Often we don’t have the time to take multiple showers a day, even when we want to. Maybe that’s why the commercial wet wipes market is booming right now. Have you noticed how many different types of personal hygiene wipes are available these days? Wipes are marketed for every occasion and they aren’t cheap unless of course, you make your own homemade wet wipes like we do. Just a few tweaks to my homemade toilet wipes recipe, make these DIY feminine wipes gently effective. They also don’t smell like a perfume bomb exploded in your pants.
I don’t feel any guilt at all when it comes to plunking down a bunch of money on a family vacation. However, every time I’ve purchased a pack of baby wipes, diapers, wet wipes, facial cleansing cloths or other disposable consumer product, I’ve resented every single cent! We’re exchanging hard earned money for something that is literally flushed down the toilet (and causing massive plumbing infrastructure problems.) That’s insane to me!!!!
When to buy wet wipes instead of making them.
When I do buy wipes, the convenience or effectiveness must be worth it. For example, I keep a pack of store bought baby wipes in my car instead of my DIY wipes. These specific wipes are my “carsickness” emergency wipes. Homemade wipes don’t have the chemicals or the preservatives in them to withstand being stored for any length of time in a hot car. And here in Florida, our cars are hot for most of the year.
Related: Homemade Butt Wipes
In fact, the disposable wipes that we make are not meant to be stored for long at all. They are meant to be used within a week or two. So I rarely make massive quantities of one type at a time. Instead I make a bunch of useful different wipes. This tutorial is for my homemade feminine hygiene wipes.
How to make homemade personal wipes
- 2 Cups distilled water
- 1 TBL Head to Toe Baby Wash or Dr. Bronner’s Unscented Baby Castile Soap
- 1 TBL Almond Oil 1 TBL Fractionated Coconut Oil
- 1 TBL Witch Hazel
- 5 Drops of Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca Essential Oil)
- 10 drops Lavender Essential Oil
- 1 Airtight Canister or Plastic Container
- 1 roll of Viva Brand Paper Towels
Why I chose these materials for these wipes:
First, I chose the Viva paper towels for this DIY because of their soft cloth like texture. However, they are not flushable.
If you have a baby at home, there is no need to purchase a different baby wash for these wipes! Babies have sensitive skin so the ingredients in baby wash are gentle enough for use in your sensitive areas as well.
If you don’t have baby wash on hand, I suggest you choose one that does not have a “moisturizer” built into it. Creamier baby soaps tend to make me feel oilier rather than cleaner but this may be a personal preference! On the other hand, the Dr. Bronner’s dries out my already dry skin, which is why I prefer baby wash.
One thing that I like to do when trying new soaps in my wipes, is to look for travel versions or product samples. One tablespoon of baby wash is all you need for 88 wipes so until you decide on which baby wash works best for your skin, there’s no need to buy a large bottle.
However, do not use “antibacterial” soap in your homemade personal hygiene wipes solution. The vagina is self cleaning and has a delicate pH balance. Using antibacterial soap can disrupt that balance and make life miserable for you until the balance is restored.
While the essential oils can be left out, I strongly recommend that they are used. The tea tree oil slows down the mildewing process so that your wipes can be used longer before going bad. There is also some evidence that it may help treat or prevent yeast infections. (source)
Also, according to the National Institute Of Health, pure lavender essential oil has also proved to have antifungal, anti-yeast properties. (source) Plus it smells good and soothes the skin.
How to make the homemade natural feminine wipes:
First, pour the distilled water into a bowl. In the bowl holding the distilled water, add the baby wash, FCO or Sweet Almond Oil, the essential oils, and witch hazel.
Second, gently stir the mixture.
Cut the roll of paper towels in half and place it in the container. Slowly pour in the mixture. Flip over the roll and saturate the other end of the half roll. Once the cardboard center is saturated, slowly pull it out from the center. The wipes are pulled up from the center.
Make sure the wipes container is airtight and sealed when not in use so that they last longer!
If you liked this tutorial you might like:
- Sharp Knife
- Cutting Board
- Measuring Cup and Measuring spoons
- Mixing Bowl
- In a measuring cup, add baby wash, fractionated coconut oil or sweet almond oil, witch hazel, and the essential oils to the distilled water.
- Gently stir.
- Cut the roll of paper towels in half. Place one half in the plastic container so that it is standing upright.
- Slowly pour half of the liquid mixture over the paper towels. Flip over the paper towel roll so the drier half is at the top and pour in remaining mixture.
- Once the roll is saturated, remove the cardboard center. gently pull up the center sheet for easy dispensing.
- Label container and place in the bathroom.