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No goo goo, all ga ga: DIY baby wash.

by The Nitty Gritty Team
Do It Yourself

If you've got a baby on your hands, making this baby-mild pure castile soap baby wash is probably the easiest thing you'll do today. But before we get to the 3-ingredient recipe, we'd like to reaffirm that babies do not need to be washed daily. They just don't get that dirty. Until they do, of course. Poop just has a way of getting everywhere. It really is quite something to behold. But bathing a baby too much can cause dry skin and irritation. So unless they're covered in doody, three baths a week will do the trick. At least until they're mobile.

Surprise, surprise: we're using Cove Unscented Castile soap in this baby wash recipe. It's great for baby's delicate skin because it's gently cleansing and free of synthetic colors, fragrances, foaming agents and preservatives that can irritate little bodies and big bodies alike. Then we add organic coconut or almond oil to moisturize. If you're not a fan, you can swap them out for a nourishing oil of your choice. Avocado, jojoba, or olive oil are nice alternatives. Adding essential oils is also a thing. We'll get to that a little later. 

Without further ado-do, here's the recipe:

Cove No Goo Goo Baby Wash

Makes 8 ounces.


  • A jar or soap dispenser
  • 1/2 cup Cove Unscented Castile liquid soap
  • 1/2 cup distilled water
  • 2 tablespoons organic coconut or almond oil
  • Optional: baby-safe essential oil of your choice


  1. Add water to jar or soap dispenser. 
  2. Pour in Cove Unscented Castile soap.
  3. Add coconut, almond, or nourishing oil of your choice. 
  4. If you're adding essential oils, add those too. 
  5. Shake well to combine. 

You're done. If only actual bath time were that easy, huh?

How to use it:

Your ingredients will separate, so shake well before each use. Apply a small amount on a wet washcloth or right onto baby's skin, and gently massage into a lather. Always avoid the eyes (duh), and keep in mind that, like with any natural product that isn't packed with preservatives, it's best to use this baby wash up within a few weeks of making it. In other words, don't get all excited about how easy it is to make, and whip up a year's worth in one go. Make it as you need it.

Essential Optional oils:

Essential oils can add a yummy, subtle scent to your baby wash, as well as therapeutic benefits. Lavender is a favorite for calming before bedtime. Citrus adds a nice refreshing zing. 

If you want to skip the added step and expense of essential oils, choose a Castile liquid soap that already contains them. Cove Lavender, Tea Rose, and Citrus are made with certified organic essential oils, and baby-approved. That said, you can't go wrong with Cove Unscented


Keep clean simple, baby.

Know of a hack that makes bath time a breeze? Share it with the Cove community in the comments! Unless it's playing "Baby Shark" on repeat. Been there. Done that. Got the migraine.

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