Are you tired of spending your hard-earned money every month for baby wipes, diapers, and expensive creams only to STILL be dealing with the occasional diaper rash? This is because most commercial wipes are laden with chemicals and have serious environmental ramifications.
We live in a world where convenience and the “quick fix” trumps all, but there is a better way to conduct our lives. This homemade baby wipe recipe made with coconut oil will only take 5 minutes out of your life to make.
Not only will you be protecting your baby’s delicious bottom, but you will be taking a small step towards protecting their future home… our lovely earth. But before I give you this fantastic, easy baby wipe recipe, I would first enjoy going on a little rant on why these homemade baby wipes are so special.
Already a believer? Skip the rant and go straight to the recipe!
Why care about making your own homemade baby wipes with coconut oil?
An article from The Guardian outlines the impact these little disposables are making on our sewer system and oceans.
Coined the term “Fatberg” wet wipes are clogging everyone’s pipes and causing thousands of dollars in repair costs to the average household, in which I can personally attest.
We moved into an older home a few years ago. Within the first few months, we had greywater flooding our first-floor bathroom. Four hours of pipe snaking and $800 dollars later, the plumber explained that we had been one of the lucky ones, as he pulled out a massive pile of compacted wet wipes. Apparently, most of the time clearing clogs like these would necessitate drilling into the ground.
Wet wipes are also washing up on the shoreline contributing to the nearly 8.8 million tons of plastic getting dumped in our oceans. Yes, most wet wipes are made with plastic resins like polyester or polypropylene and never fully degrade. This is bad news for our marine animals who are not only enjoying fish and algae for lunch but also pounds and pounds of plastic.
It may seem like I have already made a compelling case for homemade baby wipes. But WAIT there’s more!
The common ingredients in baby wipes aren't so good
Mass manufacturing, shipping long distances, and selling to the general public could not be done without a guarantee that products won’t be contaminated. The only way to ensure this is to rely on lab-derived preservatives such as sodium benzoate and emulsifiers such as polysorbate 20, which is carcinogenic by the way.
Do you ever wonder what that smell is in baby wipes? Well, the ingredient lists it as “fragrance.” Thank you pampers. I always knew you had my back!
Who KNOWS what fragrance is? Most of the time fragrance is made up of an undisclosed mixture of various chemicals that are associated with organ toxicity and allergies. (source)
You know what smells good to me? Lavender. Coconut. The pure, absent smell of water. When it comes to my baby’s bottom, I am willing to put the extra effort to go back to nature and wipe it up with homemade baby wipes with my absolute favorite ingredient for everything…organic coconut oil!
So, without further ado…. Here’s how to make these ingredient-transparent, eco-friendly baby wipes.
Homemade baby wipes with coconut oil recipe
For this recipe you will need:
- 1 large glass jar (I ordered this 3 pack so I could have smaller jars for on the go)
- 1 glass measuring cup
- An overflowing handful of clothes. (use cut up t-shirt squares or these GOTS certified organic washcloths)
- ¼ cup of coconut oil
- 1 cup of distilled water
- 8 drops of Frankincense essential oil
- 8 drops of Lavender essential oil
I love using glass jars to contain my baby wipes. Why glass jars? I love the ocean, see above.
I bought these jars from Amazon which makes life so much easier because the lid is attached.
Measure out ¼ cup of coconut oil and place it inside the large 34 ounce glass jar. Put the jar in warm water and leave it there for about 5 minutes or until it is fully melted. Then add 1 cup of distilled water and let it sit in the hot water for another minute or so. Choose your favorite essential oil and add 16 drops to the mixture. I love Frankincense and Lavender for homemade baby wipes.
Frankincense is a natural astringent, meaning it kills bacteria and viruses. It also speeds skin recovery which is super helpful for diaper rash.
Besides the fact that Lavender smells lovely, it is gentle and soothing to the mind and skin. I usually do half and half of both.
Once all the ingredients are combined, swirl the jar once again. Place all of the clothes in the jar whether it is cup up t-shirts or organic washcloths into the glass jar, making sure to scrunch them up as you go.
Scrunching the clothes makes them easier to pull out.
Now you will notice that all of your ingredients are at the bottom and there will be some dry clothes at the top. To fix this you will need to close the lid and then turn the jar upside-down. Let it sit for about 5 hours and you will have some perfectly moist homemade baby wipes.
That’s it, that’s the whole recipe. All that’s left is a sweet little bottom and some not-so-sweet turds waiting on you!
How to use and store your homemade baby wipes
A few words of caution for those who are adventurous and crunchy enough to try these wipes…
Once you make a batch of wipes, they will need to be used within a week. When I first made my wipes, I was on the go a lot and had some disposables left over. I used those up and then got to my homemade wipes.
They started to get a funny smell after about a week to them so I had to wash them and start over. That is why I love this 3 pack of jars from amazon. You can make your wipes in the big jar and then divvy them up in the smaller jars to throw in a diaper bag.
You will most likely only need one wipe per diaper change, even with the really ones. They work THAT well!
I keep a small plastic bag with me for the dirty wipes (which I wash every day and reuse because I hate plastic but I haven’t figured out a space-saving way to bring home the dirty wipes).
Once you get home if they are really dirty you can use this cloth diaper sprayer attachment for your toilet. Then I just throw them in the hamper. I find with kids you are doing laundry every other day anyway.