My goal was to develop a good porter that did not use hops. With it's liver-supporting properties and wealth of vitamins and minerals, Dandelion seemed like the perfect substitute. In the original version of this recipe, I used a combination of fresh and dried dandelion tops for bittering, which yielded a well-balanced, lightly bittered porter, and fresh and dried sage and calendula to achieve a hop-like aroma. At first, the aroma wasn't right, but after letting the brew age for three weeks the scent had mellowed considerably to one quite reminiscent of the Tetnanger hops I might otherwise have used.
Most commercial diaper wipes are full of questionable chemicals. This formula is gentle on the skin while offering a thorough cleaning of the diaper area. Experienced parents have seen their babies wince when they use commercial diaper wipes. This formula is wince-free for both babies and parents when used properly. This formula is also great for cleaning sticky mouths and fingers. Only spray the cleaning cloth. Do not spray directly on the skin or anywhere near the eyes, ears or mouth.
- 3 cups strained calendula infusion
- 1/8 cup olive or almond oil
- 10 drops lavender essential oil
- 1 tablespoon mild, unscented shampoo or dish soap
- 1 mixing bowl
- 1 mixing spoon
- measuring cups
- 2 resealable spray bottles
- 1 resealable jar for extra mixture
- 1 label
- Make the calendula infusion separately by steeping calendula in boiling water. Let the infusion cool, then strain out the herbs, saving the liquid.
- Blend well the infusion, oil, essential oil and soap in the mixing bowl.
- Pour a small amount into a travel size spray bottle for the diaper bag and more into another spray bottle for the changing table.
- Pour the remaining mixture into a resealable jar and label it for storage.
Storage and Use
Store Diaper Wipe Spray in a darkly colored glass bottle in the refrigerator for longer-term storage. Be aware that essential oil will break down plastic after about 6 months, so glass is the best choice for storing this spray for longer periods.
To use Diaper Wipe Spray, shake the bottle well and spray the formula on a soft wash cloth or flannel square. Wipe the diaper area and toss the diaper wipe material in the laundry for next time. Challenging diaper projects such as dried baby poop will get an extra boost by soaking the diaper wipe with plain water for the initial cleaning. The second rag for the follow-up cleaning should have the diaper wipe spray on it to sooth and protect the baby from diaper rash.
Some children have allergies to lavender essential oil. Refine the recipe for these situations by using the substitutes listed below:
- chamomile essential oil
- tea tree essential oil