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How to make homemade wet wipes

homemade wet wipes

How do you make homemade wet wipes? Our guide shows you how to make wet wipes for personal care and hygiene, and also wet wipes for cleaning.

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Wet wipes are suitable for cleaning delicate baby skin, but are also used in the home for cleaning and personal care. For many mothers, wet wipes are indispensable when it comes to quickly removing dirt or food residues from children’s hands. However, the preservatives contained in the wet wipes often stress sensitive children’s skin. 

Hardly anyone realises that wet wipes can be made by simple means and used for various purposes. Today we reveal how you can easily make wet wipes yourself and what you should pay attention to when using the wet wipes.

Wet wipes for the skin – the production

Simple means are sufficient for the production of wet wipes, which can usually be found in every household.

The following things are necessary for the production of wet wipes:

  • a plastic sealable box (or an empty box from commercial wet wipes)
  • extra thick kitchen paper
  • two hundred milliliters of distilled water as well
  • two tablespoons of high quality vegetable oil (e.g. olive or coconut oil)

First, water and oil are poured into a container and mixed with a whisk. In the next step, the sheets of the kitchen roll are cut to the desired size with a  a sharp knife and folded so that they can later be easily removed from the box. Finally, the mixture of water and oil is poured evenly over the cut kitchen roll. Let the liquid soak in the wipes for at least two hours before they are ready for their first use. If you prefer to use the wet wipes on the go, you can also store them in a resealable food storage bag.

Our tip: For a particularly environmentally friendly variant, a washable microfiber cloth can also be used instead of the kitchen roll. A little more of the water-oil mixture can be used so that the cloth absorbs the moisture completely. After a week at the latest, the homemade wet wipes should be disposed of or washed.

The best vegetable oils for the production of wet wipes

Since children’s skin is particularly sensitive, the right vegetable oil should also be selected for the production of wet wipes. In the following table, we have vividly compared the most skin-friendly vegetable oils with their advantages and disadvantages.

 Coconut oilalmond oilLavender oilolive oil
advantageshas an antibacterial effect thanks to the lauric acid it containsmakes the skin soft and smooth due to the high oleic acid contentpromotes blood circulation thanks to the high content of camphorThanks to the high content of vitamin E, it has an antioxidative
rich in unsaturated fatty acids, which relieve inflammation and moisturize the skin
protects against germs and bacteriarich in vitamins A, D and B, which support cell protection and cell renewalsupports the renewal of skin cells and prevents inflammationcan relieve muscle tension and joint pain
provides moisture and keeps the acid-base balance in balancemild and subtle fragrancepromotes wound healing through its antiseptic and antibacterial effectsthe lipids are similar to those of the skin, so the oil is absorbed very well
is rich in antioxidants, vitamins and mineralsstrengthens the skin barrier thanks to the linoleic acid it containshas a calming effect
has a pleasant fragrance
disadvantageSmell can be too distinctive for somescent not very pronouncedCan cause allergic reactionsmay leave yellowish marks on the wet wipes

When purchasing, only organic cold-pressed vegetable oil should be preferred, since only this has all the healing ingredients. It is also important to ensure that no additional perfumes have been added to the oil that could irritate the child’s skin.

Homemade wipes for cleaning

Sometimes it is necessary to remove dirt from tiles or glass very quickly. So if you want to use the wet wipes primarily for use in the kitchen or bathroom, you need the following ingredients to make them:

  • absorbent kitchen roll
  • a storage box
  • 150 milliliters of vinegar essence or dishwashing detergent
  • five tablespoons of water
  • five tablespoons of isopropanol
  • 15 to 20 drops of lemon oil as well
  • ten drops of flaxseed oil

After all the liquids have been mixed together, the cut pieces of the kitchen roll can be poured over with the mixture and left to stand for around two hours. While the vinegar essence and the lemon oil primarily remove stuck dirt, the linseed oil has a disinfectant effect. By the way, other disinfectant vegetable oils can also be used instead of linseed oil.

Advantages and disadvantages

If you are still undecided at this point, you will find the advantages and disadvantages of homemade wipes at a glance.

✔ all ingredients are known
✔ can be manufactured with simple means
✔ little effort
✔ partly washable and environmentally friendly
✔ versatile uses

✘ very limited shelf life
✘ requires a certain amount of preparation
muss storage box must also be bought or prepared

Shelf life of homemade wet wipes

Since homemade wipes are made without preservatives, their shelf life is limited to around seven to ten days. As soon as the wet wipes develop an unpleasant smell, they should be disposed of and exchanged for new wipes. It is therefore advisable to initially only produce a small number of wipes so that there is no unnecessary waste. 

It is also important to ensure that the storage box for the wipes is not completely airtight. Ideally, the lid has a narrow gap or an opening through which the wet wipes can be pulled out later.


Homemade wet wipes can be used universally and require minimal effort. In particular, mothers are free to choose which substances come into contact with their child’s skin. But even when cleaning work surfaces, homemade wet wipes prove to be very useful and are quickly accessible. So if you no longer want to buy expensive wet wipes in the future, you will be delighted with the homemade wet wipes.

Author: Genevieve Dumas is a food, fashion, health and beauty writer from New York, who has worked for a range of major magazines.