Cloth Wipes Spray Recipe

There are probably almost as many cloth wipes spray-recipes as there are cloth-wipers. I’ve heard of everything from super-long ingredient lists encompassing all manner of chemicals (basically dupes of the actual recipe used in commercial wipes) to a recipe consisting of nothing more than plain water and lots of tush-scrubbing. I want, of course, to keep my spray as inexpensive and natural as possible—and I don’t want to have to make special trips to the store to pick up the ingredients. Everything in this recipe is something I keep on hand all the time, it’s very gentle on K’s sensitive skin, it’s natural, and yet it still gives me the assurance that she’s clean. Plus, if I decide to jazz it up with some lavender oil, her rear end smells like my favorite candle (is that weird?).

Here’s my recipe: 

  • 1 ½ tsp. Extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 ½ tsp baby shampoo or baby wash

  • 12 oz. pure water

  • (optional) 1 drop essential oil

Mix all ingredients together in a spray bottle. Spritz on dry wipes to clean up the yucky!

What with the relationship issues between oil and water, the ingredients will separate. Just give the bottle a shake before each use so that baby’s butt gets a nice mix of everything.

I like to spray half a cloth wipe with this, clean the baby, and then use the dry half of the wipe to get off any excess moisture. Damp skin trapped under a diaper is the leading cause of diaper rash, so taking the extra half-second to dry baby off can be a nice preventative for any irritation.

 The nice thing about this is that it costs next to nothing to make, and takes very little time! Seriously, I’ve timed myself making it as under a minute (of course, I’ve done it a few times, so I don’t bother measuring out the ingredients anymore. I just eyeball it. And my eyeballs have worked just fine). Hope you try it!

Jaime W. (461 Posts)

Jaime is a Christian, a wife, a mom, a writer, an illustrator, and an aspiring homesteader. She loves trying to find new ways to save money and resources--but also save her time, so she can spend as much as possible with her family! !

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  1. I will have to give this a go…I have just used a little bowl of water for a year. But a fresh smelling bottom is enticing!

  2. What kind of cloth do you recommend for this? Also how do you store the dirty wipes until washing them? Would this solution be good for wiping my sons face and hands after he eats? Ok one more what do you use when you are not at home? Sorry for all they questions I usually use disposable wipes but the last time I bought them it cost 12 dollars for a box.

  3. Wondering… do you use regular (Johnsons, etc) baby wash/shampoo with this? Or is there a chemical-free option for baby wash?


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