Using Essential Oils with Cloth Diapers

by Maria on April 19, 2009

I began using cloth diapers for my second son a few months ago. (It’s part of my Pale Shade of Green initiative for 2009.) I’ve settled on a great routine, found the cloth diapers I like best, and am now enjoying line-drying my diapers in the warm, sunny weather.


My only complaint? Dirty diapers stink. There’s no way to sugarcoat it. They smell awful. Some kids have smellier urine than others, and it appears that my five-month-old has urine that’s pretty high on the stink scale. When I dump my wet bag into the laundry I seriously consider wearing a facemask.

Recently, I formulated some natural ways to combat smelly cloth diapers with essential oils.

I’d love to share them with you, and please feel free to share them with other cloth diapering moms!

Antibacterial Diaper Pail Spray

15 drops of Lemon Essential Oil
15 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil
4 oz Water in Spray Bottle

This is a VERY concentrated spray. DO NOT use on skin or surfaces your baby will come into contact with. I just give a few good squirts into the pail every time I drop a dirty diaper in. I also spray the outside of the pail once in a while to help combat germs. (Make this blend fresh every few weeks.)

Laundry Boost

During your initial cold water soak, add 4 drops of Tea Tree and 4 drops of Lavender. Let it agitate for a minute or so to mix in it. I soak my cloth diapers overnight in the washing machine in cold water, along with the essential oils, and once in a while with some oxygen bleach. If you dry your diapers in the sun, the aroma from the essential oils will fade, but the diapers won’t stink!

You can also add a few drops of Lemon, Tea Tree, Lavender, or an essential oil of your choosing to the tag on the inside of your Wet Bag to combat odor.

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Maria Mora has worked on and off with Andrea Butje and Cindy Black since the inception of Aromatics International in 2006. With a background in writing and marketing, she enjoys assisting the talented Aromahead team with spreading their amazing wealth of knowledge. She looks forward to attending the Aromahead Institute's Aromatherapy Certification Program in the fall of 2008, and hopes that her next son waits to arrive until she's done with the last segment of the class.

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Dani January 23, 2015 at 10:24 am

I am so glad I stumbled across this! I don’t know why I haven’t thought of this before! Now that it’s winter in Michigan, my daughter’s diapers are NASTY since line drying in the sun isn’t really an option right now. I hate using bleach on them, but it’s the only thing that has worked! I’m so excited about this that I may just wash a load of diapers for the fun of it! 😉


Rafael Halbritter August 20, 2012 at 5:16 am

Awesome webblog! I just love your blog!! Rafael Halbritter


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