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Easiest Homemade Diaper Rash Cream DIY

This is the easiest DIY homemade diaper rash cream full of only natural ingredients. It is the best and safest for your baby!

Why do I make my own homemade diaper rash cream?

After having my youngest daughter, I started to get skeptical of all of the ingredients in baby items – lotions, soaps, and diaper creams. I didn’t understand why, like so many other products in our daily lives, baby items had really bad ingredients in them. Not just were they “bad ingredients”, but they were ingredients that I felt weren’t helping solve the problem they were intended to solve. Sure, the diaper cream would take away the diaper rash but to what extent? How could harmful chemicals safely heal my baby’s rash?

That’s when I started to research and my mind was opened to so much information I wish I had known years ago.

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Why add shea butter?

Shea butter is a great natural moisturizer on its own. When you add it to diaper cream, it continues to be a great natural moisturizer that helps heal the diaper rash and keeps it from coming back. Shea butter is a great resource to have on hand. You can use it as a moisturizer for you or your baby. You can also use shea butter to help with dry skin, eczema, and dandruff. This stuff really is amazing!

I use shea butter in my homemade lotion and the whole family loves it! We’re never going back to store-bought lotion (no matter how natural or organic it says it is).

Why add coconut oil?

I add coconut oil to my homemade diaper rash cream to reduce the inflammation of the rash. It is a great moisturizer and rash preventative. If I had a favorite all-natural remedy it would be coconut oil (with aloe vera as a close second)!

Coconut oil is a great ingredient to include in a lot of different homemade things! It is one of those natural ingredients that has endless ways to be used in your everyday life. My family uses coconut oil when we cook, brush our teeth, and I put it in our homemade lotion. We make homemade toothpaste that has coconut oil in it, also!

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Why add aloe vera juice?

Aloe juice is one of those all-encompassing natural remedies that I feel can solve any problem. Having gut issues? Drink aloe vera juice. Have bad acne? Apply aloe. Have a sunburn? Apply aloe vera gel. You can’t go wrong with having aloe on hand!

When making diaper rash cream, if you opt out of using bentonite clay, which I will get into a little bit further down in the post, you will want to add in less aloe vera juice or less coconut oil. Both are very moisturizing and turn into liquids once melted. If you add too much of both, it will make your diaper cream more watery than paste-like. Which you don’t want as this can trap more moisture in your baby’s diaper keeping the diaper rash alive for longer.

Why add zinc oxide?

Zinc oxide is a great barrier to use in diaper rash creams. It is similar to baby powder which acts as a separation from the diaper rash to the diaper. It is a great ingredient that soothes and protects the baby’s little bum!

Zinc oxide is a great remedy for irritations on your skin like burns or cuts. I’m not well versed in all of the ways zinc oxide can be used on your body but I do know the beneficial properties are amazing. It is something I definitely need to look more into. Stay tuned for more homemade recipes using zinc oxide!

Why add bentonite clay?

I have made this diaper rash cream for a few years now and absolutely love it! I have made it with and without bentonite clay but I think it is more fast-acting with the bentonite clay in it.

Bentonite clay helps removes the toxins in your skin. It removes all of the oils and dirt from your skin, as well. This is a great ingredient to include in your diaper rash cream! Bentonite clay will help clean your baby’s skin while protecting it from future diaper rashes or having the diaper rash spread.

An important thing to note if you are not using bentonite clay is that you need to add less coconut oil and aloe vera juice so the diaper rash cream is still creamy and not watery.

Do you need all of these ingredients?

No, you do not need to include all of these ingredients (except zinc oxide) when making your own homemade diaper rash cream. You can easily go without one or two if you do not have them on hand. However, I do highly suggest always adding zinc oxide as it acts as a barrier from the diaper. This is so important when trying to heal the diaper rash quickly.

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Homemade Diaper Rash Cream

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

The easiest homemade diaper rash cream full of only natural ingredients.


  • 1/2 cup shea butter
  • 2 tbs coconut oil
  • 2 tbs aloe vera juice
  • 4 tbs zinc oxide
  • 4 tbs bentonite clay


  1. Gather all of the ingredients
  2. Set your double boiler to low
  3. Stir shea butter and coconut oil until melted
  4. Stir in aloe vera juice
  5. Stir in zinc oxide
  6. Stir in bentonite clay
  7. Once melted down, pour into a glass jar to let cool


Keep in a cool/dry place for up to one year.

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