Monday, January 10, 2011

Cornstarch – The Wonder Ingredient!

Corn starch: a good source of calcium!

*I stole this picture from the internet…I’ve never seen this brand before.

Back when I dropped off the face of the blog-world, we went to visit my sister-in-law’s family in their new home.  They have 5 kids, and they’re one of the most amazing families ever.  I feel like I won the family lottery when I married Rick! 

Anyway, when we were there, Jack had a pretty bad diaper rash.  The only time he ever gets a rash is when he’s eaten something acidic, is teething, or some other foods I haven’t figured out yet.  Basically, it’s always because of what he puts into his belly, not from the diapers themselves.  With cloth diapers, you can’t use creams to sooth the burn.  You can’t use petroleum jelly or anything that will leave a residue on the diaper after it’s washed.  So what do you do? 

You use cornstarch!!  Now, how did I come to gain that wealth of information?  From my sister-in-law of course!  She learned it from her mother when her kids were little.  I can’t explain why it works, but after just one or two diaper changes all traces of ‘red bottom’ are gone!  Every time!  It is the most amazing thing to me.  Here I was trying coconut oil and tea tree oil to help coat and sooth his bottom – both are okay to use with cloth and have healing properties – but it was taking a day or two for the burn to go away. 

I can’t get over how amazing this wonder ingredient is.  It’s one of those things that I want to shout from the mountain tops : “Hey!! I found a CHEAP and FAST way to heal your baby’s burning bottom!!!!”   Maybe I’ll just stick to shouting it from my blog.

I hope this helps at least one baby’s bottom out there!


  1. Wow, I did not know this. I use cloth diapers on Little Lady, but had never before. Do you just sprinkle on them or the in the diaper.
    BTW, Clabber Girl is the brand of baking powder I use. How funny that you have never seen it. :)

  2. Thanks so much for sharing this! I'm so sharing this with my blog readers! thank you. I'm linking your blog :) thank you thank you!


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