This post may feature affiliate links or partner companies. Read our full disclosure policy .
Homemade no rinse body wipes are great for camping and spending time in the great outdoors. How to make your own using water, body wash, and essential oils.
Homemade no rinse body wipes 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 body 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.
I promise it’s not as bad as it sounds, thanks to my handy dandy container of homemade no rinse body wipes.
Why not baby wipes? Why make your own homemade no rinse body 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 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 the 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 wipes are the bomb. They work great for the whole family because they don’t have a girly scent, and with my three guys, that’s important, don’t you know.
How did I come up with the recipe?
We used to make our own homemade baby wipes, so my recipe stems from that. I also noticed a similar 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.
I really thought about which oils I wanted to use, considering we weren’t showering for days at a time. I also wanted 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. I added way more essential oils than I used to add in my baby wipes (I only used a few drops of Tea Tree Oil back then).
I’m also going to recommend going with a more natural body or baby wash; I prefer using Koala Pals Body Wash from Melaleuca.
And then the paper towels… Please don’t get Choose-a-Size paper towels. You’ll be so annoyed if you do; trust me on this. I love and recommend using Viva paper towels, the full sheet rolls, for making any kind of wipes. I think I’ve used Bounty in the past, as well, but Viva just have that thick quality that works well for homemade wipes. And yes, it really does matter.
I make and keep my wipes in a plastic canister.
Below is the printable recipe. If you try making these and using them on a future trip or even just at home, let me know. I’d love to hear your feedback.
Looking for more camping tips?
- Ins and Outs of Dispersed Camping
- How to Pack a First Aid Kit for Camping
- How-To Sustainable Camping Tips for Your Family
Print the recipe for Homemade No Rinse Body Wipes!
Homemade No Rinse Body Wipes for Camping
- 1 1/2 cups warm water
- 1 tbsp. body wash I use Koala Pals Body Wash from Melaleuca.
- 10 drops Tea Tree essential oil
- 10 drops Thieves essential oil
- 1/2 roll paper towels I recommend using full sheet Viva paper towels.
- Cut paper towel roll in half.
- Add warm water to sealable container.
- Add body wash and essential oil/s to container.
- Stir mixture together well.
- Drop paper towel roll into liquid, cut side down.
- Seal container with lid and place upside down, so liquid begins to absorb into paper towels. Let sit for 15-20 minutes.
- Once the liquid has worked its way through the paper towels, pull the cardboard tube out.
- Wipes are ready to use!
Can’t make them just yet? Pin it for later!
(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…)