How to Renew Dried Out Diaper Wipes

Dried out diaper wipes are a pain because they don't do their designated job as well as wet ones, and throwing them out can feel like tossing money in the trash. In most cases, evaporation is the culprit and adding a little distilled water to the package to moisten the wipes is enough to restore them back to usefulness. In some cases though, those wipes need a little extra boost to once again get your baby clean and fresh.

Remember to keep the baby wipe lid tightly closed to avoid evaporation. Credit: Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images

Step 1

Measure 2 cups of distilled water and pour it into a mixing bowl. Add 1/4 cup of your favorite baby shampoo or baby wash. Add 1/4 cup of baby oil. If your shampoo is unscented, add a few drops of lavender oil, if desired.

Step 2

Stir the mixture together slowly with the spoon. You do not want to create bubbles by mixing too hard.

Step 3

Slowly pour 1/4 of the solution over your dried baby wipes. Close the baby wipe lid and turn it upside down. Rotate the container a few times to allow the mixture to soak into the wipes. Repeat this process if the wipes are not yet completely moist.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring cup

  • Distilled water

  • Mixing bowl

  • Baby shampoo

  • Baby oil

  • Lavender oil (optional)

  • Spoon


Use only enough of the solution to moisten the wipes. Too much will leave you with dripping wipes and a mess. Store the remaining solution in a jar in the refrigerator to freshen the wipes if they dry out again.

For a baby changing station, you may choose to use the dry wipes as they are and place the solution in a spray bottle. Simply spray the wipes before using them.

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