Monthly Archives: February 2015

Homemade Wipe Spray


During my first days of diapering, I used cloth wipes soaked in a homemade solution. I would mix a batch of solution, and pour over wipes in a plastic wipe container. This worked well, but after a few months, I knew I needed something easier.

Fast forward to today and you will find me making, “Little Bottom Spray.” It’s super easy, and very quick. It’s also easy when out, though we mostly conventional diaper and use biodegradable wipes (brand below) when we are out and about, or at church. Nobody in the nursery wants to deal with cloth diapering! NOBODY has time for that with ten other littles running around. 🙂


  • Easy to use spray bottle (I use a plastic bottle I recycled from the first diaper spray I bought)
  • Water
  • Baby gentle Castille soap (I use Dr. Bronner’s)
  • Sweet orange essential oil (optional)


  • Fill your spray bottle with warm water.
  • Add about three drops of Castille soap (a little goes a long way).
  • Add two or three drops of orange EO. Again, use sparingly. You need just enough to freshen up baby’s bottom. Keep in mind, orange oil will cause skin to become photosensitive in the sun. Do not use if baby’s bottom is bare in the sun!
  • Shake it up!
  • Bingo. You’re done. 🙂




I spray onto a cloth wipe, not Wesley’s bottom. It’s too cold and he is not a fan of cold water on his bum. Who is?


Happy Cloth Diapering,

The Joyful Homemaker

diaper pins colored melonheadz


**Our wipes of choice when not using cloth**

Post 34 of 365 Real Foods Series: Everything Under the Tuscan Sun Soup


“Everything Under the Tuscan Sun” is a funny name for a soup, huh? In this recipe I used Tuscan sea salt. It’s a delicious blend of sea salt, rosemary, lemon peel, and garlic.

Both John and Wesley are sick and we all know sickness calls for soup and rest. I decided to whip up a batch of this soup in hopes of speeding up their healing process. It’s full of vegetable goodness in a bone broth base. You can’t go wrong.


  • 6 to 8 cups of bone broth
  • 2 cups of water
  • About a teaspoon of garlic powder
  • About a tablespoon of Tuscan sea salt (link at bottom)
  • 4 stalks celery, chopped
  • 4 large potatoes, chopped roughly
  • 2 large carrots, chopped
  • 2 large parsnips, chopped
  • 1 large handful of green beans, chopped
  • 2 large, handfuls of frozen peas
  • 2 handfuls of frozen, chopped kale
  • 1 can of corn
  • 1 can of white beans





  • Add broth and water to heavy bottom stock pot and bring to a boil
  • Add spices
  • Start chopping away
  • Add everything
  • Once at a rolling boil, bring down to a simmer
  • Simmer until veggies are soft.
  • And you’re done! 🙂


Enjoy this hearty soup. It’s delicious and easy to make. It’s the perfect soup for a winter’s day.

Happy Homemaking,

The Joyful Homemaker



** Tuscan Sea Salt**