Mum Tip: homemade wipes

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Homemade baby wipes tip

Here’s a cheap way to repurpose containers to make homemade baby wipes for all kinds of mess.

Amy from our Winter 2018 Baby Group decided to make her own wipes – but didn’t stop there. She looked around for containers she already had and reused them with a couple of nifty upgrades.

How to make homemade baby wipes

“I had to cut the paper towel roll down to fit in the formula tin so I used the spare part to make my wipes for the nappy bag in the smaller container. My wipes are just made with water and coconut oil and they smell so good. I already have soft hands from using them.”

Amy used the lids from other wipes she’d had previously so her homemade wipes are easy to get, and stay fresh. What a clever mumma!

DIY wipes with only three ingredients

DIY Baby Wipe Ingredients

Baby wipes are the heavy lifters of nappy changes – small but mighty they clean and soothe little bots. And with three common ingredients from the kitchen, you can make your own.

Mum’s Grapevine Baby Group member Melinda Emile‎ shared her DIY baby wipes recipe that was passed on to her by her midwife. The wipes Melinda creates are soothing, moisturising and cheap. Here’s her recipe:


Olive oil
Chamomile tea
Good quality paper towels


Step 1: Make a large mug of chamomile tea and let it cool.

Step 2: Add two to three tablespoons of olive oil to cooled tea and mix as best as you can.

Step 3: Separate paper towel sheets, fold in half and place on top of each other in a medium-sized container.

Step 4: Spoon on the tea mixture so each sheet is moist but not drenched. It will all soak through once you have finished all the layers.

Note: If you leave them out for too long in a warm room they can go mouldy. I try to use them up in three to four days and store excess in the fridge.

If you’re in the mood for some baby DIY, here’s how to make baby bum balm from breastmilk.

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