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We've collected recipes for cloth wipe solutions because we think you'll have more fun trying out different recipes instead of spending lots of time searching for them. If you know of a great recipe we don't have listed, please send it to us and we'll add it! By the way, these cloth wipe solutions work great for cleaning sticky hands and messy faces as well as dirty bottoms.

I have started making my own wet wipes for my 16-month-old daughter due to sensitive skin issues. I am using baby wash cloths right now. Before I did this I had to buy expensive sensitive skin wipes. I am so grateful for your tips and solution recipes. So far I am hooked on making my own wipes. She is getting so much cleaner, has no rashes, and I do not worry about what I am putting on her skin. Thanks!
Lori B, Lapel, IN

Common Cloth Wipe Solution Recipe Ingredients:

Most cloth 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're included:

  • Oil: Helps the wipe glide across baby's skin and keeps skin soft
  • Soap: Cleanses by removing all traces of urine and feces
  • EO: (Essential Oil) Added for antibacterial and/or aromatherapy purposes.
  • Water: The main ingredient in each recipe, cleanses the diaper area and dilutes the other ingredients

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

I am not an expert in essential oils, so please do your own research before using essential oils in your cloth wipe solutions. A recent report suggests that certain essential oils may be endocrine disruptors, however, other research claims otherwise. More information about essential oils can be found at Bath Heaven, Aroma Web, A World of Aromatherapy and other great sites on the Web. Some mamas have reported that baby oil caused their diapers with microfleece inners to repel, so use with caution.

How to Use Cloth Wipe Solutions

Cloth Wipe Solution Recipes - Wipes

First of all, please use common sense and keep all wipe solution ingredients away from your child. You may not think that these everyday products can be dangerous, but some infants have suffered respiratory problems after aspirating baby oil.

When mixing solutions we've found that it works best to start with water, then oil and finally soap. By starting with water you'll avoid making tons of bubbles, and the oil will coat your measuring tools so the soap slips right off.

There are many different ways to store and apply cloth wipe solutions, try a few of the following ideas to find the one that works best for your family. You may discover that one system works great at home and another works great away from home. Most of the time it's easiest to gently mix the cloth wipe solution in a bottle with a cover, then pour it into the storage container. Here's some ideas to get you started:

  • Use a spray bottle to spritz baby's bottom or the cloth wipes. (For baby's comfort we prefer spraying the cloth wipes)
  • Use a bottle with a pull-up spout (like on bottled-water bottles) to dribble solution onto the cloth wipes.
  • Warm solution and place in an insulated container to provide warm wipes for baby.
  • Place the solution into a commercial baby wipes container and dip cloth wipes into the solution.
  • Place cloth wipes in a commercial baby wipes container and pour wipes solution over wipes.
  • A commercial baby wipes container can be placed in a wipes warmer to provide cozy warm wipes for baby.

Don't store solution or wet wipes for a long time because they can become musty and the wet wipes may even grow mildew - ewww! Check your solution and wet wipes daily, and mix smaller batches of solution frequently instead of large batches less often to avoid mustiness. We mix fresh solution once a week, store it in a bottled-water bottle, and have not had any problems with mustiness.

*Please note: Tea Tree Oil should be diluted because pure Tea Tree Oil may cause a reaction in some people. Wikipedia has more information about Tea Tree Oil. And check out 11 Amazing Uses for Tea Tree Oil for even more ways this oil can be used.

Cloth Wipe Solution Recipes

Almond 'n' Chamomile

Cloth Wipe Solution Recipes - Tea Bag

Steep the tea bags in the hot water then add the oil.
2 chamomile tea bags
2 teaspoons almond oil
2 cups hot water


Omit vinegar if baby has a raw rash.
1/4 cup white vinegar
1 tablespoon calendula oil
A few drops lavender oil
A few drops tea tree oil
1/4 cup 100% aloe vera gel
1 cup water

Anti-Fungal Too

Cloth Wipe Solution Recipes - Essential Oils

Similar to the other anti-fungal recipe, but less vinegar and water.
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1 tablespoon calendula oil
A few drops lavender oil
A few drops tea tree oil
1/4 cup 100% aloe vera gel
1/2 cup water

Basic Wipe Solution

This basic recipe can be adapted by changing the type of soap or oil.
1/2 cup baby oil
1/2 cup baby wash
2 cups water

Castile Solution

Cloth Wipe Solution Recipes - Castile Soap

Dr. Bronner's Castile Soap comes in several yummy scents!
1 tablespoon almond, apricot, or other oil
1 tablespoon Dr Bronner's Liquid Castile Soap
2 drops tea tree oil
1 drop lavender oil
1 cup water

Chamomile 'n' Honey

Cloth Wipe Solution Recipes - Honey

Brew the tea, add the honey, and drink any leftovers!
1 chamomile tea bag
1 teaspoon honey
1 cup boiling water

CJ's BUTTer Solution

This recipe features a cloth-diaper-friendly diaper rash cream.
2 cups hot water
2 teaspoons baby shampoo
1 dime sized scoop of CJ's BUTTer
Thanks to Tausha D. for this recipe.

Coconut Oil Solution

Just three simple ingredients!
2 cups warm water
1 tbls coconut oil
A squirt of baby wash
Thanks to Jamie D. for this recipe.

Easy Peasy

Just three simple ingredients...
2 tablespoons oil
2 tablespoons baby wash
1 1/2 cups water
Warning: This recipe may cause repelling and absorbency issues for diapers with synthetic inners (ie microfleece and suedecloth) so use with caution. Thanks to Lauren B. for pointing this out to us!

