Monday, August 1, 2016

Zero Waste Wipe Spray




I probably spent more time researching how to diaper my baby zero waste than any other part of first time motherhood. Getting the perfect diapers and formulating the perfect, no fuss plan to get little one changed and clean quickly and effortlessly was going to be key in making new motherhood an easy transition. Of course, we all know it's not EASY. But why add more stress to something that is already beautifully challenging. 

Buying store bought wipes, using them, and simply tossing them in the garbage is a very appealing thing when you are only getting 4 hours of sleep per day. Cloth wipes can seem incredibly tedious and unnecessary. I found that it wasn't. Since I was already doing cloth diapers, adding the cloth wipes to the laundry wasn't really any extra work. Also, considering that I hear about disposable wipes being recalled due to bacteria issues all of the time and seeing all of the questionable ingredients in them, I feel SO much better that I know EXACTLY what is getting wiped onto my baby's bum. Methylisothiazolinone? No thanks.


Now a lot of people who use cloth wipes, soak or spray the wipes with just water which is A-OK. I, however, wanted to come up with a formula that did quadruple duty. This recipe cleans, moisturizes, soothes, and sanitizes.

Zero Waste Wipe Spray

 

Ingredients:

 

  • 2 Cups of Warm Water
  • 1 tsp Liquid Coconut Oil
  • 1 tsp of Vitamin E Oil
  • 15 drops of Lavender Oil

 

Directions:

 

Mix all ingredients together and transfer to a pump or spray bottle for easy application. I also keep some spray in a small bottle for the diaper bag.

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6 comments:

  1. Thanks for this recipe, not that we have a baby in the house, we do have bums.

    I used cloth diapers with both my kids, they were the gauze fold them yourself kind. I also used plain white wash cloths, the cheaper and thinner the better. Everything ended up in the diaper pail and washed in the same load. Thinking back on it, I should have been using my husband's old t-shirts cut into little squares.

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    1. I'm not going to lie, I have used some old tea towels recently! ha! Sometimes, there's just no need to buy new. ;)

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  2. I love this! I've been using just half olive oil and water, but I'm always looking for new ideas! Thanks for sharing! (It's fun to see more Zero Waste mommies to get ideas from! We're on the "going" Zero Waste side, but I'm happy to at least be "going".)

    For the Tea Tree oil and Lavendar Oil, are those essential oils?

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    1. "Going" is just absolutely wonderful! I've found that if you strive for perfection with Zero Waste you'll end up driving yourself nuts. Trust me - I've been there! Ha! Having a family truly does add a whole other level of difficulty to this process that most don't admit to, but it does. :)

      Yes they are essential oils that I get from a health food store.

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  3. Thanks Megean, for the nice post. I too agree that, cloth diapers are the best for the babies as they don't have any side effects. Diapers available in the market are prepared with some chemicals that keeps the diaper fresh for a long time but ultimately it affects the skin of the baby hence it is better to go for the cloth diapers. It's really helpful, the wipe spray you have shared here. The ingredients are also cheap and easily available. Thanks for sharing. Organic baby wraps.

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