My son asked me if he was turning into a lizard the other day. I stopped briefly to ponder the question before answering, “No,” because you really never know in our house. Anyway, I asked why he thought he was turning into a reptile and he replied that his skin was scaly. After close inspection, I determined 1) that no, indeed, he was not turning into a lizard, and 2) he did, however, have a seriously bad case of dry skin. So, I told him to put some Aquifor on it and left it at that.
Today, though, he didn’t think he was turning into a lizard. Instead, he was pretty sure his skin was being flayed off his body. Apparently, the dry skin combined with a new found allergy to our laundry detergent (Tide, not the home-made laundry detergent) and his poor skin is completely out of control, dry and inflamed. Poor kid!
To help him, and his brothers, I whipped up a bath powder made with milk and oatmeal to help soothe their skin and thought I’d share my recipe with you.
Milk & Oatmeal Bath Powder
1 cup old fashioned oats (not instant)
1 cup corn starch
2 cups dry milk
There are a couple of ways to use this recipe. The first is to finely grind the ingredients and mix them together (bath powder method). The second is to not grind anything but mix them together and place them into a tea bag, nylon bag, or cheesecloth bag (bath tea bag method).
To make a bath powder, you’ll need to finely grind the oatmeal with either a spice grinder, Magic Bullet, or coffee bean grinder. Basically, you want the oatmeal ground finely enough that it will be suspended in the water evenly and not clump or sink to the bottom.
To test if you oatmeal is finely ground enough for the bath, mix a teaspoonful of ground oatmeal in a glass of water. If the water turns milky and very little oatmeal sinks to the bottom, you’ve found the right consistency.
Once you have your 1 cup of oatmeal ground finely, gently place it into a water proof container (it is, after all, going to be near your tub!). Placing it gently will keep the powder from poofing into your face. Then, scoop the corn starch and dry milk into the container. Close the container tightly and shake it until mixed.
To use the bath powder, use 1/2 cup to 1 cup. I use a 1/2 cup for our regular tub and a full cup for our garden tub.
To make a bath tea bag, don’t bother grinding the oatmeal. Leave it as is but mix it with the corn starch and dry milk. Then, using a piece of cheesecloth place a half cup to one cup in the middle and pull the sides up to close it off. Knot it at the top or tie it off with some string. Just make sure its tight. If you use panty hose, pull part of the hose through itself so it has a double wall. Tie off the bottom part, place the mix inside, and then tie off the top.
To use the bath tea bag, run your water and place the tea bag into the water. Once you’re in the bath, you can gently pat yourself with the cloth bag to get the best effect. The tea bag is also a great alternative for those who prefer showers rather than baths.
Now that my boys are out of the bath and rubbed down with Neutrogena lotion, their skin looks less red and they are a lot happier.