bath_children_alternatives When bathing or showering your children no doubt you’ll use some kind of product in the bathwater and on your kids to get them nice and clean (let’s face it kids can get super dirty!). I thought I’d share what we use on our kids as I refuse to buy a “baby shower gel” or any other “special” baby or kids products. Do you want to know why? Apart from the fact I think these products are a TOTAL waste of money the “baby” products from most mainstream companies are full of scary crap that I wouldn’t put on my own skin let alone my delicate baby’s skin!

Check out the ingredients list from this very popular baby shampoo; Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, PEG-80 Sorbitan Laurate, Sodium Trideceth Sulfate, PEG-150 Distearate, Fragrance, Polyquaternium-10, Tetrasodium EDTA, Quaternium-15, Citric Acid, Yellow 10 and Orange 4. May also contain: Citric Acid, Sodium Hydroxide.

Or what about this list of ingredients? Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide (13%) Inactive Ingredients: Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Leaf Juice, Beeswax (Apis Mellifera), Dimethicone, Fragrance (Parfum), Magnesium Sulfate, Methylparaben, Microcrystalline Wax, Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), PEG 30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Petrolatum, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Hydroxide, Propylparaben, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Water

Terrible!! Check out that list of horrible ingredients! And parent’s all over the world are using these products on their delicate baby’s skin. So what do we use?

bath_children_alternativesWe run the bath and throw in a handful of Epsom salts and several drops of essential oils my favourites are tea tree, rosemary, lavender, eucalyptus, manuka, and chamomile. I often put in 2-3 drops of all these oil. You can use whatever oils you like however I don’t use peppermint as I find it burns my skin.

When we have colds I’ll put in more of the tea tree, eucalyptus and manuka. Plus I’ll add some balm of gilead leaves. John loves it when we have leaves in the bath. He thinks its so funny and the balm of gilead really helps clear the nose and head.

For the first year of Gabriel and John’s life we just washed them with lavender oil and water or in the bath with a mix of the above oils. Babies don’t really get dirty and you are washing their bums several times a day. Now they are a little older and do get more dirty we wash them with a mixture of the epsom salts and oil bathwater and my homemade body wash.

I really hate to think all the those nasty chemicals are being used on little babies all over the world. Please read the labels carefully on the baby products you’re using as many of these are just down right nasty. Try what we’re doing it’s so easy and will save you so much money not to mention keep nasties away from the ones most precious in our lives.


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5 thoughts on “Bathtime

  1. April 4, 2014 at 11:08 am

    Hi Green Queen,
    I totally agree with what u say.I think everyone knows about this but few take action.I admit i am one such lazy bum.i will check out ur baby wash post. What do u use for urself?

    1. April 4, 2014 at 7:56 pm

      Aww what a cool title!!! I love it! I’m glad to hear this is common knowledge I’d like to think so too and hopefully more people will stop using these companies! On my own skin I use the homemade body wash which is the same one I use on my kids. So I only need to make one type of body wash. The last batch I made was with lavender and rosemary I love that combo. It’s fun to make your own chemical free body wash. Enjoy Mx

  2. Sarah
    April 14, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    I was totally shocked at the lists of nasty stuff in baby stuff when I got pregnant. Especially shocking was a well know company who promoted their bathing lotion as putting little ones to sleep and they had removed the lavender that was originally in it and replaced with fragrance….. For the first couple of months we bathed our daughter with rolled oats tied into muslim cloth, left under tap while bath filled, milky liquid squeezed then used the bundle to wash over her body. Never had any skin issues till we used a baby wash when away from home, didn’t make that mistake again.

  3. June 21, 2014 at 6:04 am

    We all have a tendency, to a greater or lesser extent, to ezcema. Now the girls are older they only take showers and I have always been a shower gal. We fill a muslin bag with oats and either run it under the hot tap for a bath or use it as a gentle scrub in the shower. Cleavers (sticky willy, bedstraw – Gallium aparine) are also brilliant for sensitive skin with a tendency towards urticaria. Fresh in the summer when the [weed] is plentiful and dried in the winter, muslin bag just like the oats.

  4. Luke
    March 2, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    Hi there, awesome blog!
    Is there anywhere in Wellington that sells Sodium hydroxide? Seem to only be able to find online sources…