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

Written by: Krystal Keller



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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 »

Get it Now »Aleva Naturals plant-based Diaper Cream is Free of Zinc Oxide, Beeswax, Lanolin, and Perfume to provide comfort for your baby’s bottom.

Angel Baby Bottom Balm

Now known as Earth Mama Organics Diaper Balm. 

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Badger Baby Balm

Organic beeswax and castor oil help to lock in moisture, prevent dryness, and shield the skin from wet diapers. Gluten Free, Cruelty Free, & Non-GMO. No mineral oil.

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BALM! Baby Organic Diaper Balm

Made of an infusion of Mother Earth's most healing herbs into the most healthy oils, this healing balm provides soothing & healing relief for irritated skin due to diaper rash. Leaves skin moisturized and nourished. 

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CJ's BUTter Cream or Spritz

Absorbs quickly into the skin providing deep healing for most skin problems. Once you try it you will find that it will replace any number of products you are already using for a wide variety of purposes.

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Coconut Oil

While coconut oil is generally safe for use with cloth diapers, it can sometimes leave grease stains or feel drying to a baby's skin.

DoTERRA Diaper Rash Cream

Lavender, Carrot Seed, and Tea Tree essential oils, the cream helps balance and soothe the skin, while rich Muyao shea butter works to moisturize, leaving the skin soft and smooth. Non-nano zinc oxide creates a barrier to protect from excess moisture, preventing diaper rash before it starts. 

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Dr. Bronner's Organic Magic Balm

Dr. Bronner's Organic Magic Balms are formulated with organic beeswax to protect against cold, wind & clothes that rub you raw. With organic jojoba, avocado & hemp oil for extra moisture. Soothe your skin!

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Earth Mama Organic Diaper Cream (Top Choice)

Top Choice

Earth Mama Organic Diaper Balm is a thoughtfully formulated diaper cream without zinc, petroleum, preservatives or artificial fragrance to help soothe baby's sensitive diaper area.

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EmBeba Natural Diaper Rash Cream

A natural, effective, and safe solution to diaper rash and skin irritation. Trust us to provide the best organic diaper rash cream for your baby's delicate skin.

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Emily Diaper Skin Soothers

Era Organics Healing Ointment for Babies

Esembly Everyday Balm (Top Choice)

Esembly Everyday Balm » (Top Choice)

Ever Eden Natural Diaper Rash Cream

Grandma El's Diaper Rash Ointment

GroVia Magic Stick (Top Choice)

GroVia Magic Stick » (Top Choice)

Kinder Cloth Diaper Co. Bum Balm (Top Choice)

Our zinc-free, petroleum-free balm contains a calming herbal blend of calendula and lavender to reduce inflammation, and heal and restore damaged skin. Beeswax keeps moisture away by providing a gentle and effective barrier to the skin.

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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

Made with a moisturizing combination of coconut oil, jojoba oil, & Vitamin E, this petroleum-free ointment helps your baby's sensitive skin stay hydrated without allowing wetness irritation.

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Mother Love Diaper Balm

Motherlove Diaper Balm Organic Herbal Diaper Rash Cream—Cloth Diaper Safe, Zinc Oxide- & Petroleum-Free

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Noleo 3-in-1 Diaper Care Baby Cream

A gentle yet effective formulation that includes only 5 essential, natural & safe ingredients, our diaper rash cream for baby skin also leaves your baby's bottom with an invisible line of defense from redness and irritation

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Ora's Amazing Baby Salve and Diaper Rash

This salve is carefully crafted using the utmost care and trusted INGREDIENTS such as organic calendula, burdock, and coconut oil, to yield an effective balm for your baby.

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NOTE: If you suspect a sensitivity to coconut oil, please try our coconut free Newborn Salve.

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Pipette Baby Balm

All the goodness of an ultra-moisturizing balm, in the convenience of a stick you can apply on the go. This vegan, fragrance-free balm stick works wonders on dry little cheeks, chapped lips, rough patches, and sensitive spots, comforting and hydrating parched skin and leaving it kissable soft and smooth.

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Pooter's Skin Therapy

This all-natural, organic soothing balm combines coconut oil, shea and mango butter, and essential oils to naturally treat and prevent eczema.

Punkin Butt Bottom Balm

Punkin Butt’s Bottom Balm uses all natural ingredients to provide relief from rashes and skin irritation around the diaper area and protects the skin from wetness and chafing to avoid irritation.

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Thirsties Booty Love

Use Thirsties Booty Love diaper ointment between diaper changes and after baths to soothe and prevent diaper rash. Contains certified organic oils to moisturize and nourish your baby’s sensitive skin and natural herbs to relieve dry skin and rashes. 

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Thrive Market Organic Baby Balm

Organic Diaper Balm quickly soothes your little one's tush with certified organic botanicals.

Tubby Todd All Over Ointment

A balm for everything! Our rich, creamy ointment made from plant-based ingredients like Jojoba Esters and Camellia Leaf Extract to naturally moisturize and soothe sensitive skin. 

Zoey Naturals Diaper Cream

Formulated with Zinc Oxide and Kaolin Clay, both add hours of skin protection for your baby's bottom. Plus, we've infused plant based nutrients like coconut oil and beeswax that help soothe and heal skin quickly. 

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Don't see the brand you're looking for in the full list of cloth diaper safe diaper rash creams above? 

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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Krystal Keller

Krystal is a cloth diapering mama of two and the owner of Kinder and it's sister brand, Brevity. A reusable diapering expert, Krystal is passionate about helping all families learn how to cloth diaper. Have a specific question? Email our team at

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