Just today I was applying my Homemade Diaper Rash Cream on my youngest. Once again she had a nasty bout of rash. Even though my original experimental diaper rash cream was in a glass jar, and I reheated it and poured it into a squeeze bottle, you still have to let the cream soften in your hands then rub your hands on a very sensitive and possibly raw bottom! Putting it in the squeeze bottle did help with contamination, but it still doesn’t seem all that sanitary! Of course, neither does Desitin. I thought if I could make a DIY diaper rash spray all these issues would be solved. It would be especially helpful when baby is in pain and does not want to be touched there.
This recipe calls for 3 ingredients. Each ingredient is safe and very healing for babies bottom! You can rest assured there are no parabens or other harmful ingredients for this baby spray!
DIY Diaper Rash Spray Ingredients:
- Witch Hazel is excellent for diaper rash! Apart from being an astringent, it is very healing and calms the skin. It reduces inflammation and helps clean the rash.
- Aloe Vera is also very healing and calming.
- Lavender essential oil is antibacterial, anti fungal and antimicrobial as well as very calming to the skin. The aroma of lavender can also have a profound calming effect on a baby.
DIY Diaper Rash Spray
- 1/4 cup Witch Hazel (find it HERE)
- 1/4 cup Aloe Vera Gel (find it HERE)
- 15 drops Lavender Essential Oil (find it HERE)
Mix all ingredients in a spray bottle and use! Spray just enough to coat the bottom, re diaper and you’re done! You will need to shake thoroughly each time you use it. The aloe will separate.
This spray is so versatile. I split my recipe into two 2 ounce spray bottles and am using the 2nd on my face for a toner! It is moisturizing and soothing. Witch Hazel is wonderful for the skin and the Lavender makes it smell great! You could use this spray on sunburns or even on scrapes and cuts. Add other essential oils like Frankincense and Chamomile for added healing and soothing! This is one versatile DIY!
I suggest making small amounts at a time and using within 1-2 mos. The aloe and witch hazel I suggest contain their own preservatives so it might last a lot longer, but since we’re dealing with our babies, I’m staying on the safe side. The lavender is antibacterial and anti-fungal which will also help keep the spray fresh longer.
Remember-Your DIY is only as good as your ingredients are. When it comes to diaper rash, quality ingredients are an absolute must. I suggest finding your essential oils, witch hazel and aloe at Mountain Rose Herbs.
I’ve been using this spray for a few days now. My daughter loves it and asks for it! It healed her rash so quickly but I still spray it on her because it’s so good for her skin!
I don’t have a baby, but my young son still has tushy problems because he doesn’t wipe as well as he should. This would be great for him on those days. And it would probably be great for hemorrhoids too. Thanks for sharing!
I know what you mean about the wiping thing! My daughter has issues from that too! This would be great on hemorrhoids, also my neosporin recipe is great for those too! Thanks for visiting my blog!
What is the shelf life?
Martha-The shelf life is about a month! Thanks!
When do you apply this as a facial toner? I’ve been spraying it on a patch of red dry itchy skin that’s been on my thigh for months. In three days it started to clear after spraying on daily. Looked like a mixture of ringworm and eczema. I don’t know what it is but this is clearing it right up.
Martha-That is awesome! I would apply this toner morning and night after cleansing. It’s really healing and gentle. Depending on how oily or dry you are, it might be moisturizing enough to go without a moisturizer after.
I would love to give this as a baby gift but I am concerned about the aloe. My husband had an allergic reaction to aloe as an adult then my daughter when she was young. I avoid it all together now because it burned their skin instead of healing. What would you suggest as an alternative? Some research I’ve done on lotions suggest more water. I suppose I could use a hydro sol. I would welcome ideas?!?
Dani-Hi! You could just replace it with distilled water or fractionated coconut oil. A hydrosol would be great-Lavender, Tea Tree or Rose would be excellent for baby bottoms! Thanks!
