Cloth Diaper Safe Diaper Rash Creams UPDATED AGAIN!

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Cloth Diaper Safe Rash Creams Updated is one of All About Cloth Diapers highest read posts. The last time it was updated was back in 2012! Let’s see what has changed in the meantime.rash

Be sure you clear up the underlying problem first; otherwise the rash may keep recurring.

  • Is the rash from ammonia build-up? Does your little one’s tushie look red, like bad sunburn wherever the insert touches. After they pee does it smell so bad that it burns your nose hairs? You may need to strip your diapers. Once you have stripped them and hopefully gotten rid of the ammonia, read this to see ways you can prevent ammonia from coming back.
  • Is the rash yeast? Yeast tends to grow in the folds of baby’s skin, but can grow anywhere on their tush. A yeast rash can look red, irritated and raised. Once it gets worse you may see slightly raised red dots and it may begin to look scaly. You need to disinfect your cloth diapers and treat the rash FAST!
  • Is the rash from product sensitivity? You may need to shop around for another detergent that doesn’t aggravate your baby’s skin the minute it touches it.
  • Is the rash from sensitivity to disposable wipes? All disposable wipes contain chemicals to help clean and possibly moisturize skin. However, they usually aren’t all natural or preservative free. Some little ones are more sensitive to this. Try using cloth wipes and buy or make your own healthy wipes solution.
  • Finally, if all of the above don’t clear up the rash, consider the possibility that there might be an allergy to a material used in the diaper. This is rare and only a very small amount of children have these types of sensitivities. Suede cloth is one thing that may cause a sensitivity. It is made of the same stuff as microfleece (100% polyester). However, it is thinner and more resistant to pilling making it look new longer. Also,  some are allergic to PUL or TPU used in cloth diaper covers. Alternatives include covers made from fleece and wool.

Ok, now that we have the underlying problems clear…here is the list of cloth diaper safe rash creams!


I will be including the original list with Autumn’s remarks about the creams as well as my own. This way you are getting two for the price of one! If I added my comments to a cream on the list I will note it with a (J). The * indicates that it has been personally used by Autumn or I.

Avalon Organics Protective Ointment: (J) This is easily purchased on Amazon.

*Balm! Baby- Diaper Balm: I’ve become heavily dependent on the products made by Taylor House, Inc (THinc.) and love them all.  The Diaper Balm is also a First Aid ointment.  I’ve had many more occasions to use it on myself and the children’s boo-boos than on rashes.

* Bee All Natural Diaper Rash Salve: Quickly clears up rashes from ammonia or sensitivities. The tube can be difficult to squeeze the salve out of but it does fit nicely into a diaper bag.

*Bee Green Naturals CocoBum Cream: (J) Nourishes, protects and heals. This is a creamier blend made by a WAHM. She states on her website, that due to the ingredients used, texture varies depending on the weather and temperature.

*Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Ointment: Yes, this has zinc in it. Zinc is CD safe. It has been known to cause staining for some people. If you have that happen, don’t be alarmed.  I like to use this when I want a good thick barrier cream. 

*California Baby Diaper Rash Cream: can be purchased at many grocery stores and Amazon.  Great aromatherapy scent.  I have this thing about zinc oxide creams, as I apply them I immediately feel at ease as if they work faster and better.  There have been cloth diaper users that claim this product leaves stains on their diapers.  I have not experienced this yet. (J) I also have had no problems with zinc creams. I like that I can buy this in pretty much any local grocery store as well.

* CJ’s BUTTer: I LOVE the spritz, especially the pixie pie scent! I use it after every diaper change.  It keeps Camden smelling good and his skin soft and supple. (J) This is my other favorite that I reach for A LOT! I find if I really want to moisturize, this is the one. It works well when Sophia’s sensitive skin reacts to (a sometimes unknown) irritant. I also love the spritz, but I like the tubs as well. The Love Spell is heavenly smelling!

*Earth Mama Angel Baby Bottom Balm: Use it on anything from bug bites to razor burn to yeast rashes.  Very popular with many cloth diaper manufacturers.  This company knows how to make great products. (J) I love this cream! It’s one of my favorites, read my review to find out more!

Eco Sprout Bottom Balm+

Eco Sprout Coconut Stick: This is a simple stick made up of 100% Organic unrefined virgin coconut oil blended with beeswax and vitamin E oil. Easy application and basic ingredients.

* Grandma El’s: Grandma El’s is my go to recommendation when someone needs a barrier ointment.  I love the smell and wish it was gluten free so I could still use it.

*Growing Up Herbal: This is one you may not have heard of but I think it is wonderful.  The diaper rash cream is great at calming down irritated skin from acidic poo, ammonia and dermatitis.  I’m such a sucker for creamy goodness.  Seriously, I horde these creams and ointments. Meagan Visser is the WAHM behind Growing Up Herbal.  She sent me samples when the herbal line was still under her sister store name of Baby Swank, where she sells adorable Washcloth Bibs. (J) Her store is currently out of stock for this. But maybe if enough people ask, she will get it in stock again!

