How to Get Rid of Yeast on Cloth Diapers

It’s one word that can strike fear into the heart of any parent. We’ve all heard the nightmare stories of reinfections and constant cycles of treatment…

YEAST…

But let’s get a little real for a minute.

The nightmares we read about online and hear from other parents are sometimes a little exaggerated. Kind of like ‘the fish was **THIS** big’ stories that fishermen sometimes tell. ;)

If you handle this the right way the first time, you shouldn’t have an unending cycle of yeast infections on your baby. (Keywords: How to Sanitize, How to Disinfect, Sanitizing, Disinfecting)

It’s important to know if the rash you are dealing with is really yeast in the first place. Other rashes often look similar and can be misdiagnosed as yeast. Consult this post for descriptions of a few common baby rashes and see if your little one’s rash looks anything like one described.  If you can’t figure out what a rash is or it isn’t clearing up, call your pediatrician.

If you are looking for more information on treating yeast on your baby, you should check this out: Killing the Dreaded Yeast Monster.

 

How to get rid of the yeast on cloth diapers: 

You need to decide if you are going to continue to use your cloth diapers or go with disposables during treatment.

  • If you use disposable diapers, you only need to treat the cloth diapers once.
  • If you choose to stay in cloth, be sure you are using a liner with the treatment cream if it’s a prescription or not otherwise CD safe. A cut up t-shirt will work as a liner. You can also purchase a disposable liner that is something like this. You will have to treat cloth diapers each time they are washed while treating the yeast on your baby. Depending how often you are washing and how long the treatment lasts, this could be 2-3 times.

Every family’s needs are different and either way will work. Go with what works best for you and your family. There is no wrong answer here.

Chlorine Bleach: Chlorine bleach is a common disinfectant. The downside is that straight bleach will ruin your clothes; be careful what you’re wearing when handling it. Color safe bleach doesn’t disinfect; make sure you don’t grab that by mistake. Also, not all bleaches are created equal. For disinfection, purchase a bleach that has at least 5.25% sodium hypochlorite.

Never pour bleach directly into the machine as it can ruin/weaken the fabrics it touches before diluting. Do not mix bleaches. This means don’t mix chlorine bleach with oxygen bleach or color safe bleach. Use only one bleach to avoid a potentially hazardous chemical reaction.

Bleach is the second most common disinfectant after hot water. It is very effective and kills just about everything. The major cons of using bleach are that it can ruin laundry items if used improperly and can cause fabric to wear out/fade more quickly. It is dangerous to directly inhale and while it kills yeast, it doesn’t kill yeast spores (for yeast spore killing, see Grapefruit Seed Extract below).

You may have heard to only use cold water when disinfecting with bleach. Per Clorox, “As long as label instructions are followed, you can be confident that the laundry is safely and effectively disinfected regardless of the water temperature. – See more at: https://www.clorox.com/dr-laundry/proper-water-temperature-for-disinfecting/#sthash.6evMgcVe.dpuf “. Hot water aids in cleaning and stain fighting power. (If I you have a choice, that is what I recommend.)

To disinfect: Use warm or hot water and soak clean diapers for 15 minutes. Then rinse until odor is gone. Here are the dilution ratios for various load sizes:

Top Loader:           Small- 1/3 cup, Med- 1/2 cup, Large- 3/4 cup
Top Loader (HE): Small- 1/4 cup, Med- 1/3 cup, Large- 1/2 cup
Bathtub:                 1/2 full- 1/2 cup
Bucket:                   1 Tablespoon per gallon of water

Grapefruit Seed Extract: Synthesized from the seeds and pulp of the grapefruit, it’s a very broad spectrum microbicide, bactericide, fungicide, antiparasitic, and anti-viral.  Grapefruit Seed Extract has shown to be effective at killing yeast spores. It also kills staph, strep, salmonella, e.coli., herpes and influenza!

GSE has been tested and found to be anywhere from 10 to 100 times more effective against these offending microorganisms than chlorine bleach, tea tree oil, colloidal silver, and iodine.It is becoming the disinfectant of choice in hospitals, too!

It can be expensive, so the other options on here are far more economical for other disinfecting, but when it comes to yeast – this is the single most effective way to stop it in its tracks on your clothing and cloth diapers. You can buy it at your local health food store or on Amazon. One treatment usually takes one bottle of GSE which runs about $9.

