DIY for Frugal Living – Baby Wipes

by Mary on March 9, 2012

Hi Frugal Living readers!  My name is Jana Dettore and I am a stay-at-home-mom of a beautiful 20 month old with one on the way.  My husband works a 9-5 and I have started to spend a lot of my time coming up with great ways to save money and have fun with my daughter at the same time.  This is where Debbie and I were able to fuse our passions.  I came to Debbie and asked to share some of my DIYs with her readers.  I will be posting a DIY project each week that has worked for me and I’m hoping to get to talk with a lot of her readers about other ideas!

Please remember to “PIN” this great Baby Wipes recipe so you will have it when you need it. 

As a stay at home mom, one of my duties is to maximize our financial resources.  A toddler requires tons of supplies throughout the day and baby wipes go fast in my house.  This was the beginning of my DIY adventures.  I try to make supplies when I can if it saves my family money and is easy for me to work the production of the supply into my everyday chaos.  This project is completely doable!


  • Empty store bought baby wipe container
  • Paper towels (I have been partial to Scott Naturals)
  • Baby wash of your choice
  • Baby oil

Step 1:

Cut paper towel roll in half (“hamburger style”) so that you come up with 2 toilet paper size rolls. A serrated knife works best.

Step 2:

Proceed to fold rolls into piles of baby wipes that would fit into your chosen container.*

Step 3:

Combine 2 cups of boiling water with 1 tbsp. baby wash and 1 tbsp. baby oil per box of wipes.

Step 4:

Lastly, pour liquid mixture over your wipes (while in container), turning in order to coat the entire stack of wipes.  Allow containers to sit over night, as the oil will not absorb into the wipes right away. **

*Visit this Pinterest article for another dispenser option.  I prefer the store bought wipe container because I have a toddler who would love to pull all the wipes out of the box if she could!

**A great tip: If the wipes ever dry out ( I go through them too quickly to have needed this tip) you can simply pour more hot water over the wipes and rehydrate them.  The wash and oil are already locked into the wipes themselves.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Carlye Rankin March 10, 2012 at 12:05 am 1

How much would you say it cost you to do this?

Michelle March 10, 2012 at 11:25 am 2

I have a in home daycare and I use alot of wipes. I have been doing this for years and LOVE IT!

jana March 10, 2012 at 7:42 pm 3

Carlye, I can usually buy an 8-pack of the Scott Naturals paper towels at Walgreens on sale for $4. A role, 2-batches of wipes once cut in half, lasts about a month. The baby oil and wash I had from when my daughter was born and haven’t run out of either since I started my first batch. SO, in summary it is very cheap!

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