I’ve mentioned before on here and on twitter, and via instagram that I cloth diaper Jazz. Today, I want to share how I save even more money on my diapering expenses by using a homemade laundry detergent. Since using this recipe I found from Fresh Idea Mama I have not had any issue with my cloth diapers (clothes for that matter too) coming out clean and fresh smelling. All I do is dump the ingredients into a large mouth mason jar, close the lid, shake it up, and use 1 tablespoon per cloth diaper load. I up it to 2 tablespoons for my regular laundry loads. You can add a few drops of essential oils if you would like. I use whatever I have on hand, but lately I’ve been loving lemony scents. I currently have a batch of laundry detergent with a lemon, eucalyptus scent. The mason jar I use for storage is large enough to make a double batch.
This isn’t much of a how to post. It is more of an upcycling brag post. I’ve been in a nesting, DIYing, and upcycling mood lately. I haven’t used fabric softener in over a year. I’ve been using bpa free plastic dryer balls. In all reality, I hardly ever use my dryer. I prefer to line dry most of my family’s clothing and my cloth diaper stash. I have two dryer racks that work for most everything. I have a clothing rack that I hang any of my nicer stuff and Nate’s clothes on. I only use the dryer for towels and sheets. In an effort to use even less energy drying things, I decided to make use of some of the extra yarn I have sitting around. I made up a few balls of yarn, stuffed them into spare socks, and tossed them in the dryer. The verdict is still out whether this will help in any sort of significant way, but in theory it sounds like a success.
I’m a cloth diapering mama, and a huge fan of cute fluffy bums! I’m sure the future will hold a few posts about cloth diapering. Today, I am bringing you a reader request for the recipes I use for my diaper spray solution and butt balm. Both of these items are all natural, and the balm is cloth diaper safe too.
I want to start off with the diaper spray, because, it is the easiest to make. I usually make a large bottle full. In turn, I fill a smaller spray bottle that I use to either spray the cloth wipes or directly on the little man’s tush.
Dr. Bonner’s Castille Soap Baby Formula- 1 tablespoon
Sweet Almond Oil- 3 tablespoons
Purified Water- fill to the top of the bottle
(The bottle I use is 16 oz)
1. Add you Dr. Bonner’s and almond oil to your bottle.
2. Fill the rest of the bottle with purified water.
You can use less oil if you want. The older Jazz has gotten, and occasionally dealing with rather sticky poo, I feel the oil helps me to wipe it off the mess easier.
Next up is the cloth diaper safe butt balm. I had been using CJ’s BUTTer in Mango Sugar Mint. I loved using this product, but I wanted to try my hand at making my own version. Something cheaper, but not inferior.
Coconut Oil- 1/4 cup
Beeswax- 1/4 cup
Sweet Almond Oil- jar use: 1/4 cup
It will melt with the warmth of your hands, but will be messier to use in my opinion.
stick use: 1/4 cup + 1 1/2 tablespoons
Because, it will be applied with a stick, instead of your fingers, the extra almond oil allows it to spread easier.
5-7 drops of essential oils (optional)
I used my old CJ’s BUTTer stick, but you can use a clean, used deodorant tube instead.
1. Melt your coconut oil and beeswax. You can do this in a small sauce pan over the stove, or a glass jar in the microwave. If you use the microwave I’ve heard it is recommended to do short 30sec bursts and stir in between.
2. Stir in the sweet almond oil and essential oils.
3. Allow the mixture to cool for a minute before pouring into your container of choice.
Any extra can be saved in a small jar and melted down and added to your next batch.