This is not a natural alternative. There are limited studies, but the existing ones point to the preservatives in GSE and not the actual GSE being the disinfectant. So I will say that this is an effective option, but not a natural one.

For more evidence of GSE as a disinfecting agent, please see: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12165191

To Disinfect: Use 4 ounces of GSE to a load of large load of laundry, this can be added right to your normal wash cycle. Wash and dry normally. You should treat everything that was touched including wipes, wet bags as well as all cloth diapers.

**If you can’t use bleach or GSE due to sensitivities, you can also use hydrogen peroxide to disinfect. Please go here for more details and directions.**

The Real Diaper Association has a yeast study on effectiveness of various laundry treatments. I think it is very interesting and I share it often. To see it for yourself, click here.

I’d love to hear from you! Has your child ever had a yeast infection? How did you effectively treat it?

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About Jennifer Reinhardt

Jenn is a WAHM to two beautiful little girls. Sophia (4.5 years old) and Norah (4 months). She closed her business, Curves, when she found out she was pregnant so she could stay home with her first daughter. Now Jenn spends her time spreading the love of fluff and sharing common sense answers that help to make cloth diapers easy for everyone.

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111 Responses to “How to Get Rid of Yeast on Cloth Diapers”

  1. Dandi D Says:

    Thankfully, we haven’t had this yet, but it’s really good to know!

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  2. katie Says:

    We haven’t had to deal with yeast at all but glad to know of my options if it ever comes up. I think we would go with the disposable diapers while it cleared up so it wasn’t as much work.

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  3. Heather brown Says:

    By a few days old my lo had a yeast infection and it was such a pain to treat and it made my heart hurt for him.

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  4. Heather Johnson Says:

    I want to try Pooters for extremely dry, sensitive skin.

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    • Ragan Says:

      I was trying to find some pooters diapers and cream but the link isn’t working, does anyone know if the website changed?

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  5. tara Says:

    My poor little guy has had a diaper rash since he was one week old. He had to have a prescription cream to clear it up but it’s coming back and I would love something natural like this to use instead of a harsh prescription!

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  6. andre o-c Says:

    Our dauters skin is so sensitive and yeast is Big In our house- will have to give this a try!

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  7. Erin Says:

    Dealing with a teething-related rash right now. Would like to try this treatment.

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  8. Sara W Says:

    Myself and both my boys have horrible eczema and I would love to try somethING that will help it

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  9. jacquelyn Matties Says:

    Would love this for ammonia burn.

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  10. Tiffany Tomlinson Says:

    We’ve got eczema y just getting over a fungal rash

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  11. Kayla Says:

    It would be great for my dry skin and baby’s awful acid teething poo rash!

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  12. julia rick Says:

    My two sons have eczema and my baby girl has battled yeast so many times!

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  13. Gladys Aguilar Says:

    My daughter has always had eczema and I hope this baby doesn’t. I will still get this even if I dont win just in case

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  14. rose brown Says:

    So glad I ran across this. I was cursed with yeast with my first and second. This time will be different. Thank you

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  15. Jennifer Dahl Says:

    I would love to win because my twins are due anyday and i think this would come In handy
    We will be using cloth!

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  16. aaron reck Says:

    I have such painful and dry skin. This would be great for my little one as she does as well. :/

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  17. Sophia Ferar Says:

    I used to deal with yeast infections all the time. They are the worst. They stopped for the most part once I started to wash my own diapers.

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  18. Angel Emory-Smith Says:

    We would love to try for my rainbow princess eczema. Thank you for all the great and helpful information.

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  19. tiffany yates Says:

    I would really like pooters for eczama.

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  20. Jessica Says:

    I was so happy to see this in my inbox today! Were battling a yeast rash at the moment and since this is a first for us I had no idea how or what to do about it! Thanks so much! I need pooters cream in my life right now because of this nasty yeast!!

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  21. Julie Keyworth Says:

    My son has eczema and it would be great to have something that would help! Also yeast is a monster to get rid of!

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  22. rebecca.kurlak Says:

    I would love to try this because I have 2 in diapers and love pooters diapers for night! Thank you for the chance!

