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Homemade Antibacterial Cream


This homemade antibacterial cream is a must-have for every mom’s first aid kit!

Summer is on it’s way (and coming fast!), and you know what that means, right? Lots of playing outside, and lots of ouchies.

homemade antibacterial cream

In fact, if you live as far south as I do (which really isn’t that far), you’re already seeing 80+ degree days and plenty of skinned knees.

When I was a kid, my mom always had some sort of salve on hand to treat our scrapes and bruises. Usually in a small jelly jar, usually green. A homemade antibacterial cream.

That was the method: clean it, put salve on it, stick a band aid over it.

homemade antibacterial cream with essential oils

So the first time my husband cut himself after we got married and went tearing through the medicine cabinet shouting “where’s the triple antibiotic ointment?!”, I didn’t know what he was talking about.

I handed him homemade salve. He took it and said “thanks, but I need antibiotic ointment too”.

I replied with “What? No you don’t, that stuff’s not good for you.”

He replied saying that homemade salve wouldn’t kill the bacteria. I shrugged. I mean, hey, I’m still alive and still have all my toes.

But here’s the thing; antibiotic ointments are great at killing the bad bacteria, but not so great at nourishing your body and helping it along in the healing process the way so many homemade bath and beauty products do.

That’s why my mom was such a stickler for those homemade salves.

The essential oils in them – and even the coconut oil – kill those yucky germs, doing the antibiotic job, but then they go on to provide nutrients to help the body do its own job of healing.

I’m not sure I’ll ever convince my husband that we don’t need triple antibiotic ointment from the drugstore in our first aid kit, though he does use our homemade foaming hand soap, but I will tell you hat we haven’t used it in years.

It’s homemade homemade antibacterial cream all the way for us, baby!

Homemade Antibacterial Cream



  1. Using a double boiler, combine coconut oil, olive oil, and beeswax together.making antibacterial cream
  2. Melt.
  3. Then add essential oils and mix well.adding essential oils to homemade antibacterial cream
  4. Pour into small glass container and allow to cool to room temperature.
  5. Use on boo boo’s, cuts and scrapes. Or, let’s be honest, just to soften your hands, because it’s almost as awesome for that as homemade lotion bars!

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  1. I love this! Definitely want to try it. My first thought was, can I use some Melaleuca oil in the mix? I’m not sure I have frankincense right now, so maybe that would be an acceptable substitute. Thanks for any feedback!

  2. i am diabetic and have skin ulcers on my arms, hands, legs. . I would like a body lotion that could moisturize and heal my skin. Is this recipe for specific small wounds or can i use it as a body balm as well. And if not, is there a general direction in which you can help me find a recipe that will help me find what i am looking for.

    Thank you so much

  3. Love your recipe! I am a big fan of essential oils and eco-friendly, organic products. It is not only good for our health, but also for skin and even nature. I want to try your recipe today, all the ingredients are really easy to find and I even think I have everything for this at home 🙂 By the way, my favorite essential oil is lavender.

  4. Hi – What’s the quantity based on the above amounts of ingredients? For example, will it fill a 4 oz jar?

  5. I followed the recipe but the finished product is really hard what have I done wrong and how can I rescue the finished hard product ?

    1. you did nothing wrong. same thing for me. i just added another 1T. almond oil & another 1T coconut oil and remelted. 2T beeswax is too much for the amount of oil.

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