Cloth Diaper Safe Diaper Cream: How to Choose One that Won't Ruin your Diapers

Cloth Diaper Safe Diaper Cream: How to Choose One that Won't Ruin your Diapers

Krystal Keller
3 minute read

Choosing the right cloth diaper safe diaper cream is important in order to maintain the effectiveness of the reusable diapers. Cloth diaper safe diaper cream does not contain zinc oxide or petroleum. Avoiding these ingredients is essential to prevent staining and absorbency issues in your modern reusable diapers.

Below is a detailed look at cloth diaper safe diaper cream. Scroll down to learn more about why petroleum-based creams are not recommended for use with cloth diapers.

Avoid products that contain Zinc Oxide and Petroleum.

Cloth Diaper Safe Diaper Creams:

Aleva Naturals Soothing Diaper Cream »

Angel Baby Bottom Balm

Badger Baby Balm »

BALM! Baby Organic Diaper Balm »

CJ's BUTter Cream »

CJ's BUTter Spritz »

Coconut Oil

DoTERRA Diaper Rash Cream

Dr. Bronner's Organic Magic Balm »

Earth Mama Organic Diaper Cream » (Top Choice, Available at Kinder)

Earth Mama Cloth Diaper Safe Bum Organic Diaper Balm 2 oz Canister

Earth Mama Cloth Diaper Safe Bum Organic Diaper Balm 2 oz Canister


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Eco Sprout Bottom Balm

Eco Sprout Coconut Stick

EmBeba Natural Diaper Rash Cream »

Emily Diaper Skin Soothers »

Era Organics healing ointment for babies

Esembly Everyday Balm » (Top Choice)

Ever Eden Natural Diaper Rash Cream

Grandma El's Diaper Rash Ointment »

GroVia Magic Stick » (Top Choice)

La Petite Creme French Organic Diaper Balm » (Top Choice)

Lhamour Baby Balm

Lusa Organics Booty Balm »

Mambino Little Bottoms Diaper Balm »

Matys Multipurpose Baby Ointment »

Mother Love Diaper Balm »

Noleo 3-in-1 Diaper Care Baby Cream »

Ora's Amazing Baby Salve and Diaper Rash »

Pipette Baby Balm »

Pooter's Skin Therapy

Punkin Butt Bottom Balm »

Thirsties Booty Love »

Thrive Market Organic Baby Balm

Tubby Todd All Over Ointment

Zoey Naturals Diaper Cream »

Don't see the brand you're looking for? Check the ingredients list for Petroleum and/or Zinc Oxide. 


Why Petroleum-Based Diaper Creams Are Not Cloth Diaper Safe

Petroleum-based diaper creams can lead to absorbency issues and repelling when used on textiles. Synthetic fibers, such as microfiber, are particularly prone to build up based absorbency issues. Petroleum is oil based and can cause build-up that affect the diapers' ability to absorb moisture.

However, Petroleum Based diaper creams can be used with natural fibers like cotton, bamboo, and hemp, as they will wash out in a good wash routine that uses hot water. However, at Kinder, we recommend choosing one of the petroleum free options listed above to avoid any preventable diaper cream build up in your cloth diapers. 


Using a Disposable Diaper Liner as a Barrier

To prevent the transfer of diaper cream onto the cloth diaper, some families like to use disposable or reusable diaper liners. Liners can be used as a barrier between the diaper and the ointment. This can help minimize the risk of staining from Zinc Oxide as well as reduce the likelihood of the cream affecting the absorbency of the diaper.

In summary, when selecting a diaper cream for cloth diapers, it's important to opt for products that do not contain zinc oxide or petroleum to prevent staining and absorbency issues. By choosing cloth diaper safe creams and using a disposable or reusable liner as a barrier, parents can ensure the longevity and effectiveness of their cloth diapering routine.

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