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  23. danielle siggins Says:

    I would love to try this on my son, Baiden has extremely sensitive skin and eczema! we also have extremely hard water and have battled ammonia burn a number of times and with his sensitive skin it wasn’t fUN at all!!!! I have to use Paul Mitchell tea tree shampoo on him and I’m very limited to lotions and soaps also! It’s been hard trying to find something that helps and doesn’t further worsen his skin problems! This would be awesome to try!

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  24. Katy Says:

    When my triplets had yeast in cloth, I tried EVERYTHING to get it to go away. Bleach soaks (multiple times) did not work at all. I finally stumbled upon Grapefruit Seed Extract when researching ways to kill yeast spores and ordered a bottle. That stuff is a miracle! It’s the only thing that worked for us. It actually takes very little GSE to be effective. One small bottle has lasted us for over 2 years. (We’ve only had yeast once, but it was a bear; now we use the GSE for laundry and other disinfecting purposes when we have strep and other infections.) During the yeast breakout, I used 50 drops directly into the tub of the washer during the hot wash cycle. I also used 5 drops per ounce of water in my wipes solution to use on the babies. Diluted to that amount, it didn’t hurt the girls’ skin, and it cleared up the rash. AMAZING.

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  25. Amanda B Says:

    My two year old has suffered with severe eczema in his diaper area. We’ve been to his pediatricians office more than 9 times and have literally been thru every doctor there. They all have suggested their own treatments,creams and oils. After switching to cloth his eczema calmed down but it was short lived. He screams and cries constantly and wakes up multiple times during the night from itching. This momma is at her wits end!!. I want him to enjoy being a “normal two year old!”

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  26. Lizzie LaTour Says:

    I’d love to try this! My baby girl wilol be in in a couple months!

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  27. Brenda P Says:

    We’d love to try the Pooters! My daughter seems to have very sensitive skin and gets rashes easily. This would probably help her a lot.

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  28. Sarah o Says:

    My babe keeps getting yeast infections then when I have got it under control the grandmas feed her sugar. It would be nice to have something that works and that is safe to use !!!

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  29. Krystal Flowers Says:

    My two littles have eczema and it would be nice to find something that works!

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  30. Monique Eckert Says:

    we need it because we have three in cloth!

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  31. Brittany P Says:

    We had a problem with a yeast rash when my little guy was about 3 months. It felt like it lasted forever and was really frustrating. We ended up switching to disposable diapers for aatime, so I could bleach our stash. I then used liners and lotrimin to get rid of it.

    My little guy has pretty sensitive skin, so this stuff would be great to have on hand!

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  32. Tiffany Says:

    My 19m old has her first yeast rash

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  33. Amy Hyslop Carr Says:

    Definitely need it for eczema!

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  34. Jessica Funderburk Says:

    It doesn’t take much to irritate our youngest child’s skin and when it does, even the tiniest bit, she acts like someone is torturing her. Sometimes it won’t be visible at all and she’ll cringe and scream. Her skin is so incredibly sensitive.

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  35. Lauren Simms Says:

    I need skin therapy for ammonia burns mostly with some occasional eczema and rare yeast!

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  36. Candy Workman Says:

    I need a just in my life for eczema!

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  37. Linsey Says:

    My daughter gets red easy so want to try new things.

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  38. Sarah Elyce Says:

    I would use this for diaper rash/eczema issues.

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  39. Kellan L Says:

    Would love this for my little man!

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  40. Jessica CG Says:

    Since my husband and I each have some form of sensitive skin (eczema and contact dermatitis), would be nice to have for baby just in case.

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  41. Shelby Clerkley Says:

    We just got over yeast. We’re sadly in disposables for a few more days to keep from having to bleach our diapers more than the initial disinfect when it was diagnosed. I would love to have this on hand should we ever have this problem again. I miss my cloth and I know my boy is too! He doesn’t sleep as well I’m sposies :(

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  42. Brooke Warren Says:

    I would love this for diaper rash. Nothing we use that is CD safe seems to work.

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  43. Sabina Says:

    I would love to try out on my kids and myself.

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  44. Tisha Says:

    We could use it for treating eczema. We love trying new natural products. Our goal is to try and keep the toxins exposed to our baby to a minimum. Thank you for all the great information and awesome give-a-ways!

