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.
I’ve made this shampoo recipe a few times now and have been very happy with the results. It doesn’t cost much, and is really easy to make.
1/4 cup hot water
1 tablespoon dried rosemary
1/4 cup liquid castile soap
2 tablespoons sweet almond oil
few drops of tea tree oil
1/4 teaspoon essential oil(optional)
Steep the dried rosemary in the hot water for a few minutes stirring occasionally to help release the fragrance. Combine everything else in a small spray bottle (The spray bottle helps regulate the amount used, since, it is so runny.) After the rosemary has steeped add the wate to the mixture.
To use you may keep it in the shower. Just shake it up before spraying on your head. Massage scalp for a few minutes before rinsing out. With my short hair I do not need a conditioner, and my daughter’s fine hair does well too. Longer, thicker hair may need a conditioner to keep tangles at bay.