DIY Diaper Rash Stick -cloth diaper safe

Let’s have a talk….

Diaper rashes? They are pretty much the WORST. It’s so sad to see your sweet baby with a bottom red, chafed. And it can happen when your baby is teething, when they eat super acidic food or when your cloth diapers need to be stripped. Whatever the reason as Moms we want to make them feel better as quickly as possible. That’s when we reach for the diaper rash cream!

But…..THERE IS A PROBLEM WITH DIAPER CREAM(actually A LOT of problems!!)

Most diaper rash ointments contain some nasty ingredients and what’s worse, if you cloth diaper (click here to see how I cloth diaper) these ointments will cause your diapers to lose absorbency. Coconut oil can be a great natural alternative to diaper ointments but just like diaper ointment-it’s super super messy!! Ointments and oils alike make A MESS! So what are we natural mama’s to do?????

But first, we use coconut oil for lots of different reasons in our house. Not only is it a great moisturizer, but you can also use it in oil pulling. Just pop a spoonful of coconut oil in your mouth and swish it around for twenty minutes to remove plaque, freshen breath and potentially even whiten your teeth. Alongside regular checkups with a Dentist in Chicago or a dentist in your area, oil pulling could make a big difference to your oral health. Looking after your teeth is crucial and being able to do so in a natural way is ideal.

Welll…I started using this diaper ointment stick and it’s expensive!!! I played around in the kitchen and voila! I’ve created an even better diaper rash stick. It’s super simple to make and works beautifully.

But first, are you looking for more diaper changing techniques to make keeping your baby clean a little easier? Take a look at this useful step by step guide for some fantastic diaper changing tips.

What You’ll Need:


  1. FIll a medium sized pot halfway with water and turn on high to boil
  2. Place beeswax in mason jar
  3. Place the jar in boiling water
  4. Once the beeswax is melted add the shea butter, jojoba oil and coconut oil
  5. Allow to melt completely
  6. Turn the heat off and add the essential oils ( read the notes below )
  7. Pour your liquid from the mason jar into an old deodorant container
  8. Allow to coolDIY diaper rash stick 5

Notes: If you baby is under the age of 6 months I recommend using 10 drop of lavender oil ONLY. If your baby is over the age of 6 months use 10 drops of tea tree oil and 10 drop of lavender oil. Lavender oil is considered the sa

fest for an infant but tea tree oils helps to kill bacteria that might cause a rash. You can read more about essential oils here.

May your little ones bottoms be rash free!!! DIY DIapar Rash Stick! Use an old deodorant bottle to make diaper ointment that is cloth diaper safe!


  1. andrea berg

    Beautiful recipe!! thank you very much.
    I only have a question, when I put my new mason jar in the boiling water it cracked, do you know why?
    Thanks again!!!

    • Oh no! Perhaps your jar was too cold when you put it in the boiling water. Maybe place the ingredients in the mason jar and then place it in the pot. Once you have done that turn on the heat and bring the water to a boil.

  2. Claira

    How many diaper rash ointment sticks does this make?

  3. miriam

    In regards to the Mason jar cracking.. i have read someplace to place the screw on ring part of the lid on the bottom of the pan of water.. then set the jar on that… it keeps it off the bottom of the pot.. especially if using an electric burner.
    thanks for the idea of re-using deodorant container.. hadn’t thought of that before.!

  4. Alicia

    Do you think this could be used for something else? Like for healing cuts/scrapes or for dry skin? Also, what do you think the shelf life is? I think it would take a long time to go through…. excited to try it!

    • Absolutely! It would be great on scrapes or any kind of rash! I wouldn’t use the same stick for your babies bum and scrapes though. It shouldn’t expire and because of the consistency it’s pretty easy to use up. I’m halfway through a tube that I made it about a month ago.

  5. Chrissy

    I make my own diaper rash cream and I also add zinc oxide. I use the 4 oz. mason jars with the white lids and that works great too. Well and my recipe is a bit different than the one you posted. My daughter has had 2 yeast infections (due to thrush which we got while breastfeeding due to the doctor giving me antibiotics after her birth, just in case because I had some complications). A very cheap version that would work well would be beeswax, coconut oil, and zinc oxide. I add other stuff that I have picked out because it makes it better at keeping the skin happy and less redness. But I do understand some are on a tight budget too.

