Living Naturally :: Homemade Diaper Wipes and Spray: The New and Improved Version

 

Way back when, (on January 2, 2012, to be exact) we debuted Cheeky Bums Blog and one of our first posts was my recipe for homemade diaper spray.  This is my go-to formula and it’s pretty much fool-proof.

well, I thought it was.  And then I encountered the diaper rash that beats all diaper rashes. The kind where you call the cloth diaper manufacturer 3 times because you are out of ideas and your son is waking up in the middle of the night crying because his little cheeky bum hurts – kind of a rash.  We are still battling it, and since he turned a year old, his skin has become so sensitive that we are even resorting to disposables occasionally – just to give his little tush time to heal.

I’m learning that there are a lot of causes for diaper rash, so even thought this new recipe has made a huge difference, it hasn’t cleared it up completely – but it was definitely a step in the right direction!

And if you’ve never thought about making your own homemade diaper wipes or diaper wipe spray, it’s incredibly easy!  Even if you aren’t using cloth diapers, you can still start making and using your own wipes!  (If you’d like to take the easy route, these are hands-down my all time favorite wipes!) Check out my first post here, on the ways that you can make and use your own diaper wipes and spray solution.

Over the next few weeks, we are going to be looking at some diaper rash remedies. For today, I wanted to start off by sharing with you my new and improved version!

Diaper Wipe Solution (Updated):

  • 2 c. chamomile tea, still warm but not boiling
  • 1 Tb. raw honey
  • 2 Tb. coconut oil (coconut oil is naturally anti-microbial which also helps fight diaper rash and aids in fast healing of any rash sores)
  • 2 Tb. castile soap or baby soap
  • 4 drops of tea tree oil

It’s still pretty straight forward, but I now use chamomile tea as my base, instead of plain water.  Chamomile is a mild disinfectant and has soothing properties, which helps reduce redness and pain.  Simply brew the tea as you would for consumption and once it has cooled but is still barely warm to the touch, stir in the honey and coconut oil to dissolve (make sure the tea is just above room temperature – if it’s too hot, the heat will kill the beneficial enzymes in the honey).  Once those are combined, then add in the castile soap and tea tree oil, stirring slowly, or you’ll get a sudsy cup of tea!  Let it cool to room temperature and then use in a spray bottle for diaper changes.

Raw honey and tea tree oil are also anti-septic, so these are some of the strongest, yet gentlest ways to start killing any trapped bacteria that is affecting baby’s skin.

Have you ever battled the never-ending diaper rash?  What are some of your tried and true remedies?

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This post is linked to Titus 2 Tuesdays at Cornerstone Confessions,  The Homemaking Link-up at Raising Homemakers, WLWW at Women Living Well, Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways at Frugally Sustainable, Raising Arrows, The Prairie Homestead, The Better Mom, The Morris Tribe,  Frugal Fridays at Life As Mom

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11 Responses to “Living Naturally :: Homemade Diaper Wipes and Spray: The New and Improved Version”
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  1. Michelle Ramer

    We use homemade wipes like you do so have battled just a few diaper rashes with my two sons combined. However one was SO bad that i asked the dr about it. She said that the next time we were diapering him to mix in a tiny bit of the cream that comes in the Monostat box with our bag balm we already use. The really really red rash is a form of yeast. Wouldn’t you know it was gone in just a few days!

    • we almost broke down and went to the dr., but after chatting with a nurse friend, we actually slathered his bottom in some kefir (like yogurt but with 10x the probiotics) and it kicked it right away! His was also a yeast infection of sorts and the beneficial bacteria took over the candida. So glad your son recovered – it’s SO terrible! thanks for stopping by! – kelsi

  2. aimedattheheart

    I use a homemade version of Angel Baby Bum Balm and love it. My friend made it for me but I’m hoping to make my own soon. Can’t remember all that is in it but plantain and calendula are a couple ingredients. My little guy has a rash from teething so I can relate to the owieness of it!

  3. Lara

    What is the shelf life of this wipe solution?

    • Lara – to be honest, I’m not positive. I go through it fast enough that it’s never spoiled or turned. If you use it daily, I doubt you’ll have a problem, unless you store it somewhere very warm. The raw honey will make the tea-base ferment eventually, but then again, there is tea tree oil in it, so that may slow things down. If you use it in a spray bottle, there would be a greater chance of it not being used fast enough. You’ll know though, because it will smell decidedly fermented and be bubbly – unless the tea tree oil slows it down. Ha! All that rambling to say, I truly don’t know! One batch lasts me a little over a week (but I soak my wipes in it as I go). – kelsi

  4. Kristyn Taylor

    Is this spray safe to use with cloth diapers and the organic cloth wipes from your store? Will the honey or oil affect the absorbency?

    • Cheeky Bums

      yep – you definitely can! it didn’t effect the performance at all for me, but I make sure to throw my wipes in with my diapers when I strip them, just to get off any residue. – kelsi

  5. Michelle

    How long does the solution last if I kept it in the fridge and in spray bottle? I prepared my hospital bag a couple weeks ago but didn’t want it to go bad.. its been a couple weeks.

    • Kelsi

      First off, congrats! hopefully you won’t be waiting too much longer! As for the wipes solution…There are a few variables. Make sure to keep it in the coldest part of your fridge. The honey (assuming you used raw), coconut oil and tea tree oil are all natural preservatives and anti-fungal, so *in theory* if you kept it in a cold dark place, it should last you quite awhile (maybe a month or two – possibly longer). You’ll know it’s gone south if it gets fuzzy on top (not likely b/c of the tea tree and honey) or if it smells fermented (more likely, as it will turn alcoholic after awhile because the natural bacterias eat the sugar in the honey). If it smells alcoholic or looks funny (it may solidify a bit b/c of the honey, castile and coconut oil, but it’ll go liquid again at room temp) I’d ditch it and start over. I hope that helps some. I tend to make smaller batches and keep them for 2-3 weeks at a time. Much longer than that, and you’ll just need to check it periodically. All the best and blessings for a smooth delivery!

 

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