Works for Me: frugal spa bath at home

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Recently Little Man (16 months now!) has been experiencing skin rashes. We’re trying to figure out what’s causing it – an allergy to the detergent, something he ate, who knows… But, the treatment of it has been key to dealing with the problem. We’ve been using bath products recommended by a dermatologist and lotions recommended by the same dermatologist. And that does a great job. But the dermatologist also recommended that we buy Aveeno’s bath powder. I checked that out, and the main ingredient is oatmeal. And $9. (gasp!)

So I did some research, and it turns out you can make your own colloidal bath powder from whatever oatmeal you have at home. Quick-cooking, instant, slow cooking, as long as it’s unflavored it all works pretty much the same.

Blend it in your food processor or coffee grinder until you have a fine, consistent powder. To ensure that it has the colloidal property, dissolve 1 TSP in a glass of warm water. The oatmeal should blend easily with the water and be absorbed into it. It should give the water a milky look and silky feel. If not, blend a bit more and try again. You can use it immediately, or store it in an airtight container for later.

At bath time, sprinkle a handful (or about 1/3 cup if you’re a measurer) into the bath and swirl the water around a bit to mix it in and dissolve everything.

This works great to treat rashes, sunburn, chicken pox, or just to soften your skin for a nice relaxing bath. That’s what works for me. Check out Rocks in My Dryer for more Works For Me ideas.

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  1. That’s really interesting to know. Thanks for the info. We have always used baking powder (bicarbonate of soda) in a cool bath to help treat chicken pox. It really works well in drying out the spots and helping get rid of them.

    I’ll give oatmeal a go next time we have problems with the little ones and their skin!

    Thanks.

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