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Natural Neosporin Alternative

Neosporin Has Nothing on This DIY Antibacterial Cream

Soothe cuts with this all-natural antibacterial cream that also heals ouchies fast. Made with ingredients that work together in such a helpful way, this balm also calms diaper rash, itchy dry-skin patches, and athlete's foot outbreaks without any chemicals or additives you can't pronounce.

What You'll Need:

  • 4 tablespoons beeswax
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • Small metal bowl
  • Small saucepan
  • Kitchen hand towel
  • 15 drops tea tree oil
  • 10 drops lavender oil
  • 1 tablespoon witch hazel
  • Hand mixer
  • Sealable glass container


  1. Melt the beeswax and coconut oil together by placing a small heatproof bowl over a similar-sized saucepan filled halfway with water, creating a homemade double boiler, or heat in short bursts in a microwave. Beeswax helps hold the cream together, and coconut oil soothes skin and promotes healing with its natural antimicrobial and antibacterial properties.

  1. Once the beeswax and coconut oil have melted together, carefully remove from heat, and place on a flat surface on top of a folded kitchen towel. Slowly add the tea tree and lavender essential oils. Both are antibacterial and antifungal with the extra bonus of lavender's analgesic abilities, which helps with pain. If you're planning on using the antibacterial cream on kiddies, leave out the essential oils, which may irritate delicate skin. The coconut oil has antifungal properties on its own and is safe for children.

  1. Now slowly add the witch hazel to the mixture, and give it a quick whirl with your hand blender. Witch hazel is a natural astringent, which helps clean wounds and also calms bruising and swelling.

  1. To really incorporate the ingredients and create the smooth, jellylike consistency, blend on high for a few seconds. You'll see the cream come together within half a minute.

  1. Spoon the cooled cream into a sealable glass container, and it's ready to use. It should go on smooth, and you should expect a more waxy and balm-like texture. To avoid contaminating the cream, try not to touch it directly with your hands, using a cotton swab or clean tissue to apply to boo-boos. This keeps any stray bacteria that might be on your hands out of your helpful cream.

Makes six ounces of antibacterial cream that is meant to be used topically. Store in a cool spot, and this cream is safe to use.

Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Sarah Lipoff
Join The Conversation
Alice15386324 Alice15386324 3 years
Unless the product is tested, claims should not be made on it. To claim that this cream has nothing on neosporin and it cures everything from diaper rash to athletes feet is a false claim unless lab tested. Was this product lab tested or is the person who put it together just pushing what she does?
Robbie15382221 Robbie15382221 3 years
If you use a CPTG essential oil like doTERRA you can use this on children and babies! I make a balm similar and use Lemon, Lavender and Melaleuca (tea tree oil) in it. My daughter uses a cream like this with Lavender for her newborn. Big difference in essential oils out there, only use oils that are safe.
Sarah-Lipoff Sarah-Lipoff 3 years
Heather - If you're planning on using the cream on children, leave out the lavender and tea tree essential oil. Essential oils can sometimes irritate a young child's skin, which is no fun when you're fixing ouchies! Malisa - Try making with olive oil if coconut isn't an option, which also has natural antibacterial and antimicrobial properties.
Heather15338749 Heather15338749 3 years
You said if you were planning on using it for children to leave out the essential oil. Is that the tea tree and lavender?
Malisa15305269 Malisa15305269 3 years
What can I use other than coconut oil? My husband is allergic to nuts and coconut.
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