During this journey as a mom, I have come to the conclusion that homemade ANYTHING is a gazillion, million times better than  store bought!

Homemade jam.

Homemade pie.

Homemade cakes.

Homemade clothes.

Homemade cleaning products.

And even … homemade baby wipes.


I’ve been meaning to try these for almost a year now – I don’t usually buy paper towel though so this idea kept getting pushed to the bottom of my list. Well, I finally got some paper towel and tried it out. And it’s fantastic! You wouldn’t know the difference – except for that fact that it’s BETTER and more amazing than store bought wipes!


Here’s how you can make your own wipes. I used a recipe from here.
You need to use Bounty paper towel. Don’t cheap out with another name brand! Bounty, k?
Cut the roll of paper towel in half right down the middle of the roll. I just used a regular knife from the kitchen.
In a big bowl (prefer to be deep, rather than wide), 2 tablespoons of a natural baby wash, two tablespoons of olive oil and two cups of water.¬† Mix together in the bowl. You can also add a drop or two tea tree oil. (My best friend has made these and she uses tea tree oil, but I haven’t yet.)

Drop in your 1/2 of paper towel roll and let the roll sit for 10 minutes to soak up the liquid. After ten minutes, remove the inside hard cardboard tube, place wipes in a container (with a lid) and voila, done!

So far, so good. The wipes haven’t gone musty smelling nor have they dried out. It feels great wiping Lovelyn’s face with these wipes, knowing they are so much safer and better for her than the storebought wipes!

But please remember because they are not store bought, they have no preservatives so, mold is a possibility. Make sure to keep your wipes in a container that tightly closes and away from sunlight. {I did get an e-mail from a reader (thanks! I appreciate the heads up!) suggesting not adding water to the wipes till your ready to use them and to only use a a drop or two of tea tree oil as it can be too strong for some skin.}


Speaking of homemade … here’s one another photo of something homemade … my belly at 23 weeks …






January 27, 2012 - 7:21 pm

jenn Ok, LOVE the wipes, but after 2 batches I reduced the amout of water to 1 1/2 cups instead of two, I find them much easier to use this way? Before I almost needed a paper towel to wipe after wiping:)

January 14, 2012 - 9:53 am

Brenda (Gillian’s Mom) That is a stunning picture!!! Wow-zers Gillian!!! You look more beautiful when you are pregnant! xo
Good idea about the wipes … always wondered what chemicals might be in there.

January 13, 2012 - 10:01 pm

Grandma Gerr Georgeous! <3

January 13, 2012 - 9:17 pm

Catherine Greenwood-Grabas Love this idea! I sure wish I had known about this years ago! You look stunning, pregnancy, and motherhood agree with you.

January 13, 2012 - 9:07 pm

Eloise Pranger I made my own wipes when out kids were babies work great!!

Beautiful picture Gillian!

January 13, 2012 - 8:55 pm

Kathy I have another friend who swears by these!

January 13, 2012 - 8:39 pm

Alana What an amazing idea!! I’m going to definatly try this, I hate the chemical smell from store bought wipes, and I’m also a huge lover of all things homemade so thank you! And what a beautiful belly!

January 13, 2012 - 8:32 pm

Jen Heemskerk LOve this! Thank you!