Motherhood Medicine's Diaper Wipe Solution

We have been cloth diapering from the very beginning, but we made the switch to cloth wipes only a few months ago. We had been using Water Wipes for months with no complaints, and I appreciated the fact that there were only two ingredients (water and grapefruit seed extract). However, they weren't very moisturizing and I had to use quite a few wipes to get my son totally clean. 

I cut up two old receiving blankets which yielded about 24 "wipes", and experimented in the kitchen with making my own cleaning solution. I played around with ratios and ingredients, and perfected my recipe. The solution is gentle enough for the most sensitive skin, moisturizing, and very efficient and effective in yielding a totally clean bottom. Best of all, it only calls for three ingredients which you most likely already have in your home. 

I typically make a larger batch, about 2 cups worth, and store it under the bathroom sink where it doesn't get too cold (if the mixture gets cold the coconut oil will solidify). I transfer smaller amounts into a squeeze bottle (I use my old peri bottle from postpartum care) for daily use. I typically saturate a cloth wipe with about 1-2 tablespoons of solution per wipe, and use the appropriate amount of wipes to match the volume of poop!

This recipe is for a "blank" batch, meaning no essential oils are listed. For babies who are prone to candida or diaper rash, I would suggest adding 2 drops of tea tree oil to the mixture. You can also add other essential oils such as lavender (2 drops), or chamomile (2 drops) for a calming effect. 

Motherhood Medicine's Diaper Wipe Solution 


  • 1/4 cup coconut oil 
  • 2 tablespoons of Dr. Bronner's Unscented Baby Soap
  • 2 cups of water (we use reverse osmosis water)


  • Combine slightly heated (liquid) coconut oil, soap, and water in a large mason jar, and shake. It's that simple.
  • Transfer a smaller amount into a squeeze bottle, and viola!


Let us know how it worked for you, and if you made any changes in the comments below.