This is for the hardcore natural mamas, the ones who are not only doing cloth diapers but are going all the way. I present to you the concept of cloth wipes and homemade wipe spray. Oh, yeah.
This above picture is of most of the ingredients I use. In my foggy mommy haze, I forgot to include the organic baby wash we use in the recipe the picture as well. #momlife
Soooo, you will need:
-a spray bottle (I got mine at Target, but you can find them lots of places, like here)
–lavender and tea tree essential oil
–baby wash soap. I loved California Baby back before they changed their formula and sold their soul to Target. I kid, I kid. But seriously, that happened – Read labels!
-filtered water, it’s going on your baby’s bum
First, fill the spray bottle with water, then put in some soap. The recipe I originally found called for 1 Tbs, but I use about 1 tsp. and it is plenty. If you put in the soap first, it might foam up and take longer to fill up all the way.
Then put in about 5 drops each of tea tree oil and lavender. Tea Tree oil has naturally occurring antiseptic, antifungal and antibacterial properties. It can cause skin irritation even after dilution so you may want to spray a tiny bit on the bottom of your baby’s foot to look out for skin sensitivities first. I use it in my homemade all-purpose spray as well.
Then shake it up and voila! Homemade Diaper Wipe Spray! Ready for use!
Not familiar with cloth wipes? While pregnant with Penelope, I bought a dozen of hemp wipes. Then once Penelope arrived, I realized I could go through 12 wipes in one diaper change and needed to order more. By that time, the brand I had bought stopped making the hemp wipes and I bought their flannel ones instead. I liked the hemp ones better, but the flannel ones still work great.
Obviously, using cloth wipes is not as easy as disposable wipes, but just like using cloth diapers, it’s worth the extra time. Plus it reduces consumption and waste, reduces chemical exposure, and saves money.
My thinking was that if I was already washing cloth diapers, what’s a few more wipes to wash while I was at it? And if you are really hard core, you could even do cloth toilet paper for the adults in the house like I did!
Here are what my wipes look like (if you like my diaper pad cover, check it out – I made it!). I leave them in tidy stack near the changing table and I spray a couple of wipes before I take off P’s diaper to change her. Then I throw them in the diaper hamper with the rest of diapers and wash it all at the same time. Easy peasy. You can find other natural cleaning information here.