Thursday, 21 April 2016

How to make a reusable nappy wipe solution

Today is National Tea Day and we're in Real Nappy Week, so here's a post combining the two.

I'm a big fan of real nappies and have used them on all four of my children. One of the reasons I opted for real nappies was for the environmental benefits. And as I looked more closely at the effects of disposable nappies on landfill, I became aware that it was maybe a little hypocritical to be using reusable nappies while still throwing away wet wipes. So I invested in a pile of reusable wipes. You can make them yourself, and I have also used cut up old flannels to add to my stash.

To make my reusable wipes more like wet wipes, I make up a solution that not only smells divine, but  the oils also helps shift some of the more stubborn soiling.

It's really simple. All you need are:

  • Dried camomile flowers (available from most health stores). I buy mine from a local shop called Poppadums.
  • Boiling water
  • A couple of drops of lavender oil
  • A couple of drops of vegetable oil


  • Simply make up a pot of camomile tea, using 2-3 teaspoons of dried camomile flowers infused in boiling water.
  • Pour the tea into a plastic pot and add a couple of drops of both the vegetable and lavender oil
  • Add the wipes and let them soak
Glass jar containing dried camomile flowers

You could use any essential oil, but I use lavender because it is soothing and has disinfectant properties. I use camomile tea because it is soothing.

Be careful not to use the wipes while they are still too hot or you could risk burning baby's skin.

Do you have any reusable wipe solution recipes? Please share them as I'd love to try some more.

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