How to Make Homemade Baby Wipes

Why I Make Homemade Baby Wipes

My mom had suggested using cloth diapers since my first pregnancy for both financial and eco reasons, but I always refused thinking I wouldn’t be able to handle it.

But over the years, I heard more and more about them. I looked into them a tiny bit when I was pregnant with my third, but wasn’t convinced. During my fourth pregnancy, I finally decided to go for it. I researched and found the ones I wanted to go with. Since this was my fourth child, I didn’t really need anything. I let my parents and inlaws know that I wanted to go cloth and asked that if they were planning getting something for this baby, would they please consider a gift certificate to the online store where I was buying my diapers from. They did and I was able to get all the diapers I’ll need from birth to potty training.

I won’t have to spend any money on diapers! Awesome!

I then started to think about wipes. If I was going to use cloth diapers, why not go ahead and use cloth wipes? I’d already be doing the laundry. Adding cloth wipes to the load wouldn’t be a big deal. I went online to look and found that most cloth wipes are just flannel squares. I decided it would be cheaper to make them myself. Armed with a coupon and a gift card I had received for Christmas, off I went to my local Joanns.

I found their snuggle flannel and bought 2 yards. With my 40% off coupon, it came to a little over $8. Since I used my gift card, I didn’t have to pay for wipes either! Now, I know that I’ll probably have to replace some of the wipes throughout the next couple of year, but I’d rather do that then spend money on disposable wipes that just end up in the trash.

Out of the 2 yards of flannel I purchased, I was able to get 40 8×8 wipes. That lasts me about 3 days before I need to wash without running out. Making these wipes is easy!

How I Did it

What you need:

  • Fabric. I used 2 yrds of white snuggle flannel from joanns. You could also use old kitchen towels or if you have an old flannel sheet or find a flannel sheet set on clearance somewhere, that would make you a ton of wipes!
  • A rotary cutter, cutting mat and ruler, You could also just use scissors if you don’t have a rotary cutter.
  • Sewing machine or serger
  • Thread

Directions:

  1. Decide how big you want your wipes to be. Mine are 8×8. 8×8 will fit in an old wipes box and/or a wipes warmer if you use one.
  2. Use your rotary cutter, cutting mat and ruler to make your squares. I cut strips one direction and then went back and cut the strips into squares.
  3. If you have a serger, serge around the edges. If you are like me and don’t have a serger, use a zig zag stitch on your sewing machine around the edges.

Easy peasy! You can obviously make these any color or pattern depending on what flannel you pick out. I used white, but brightened them up by using a few different thread colors around the edges.

I’ve been using mine for about 2 months now and they’re holding up great!! I keep mine in an old wipes box and wet them with water as needed. I’m going to try a homemade wipes solution of coconut oil, tea tree oil and water. There are wipes solutions you can buy, but there are lots that you can make. FYI, coconut oil is a great diaper rash ‘cream’ and you can use it as a lotion!!

If you’ve been thinking about cloth diapering, I would really encourage you to go for it!

My reasons are mostly financial with the saving the earth part being a nice bonus. You may be the other way around. Either way, cloth diapering is super easy nowadays. Really, really not that much of a bigger deal than using disposable diapers. And if you’re going to cloth diaper, go ahead and use cloth wipes, too!

Kellie Snyder By Kellie Snyder | Kellie is a stay a home, homeschooling mama of 4 living in Northeast OH. She loves anything crafty and creative from baking to sewing, jewlery to writing. She loves reading, pineresting (Verb ALL the nouns!!!), having coffee with friends, and spending time with her fabulous husband and kids.

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  1. There is also another way to do the diaper sprayer. I got my parts at the hardware store. I only spent $8 because I had an extra sprayer (the one like in your kitchen sink). If anyone is interested in how to you can email me or go to my blogspot. You can search for a diaper sprayer on pinterest, but I found out at the hardware store all those parts were not needed. Again I will gladly help you to get the parts required. Happy savings!
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  2. I’ve found Tushies very useful for my twin boys. One of the boys seems to have more sensitive skin than the other and these wipes have been great for her leaving no red marks unlike some other brands. Not to mention both of the boys are going through some teething problems at the moment so we’re going through more dirty nappies a day, and still no sign of nappy rash.

