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When I decided that Huckleberry would be a cloth-diapered trail baby, it just made sense to me that we would also use cloth wipes. But, because I love being totally honest, I should also tell you that I cannot stand the smell of baby wipes. I’ve used many different brands on many different babies in my lifetime and I have to say, the wipes make me gag more than what I’m wiping up. I also find that they are SO wet, too wet. The few times that I have used disposable wipes on Huckleberry, I feel the need to dry him off after wiping, which drives me crazy. That being said, the decision to use cloth wipes was an easy one. I also decided to make my own wipes and wipe solution because if I can do it myself, I will!
In case you were wondering, our wipes are made from old t-shirts, pyjamas, and fabric scraps not big enough for other uses. My very talented mother holds my hand and helps me sew things on her fancy machines sometimes. But that’s not what you’re here for… on with the wipe solution!
Maman’s DIY Cloth Wipe Solution
- 4L distilled water
- 1/2 cup baby safe or food grade oil
- 1/2 cup aloe vera gel
- 20 drops tea tree oil
- 40 drops lavender essential oil
- 1/2 cup baby wash
- 1L distilled water
- 1/8 cup baby safe or food grade oil
- 1/8 cup aloe vera gel
- 5 drops tea tree oil
- 10 drops lavender essential oil
- 1/8 cup baby wash
- Using an electric mixer, blend together water, oils and aloe vera gel.
- Add the baby wash and stir or gently shake to mix.
- Store extra solution in the fridge.
- Using distilled water helps prevent mold and bacterial growth, this is less important when making the wipe solution in small batches.
- Adding a small amount of vinegar can also slow mold and bacterial growth (which makes it an excellent addition if you’re fighting yeast).
- I’ve used olive oil and coconut oil so far. I prefer coconut oil, however sometimes it solidifies in the fridge. I simply place the jug in a few inches of warm water in the sink before refilling my wipes container.
- If using coconut oil, you will want to melt it first.
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- You will want to heed the “stir or gently shake” or you will end up with a bubbly mess.
- I’ve used live clean (baby) soothing oatmeal relief tearless baby wash, Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Shampoo & Wash and Johnson’s Head-to-Toe Baby Wash. All of them have worked well, I prefer the scent of the Burt’s Bees. Use your favourite!
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- Vinegar – antifungal
- Tea tree oil – antibacterial
- Lavender essential oil – calming
- Calendula oil – moisturizing
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Storage & Refilling:
- Store your wipe solution in the jug that the water came in.
- I take the wipe solution out of the fridge at least an hour before using it, the it is not so cold on my hands or Huckleberry’s bottom. This also helps to mix the oil back in if it has separated.
- A big batch lasts us just over a month.
Do you have a go-to recipe for DIY cloth wipes? Or a favourite store-bought solution? Share it in the comment section below.