Eight is Great

Cloth Wipe Solution Recipes - Eight Ball

Similar ingredients as other recipes, but in different amounts.
1/8 cup vegetable oil
1/8 cup baby wash
8 drops lavender oil
4 drops tea tree oil
2 cups water

Essential Oil Solution

With three different EOs contributing their unique properties...
4 cups water warmed in microwave
2-4 drops Tea Tree Oil
2-4 drops Lavender Essential Oi1
1 Tablespoon Grapeseed Oil
1 Tablespoon Calendula Oil
2 Tablespoon Baby Wash
Thanks to Lucinda A. for this recipe.
"I tried the Essential Oils solution w/ tea tree, calendula , lavender,grapeseed ,ect. We love it! My daughter is highly highly sensitive to everything but this works wonders:) We use it for all kinds of stuff now, everyone loves the smell !! We use it every diaper change then coat w/ virgin 100% coconut oil - this combo has cleared up a super nasty rash over night!!! Thank you!!!" Raven R.

Fruit 'n' Veggie

Cloth Wipe Solution Recipes - Dr. Bronner's Soap

Dr Bronner's soaps can often be found in organic markets.
1 teaspoon fruit or vegetable-based oil (apricot, olive, grapeseed, etc)
1 tablespoon vegetable-based soap (like Dr. Bronner's liquid castile)
1 teaspoon 100% aloe vera gel
1 cup water

Grape Seed Extract

Grapefruit seed extract and coconut oil are natural remedies for Candida, which can cause diaper rash.
2 cups water (headed if you are using coconut oil)
1-2 tablespoons baby wash
1 tablespoon olive or coconut oil
15 drops grapefruit seed extract
Thanks to Trish for this recipe.

Half 'n' Half Solution Concentrate

This concentrate is easy to make and lasts a long time.
1 part baby oil
1 part baby wash
Fill a condiment bottle with equal amounts of baby oil and wash. To use: shake, then add 1-2 squirts of concentrate to 1 cup of water.
Thanks to Haley J. for this recipe.

Just One

Just one "something" of each ingredient for this recipe.
1 chamomile tea bag
1 teaspoon oil
1 teaspoon baby bath or shampoo
1 drop lavendar oil
1 cup hot water

Lavender 'n' Tea Tree

Lavender and Tea Tree are popular EO choices for wipe solutions.
1/8 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon baby shampoo
4 drops tea tree oil
8 drops lavender oil
3 cups water
Variation: Use lavender baby oil and lavender baby wash for a heavenly Lavender wash. Thanks to Nicole M. for this variation.

Lanolin & Glycerine

Cloth Wipe Solution Recipes - Lanolin

Lanolin and glycerine moisturize without oil. Lansinoh can be found in many local stores.
1 tablespoon liquid glycerine
1/4 teaspoon liquid lanolin (100% pure)
1 tablespoon baby wash
1-3 drops EO
4 cups water

Lotion Potion

Baby lotion adds more softening power to this solution.
1 tablespoon baby oil
1 tablespoon baby soap
1 tablespoon baby lotion
1 cup water
Variation: Replace the baby oil and lotion with 2 tablespoons Baby Magic Creamy Baby Oil for a less oily potion. Thanks to Kimberly A. for this variation.

Magic Baby

Cloth Wipe Solution Recipes - Baby Magic

Baby Magic products are usually easy to find in local stores.
1/2 cup Baby Magic oil
1/2 cup Baby Magic wash
2 cups water

No Measuring

Don't measure for this one, just estimate amounts.
2 squirts baby oil
2 squirts baby wash
1 drop EO
1 cup water (about)

Olive 'n' Tea Tree

Cloth Wipe Solution Recipes - Olive Oil

A great natural wipes solution.
1/4 cup olive oil (extra virgin not necessary)
1/8 cup gentle baby bath
A few drops tea tree oil
4 cups water
Some mamas have reported that the ratio of oil to baby wash in the recipe caused oil build-up on their diapers. You may want to halve the amount of oil or double the amount of baby wash.

Shampoo Style

Baby shampoo works as well as baby wash.
1 tablespoon baby oil
2 teaspoons baby shampoo
2 1/2 cups water


This recipe relies on the EO to cleanse, instead of using soap.
1-2 drops tea tree oil
1-2 drops lavender oil
1 cup water
Use caution with this recipe as we've been told some children may develop a rash since the essential oils aren't dissolved in a carrier oil

Witch Hazel Solution

Witch hazel is the cleansing agent in this solution.
1 cup witch hazel
1/2 cup aloe vera juice
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon white vinegar
Thanks to Candi B. of Wenatchee, WA. for submitting this recipe.

Witch Hazel and Lavender

This solution has a lovely lavender scent.
2 cups distilled water
2 tbsp lavender baby wash
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp witch hazel
8 drops lavender essential oil
Thanks to Amy V. for submitting this recipe.

Zany Apricot Solution

One of our favorites, the apricot oil smells heavenly!
1 tablespoon apricot oil
1 tablespoon unscented baby wash
3 cups water

Zany Lavender Solution

Cloth Wipe Solution Recipes - Lavender

Our other favorite, the lavender is calming for us and our son.
1 tablespoon baby oil
1 tablespoon lavender scented baby wash
2-3 drops lavender oil
3 cups water

More Cloth Wipe Solution Recipe Resources

Here are a couple of links for more ideas on how to make and use your cloth wipe solution. Have fun seeing what others say about using cloth wipe solutions.

Happy Cloth Diapering!

Amy Sue

Amy S. Nogar - Owner Zany Zebra Designs, LLC
Cloth Diapering Expert and Advocate

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