DIY: Baby Wipes

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Commercial baby wipes are made with ingredients that can irritate a baby’s delicate skin. This easy recipe is great on the go and can be used in any empty baby wipes container.

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What You Need:

1 roll premium paper towels
2 cups warm water
2 tablespoons Fractionated Coconut Oil
3 drops Lavender essential oil
3 drops Melaleuca essential oil
An airtight storage container/empty wipe container/wet bag

Note: Use cloth for reusable wipes.


1- Cut paper towel roll in half with a serrated or electric knife. Use half the roll now, and half later.

2- Combine water, Fractionated Coconut Oil, and essential oils in a small bowl.

3- Pour the mixture over the paper towels and then cover with the airtight lid letting the mixture absorb for 10 minutes.

4- Turn the container over and let sit for another 10 minutes.

5- Remove and discard the cardboard middle. Just pull the wipes from the center when you are ready to use. Store in container of your choice.
Tip: For on-the-go wipes, insert 15-20 wipes into travel size wipe container.

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Submitted by Heather Gunnerson, Independent Product Consultant

This was originally featured in the Spring 2012 dōTERRA Living Magazine.

dōTERRA essential oils blend can be purchased online, or from any of our Independent Product Consultants. If you would like to locate a Product Consultant in your area, click here.


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  1. I love these wipes and was making them regularly. However, they started to mold after just a few days. I use distilled water put my homemade wipes in refillable wipes containers that store bought wipes come in. Any ideas? I stopped making them because I was having to throw half of them away.

  2. We use this recipe all the time and have absolutely no problem with mold. They are great – no diaper rash or other skin problems. We use them for chapped skin, sunburn etc.

  3. Hello Amy,
    I have a suggestion that has worked great for us and our customers:
    To the above recipe add 10 drops of GrapeFruit Seed extract. It is available from NutriBiotic, or at most health food stores.
    I hope that helps. Thanks for this great recipe, I will be trying it on my next batch of wipes, with my new doTERRA oils!
    Our wipe container would be a great, reusable solution for the DIY wipe recipe above. You can see them on our website: You would still use the same ratio of liquids as above. We recommend only Bounty towels. A serrated knife makes a bit of a mess, we have found a very sharp long kitchen knife to work the best.

  4. I make these all the time and love them. I used a refillable wipe container once and had problems with mold as well. They need to be stored in an air tight container and you shouldn’t have mold.

  5. I love these wipes, also! My sister-in-law gave me a recipe that says to microwave the water, oil, baby wash (if you use it), and oils, in the container with the lid sitting in there also, for 2 minutes (almost boiling point). It will kill any germs on the container and lid and your wipes won’t mold! Hope this helps! Any of my baby’s butts has never had a rash from using these!

  6. My wipes went moldy every time too! Any suggestions? I’ve just started buying normal wipes because I felt so frustrated and wasteful.

  7. I would make the liquid, and use some terry cloth (either washcloths or buy from a fabric store) and make them on a daily basis to avoid mold. Just a thought. That’s what I’m going to try.

  8. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these wipes! We store the wipes in the refrigerator and take out what’s needed for a few days for the diaper bag and haven’t had any problems with mold. They’re refreshing to use straight from the fridge after a workout or gardening as a face towelette (avoiding the eyes of course).

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