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  45. Amy Somero Says:

    I need to try this!
    I dealt with horrible yeast between my daughter and I for a year! (Before using cloth). I will never use antibiotic for yeast again!! Plus a few of my kids and I have dealt with excema also! So, now with #6 due in 3 days, I really would like to have this on hand to try.

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  46. Shanna Ridener Says:

    Would love to try the Pooters Skin Cream for ammonia rash…haven’t had to deal with yeast but ammonia seems to crop up more frequently than I care to deal with!

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  47. crysten Says:

    Anything natural is something in willing to tru. I’ve had an excema flat up for a couple weeks on my arm and can’t get it to go away. B is love to try this!

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  48. Lee Dixon Says:

    my son has very delicate and sensitive skin.

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  49. Michelle scheibel Says:

    I would love this for super dry skin!

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  50. Kayla Akers Says:

    We NEED this right now actually. The article more than the cream but I would love to give this product a try for all of my littles and myself. Me and all 3 kids have eczema AND my 3 week old baby has a yeast infection right now. Yesterday was her first FULL day using only CD!! I’M SO PROUD of myself and hubby! We are comitted to CD and only used sposies that we were finishing up from the hospital since it was easier to use sposies in the wee hours of the morning those first couple weeks. Hubby works 2 jobs so he’s perpetually tired & I’m lucky enough to have a man who let’s me sleep at night while HE gets up to get the baby (aside from breastfeeding). :) thanks for this info btw!!

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  51. Amanda D Says:

    My son has eczema, but no problems with yeast. I would love to give Pooters a try. If we do ever have a yeast issue I know where to find my help. Thanks for this post.

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  52. Tabatha Lan Says:

    I would love for eczema. :)

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  53. Erica McKeel Says:

    My oldest daughter has terrible eczema. I feel lile I have tried so many types of diaper creams but I haven’t tried pooters yet. I would like to win one to offset the $ I’ve wasted trying other brands.

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  54. Nrsoul713 Says:

    I’d like to try Pooters for baby’s eczema. We haven’t dealt with yeast yet luckily.

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  55. Chelsea Says:

    my LO is prone to diaper rash, & we haven’t found a cream that works good.

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  56. Ashley Thompson Says:

    I would love to try some of the Pooters Skin Therapy. My son has been battling yeast infections since he was born. He just turned 6 months and have had to keep using disposables till he gets rid of the yeast. Then we battle with reg rashes. I would love to keep using our cloth diapers and am wondering if this could be our solution!

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  57. Ashton Says:

    We will begin using cloth once our third little girl is born in July. Would be really nice to already have this on hand. Just in case.

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  58. Melissa Marlow Says:

    I’ve tried a few different brands of cloth diaper safe creams with my oldest and never really found one I loved. Now with baby #2 in cloth, I’m still tring new options and would love to give this a try.

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  59. Michele Blakely Says:

    I’d love to try some to help with my kids’ eczema. :)

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  60. Shilo Wheatley Says:

    We have never had a problem with yeast but we do battle eczema! Would love to try this!

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  61. Emma Says:

    Wow I’ll be. Trying to gae! Thanks

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  62. Jessica J Says:

    my almost 6mo little guy has been on an amoxicillin regimen since 6 days old due to a bum kidney. antibiotics make for some runny poo!

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  63. Clotia Sanders Says:

    i would love to have this for my baby girl who is arriving in june for diaper rash.

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  64. Clotia Sanders Says:

    i would like to have this when i have my baby for rash. she will be here in june

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  65. Vanessa P Says:

    My son has terrible excema in the winter- would love to try this.

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  66. Melinda Williamson Says:

    My DH and LO both have severe eczema. When I first got with DH the doctors had him on a prescription lotion that was actually making his eczema worse! I got him into using natural products, and he is sooo much better! We would love to try the Pooters skin therapy though!

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  67. Ashlie Says:

    our little one has eczema poor guy!

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  68. Lindsey Eckert Says:

    We get really bad eczema (myself and my son) so we would love to share some Pooters skin therapy :)

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  69. Heather Hendley Says:

    No yeast but she does have eczema would love to try it!

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  70. Mary Beth ramirez Says:

    9 month old has yeast problems due to antibiotics

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  71. LMarie Weeks Says:

    Mamma and baby both have excema

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  72. Rhiannon Hartley Says:

    I was just reading this in my email! I’d love this balm because we’re currently fighting yeast and have been for two weeks. I’m afraid the antibiotic isn’t going to do the trick!

