How to Make Homemade Reusable Toilet Wipes With Fabric Scraps

How to Make Homemade Reusable Toilet Wipes With Fabric Scraps

How to Make Homemade Reusable Toilet Wipes With Fabric Scraps

Making your own reusable toilet wipes at home is an easy way to reduce waste and save money. With just a few simple materials like fabric scraps, you can create homemade wipes that are custom tailored to your needs.

Gather Your Materials

To get started, you’ll need to gather the following materials:

  • Fabric scraps – Look for 100% cotton flannel, terry cloth, or other absorbent fabric. Make sure it is clean and lint-free.

  • Thread – Choose a matching or contrasting colored thread. Polyester thread works best.

  • Scissors – You’ll need a good pair of fabric scissors for cutting your scraps.

  • Ruler or template – This will help you cut uniform sized squares or rectangles. Aim for around 6 x 6 inches.

  • Pinking shears (optional) – Pinking the edges prevents fraying.

  • Wet wipes solution – You can buy premade solution or make your own using essential oils, Castile soap, and water.

Cut Your Fabric Squares

Once you’ve gathered your materials, it’s time to cut your fabric into squares or rectangles. A standard wipe size is 6 x 6 inches, but you can make them any size you prefer. Here are some tips:

  • Use a ruler or template to cut uniform squares.

  • Cut along the grain of the fabric to prevent stretching.

  • Pink the edges with pinking shears to reduce fraying.

  • Stack multiple layers and cut through them all at once to save time.

  • Make the scraps any shape like circles, hearts, or whatever you desire!

Sew Your Wipe Squares

With your fabric cut, it’s time to sew them together. Here are two options:

Sew into a roll

  • Place your squares on top of each other with right sides facing in.

  • Sew together along one edge with a 1⁄4 inch seam allowance.

  • Leave an opening for turning right side out.

  • Clip corners and turn right side out.

  • Topstitch along the edge to close the opening.

Sew into a box

  • Sew squares together into rows with right sides facing.

  • Sew the rows together, leaving an opening on one side.

  • Clip corners, turn right side out, and top stitch around all edges.

Add the Wet Wipes Solution

Once sewn, you can soak your wipes in a homemade or store bought wet wipes solution. Here are some options:

  • Distilled water – Use as a gentle base for sensitive skin.

  • Castile soap – Only a small amount is needed in the solution.

  • Essential oils – For scent and skin soothing properties. Tea tree and lavender work well.

  • Witch hazel – An astringent that helps cleanse skin.

  • Aloe vera gel – Soothes and moisturizes.

Submerge your sewn wipes in the solution and wring thoroughly to absorb. Store in an airtight container or wipe dispenser. Re-wet as needed when wipes start to feel dry. Change out the solution every 1-2 weeks.

Use Your Homemade Reusable Wipes

Your DIY reusable wipes are now ready to use! Some tips:

  • Store near the toilet for easy access.

  • Use one wipe per use and launder regularly.

  • Compost or trash wipes soiled with bodily fluids – don’t flush.

  • Re-wet wipes with fresh solution as needed.

  • Wash wipes before reuse – wash cycle with detergent and tumble dry.

Making your own wipes is economical, reduces waste, and allows you to control the ingredients. Plus it gives your fabric scraps new life! Get creative with colors, fabrics, shapes and have fun making these eco-friendly alternatives.