baby.

If you’re on a tight budget like my family you can stick with this solution and it’ll work just the same. If you have an extra $10 or so to spend on essential oils, I highly recommend getting tea tree and lavender. {There was a cause for concern about using these oils with little boys but it was found that the study was poorly conducted. You can read more in detail here}. Make sure that you’re using pure oils. Tea tree oil is commonly used for its anti-fungal properties which makes it a great addition to wiping your baby’s bottom and lavender just adds to the scent of the solution.

If you do plan on using these oils, add:

  • 2 drops tea tree oil
  • 3 drops lavender oil


  • Boil water (if you aren’t using purified or distilled water)
  • Melt the coconut oil in the water and stir well
  • Allow the water to cool, add the rest of the ingredients and mix well
  • Pour the solution into a container/bottle
  • Add the wipes

What I do is put the solution into a disposable wipe container, then fold my wipes so they pop out of the case {you can read about how to do that soon} and add the wipes to the solution. I have tried pouring the solution over the wipes in the case but that way didn’t work as well for me. It may have been the wipes I was using in that case because they were Charlie Banana fleece wipes but I’ll stick to adding the wipes to the solution.

There you have it! It’s as simple as that!


Do you have a favorite cloth wipe recipe?

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Hi! My name is Deidra and I'm here to help make your life easier. :) I live in a tiny town with my husband, baby, and Golden Retriever. It doesn't get much better than this!

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