I’m not a crunchy mom, by any means, but I did decide when I was pregnant that I would use natural hygiene products, diapers and, when the time came, homemade food. Like I said, I’m not super crunchy but I am pretty committed to using safe products that do not include toxic ingredients, as I think that’s best for my little guy.
I think a lot of moms would agree. Ok, really, I think all moms would agree but let’s be honest… the prices of safer products can be a little on the outrageous side. I see how it can be tempting to buy those other products and “hope for the best” but you don’t have to! Making a safe baby wash is EASY and CHEAP!! Trust me, I would never do it if it wasn’t easy.
I found a few recipes for various homemade/DIY products when I was pregnant. I made wipe solution, butt cream and baby wash.
Today I am sharing my recipe for DIY Baby Wash. The wash uses 3 ingredients (one being water) for which cost me $22.98. I also bought a soap dispenser, you may not need to but I did, which brought my total to $27.97.
I made the wash in March 2015 and started using it as body wash for myself. My son was born at the end of May and we have both been using the wash since then. I have yet to purchase more ingredients. Based on these measurements, and our usage of I’m expecting to get a couple more months (9 months in all) before I will need to purchase more coconut oil. This will bring the cost to $3.11 per month. That’s pretty cheap in comparison to baby wash you would purchase in the store, especially if you are looking for natural brands. Plus, like I said, we both use this wash! (Also, this cost includes a dispenser.)
It’s taken a bit of experimentation but I think I finally got the recipe down to a balance and consistency that I like. You may find that you want to use more or less of a certain ingredient, as I did. My only recommendation would be to gradually add coconut oil, as it could make your little one’s hair oily.
Also, I am including links to Target and Trader Joe’s. Trader Joe’s carries the soap but it is much more expensive than Target. Both items are available on Amazon but they are significantly more expensive.
- 1 Cup of Distilled Water
- 1/4 Cup Dr. Bronner’s Unscented Baby-Mild Castile Soap ($16.99 at Target)
- 3 Tablespoons of Trader Joe’s Organic Virgin Coconut Oil ($5.99)
- Soap Pump (Foaming Pump works Best) ($4.99 at Target)
Pour water into the dispenser*. Add the soap and coconut oil. You will notice that the ingredients do not mix into the water (oil and water don’t mix, right?). Tilt the dispenser to mix the ingredients. You will need to do this each time you use the wash. Your baby wash is all ready! Use just a couple of pumps at a time until you figure out what you need/like. I always rub my hands together before applying, to get a little bit of lather. Keep in mind this will not lather like other soaps because it does not have the ingredients that cause the lather.
Please Note: This is not tear-free.
*You could also prepare the ingredients in a bowl or Mason Jar first. I did this one time but now I just make it directly in the soap dispenser. Just be sure to clean the dispenser out first!
Happy baby bathing!
UPDATE 6/16: My son just turned one and we still have not had to replace any ingredients. We did replace the dispenser once because he thought it would be fun to throw it in the tub and the pump broke. (It had dropped several times, so I think that final throw was just the straw that broke the camel’s back.)