GroVia Magic Stick Diaper Balm: (J) Made with natural and organic ingredients. Good if you don’t like to get your hands messy. However, because it is touched directly on baby, you will need a separate stick for each child if you have more than one in diapers. GroVia also has a version of this available with zinc in it.

*LuSa Organics Booty Balm: (J) Made with organic ingredients. Good for diaper rashes as well as cuts, scraps, drool rash, windburn and sunburns. I am a big fan of all of the LuSa products.

* MotherLove Diaper Rash and Thrush Ointment: Very versatile.  I’ve used it on fungal spots with great success.

*Organic unrefined virgin coconut oil: (J) This one is nature’s moisturizer. You can find this at any grocery store in their health food section. It is found in solid form. You can apply it by rubbing some between your fingers first. The friction will soften it up enough to be able to apply to little one’s bum. I found this to be a little more work than I wanted to be bothered with; but lots of people use this with great results.

*Pooters Skin Therapy: I turned to this stuff to treat a tick bite Sophia had. I then started to use it on a regular basis on any redness I saw. Cleared it up quickly every time. This is an excellent product for eczema as well.

* Scarlet’s Naturals Hiney Honey Creme: You can read my glowing review here.

* Thirsties Booty Love: An excellent choice to apply every night before bedtime.  Booty Love ointment will protect baby’s sensitive skin throughout the night from moisture and ammonia vapors.  Anytime I used a barrier ointment at night my children wouldn’t have a red bum in the morning if the diaper reeked of ammonia.  Sometimes ammonia can’t be avoided but still needs to be properly washed out.  Make sure you are rinsing well and using a deep cleaning detergent appropriate for your water type.


These are a few common ingredients used in non-cloth diaper safe creams:  cod liver oil, paraffin and petroleum based ingredients. If you see them included on the ingredient list of a rash cream; you should avoid the cream. If you absolutely NEED to use them, I recommend a liner to protect your cloth diapers from repelling issues.

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About Jennifer Reinhardt

Jennifer is a 33 year old WAHM to one beautiful little girl named Sophia. She closed her business, Curves, when she found out she was pregnant so she could stay home with her. Jennifer fell in love with cloth diapers even before Sophia was born and searches for ways every day to share the love!

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39 Responses to “Cloth Diaper Safe Diaper Rash Creams UPDATED AGAIN!”

  1. Cecile L. Says:

    Hi Jennifer,
    I have recently started a company in Florida who manufactures and sells a US-made version of a famous French all natural diaper lotion. It is called La Petite Creme and serves as both a Cleanser and a Lotion. It is composed mostly of Olive Oil and Limewater and is perfectly safe for cloth diapering.
    More at Happy diapering!


  2. laura Says:

    Is Burts Bee’s not ok to use? I have read on other blogs that it is?


  3. Irina Johnson Says:

    Diaper Rash is a serious concern for new born and babies. The best option for parents is to change their diapers every 4-5 hours


  4. Ashlee Says:

    I have some Arbonne Baby diaper rash cream. I have read the ingredients and it does not contain Cod Liver Oil or Parafin. Is it safe? You can see the list of ingredients by following this link:,1520.aspx I am not sure what other ingredients might make it unsafe to use with cloth diapers.


    • Jennifer Reinhardt Says:

      Hi Ashlee! I’ve actually had other people ask me about that one before. The one ingredient I think I would be weary of is the carnuba wax. I personally feel like it might cause repelling issues. I couldn’t really find documentation to support my thoughts, but I would probably use a liner with it myself.


  5. Ivana Says:

    Avalon Organics is NOT CD safe…. (At least in my experience)

    Thank you for this list.. It’s soooooo helpful! :) but..

    I would just like to add I bought the Avalon Organics for my little guy and it ruined all his CD’s.. It took me a couple runs with it to realize they were all stained and felt greasy and coated where it touched the diapers.. After I noticed they started repelling. Now I’m stuck with a toothbrush and dawn trying to save them. Lol


    • Jennifer Reinhardt Says:

      Hi Ivana, Thanks for taking the time to comment! I double checked the ingredients and there doesn’t appear to be anything that would cause issues. That doesn’t mean they can’t happen as nothing is 100%. Any cream should be used sparingly. Enough to get the job done and, in Earth Momma Angel Baby’s words “but not enough to write your name in” :). That is the only thing I can think of that may have happened. Is it possible that you use a lot and it wasn’t washing off the cloth because of the amount? Either way, nothing works for everyone and hopefully you found something that you love!


  6. Nicole Says:

    Have you tried my gypsy child’s happy nappy bum balm?? I use it and absolutely love it!!


  7. Irina Johnson Says:

    Thank You for the list of Creams and ointments that can be use if ones baby suffers from Diaper Rash


  8. Anel Says:

    I didn’t see it on the list, but is the Honest brand’s diaper rash cream safe for CD? Thanks!


