DIY Baby Wipes with Chamomile & Lavender Oils - Dr. Axe

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DIY Baby Wipes with Chamomile & Lavender Oils


DIY baby wipes - Dr. Axe

Taking care of your baby is a top priority and that doesn’t just include the foods he or she eats. Have you thought about the ingredients that you are putting on your baby’s skin? Whatever you put on the baby’s skin, such as to prevent diaper rash, it seeps right into the body through the skin.

Thus, it’s critical that you take the time to learn what ingredients are safe. I always suggest that if you can make it at home, then go for it! Not only is it cheaper, but you have control of exactly what you are putting on your baby.

That leads us to trying out this amazing DIY baby wipes recipe. It is so easy and made with quality ingredients that will keep your baby safe from harmful chemicals and preservatives often found in those baby wipes that are on the shelf.

Let’s get started! Gather your ingredients and supplies.

Using a sharp knife, begin by cutting the roll of paper towels in half. It’s important to use thicker, higher quality paper towels that aren’t chlorinated. The thin, cheap ones will just rip apart, and chlorine is a toxic chemical. Then go ahead and re-purpose an old baby wipe container. Place one of the cut rolls into a large mixing bowl. Set aside. 


Now, let’s blend the ingredients together. In a bowl, add the purified or distilled water. Since we are not adding any preservatives, I suggest making one batch at a time; however, by using purified or distilled water, it will cut down on any possible bacterial growth.

Add the aloe vera and apple cider vinegar to the water and stir. Aloe vera is one of my favorite remedies! Aloe vera heals the skin and is a powerful immune-booster. Then there is the timeless and dependable apple cider vinegar. This amazing liquid is bursting with bacteria-fighting properties and what better place to fight bacteria than on your baby’s bottom! It can even help stave off that annoying diaper rash.

Now that you have mixed those ingredients, let’s add the a bit more. Pour in the castile soap, which does wonders well beyond this recipe because it’s made with pure, completely natural ingredients. Now, let’s add the jojoba oil. Moisturizing is important, especially when it comes to your baby’s skin. Jojoba oil can provide just the right moisturization for your baby. As an emollient, jojoba oil soothes the skin and is very healing. Blend all ingredients well.

Next up, let’s add the essential oils. Lavender and chamomile oils simply can’t be beat when it comes to being gentle, soothing and even preventive. Chamomile promotes the regeneration of skin while containing anti-inflammatory properties, which can help relieve rashes and even prevent them from surfacing in the first place. And if I could live in a lavender field, I would! Lavender is so versatile. While providing some much-desired respite from rashes and irritation, it can help relax your baby, too, since i ‘s very therapeutic. Stir all ingredients until well blended. 

Now, pour some of the mixture over the paper towels. Rotate the roll and pour a little more. Continue rotating and pouring until you have used all of the mixture and it’s well soaked. It may take a few minutes for it to soak all the way through the roll. Now, pull out the center cardboard tube. This should allow the wipes to be easy to grab.

Place the paper towel roll into the container, pulling a corner of the center piece slightly through the hole so that it is easy to grab when you are ready. That’s it! You should be proud of yourself for not only saving money, but you have created DIY baby wipes that is safe for you and your baby.

DIY Baby Wipes with Chamomile & Lavender Oils

Total Time: 15 minutes
Serves: I roll


  • 1⅔ cups purified or distilled water
  • 2 tablespoons pure aloe vera
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 8 drops chamomile essential oil
  • 8 drops lavender essential oil
  • 1 tablespoon castile soap - liquid form
  • 1 tablespoon jojoba oil
  • plastic container with a lid that you can cut a hole in or an old wipes container
  • 1 roll of heavy duty/nonchlorinated paper towels


  1. Cut the paper towels in half and place one half in a large mixing bowl. Set aside.
  2. In another bowl, blend the water and aloe vera.
  3. Add the castile and apple cider vinegar.
  4. Next, add the jojoba oil. Blend well.
  5. Combine the lavender and chamomile. Mix all ingredients well.
  6. Out liquid over paper towel roll. Rotate the roll to ensure full coverage.
  7. Allow it to soak in. Usually 5–8 minutes.
  8. Place roll in large re-purposed baby wipe container.
  9. Use, as needed, to clean baby.

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  1. Dawna Turris on

    Thanks im gonna trty it!! Hey jist woumdering how to fined the best Essential Oils with so many brands all saying the same thing i tried booth the big mlms and plant therapy and now simpley earth
    Whren spending so much money on the EOs want to get the most bang for my buck !! Im a mom of 6 kids from 22to2 5/6 kids have ADHD me as well (diagnosed at 40) and oir babys too young to be tested
    We use the vetever orange lavander chamomeal Ceaderwood frankensence on the nape of their necks and on theirs wrists helps booth at bed time before school and when they’re over stimulated after watch your last video im woundering if i should add rosemarry to our mixture ??
    But im not wanting to be useing less then great oils if they’re absorbed into the blood stream so quickly i want to make sure im useing whats best for them !! Their pedatrican says good essential oils can work better then meds . i live in canads so shipping and exchange sucks but nune of the store brands are even close to the ones ive got through the mail
    Any help would be great

    Thanks so much
    Dawna Turris

    Ps my husbands afraid to get tested for ADHD

  2. Deb on

    I made my own baby wipes for both my children way back in the 80’s n 90’s as cost saving but also bc my babies had very fair n sensitive skin along with 100% cotton diapers.
    I used a lg well cleaned plastic coffee container cutting X in lid n pulled the paper towel from center of roll thru the X and I never had any mildew problem. PLUS neither of my babies got diaper rash except once while she was on an antibiotic.

  3. Mooshi on

    I read on one site that essential oils should not be used in children less than 2 years of age, what is your intake on this and is it really safe to use essential oils on their skin and in this case in the wipe which will come in contact with their skin?

    • Lacie on

      Always dilute 1 drop to 2 tbs and make sure they are 100 percent pure. I’m a young living distributor and i use diluted lavendar on my 7 month old son.. only use when absolutley needed before 4 months of age.. never take internally until 2 years and only if it is edible like the vitality line..

  4. Ugga on

    How long does this stay good? Do the wipes mold or mildew after awhile? I have heard of home-made wipes mildewing and I want to avoid such things.

  5. Connie on

    I really like your recipes and have watched you tube.I thought it was going to be unbiased, however I noticed you mentioned Shields, I believe that is a brand
    Thank you


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