Super Simple Cloth Wipes

When I first started cloth diapering I used disposable wipes, but I soon realized how cloth diapers and cloth wipes go hand in hand. It’s so much more convenient to throw the wipe and diaper together in the wet bag. I use cloth wipes for 4 reasons: skin sensitivity, money, environment, and convenience. 

MJ has super sensitive skin, and I don’t want to spend much time preparing wipes every few days, so for us, simplicity is best. 

My favorite cloth wipes solution includes only 3 ingredients:

1. Coconut oil (I generally use unrefined but refined works as well)

2. Baby body wash

3. Water

Optional:  2-4 drops essential oil, such as tea tree oil or lavender oil


1. Gather cloth wipes and a wipe container (more info about what I use below).  I usually make a batch of about 20 wipes. 20 fit well in my wipe container and they last for 2-3 days. If the wipes sit for more than 3-4 days they start to smell a little musty and can become moldy.   

3. Mix 4 tsps coconut oil with 1 1/2 cups hot water. Hot water is not absolutely necessary, but quickly liquifies the coconut oil. 

4. Add equal parts (4 tsps) baby wash. I have used many different brands. Early on I had quite a few Johnson’s body washes (shower gifts), and used those. Because MJ bathes with Aveeno, I now use that most often. 

5. Pour solution over wipes. 

(You can add 2-4 drops of your favorite essential oil to the solution before pouring over the wipes.)

More About Wipes and Containers

For wipes, I use some baby wash cloths, some Charlie Banana cloths, and some pieces of cotton or flannel. 

Any wipe container you can find will suffice. I use a Price Lionheart Wipe Warmer that was a baby shower gift. Sometimes I plug it in and sometimes I don’t. When MJ was an infant I wanted her wipes to be warm, but as she got older I became less concerned with the temperature. 

This simple solution is also great to add to a spray bottle and spray a dry wipe or baby at each use.