  6. Denise

    Do you think that it would be just as easy to use if it is left in the jar instead of the deodorant container?

    • Great question! 🙂 It dries firm like deodorant and you would be scraping it with your fingers to get it out of the jar which would be messy. You could use more jojaba oil to make it less firm and keep it in a jar if that’s what you are looking for 🙂

  7. Roman chamomile is another great oil to add it is super gentle for babies skin and smells great.

  8. Maya

    Thanks for the recipe! I’m expecting my very first baby, and I’m already at over 6 months pregnant. There are so many crappy ingredients in every commercial product out there; I’m really looking into homemade alternatives… I was wondering though, if you think olive oil could replace the jojoba oil in this recipe, as I haven’t found any in the stores where I live.

  9. Arlene

    So excited when I found this. I have 3 in diapers and have been using a homemade salve that I have to dip my fingers in. I just made mine and I can’t wait to use it!!


    Could you use small “balm” containers and apply it with your finger tips? Is the consistency the same as, say, solid lip balm? It’s just, I have the balm containers already and could make multiple smaller containers of it, to give away, or have one for different members of the family.

  11. Jessica

    I just made this and I am so excited to try it. My daughter gets such a sore tush from her cloth diapers that I was using disposable more often because of the Desitin. So I’m glad you put this recipe on here so I can stop using diaper cream and disposables!

  12. Michelle

    When you pour the mixture into the deodorant tube, does it leak out of the bottom before it has a chance to solidify? Does the stick ever melt or would it stay solid without having to put it in the fridge?

  13. Cynthia wingood

    Hi! I love this idea, but what could I substitute for coconut oil as we have a tree but allergy!

  14. valerie

    This is an amazing idea! I made some and it smelled heavenly my only question is what type of old deodorant did you use I can only find some with holes on the bottom

  15. Megan

    Love this! I know you said if we have a coconut allergy, we could leave out coconut oil. Should it be replaced with anything, or any other amounts altered? Also, we are fragrance sensitive, I would try tea tree oil but couldn’t do lavender but would grapefruit seed extract be ok to add? It has good anti microbial/anti fungal properties also.

  16. Ashley

    It would probably be appreciated by mothers of boys if this information were to be included about the following possibility,

    “A study published in this week’s issue of the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that repeated topical use of products containing lavender oil and/or tea tree oil may cause prepubertal gynecomastia, a rare condition resulting in enlarged breast tissue in boys prior to puberty”

    I just finished making your recipe for my son using the recommended ingredients minus the lavender and tea tree oil. I’m just waiting for it to cool, so excited about it. Thanks for the recipe and the deodorant stick idea!

  17. Emily

    Maybe a stupid question, but do you apply the stick directly to affected area or just put it on your fingers and rub it on? I thought that may be unsanitary, but then thought maybe the tea tree kills any residue that may be on the stick?

  18. Haley

    Where can I just buy this? Always said someone needs to invent a diaper rash spray as well

  19. DeAnna

    I’ve tried this recipe 3 times now, and it always comes out too hard to use. How would I make it creamier so that I can roll it on her bottom? I’d like a lip balm constancy. Also, my shea butter smells awful- is that typical? I used everything you listed (except tea tree oil) but my stick is hard as ice 🙁

  20. Julia

    I have heard that you are supposed to avoid plastic containers when using essential oils. I really love this recipe as is so I was wondering if you’d ever heard that and what you think? Thanks!

  21. For those that asked about jars, yes, you can use a jar, the water doesn’t need to boil, it should be barely simmering, and you can decrease the beeswax to 1 tbsp. You can use Diluted EOs in plastic as long as it is PET or PETE plastic. (EOs aren’t recommended for under 2y and especially not under 6 months old. The oils will do the job 🙂 ) If you are recycling a deodorant container, make sure that it is thoroughly cleaned.

    If your child has a yeast infection, rub the stick on your hand or fingers to avoid contaminating the stick and reinfecting him/her and if you use a jar don’t double dip. Hope this helps!

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