This is something I’ve been using since my eldest was born in 2012: homemade wipes. To be honest, I couldn’t stand the smell of store bought wipes (yes, even the organic ones) and reading the back of that ingedient list just made it that much easier to find an alternate option that was both lovely to smell and chem-free (being that it was going to be wiped all over my baby’s skin all day and night long).
This recipe is a winner. Sometimes I alter the scents slightly for a change, but my favorite EO (Essential Oil) combo is lavender with orange. I use these for everything from diaper changes and bathroom wipes, to toys and table top cleanings, as a makeup remover, for dirty hands or even a fresh stain on clothes–heck I have even used the wipes to clean our beige carpet after someone stepped on a raspberry or ran through the room with muddy shoes on. Not only will you be cleaning without chemicals but I promise you, the smell is absolutely divine and you will never look at (or rather, sniff) a store-bought wipe the same way again.
Homemade Cleansing Wipes
Yields one box of baby wipes.
1 package of 50 dispoable washcloths
2 cups warm water
2 tbs coconut oil**
5 drops tear-free (baby) shampoo or wash
2-3 drops lavender or tea tree essential oil
2-3 drops orange essential oil
Stir all of the wet ingredients together with the warm water. Soak the washcloths in this solution in parts, group about about 5-10 cloths at a time. When all of the washcloths have absorbed the liquid, squeeze any excess out and place the moist cloths inside of a cleaned and upcycled baby wipes container. Feel free to adjust the concentration of the coconut oil depending on your usage (if using as a natural makeup remover, then it will remove stubborn makeup easier with more coconut oil, but if using as basic cleaning wipes or diaper wipes than leave as is, or else it would be too greasy with extra oil).
**Feel free to use fractionated coconut oil if you don’t feel like melting unrefined raw coconut oil.
**Essential oil (or EO) dilution rate for young children is generally a .5% solution, which means one drop of essential oil per 2 teaspoons of carrier. If you have any doubts or questions, you can always consult with a certified aromatherapist.