DIY Homemade Flushable Wet Wipes (that don’t hurt your tush)

Stomach viruses are the worst.   I’ve written about staying hydrated and the items I keep in my sick kid prep list but I wanted to revisit this topic, because odds are, if you come down with even a mild stomach bug or food poisoning you’ll be revisiting the restroom…over and over again.

And it really starts to chafe.

When a bug hit several members of the family, I re-purposed an old baby wipes recipe.  I wasn’t blogging when I originally tweaked a bunch of baby wipes recipes I found on Pinterest so I don’t have an exact source :(  The kids (thank goodness) have been out of diapers for a couple of years.  I originally considered the homemade baby wipes one of my “Pinterest fails” because the wipes were too small for infant blow outs.  I also made them in an old wipes container so they were difficult to get out of the container, unlike store bought wipes.  I did use the wipes when I was potty training though.  (Have you seen the cost of the Pullups potty training wipes or the name brand toilet wipes?  Scandalous!!)

I do sometimes buy commercial toilet wipes but they are expensive and we go through them in days.  The day of the stomach bugs, we were out of them (of course.)

So I made some…

I used a cheap tupperware that stands tall.  This one change from using baby wipe containers made dispensing a great deal easier.

I cut a roll of paper towels in half.  (I used Members Mark from Sams Club–they are just as durable and soft as Bounty)

Removed the center cardboard and stood it up in the Tupperware.

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Then I mixed 2 Cups hot water

1 Tbs Baby Wash (I don’t like it to be too soapy)

1 Tbs Baby Oil

a few drops of Tea Tree Oil (a small bottle lasts forever and it keeps the wipes from mildewing)

Stir the mixture and pour it in the Tupperware.



They are perfect.  I actually use them for many purposes now and since they are so easy and cheap to make, I don’t feel bad going through them.

See my DIY Homemade Carpet deoderizor

I also have a post on do it yourself single dose medicine packets!






    • says

      I had to fiddle with the water to baby wash and oil ratio. The first time I made them (NOT the above recipe but the common baby wipes recipe) my son kept squirming and said his butt felt slimy!

  1. says

    Love this! We buy the flushable wipes for my little one, and you’re right- they’re super pricey. I hadn’t thought about making them. Which is actually crazy because I totally made a similar wipe solution for washable, reusable cloth wipes when she was a baby. Definitely going to try this soon!
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  2. says

    Great recipe! You’re right, they look extremely easy to make and also very affordable! I love that it’s natural. God knows what really comes into those “all-natural” wipes…

  3. Rebecca G says

    Great idea…except for the flushable part. Paper towels are not really supposed to be flushed down the toilet. They don’t break down as easily in water as toilet paper. :( Especially if you have a septic tank or older pipes that the paper towels can get snagged on. It can be an expensive fix (trust me on that from experience…lol)

    • says

      I do stick to the no more than 2 at a time rule that is also on the store bought wipes. Since I cut a roll of the select size paper towels in size, the pieces are small. Knock on wood! I haven’t had any issues myself and I have been doing this for years, first as baby wipes then as the adjusted adult wipes. I have a septic system and low flow energy efficien toilets, myself. Hopefully, only those who know their systems will choose how they dispose of them.

  4. Senorita Bonita says

    I am truly impressed … looking forward to this DIY project. We’ve never flushed paper towels; do we need to buy ‘cheap’ thin paper towels for “flush-a-bility”?


    • says

      I have had a few people tell me that I shouldn’t flush them. I usually buy the Sam’s Club paper towels and I never flush more than two small squares at a time. I have low flow energy saving toilets and a septic system and haven’t had any issues. It will really depend on your toilets. We rarely have clogs. If you are prone to clogging than I wouldn’t try to flush them!

      One reader brought up a concern with paper towels not breaking down correctly. I have never heard of this but have since seen “recycled, easily biodegradable” paper towels at the organic stores.

    • says

      Hmm not sure but if you make small batches you can skip it. It helps keep the wipes from getting mildewy. If you make only a weeks worth then you won’t have that problem! I will do my next batch with lavender oil and see if that works!

    • says

      Do you have a post with your recipe on it? I love trying out different versions. That is exactly why I like to make my own. I think that TP and toilet wipes are a rip off! I always try to find the best price for the toilet paper because it is a necessity but I would much rather make my own wipes.


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