photo of large bottle of soap based wipes solution and homemade cloth wipes

Homemade Cloth Wipe Solution (Original, soap-based formula)

This easy, cloth wipes solution is made with soap and is self-preserving due to the naturally high pH of liquid soap. This solution will separate into an oil layer floating on top of a liquid layer so you should shake it before spraying.
Course DIY products
Keyword wipes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 cups



  • Mix together all of your ingredients and pour into a spray bottle for easy dispensing.


This wipes solution has a higher pH than the surfactant based solution, so it can be more drying to the skin. The oils in the recipe help counteract that effect. Without any type of emulsifier or solubilizer, the oils will float on top of the water layer. You should shake the bottle before dispensing.
While I believe this solution is safe to use and a recipe you can use in a pinch, I much prefer the surfactant-based wipe solution.
I'd suggest making small batches as we are only relying on the pH of the soap solution to prevent microbial growth.