Healthy Kids

Homemade Diaper Wipe Spray

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!

Homemade Diaper Wipe Spray

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.

DIY DIAPER WIPE SPRAY Recipe

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  • eidolons
    August 4, 2010 at 4:52 PM

    We bought hemp wipes a long time ago – I don't remember what company made them. I found that buying flannel from joann's and making my own was a lot cheaper and they seem to last longer (the hemp ones fell apart after one year of use).

    I bought neat little glycerin soap cubes from an Etsy seller for wipe solution. But it was too much of a pain. We just wet a wipe with water before we change the babies. It's easy, it's simple and we don't ever have to worry about soapy residue bothering their skin or the diapers. I do use tea tree oil in our laundry detergent, though. And on bug bites!

  • Tanashia
    August 4, 2010 at 5:22 PM

    I will have to try this! I use cloth wipes too, but I moisten them with solution (water, soap, tea tree oil, and olive oil) and place in wipe warmer. I think the spray bottle will be easier.

  • Tanashia
    August 4, 2010 at 5:26 PM

    Question for u!?!?! Any recommendations for diaper rash? Have a friend who is battling with one. Her baby girls is 9mos and wears CDs

  • Stephanie
    August 5, 2010 at 3:18 AM

    @eidolons…didn't know you could use tea tree oil on bug bites, good to know!

    @Tanisha…i will have to try adding some olive oil. I like using a spray bottle, I have heard there can be mold issues by moistening them first and putting in a wipes box. The trick is just to spray a couple of wipes before you even put baby down to change.

    about the diaper rash….i don't know too much about them, but in our experience if Penelope ever gets a little red down there, its usually an allergic reaction to something I ate or now she eats. Just the other day I gave her some pineapple and it seemed to give her a rash (who really knows for sure, but that is what my gut thinks). We use Weleda diaper cream on occasion.

  • Acacia @ Fingerpaint & Superheroes
    August 5, 2010 at 8:54 PM

    I use homemade flannel wipes and really like them, too. I pre-wet them in a wipes container and use a similar recipe but use grapefruit seed extract instead of tea tree oil.

    You really shouldn't have any problems with mold because tea tree/GFS can be used to kill mold, actually. I used a tea tree spray in my old house when we had mold on the basement walls. Killed it completely.

    Tanashia, I use Burt's Bees or Herbs for Kids salve and they both work pretty well. Tell your friend, however, to look for thrush signs if she is breastfeeding cuz a nagging dipe rash can be a sign of yeast. You can treat that naturally (the nipples, mouth and rash) with grapefruit seed extract. Learn more about that on my blog http://bepresentmama.blogspot.com/2010/06/treating-thrush-naturally.html

  • Stephanie
    August 5, 2010 at 10:55 PM

    @Acacia…First off, HI!! I tried to send you a message the other day through blogger, but I don't think it went through. I LOVE your blog!

    I have some grapefruit extract on hand, from when we were battling thrush, or what we thought was trush…turned out I just had really fatty milk and it left a "bio-film" on P'
    s tongue, so I will have to try that on my next batch.

  • eidolons
    August 6, 2010 at 3:02 PM

    If you use tea tree oil on bites, just use a teeny drop. Or mix some up with water or witch hazel and spray it on. My middle son, the Imp, is well-loved by the Tally mosquitoes so we hose him down with it on a regular basis.