Handy Wet Wipes

Learn how you can freshen up with these soothing and natural “handy wipes” made with aloe vera, witch hazel, and essential oils.

| January 2019

handy wipes
Photo by Nassima Rothacker

When I think about poor baby’s bottoms being scrubbed so frequently with baby wipes I get a little sad. These, however, make me happy. They are super natural and great for all of us, not just for mums and babies.

Makes 50–100 wipes


  • 8 ounces (240 milliliters) witch hazel
  • 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel
  • 1 tablespoon raw organic coconut oil or nut oil
  • 10 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 10 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
  • 1 roll of kitchen paper
  • 1 medium-sized Tupperware or plastic container big enough to hold half a roll


  1. Mix everything, except the kitchen paper, together in the Tupperware or plastic container. Using a sharp knife, carefully cut your roll of kitchen paper in half horizontally. Place half the roll (wrap and save the other half for the next batch), into the container, put the lid on and shake it.
  2. Leave for 20 minutes, then pull out and discard the inner cardboard roll. Pull up a piece of the now-wet kitchen paper from the center and put the lid back on.
  3. Use as required. These will keep fresh and moist in the closed container for up to 6 weeks.

For anti-bacterial wipes, follow the method above, instead using 8 ounces (240 milliliters) cold water, 2 1/2 ounces (75 milliliters) apple cider vinegar and 8 drops each of tea tree, eucalyptus and lemon essential oils.

More from The Art of Natural Cleaning:

 “The Art of Natural Cleaning” by Rebecca Sullivan
Cover courtesy Kyle Books

Excerpted from The Art of Natural Cleaning by Rebecca Sullivan published by Kyle Books, 2018.


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