  3. I just read on Baby Center Community another great idea for rinsing diapers. If your shower is close to your toilet and you have a removable shower head that will reach the toilet, you can use that to rinse the dipes into the toilet instead of purchasing a separate diaper sprayer. That’s what I’m gonna do, because those diaper sprayers are so expensive and having the removable shower head makes it easier to rinse baby in the bath and even rinse the tub clean too. So it serves more of a purpose. 🙂

    • ooh, that’s a great idea!! i have one of those. i just need to see if it’ll reach. thanks for sharing!!

  4. Cloth diapering is great! We do it with both of our girls (21 months and 1 month). There are really easy ways to do it, we chose the cheapest, with cloth prefolds (about $1ea), a snappi fastener ($7 for 3) and adjustable diaper covers ($11-$15 Thirsties Duos are my favorite!).

    We also have a tool I couldn’t live without: a diaper sprayer! It looks just like a sprayer you would find on your kitchen sink but you hook it to your toilet faucet and you can spray all the mess right off the diaper into the toilet. They usually retail for about $45 but I found a great new one on Amazon.com for $25. That is the one thing I really wouldn’t want to do without.

    We rinse all our diapers as they get dirty and keep them in a 13 gallon trash can with a regular trash bag and then do laundry every other day. We usually hang dry all the diapers, wipes and covers so we don’t have to run the dryer all the time, saving a little $$. Although with the newborn we’ve gotten ‘lazy’ and started putting everything except the covers in the dryer.

    Cloth diapering is SO cost effective, healthier for baby and I just love it. And cloth diapers are much cuter than the paper disposables! I love http://www.nickisdiapers.com and http://www.cottonbabies.com.

    Happy Diapering!!

    • maggie,
      i really want to get a sprayer. i didn’t even know they existed until a couple of weeks ago! can you tell i’m still new to the cloth diaper thing? my baby is 2 1/2 months old. i’m totally still learning, but loving it. i hang dry when i can. i knew the sun was a natural bleacher, but i didn’t realize how well it would really work! i bought mine from nicki’s diapers too! oh, and i totally agree with you on the cute aspect. 🙂

    • maggie, what brand of sprayer did you get? i was looking at some the other day and a lot of them have really bad reviews. i wasn’t sure which one to go with.

  5. Kellie,

    I enjoyed your article. I don’t have kids of my own but I am a nanny of one baby girl. The thing I’m really curious about is realistically how much grosser is it to use cloth diapers/wipes? Do you just let the poopy ones pile up and do them at the end of the day? I have the nose of a bloodhound and I don’t think I could hang if so! That being said, I do hate how much waste is created by the disposable diapers.

    • Thanks, Nanny! I guess it really depends on your gross o meter. I don’t think it’s really that bad. Really. There are several ways to take care of the dirty ones. I have a wet/dry bag that I use. When I change a diaper, the dirty ones just get thrown in there. When the bag is zipped, you can’t smell anything. When you unzip it to throw a dirty one in, there’s a not so pleasant smell that wafts up, but it’s not horrible. There are also diaper pails with liners and scent tabs that you can use. I wash mine every other or every 2 days depending on how many diapers the baby goes through. Some people rinse them immediately and then put them in their bag/pail until wash day. I wait and rinse them all at the same time when it’s wash time. I have a friend who rinses them and then puts them in a bucket that has a water/laundry detergent mix to soak until she washes them. You could totally do it.

      • I like the idea of a pail with a liner! That makes me feel better ha ha.

        Not to belabor the point, but when you say “rinse” what does that entail? Are you rinsing feces into the sink by hand? Sorry to be so persnickety but these are the types of details that are oft unspoken (and would make me hesitant to get off the disposable diaper teet) :-p

        • lol, you can be persnickety. it’s not the most fun thing in the world to think about rinsing diapers. yes, i’m rinsing the diapers, by hand, but not really touching the poo. i fold the diaper and use it to rub itself. and like maggie said in a comment above, there are also diaper sprayers that you can attach to the plumbing of your toilet. you can spray the poo off right into the toilet and flush it away. i really want one of those. 🙂