Wiped away

Welcome to the April 2012 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Kids and Personal Care

This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama. This month our participants have shared stories, tips, and struggles relating to their children’s personal care choices.


Since we’re talking about cleanliness this month during the carnival, I thought I’d take this opportunity to talk about our diaper wipe solution.  When I first started using cloth diapers and wipes, I just rinsed the wipe (at that time a plain washcloth) with water and wiped Liam off.  I felt like he was always red and as he got older, he started to complain about the washcloths being too “hard”.  Line drying cotton loop washcloths wasn’t the best idea in hindsight.

With the birth of my daughter, I made a bunch of wipes from old receiving blankets and made a simple wash with just plain water.  She was ok with it, but in time I started to realize that as she started to teeth, she might have the same trouble with diaper rash as Liam did.  In talking with a friend, she told me how she just mixed together her own concoction and used it with her cloth diapers.  No problems with absorption or staining or anything.  I mixed my very own batch that night and have used it ever since.  Sylvia will be 1 this weekend and she has yet to have an official case of diaper rash and even after 4 rounds of antibiotics, she hasn’t had any diaper troubles!  I owe it all to a few drops of tea tree oil… so without further ado, if you’ve never made your own diaper wipe solution, this is simple enough that you can whip this up in less time than it’s taken to read these 2 paragraphs.

Wipes Solution

  • 2 cups hot water
  • a small squirt of baby shampoo
  • 2-5 drops tea tree oil
  • 1 drop baby oil
Place all the ingredients in a squirt bottle and shake well to mix.  Apply liberally to cloth wipes and launder with your diapers as needed.



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25 thoughts on “Wiped away

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  6. Lauren @ Hobo Mama

    Nice! I made a much more complicated wipes recipe. I guess I was having too much fun. :) I think I’ll have to simplify things next time I whip up a batch, and yours looks like a good one to try!

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  14. EcoYogini

    I’m actually wondering about tea tree oil- since i’m allergic…. it kinda scares me a little, but then i can recognize that not everyone has this reaction. Perhaps it would be a good idea to give it a small test first?

  15. Kat @ Loving {Almost} Every Moment

    Thank you! I have read this with perfect timing, as my littlest is battling a rash and I suspect it has to do with the wipes we’ve been using and teething. Poor little babe. I’m going to try your recipe and hopefully kick this rash out for good! Just out of curiosity, which shampoo do you use? Thanks again :-)

    1. Laura Post author

      The first several batches, I used Burt’s Bees, but this one is a Jason shampoo that smells like bananas. I realized that my son’s skin gets aggravated with regular wipes no matter how “free and clear” they are and his teething rashes would be just awful. He hasn’t had a rash in the last several months either that got out of control. Phew!

    1. Laura Post author

      My cousin used this combination of soap, glycerin, tea tree, lavender and something else and I just thought it would be too hard to do… you were so confident in your recipe that I think I got over my fear. Everyone needs to know how simple this is!

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