Essential Oils & Cloth Diapers

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It’s that awful aroma coming from the diaper pail…

that makes you second-guess the wonderful attributes of cloth diapers. Recently, I have started noticing more of a stink in the diaper pail. I would open it to put in a dirty diaper, and it was like getting smacked in the face with a dirty cat litter box. Gross! Even though I wash my diapers every other day, the warmer weather and increase in solid food from my daughter have led to super stink in the diaper pail.

So I decided to give my essential oils a try to eliminate the odor. To say I was amazed at the effect is an understatement. I literally had to stick my nose in the diaper pail to smell anything. I didn’t even smell the essential oil, which would have made me think that it just masked the bad odor. No, it had eliminated the odor almost entirely.

I have used essential oils in various ways through my cloth diapering journey. Here are some of my favorite, successful methods. Always check the manufacturer’s recommendations for your cloth diapers.

Diaper Pail Odor Eliminator

  • Add 3-4 drops of Purify essential oil blend to a washcloth and place in the diaper pail every time you change the wet bag.
  • I have cloth wipes, so that is what I put the essential oil on.

Diaper Rash

  • Lavender, Melaleuca, Roman Chamomile, or Frankincense
  • I generally put lavender in a roller bottle to have handy. Roman chamomile eliminated a bright red irritated spot that she had with just one application. This one I diluted in coconut oil and kept in a jar.
  • Melaleuca is great for yeast rashes.
  • Frankincense just makes everything better :)

In the Wash

  • Try adding a few drops of melaleuca or Purify to the rinse cycle to disinfect.
  • I use 3-4 drops in a standard washer. I do not have a HE machine.
  • I have heard some people voice concerns about essential oils causing build-up. I have never had this problem.

Baby Wipes Solution

  • I personally just use water, but if you want something like traditional baby wipes, here is a great solution from Health the Essential Way.

4 ounces distilled water
1-1/2 teaspoons olive oil
1-1/2 teaspoons unscented castile soap
1 drop each lavender and melaleuca

Combine all in a spray bottle and spray on a wipe before using.

How do you use essential oils for your cloth diapers?

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