  9. Chrissy Says:

    I love Shea Moisture Head To Toe Ointment as well as the CJs Butter & of course coconut oil is amazing for so many things! Shea Moisture said this is CD safe.


    • Hayley Elliott Says:

      Have you had any issues using the Shea Moisture with your cloth? We just started using cloth and the Shea Moisture is what we use for rashes and rash prevention, but we haven’t used it with cloth yet because we weren’t sure if it was cloth safe.


  10. Emily Smith Says:

    I looked on the babyganics website and they say that their diaper creams and ointments are cloth diaper safe – is there any reason they aren’t on the list?


    • Jennifer Reinhardt Says:

      Hey Emily! I am actually working on another update to cover more of the commerically available cd safe creams. I agree, you will should be fine using it.


  11. Jessica Says:

    Has anyone used Burt’s Bees Baby Bee 2-in-1 Cream to Powder? My little one got diaper rash and that cleared it up so fast while keeping his bum soft. However, I used liners on my CD until it cleared up because I wasn’t sure if it was CD safe.


  12. Vanessa O Says:

    I currently have the honest company healing balm and everyone agrees is cloth diaper safe!! So thumbs up on that one!! Honest has recently come out with an actual diaper rash cream (which I also purchased) anyone know if it’s CD safe?


  13. Lauren Says:

    Do you know if the Weleda Baby diaper rash cream is CD safe? I am a FTM and my son is just over a month old. I loved this cream and stocked up when I got it on sale, and have just purchased all of my cloth diapers to start using when my son is big enough. I will be slightly disappointed if I can’t use the cream, but would be more upset if I ruined the CDs!!! Thanks!


    • Jennifer Reinhardt Says:

      Hi Lauren, It is the MOST cd friendly cream, but I think if you use it sparingly or with a liner you should be ok.


  14. Lucy L Says:

    Has anyone heard of or used Waxelene? It is a petroleum alternative. It’s ingredients are organic soybean oil, 100$ natural beeswax, organic rosemary oil, and 100% natural vitamin E oil. It sounds like a great baby bottom product and potentially safe for CDs? Any thoughts??


  15. Louise Tinker Says:

    The Honest Company’s Honest healing balm is great for butt rash and is CD safe too!


  16. tiffanie Says:

    I ordered from CJs this week and it seems that Love Spell is no longer offered :( such a bummer – it smells SO good!


  17. Erin R Says:

    Dumb question here…when something is “CD Safe” – does that mean no liner is necessary? Or do you use a liner but can wash them in the same laundry load? (On that note, can you use CD un-friendly creams with a liner, and wash in same load?) It seems weird to be able to put coconut oil directly on the bum, directly on diaper, without any oil/repelling issues but I’m a FTM due any day now and haven’t plunged into the CD world yet…


    • Jennifer Reinhardt Says:

      Hi Erin, There is no such thing as a dumb question. Smart people ask when they don’t know :) Yes, if it is cloth diaper safe, no liner is necessary. You can apply these creams, throw on the diaper, launder as usual. You shouldn’t have any problems. If you use a non-safe cream you use a liner and it shouldn’t be washed with the diapers. There are paper throw away liners you could use. I hate to say it but if you ever have serious problems and NEED to use a non-CD safe cream, some just use a disposable until they stop needing the cream. Everything won’t seem so confusing once you actually start doing it. And if you do have a question. Just ask! Congrats and good luck!


  18. Andrea Says:

    I would love to know if Thirsties Bootie Love and Mother Love Diaper Rash & Thrush ointment are similar (or the same)in te way they look, feel and smell when used on baby’s bottom. I notice they have practically identical ingredients listed. I love Mother Love Diaper Rash ointment, but have found the Thirsties to be a little more affordable, but haven’t purchased it yet. Also, I feel as if I’m the only one out there with a baby that has a sensitivity to coconut oil. (CJs BUTTer gives her a rash because of it.)


    • Jennifer Reinhardt Says:

      Hi Andrea, Thirsties Bootie Love is a thicker consistency cream. I don’t recall it really having a smell. You could always get a sample of it first to see if you like it.


    • Jennifer Says:

      My baby is sensitive to CJs and coconut at well. :(


  19. Becca Smith Says:

    You mentioned grandma els was not gluten free. Why do you think that? I emailed the manufacturer before I ordered some and they assured me it was. Was the customer representative I spoke to mistaken? I’m concerned because my son’s baby-sitter has Celiacs and I don’t want her reacting to it.


    • Jennifer Reinhardt Says:

      I will double check and get back to you on that Becca! I am not sensitive to glutens but Autumn is. I will let you know what I find out.


    • Jennifer Reinhardt Says:

      Hi Becca, Grandma El’s uses wheat germ oil. Which in someone who is very sensitive can still cause a reaction. Autumn provided me a great link explaining it.

      I also emailed the company and was told that it was gluten free. But it appears it is not wheat free. Thanks!


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