Baby Butt Cleaner

Our family is making a transition to a paper-free household. We’re using cloth in place of all the paper we used to use (once we get this method perfect, I’ll post about it). One of the first things to go was baby wipes. Why buy something disposable and chemical-laden when you can make something reusable and natural? This is my favorite recipe for baby butt spray (found at Simple Mom):

2 tbsp. All-natural baby shampoo or grated castille soap
1 tbsp. Olive oil
1 c. warm water
a few drops of lavender essential oil

We mix this up in a spray bottle and keep it by the changing station. When we change a diaper, we shake the bottle, spray her butt and wipe with a washcloth. Then the cloth goes in the diaper pail to be laundered.

Make sure that you are using an all-natural baby bath and/or shampoo.  Recent studies are linking baby toiletries with carcinogens, although in trace amounts (see below for article links).  But who wants to volunteer their baby for the risk?  I’ve just discovered how versatile castile soap really is…and how wonderful it is for your skin and hair.  You can find it in almost any scent (I love Dr. Bronner’s lemon & peppermint) or buy the cheap stuff (Kirk’s @ 89 cents/bar), grate it & add your own essential oils.

*If you are wondering how safe your baby products are, check this out:

http://www.ewg.org/report/toxic-tub/31209

http://www.SafeCosmetics.org/article.php?id=414

http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2009-03-12-formaldehyde_N.htm

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4 responses to “Baby Butt Cleaner

  1. educate me my dear… why the transition to a paper-free household? when used with prudence, isn’t paper better than plastic b/c of how long plastic takes to break down? just curious…

    • I used to be in the habit of cleaning everything up with paper towels. I’d grab them without even a second thought. We’re keeping them up on a high shelf in the kitchen & working on switching to cloth. We now have 4 categories of cloths: dinner napkins, baby washcloths (& old cloth diapers), cleaning rags & kitchen rags. We keep them separate & wash them as needed…no more paper towels or paper napkins! We also use canvas bags for groceries and the like, and if I forget then we use paper. But we try to recycle all the paper bags into wrapping paper or paper to line the cutting board when dealing with meat, etc. Online bill pay is our latest effort at reducing paper waste…and I’m considering the moon cup or diva cup, but that might be a little extreme, even for me!

      But yes, paper is better than plastic & I try so hard to not buy anything packaged in plastic. That’s part of the reason for the turn toward homemade, no plastic packaging! The whole idea we’ve been stuck on is to consider the entire life cycle of everything we buy…and make sure we’re comfortable supporting it. Reading tags for where it’s made, how far it is being transported, how long it’ll take me to use, where it’ll end up when I’m done with it and how long it’ll linger on our planet. If I’m okay with those things or if it’s worth it to compromise that goal, then we buy it. Otherwise, we try to make it at home.

  2. This is perfect. When Julia was going to a summer camp in Minnesota, they’d bathe in the lake, and they were told to bring castile soap to camp to wash body and hair. Very ecologically safe. You can buy all-cotton white washcloths by the dozen from Bed Bath & beyond. I bleach the heck out of them (I use them to wash my face) and they last forever. When they look too raggedy, they also make good cloths for cleaning about anything.

  3. that is great Jade and i totally understand your point. thanks for taking the time to explain!

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