Cleaning solutions are so easy to make and can also save you money! Use them to clean messy sticky hands, messy faces and dirty bottoms. Unlike commercial wipes, these recipes contain no alcohol or chemicals and they smell good. Use these recipes on cloth wipes or make your own disposable wipes and save even more money! To make disposable wipes, cut the high-quality paper towels in half or leave them whole for full-size wipes.

Common ingredients of the cloth wipe solution:

Many wipe solution recipes contain similar main ingredients, which are used for the same reason in each recipe. These are the common ingredients and why they are included:

Oil: helps the wipe to slide on baby’s skin and keeps the skin soft
Soap: cleans by removing all traces of urine and feces
EO: (essential oil) added for antibacterial and / or aromatherapy purposes.
Water: the main ingredient of each recipe, cleans the diaper area and dilutes the other ingredients

The type and amounts of oil, soap, EO, and water that go into a recipe are what give each cloth wipe solution its own distinct “personality.” Have fun trying different recipes until you find the ones you like best!

How to use cloth cloth solutions

When mixing solutions, it is best to start with oil and finish with water. The oil will coat your measuring tools so that the soap slides right away. Make sure to add the water slowly or you will end up with a ton of bubbles! Most of the time, it is easier to gently mix the wiping solution in a bottle with a lid, then pour it into the storage container.

There are many different ways to store and apply cleaning solutions to your wipes, try some of the following ideas to find the one that works best for your family. You may find that one system works very well at home and another works well outside. Here are some ideas to get you started:

Use a spray bottle to spray baby’s bottom or wipes. (For baby’s comfort, we prefer to spray the wipes)
Use a bottle with a spout (like bottled water bottles) to dribble the solution onto the wipes.
Warm solution and place in an insulated container to provide warm baby wipes.
Place the solution in a commercial container of baby wipes and dip the wipes in the solution.
Place the cloth wipes in a container of commercial baby wipes and pour the wipe solution over the wipes.
A container of commercial baby wipes can be placed in a wipe warmer to provide warm and comfortable baby wipes.

Do not store the solution or wet wipes for a long time as they can become moldy and wet wipes can even become moldy – ewww! Check your solution and wet wipes daily, and mix smaller batches of solution instead of large batches frequently to prevent mold. We mix a fresh solution once a week, store it in a bottle of bottled water, and have had no mold problems.

Cloth wipe solution recipes

Almond and chamomile

Soak the tea bags in hot water then add the oil.

2 chamomile tea bags

2 teaspoons of almond oil

2 cups of hot water

Anti-fungal

Omit the vinegar if your baby has a raw rash.

1/4 cup white vinegar

1 tablespoon calendula oil

A few drops of lavender oil

A few drops of tea tree oil

1/4 cup 100% aloe vera gel

1 cup of water

Anti-fungal too

Similar to the other antifungal recipe, but less vinegar and water.

1 teaspoon of white vinegar

1 tablespoon calendula oil

A few drops of lavender oil

A few drops of tea tree oil

1/4 cup 100% aloe vera gel

1/2 cup of water

Basic cleaning solution

This basic recipe can be adapted by changing the type of soap or oil.

1/2 cup baby oil

1/2 cup baby detergent

2 cups of water

Castile solution

Dr Bronner’s Castile soap is available in several delicious scents!

1 tablespoon of almond, apricot or other oil

1 tablespoon Dr Bronner’s Castile liquid soap

2 drops of tea tree oil

1 drop of lavender oil

1 cup of water

Chamomile and honey

Prepare the tea,

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