DIY Cloth Wipe Solution

I’ve talked a little about our adventures in cloth diapering a bit before on the blog. Recently we’ve made the switch to cloth wipes as well.


We found that during normal changes, we were using a significantly more wipes with number two than with standard number ones. Not only that, we were disposing of any and all wipes in a simple trashcan with our cloth diapers going into an airtight pail. Now you can imagine, three days worth of poopy wipes hanging out in a trashcan did not make MJ’s room smell very good, even if we empited the trash each day, we were only moving it to another place in the house until it went out. Something had to give.

Enter the cloth wipe experiment.

I was on a typical BumGenius run, purchasing a few more cloth diapers at our local retailer, and a pack of flannel wipes was on sale. I took the opportunity to purchase them, taking the great price as a sign from God that the poopy wipe situation will be fixed.

I played around with a few different versions of “wipe juice” thanks to other cloth diapering Mommas on Pinterest and realized that the general formula is 1 cup water, 1 tablespoon oil of choice, 1 tablespoon wash of choice with a few drops of essential oils. Once the secret formula was discovered a played around a bit until I found one that smelled nice and really did the job well.

I store the solution in a re-purposed Windex Touch-Up Cleaner bottle. When it’s changing time, I dab a wipe in the solution, wipe, wrap in the rised up diaper and wash them with my cloth diapers about every three days. We still use all-natural, plant based wipes for our little wet messes.


All-in-all here is my favorite go-to recipe. 

1 cup warm water
1 tablespoon Honest Body Oil 
1 tablespoon Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap
2-3 drops Lavendar Essential Oil
2-3 drop Tea Tree Essential Oil

Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle and give a gentle shake before each use.

Have a favorite recipe for “wipe juice”? Share it in the comments!