Just wanted to check what kind of aloe were you using? Was it the typical green stuff from the grocery store or 100% aloe gel (either straight from the plant or from a health food store that you store in the fridge)? If it was from the store, the reaction may have been from one of the preservative ingredients as it doesn’t actually have much aloe in it.
If it was pure aloe, I’d use some extra sterilized water and a bit of oil.
On the diaper rash picture it shows that fractionated coconut oil is an ingredient but in the recipe it’s not listed. Do I need to use it? Thanks!!
Melanie-I omitted it from the recipe because I was worried about bacteria so I wouldn’t add it! Thanks!
Wonder if this would work for a mom after giving birth? I am thinking about trying it. Along with using it for my older daughter and newborn come November.
Carla-Yes! This would be very healing and gentle. Lavender will help speed up the recovery plus it’s a pain killer! Thanks!
Hi. My baby girl developed diaper rash and I’m stumped. I have been using every natural preventative / remedy in my arsenal and it’s progressivly getting worse. I am going to buy the ingredients for your spray today. Can u tell me how much to spray on the bum? Do you let it air dry afterwards? Or do you spray the diaper? Would that exacerbate the problem of having a damp diaper? Thanks!
Jessica-Diaper rash is such a problem!! I tell you the best thing I found was coconut oil. It is antibacterial and anti fungal. After a bad poo, I would put her in a bath then when she was getting out, swipe her bottom with the oil. I might even add a bit of lavender essential oil to the coconut oil. It worked within hours. It soothed immediately. It sounds like your daughter is infected so lavender essential oil will really help kill the infection. When I used the spray, I would generously spray her bottom area and diaper her back immediately. The ingredients will help kill bacteria and infection while soothing. Good luck!!!
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Cloth diaper safe?
Jodie-I personally didn’t use cloth diapers but I can’t imagine why it wouldn’t be-it’s very light and gentle!
Okay you said you were concerned with bacteria and the fractionated coconut oil. Why is there a concern if the oil is in a spray bottle? I am learning so your help is great.
Echo-Thank you! When I first came up with this recipe I was mixing oils and waters which can cause bacteria growth. I decided to omit the oil so the shelf life would be a bit longer. If you are just using an oil you don’t have to worry about bacteria. If you are just using water-based ingredients you do need to make small batches to avoid bacteria, but the ingredients I link in the recipe have their own preservatives already so you’re good for a month or two. Hope this makes sense!
Thank you for the answer back.
Can you use Neo fend as a preservative?
Stacy-You don’t really need to plus it’s too harsh for baby bottoms. I use ingredients that have already been preserved so no preservative is needed. However, I also make small batches to be safe. Thanks!
I didn’t have aloe so I used almond oil instead. Is there still a bacteria concern? Is the oil mixed in with the witch hazel what might cause bacteria?
Christina-Quite honestly, I’m not sure. The witch hazel is preserved so I would think you would be ok but I’m not clear if combining oils and waters can cause bacteria because of the combo. or if it’s just water in general. I will try to find this answer! Regardless I would use this DIY up within a month to be safe.
I just made this and put mine into 2 oz bottles, but when I go to spray it comes out as a stream instead of a spray or mist?
Mandi-I have found that some spray bottles do this due to aloe vera gel. It drives me nuts. I’m not sure which ones don’t do it because they are ones I’ve had forever. Once I figure out the good spray bottles, I will be linking them.
Can Aloe vera juice be substituted for aloe vera gel? or no?
Lauren-You probably could but I’ve never done it. I think the juice isn’t preserved like the gel is so it could effect the shelf life. I also wonder it it is as thick as the gel. I believe it would have the same healing benefits though.
Hello! Do you think 1/4 cup Witch Hazel, 1/4 cup Distilled Water and 15 drops of Lavender and 1-2 drops of tea tea oil would work for an after diaper wash cleaner to help with nasty poop smells remaining on my sons skin? He is almost three. Thoughts?
Jessica-I think it should definitely help if not remedy it! Best of luck!