My own “diaper lotion potion”
One of the cool things about cloth diapering is that you almost don’t need wipies. Many cloth diaperers use reusable wipes, but I haven’t purchased any, nor gotten around to making any, so I just have my plastic box of Huggies wipes. Still, I hardly need any. Unless that diaper is totally soggy or messy, there’s almost always a dry corner on which to wipe most of the muck off. But then, I’m left with a baby not really messy enough for a whole wipe, but not totally fresh.
Right after I started cloth diapering (a whole three weeks and two days ago), I saw this: Kissaluvs Diaper Lotion Potion. It’s basically a healthy baby wipe in a spritzer. But… it has tee tree oil, to which I’m allergic. So, I thought I’d make my own. In my first version, I used baby (mineral) oil, and that pretty much confirmed to me that Fiala’s skin is hypersensitive to petroleum-based oils, which I had suspected from lotions we have tried on her. My second version is much better! It works wonderfully, and smells heavenly. I have made it with both water and witch hazel. They both work fine, but witch hazel does have soothing, anti-inflammatory that would be especially helpful for diaper rash.
NOTES: An ounce is 2 Tbsp. If you use a full ounce, it is a little more expensive, of course, but it stays fully emulsified. It will look a bit thick, but it still sprays nicely. If you use ½ ounce of the olive oil and aloe vera gel, you’ll have to give it a shake before using.
If you go to the “travel size” section of Target, most of the clear bottles are 3 oz size, since that’s the maximum amount of liquid you can use in a carry-on bag. I paid $0.99 for a 3 oz bottle, which seemed way overpriced, but, oh well.
Karen’s Diaper Wipe Potion in a Spritzer
- one squirt of a paraben-free, natural liquid handsoap (I used Pure & Natural Rosemary and Mint — it smells heavenly)
- ½ – 1 oz pure aloe vera gel
- ½ – 1 oz olive oil
- a drop or two of essential oil, if you’d like
- water or witch hazel to fill the rest of the bottle
With a funnel or a careful hand, add all ingredients except the water/witch hazel to a 3 or 4 oz spritzer bottle. Add enough water/witch hazel to fill bottle about 3/4 full, and shake to combine. Top off, and shake again.