By Kristen Pirie, Owner-Operator at Hazel & Honey Handmade Naturals
"The most common brands of baby wipes have ingridients such as parabens, fragrances, and skin irritants that some babies may be sensitive to. After I gave birth I decided to forgo packaged wipes altogether. I went into my kitchen and started concocting all sorts of baby wipe sprays. The recipe I came up with I have used on my daughter for the last few years – it’s even great during potty training! Get some reusable wipes (baby face cloths work great). Once I have used a wipe I simply toss it into a Wet Bag or into a bucket filled with vinegar & water. Once or twice a week I wash all the wipes with a natural detergent. Another bonus about using DIY spray and reusable wipes is how much money you will save! A 4 oz. bottle of spray costs mere pennies to make and once you buy a stack of reusable wipes they will last you indefinitely. Plus it’s environmentally friendly!"
Here is Kristen's recipe for you to make for your baby's
( or your own) butt!
Hazel & Honey Handmade Naturals Baby Wipe Spay Recipe
Yields: 4.5 fl. oz. / 133ml
(4 oz. spray bottle)
- ½ cup distilled water (do not use tap water or spring water)
- 1.5 tsp. liquid castile soap (Dr. Bronners or any unscented liquid castile soap)
- 1.5 tsp. fractioned coconut oil (or any liquid vegetable oil)
- 10-20 drops tea tree oil*
- 10-20 drops lavender essential oil*
Why these ingredients?
Castile soap: Aids in removing the grime stuck on the skin
Fractionated Coconut oil: Coconut oil moisturizes and calms the skin
Essential oils: Essential oils are key in having an effective formula. The tea tree is antimicrobial which wards off diaper rash and the lavender is calming to the skin as well as to the baby — plus it’s antibacterial!
- You will need a 4oz. spray bottle (preferably glass)
- Measure each ingredient (except essential oils) and pour into your spray bottle, use a funnel if needed. Carefully add essential oils – do not exceed 40 drops total. Swirl gently to mix, don’t shake or it will foam. With each use gently swirl and/or invert to combine ingredients.
- Spray directly onto babies skin or on a wash cloth/reusable wipe
- *Make sure to use high quality essential oils (You may wish to leave the wipe spray unscented for newborns)
Your baby’s bottom will be soothed, clean, and chemical free!
When I became pregnant with my daughter I was already living chemical-free. I ate organic food, used natural beauty products, and DIY’d all of my cleaning products. So, naturally I was concerned about anything and everything I was going to use for my baby. One of the most concerning things to me was the lack of truly natural baby wipes. I looked over the ingredients from the most widely available “natural wipes” and found many toxic ingredients. Here are a few of the most troubling ingredients:
Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate:This chemical is a preservative that releases formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is not something even grown people should be putting on their skin, let alone infants. It is an allergen, irritant, and most importantly causes cancer.
Potassium Sorbate: Another preservative that is not as bad as the previous offender but still strongly linked with skin irritation.
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Formaldehyde itself is rated the worst score possible on Skin Deep — a 10.