This post contains affiliate links.
Over the past six months I have become a pro at wiping bums. I’m not sure if that’s really a skill one should be proud of, but I like to look at it as a challenge. “How many wipes will it take to get all this off your butt?” I ask my daughter multiple times a day…
But you’re not here to read about the life of wiping butts. I am assuming because you’re reading this you are probably already living it or going to be living that life soon enough.
Natural Cloth Wipe Spray
If you’re using cloth diapers already, then using reusable wipes is pretty much a given. Quite honestly I didn’t give it much thought until I really started researching cloth diapers about two weeks before my daughter was born thinking “Oh shit, I need to sort this out.”
Fast forward six months and we’ve got it sorted out. All you’re here for is the recipe.
The spray bottle is your choice. I decided to purchase this awesome glass spray bottle from cleaning essentials (which also has natural cleaning recipes on the side) to re-use as a cleaning bottle once I no longer have to clean bums. Win-Win.
Cloth Wipe Spray Recipe
- 1 1/2 Cups of Water. Boiled and cooled or distilled.
- 2 Tablespoons of Sweet Almond Oil. Or natural oil of choice.
- 2 Tablespoons of Castile Soap. I love the Green Beaver Castile Soap.
- 2-4 Drops of Lavender Essential Oil.*
*Omit if your child has sensitive skin, or you don’t want fragrance.
Why you need an oil
The Sweet Almond Oil, or whichever oil you choose to use helps moisturize their skin while also easing the ability to remove poo.
The argument for Castile Soap.
I was very hesitant on using Castile soap in this mixture as it has a higher alkalinity (8.9 pH whereas skin is around 5.5 pH.) However, this has not irritated my daughter’s skin at all. It really depends on how sensitive your little one is. If they are more sensitive I would lower the amount of Castile soap.
It is my belief that you need something more than water and oil to help clean the poo, but it is entirely up to you and what works for your child.
A warning on Essential Oils
Essential Oils are very concentrated and it is best to heed caution with a less is more approach. There are some essential oils that are also not advised to use on or around children, so be sure to do your research!
I personally love the smell of lavender and just wanted something to jazz the mixture up a bit. Because smelling poop isn’t fun. Who would have guessed?
And that’s it! It’s super simple and super effective.