Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Soothing anti-fungal vegan wipe solution
I've been cloth diapering since Bubu-man was a newborn, but it wasn't until Noonie came along that I started using cloth wipes as well. I've found cloth wipes to be MUCH more convenient with cloth diapering considering you can just simply roll the wipes up in the diaper and toss into the pail/wetbag and wash them together.
I've tried several different combinations, and I finally have my favorite regular wipe solution that I've been using the past few months and it has been very effective in not only preventing, but also fighting off diaper rash and yeast.
Here are the ingredients that I use:
-- 1/2 tsp (NOW brand) Apricot Kernel Oil
-- 1/2 tsp (Dr. Bronner's) Pure Castile Soap (particularly baby unscented, almond, or a combination of Lavender and Tea Tree as pictured)
-- 3 drops (Aura Cacia brand organic) Tea Tree essential oil
-- 3 drops (Aura Cacia brand organic) Lavender essential oil
-- 1/2 tsp (Lily of the desert brand) Aloe Vera Gelly
-- 12 oz water, preferrably in a mason jar
These ingredients can be easily found in your local health food store.
This wipe solution not only smells fantastic but it is truly very effective!
The Apricot Kernel Oil is a very gentle natural oil, often used in baby products. It has a high vitamin E content, effective for softening the skin, and is known for its ability to penetrate the skin without leaving an oily feel.
Being one of the most natural, fair-trade, non-toxic soaps, Castile Soap is a completely vegetable based soap that not only cuts "dirty messes" clean, but also helps dissolve them. It is incredibly mild and safe for baby. Because it is very concentrated, just a very small amount is needed in the wipe solution. I choose Dr. Bronner's because they are completely fair trade, organic and uses a soothing blend of coconut, olive, hemp and jojoba oils.
Lavender Essential Oil is one of the most perfect oils for baby! In addition to it's wonderfully calming aromatherapeutic effects, lavender assists in healing of the skin, reducing pain to the area, and balancing the skin's condition. Lavender is naturally anti-fungal therefore preventing yeast and other infections. The small amount of oils in the solution will be absorbed quickly into the blood stream, thus assisting the body and mind.
Known mostly for its amazing disinfecting properties, Tea Tree Oil is anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-viral, and anti-inflammatory. This 'wonder-oil' also aids in healing wounds, easing pain, stimulates the immune system, neutralizes skin marks, and even dissolves pus and cleans the surface of wounds without damage to the tissue (which may be very useful in instances of serious diaper rash).
Lastly, my favorite addition, Aloe Vera, is useful for healing rashes, soothing and preventing irritation of the skin, regenerating skin cells, reducing inflammation and pain, and keeping the skin overall healthy! No wipe solution is complete without aloe, in my humble opinion.
As I mentioned, I prefer to mix and dispense my wipe solution in a mason jar. Why? Well, I've tried it all, and here's my take: Soap dispensers are too messy and take too long. Squirt bottles are great for on-the-go, but arent very practical for thouroughly wetting a cloth wipe. I've tried water bottles, which work pretty well, but also take quite a few tip-overs, which is quite inconvenient for those unexpected messes where you find yourself needing more wipes. The first time I tried I mason jar, I was very pleasantly surprised! Just bunch up the cloth wipe and tip over once and the whole wipe is thoroughly wet! The neck is wide enough to squeeze out excess water if needed, and the lid fits tightly and secure incase baby decides to give it a shake. For me, I just reused a speghetti sauce jar (Classico brand alfredo has 12 oz mason jars with measurement marks).
I hope this helps!
If you use any particular wipe solution recipes, please share! I'd love to know what works best for you!