When I started thinking about using cloth diapers, I immediately knew that I was going to use cloth wipes as well. I ordered a few from Charlie Banana, but most of my wipes are old baby wash cloths that I had laying around.
When we first started using them, we would just walk to the sink and wet them with warm water. It wasn’t ideal, but it wasn’t too much trouble either. My son gets extreme diaper rash, and I was hopeful that when we started using cloth diapers and I began making his baby powder and using an all natural diaper cream the issue would be solved. Unfortunately, he still got diaper rash after the switch, so I started thinking about making a recipe for a cloth wipe solution that would soothe his sensitive bottom.
It has been a success! He hasn’t had a diaper rash breakout since I first made this solution!
- 2 cups water (I boil it first)
- 1 tablespoon castille soap – this is what actually cleans the skin without drying it out
- 1 tablespoon 100% natural witch hazel – a soothing antioxidant and astringent which is soothing if baby already has diaper rash
- 1 tablespoon 100% natural aloe vera gel – soothing and healing, it also helps keep the area moisturized
- 10-20 drops essential oil – I use lavender because of the soothing and healing properties and lemon because of its antibacterial properties (it smells AMAZING!)
Boil the water (or use distilled or filtered), let it cool a bit, and add the rest of the ingredients.
I first kept the mixture in a mason jar under the changing table, but it was difficult to soak the wipe and we ended up going through it very quickly. I then got a small spray bottle from the dollar store and it has worked very well! We go through the liquid quickly with two babes in diapers, so I don’t worry about the essential oils deteriorating the plastic bottle.
If you’re considering cloth diapers, or already use them but continue to use disposable wipes, I highly encourage you to switch to cloth! It saves you money and keeps you green!
This solution smells so good and cleans so well, it is perfect to use in a pinch of baby needs a quick “bath without the bath”. Also, it is an AMAZING make up remover! If you want to make another bottle for your vanity, add a tablespoon avocado oil (or olive oil) to make it even more moisturizing. Keep in mind you can change up the essential oils to fancy your pleasure!