Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Baby Talc Powder Alternative

Did you know that Talc powder is actually considered dangerous, for baby and for you?

Apparently talc is dangerous to inhale and let's face it, short of wearing a face mask, when you sprinkle the stuff it's pretty much impossible to not breath some of it in. In fact, little did you know, what you're breathing in is actually similar in nature to asbestos and can cause cancer, making it a no go option for not only you, but also baby.

With that in mind, I started looking for eco alternatives and found out that cornstarch, whether used straight up or with a bit of essential oils added is pretty much as eco, cost efficient as you can get.

So being a DIY kind of crafty gal that I am, I decided to give it a go.

Here's what I used:

Tea Tree Cornstarch Talc

  • 1/2 cup cornstarch (added bonus: it was already in my kitchen stash)
  • 5-7 drops of tea tree oil (known as an antiseptic and good for rashes, which makes it perfect for a baby's bottom!)

Obviously the oil, when added to the cornstarch, causes it to clump, so I blended it in my coffee grinder (which I use for herbs). Please note that I do not recommend doing this if

  • you use your coffee grinder for coffee as coffee absorbs all flavours
  • you're using fragrance oils, not essential oils
  • you don't know if the oil you're using is organic
  • and MOST IMPORTANTLY if the oil is dangerous when consumed orally
For now I've stored it in an air tight glass container, but I plan on transferring it into a spice jar with a shaker top when it comes to use said concoction on Baby Faye. 

Simple and easy, and better yet, using supplies that I already had handy in the house, thus fitting into my 6 bags challenge on some level (ok, not a bag but in keeping with my goal to purge or use my stashes)!


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