My Favorite DIY Milk Bath Recipe

Confession: I love taking baths.

I know they aren’t great for your skin if you take them often and too hot. But I love a hot bath. I’m talking skin-is-red-when-I-get-out-cheeks-super-flushed hot bath. I like to think that I’ve burned off a layer of skin so I can start fresh a new layer post-bath 😛

Now that Elizabeth is able to sit up for a bit on her own, or with less support, I love taking baths with her! I get my bath fix in while getting her stinky, little baby self clean. The only downside is that I can’t have the water as hot as I would if I was solo. Sigh.

Once a week I’ll do a milk bath for us to enjoy together. Most recipes I found call for breast milk that you’re going to toss out due to it expiring, or milk you would otherwise “pump and dump.” I don’t breastfeed, so that really didn’t work for me. I did find one (via Mom Off Track) that doesn’t call for breast milk, and also leaves both our skin soft and smooth! Elizabeth hasn’t really ever had a diaper rash, but sometimes if she is in her car seat for a while due to an outing, her little bum gets a tiny bit red from sweat since it’s been so hot and humid lately in SoCal. I like to bust out this super simple milk bath recipe for those occasions.

*Note: the original recipe calls for some different measurements than the ones I list below

DIY Milk Bath

-1 1/4 cup powdered milk

-1/4 cup baking soda

-1/4 cornstarch

-4-6 drops essential/aromatherapy oil of your choice (I used the “Serenity” Calming Blend from DoTerra)

Combine all ingredients in a bowl (I use a fork to mix everything together).



Store in a jar with a lid. Wait 24 hours before using the mixture to let the oil soak in. The mixture can be used for around four baths with a 1/2 cup each time. You can easily double or triple the recipe to make more, if desired!




2 thoughts on “My Favorite DIY Milk Bath Recipe

    1. It’s so great! Elizabeth rarely has a red booty but as soon as she sits in this for a bit any trace of redness is gone. It’s also smells nice 🙂 Hopefully you and Marlon can be bath buddies too!


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