If you are a cloth diapering Mama then you know it can be hard to keep them smelling fresh. You may have run into what some call, “The Stinkies”! I have been cloth diapering my baby for 10 months now but I didn’t start incorporating essential oils into the mix until a couple months ago. I have run into the horrible “Stinkies” and let me tell you using essential oils has made a huge difference and has made it a much more pleasant experience/smell!
How to Use Essential Oils with Cloth Diapers:
Tips from Jaime Walsh from Keely’s Allergy Free Kitchen
In the wash add 3 -4 drops of melalueca (aka tea tree oil), Cleansing Blend or lemon to the rinse to disinfect your diapers. I also add in a TBSP of vinegar to the rinse water to give some additional cleaning support.
To clean and freshen the diaper pail you can make a spray with any mix or single oil mix 10 drops with some 1 part vinegar to 2 parts water. I liked to use Cleansing Blend the best but also use melaleuca, lemon, lime, (Immune) Protective Blend, grapefruit and white fir. Then put a couple drops of any of the above or one of your favorites on a cotton ball and place in the bottom of the pail to keep it smelling fresh.
What You Need:
1 roll premium paper towels
2 cups warm water
2 tablespoons Fractionated Coconut Oil
3 drops Lavender essential oil
3 drops Melaleuca essential oil
An airtight storage container/empty wipe container/wet bag
Note: Use cloth for reusable wipes.
1- Cut paper towel roll in half with a serrated or electric knife. Use half the roll now, and half later.
2- Combine water, Fractionated Coconut Oil, and essential oils in a small bowl.
3- Pour the mixture over the paper towels and then cover with the airtight lid letting the mixture absorb for 10 minutes.
4- Turn the container over and let sit for another 10 minutes.
5- Remove and discard the cardboard middle. Just pull the wipes from the center when you are ready to use. Store in container of your choice.
Tip: For on-the-go wipes, insert 15-20 wipes into travel size wipe container.
Want to start using Essential Oils in your Cloth Diaper Routine? Be sure to use Therapeutic Grade essential oils.
Check out my other DIY post to find out what other products you can be making in your home to save money and reduce your exposure to chemicals.