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How to make DIY no rinse body wipes for cleansing head to toe while camping. All you need are paper towels, body wash, and two very popular essential oils.
Homemade no rinse body wipes for camping are so simple and easy to make. We carry them along with us on every camping trip.
Whether we're on a shorter weekend trip or a longer trip, these homemade personal wipes come in so handy, especially when a shower just isn't feasible.
Ok, so I can hear you groan, saying, “Ew, gross! No shower!” Let me tell you, I love my showers too; but we rarely shower when we're camping, though I will admit, we do sometimes use our camping shower.
I promise it's not as bad as it sounds, thanks to my handy dandy container of homemade bath wipes.
How Did I Come Up with This Body Wipes Recipe?
I also noticed a similar body wipes recipe in Melissa Poepping's book, The Chemical Free Home, though my recipe is a little bit different.
And I did a lot of research to come up with this recipe. I really thought about which oils I wanted to use, considering we weren't showering for days at a time, and I knew I wanted us to be able to use these wipes for our hands if we needed them.
So I decided to go with both Tea Tree Oil and Thieves Oil, two of my favorites and both very versatile in the ways they can be used.
Supplies You'll Need to Make No Rinse Body Wipes for Camping
I usually just pull supplies right out of my working pantry. Here is what you'll need:
Tips for How to Make Camping Wipes
These wipes are so easy to make. In fact, you can find a printable recipe below with all of the ingredients and instructions.
2 things before you make them…
- I'm going to recommend using a more natural baby wash; I prefer using Koala Pals Body Wash from Melaleuca.
- And then the paper towels… I love and recommend using either Member's Mark Super Premium Paper Towels or Viva paper towels (the full sheet rolls), for making any kind of wipes. Both of these brands have that thick quality that works well for homemade wipes.
I also make and keep my wipes in a plastic canister.
Steps for Making Homemade No Rinse Body Wipes
- Cut the paper towel roll in half and set it aside.
- Add the warm water to your plastic canister.
- Add the body wash to the water inside the canister.
- Then add the drops of essential oils.
- Stir the mixture well, and drop in the half roll of paper towels, cut side down.
- Once you mix them up, it's a good idea to put the lid on the canister and turn it upside down so the liquid can really absorb into the entire paper towel roll.
Why Not Use Baby Wipes Instead of Making Homemade Bath Wipes?
We've used baby wipes in the past, but I always felt super gross, not to mention the funky smell that just adds to the funk you already experience when not having showered in awhile.
Homemade camping wipes are so much better because they don't leave the funk behind that baby wipes do.
All it takes is a little freshening up with these shower wipes in the morning, along with washing my face, brushing my teeth, and maybe dry shampooing my hair if absolutely necessary… And I feel like a whole new woman.
These no rinse bathing wipes are the bomb. They work great for camping travel with the whole family because they don't have a girly scent; and with my three guys, that's important, don't you know.
Looking for More Camping Tips and Ideas?
Camping Wipes Recipe
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- 1 1/2 cups warm water
- 1 tablespoon baby wash
- 10 drops Tea Tree essential oil
- 10 drops Thieves essential oil
- 1/2 roll paper towels
- 1 knife
- 1 container with lid
- Cut your paper towel roll in half.
- Add the warm water to a sealable container.*
- Add body wash and essential oil/s to the mixture in the container.
- Stir the mixture together well.
- Drop the paper towel roll into the liquid, cut side down.
- Seal the container with a lid and place it upside down, so the liquid will absorb into the paper towels. Let sit for 15-20 minutes.
- Once all the liquid has worked its way through the paper towels, pull the cardboard tube out.
- Your body wipes are ready to use!
*I make and keep my wipes in a plastic canister.
(Disclaimer: Everything I share about essential oils on Adventures of Mel is based on personal experience and has not been approved by the FDA. Please do your own research, and never use essential oils in a way that would make you uncomfortable. Also, take special caution for those pregnant or nursing, as well as children. Full Disclaimer…)