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    • Jennifer Reinhardt Says:

      Is it possible the rash isn’t really yeast. Sometimes people need a pediatric dermatologist to get to the bottom of an ongoing skin issue. Good Luck!

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  73. Monica Jean Says:

    This looks wonderful! Luckily we’ve never struggled with yeast, but my son has always had eczema. It’s a long term struggle for sure! Now I want to try this :)

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  74. jodi Armstrong Says:

    Id love to try this for diaper rash, dry skin spots and amonia burn.

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  75. laura Says:

    i need this because my son has a rash and i cant figure out what to do!

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  76. K Marcano Says:

    We are fighting eczema and we haven’t found anything that works yet. Trying to find a topical solution is becoming expensive. My son has gotten to the age where he can’t keep his claws off, so along with the dry itchy patches, he sometimes has sores. I feel so bad for him, I hope to find a solution soon!

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  77. Nora Says:

    We would love to try this balm because both of my girls have exzema and can’t seem to find anything great for it thst isn’t ful of 10000 chemicals and unexplainable ingredients

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  78. Lindsay Says:

    We need the pooters cream because all 3 of my little boys and I have eczema and psoriasis. When the seasons change,the troubles start. Maybe, hopefully this is the miracle in a jar for us!

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  79. Shawnna webber Says:

    We would love something else to try for my daughters eczema… We are having such a hard time finding something that works and doesn’t feel like she’s being caked in 10 layers of goo :(

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  80. Jessica Martinez Says:

    About to have a preemie in the NICU and apparently yeast infections are common with all the antibiotics they are out on, so I would really love to try this!!

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  81. Charlotte R Says:

    I’d like to have something like this on hand when our first LO arrives.

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  82. Kelly Harris Says:

    All four of my girls have always dealt with ezema and I would love to try this on them! I haven’t found anything that works other than steroid creams and they don’t last so I won’t use it on them anymore.

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  83. Kierstian Says:

    We need poorers because we have been battling a reoccurring rash that blisters with yeast treatments and steroids for pain and still nothing … Little one is allergic to disposable diapers and the doctors are sure I must be reinfecting her with the cloth going to see about that oil !!! Something has to give !!!

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  84. Kimmy Says:

    I would love to try it on my new baby

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  85. alex mclemore Says:

    I need it because I currently only use desiten. It seems to be the only thing I can cure his rash with. I have heard great things about this product and would love to try it.

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  86. Kaitlin K Says:

    I need Poorers due to yeast/skin rashes.

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  87. Angie Noffsinger Says:

    No baby here just YET but soon :) my husband has very sensitive skin, so I think it would be great to have some options to try.

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  88. Katie Rosa Says:

    Thank you so much for this post! Yeast is my biggest fears with my diapers and I wasn’t soaking when I bleached! Thank you for the info! I need this info so the next time yeast rash shows up on my littlest, I won’t panic!

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    • Jennifer Reinhardt Says:

      Katie, I am personally not a bleach user. I’ve never had the need. I’ve always found another way to deal with any issue I was having. As moms we always have so much going on. Our diapers shouldn’t add to our already heavy load <3

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  89. Rikka Korte Says:

    We just fought the yeast battle twice in the past month and a half. (Both caused by antibiotics after a major injury) luckily it has cleared up now, but this s would be nice to try in the future!

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  90. Keely chapman Says:

    I need this rash cream because my daughter gets yeast infections quite often and both of my kids share diapers so she ends up sharing the infection with her brother before I catch it. It’s extremely hard to get rid of the ones she gets. This would be an absolute blessing to us!

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  91. Tiffany Says:

    Somehow we didn’t have a yeast rash when we had thrush,and I am so grateful! I would love to try Pooters on my eczema actually.

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  92. Brook Huffman Says:

    Our little one has eczema. I’d love to see if this product helps. A friend has a daughter with it also…so I’d share. :-)

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  93. Theresa Fogle Says:

    I’m expecting my second child(31 weeks) and I’m an extremely tight budget. thank you so much for giving instructions on proper bleaching as well! You can never know enough. ;)

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  94. Amy Says:

    i need this because of yeast rash issues. Thanks!!

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  95. Ciara smith Says:

    I need it bc my daughter has ecemia really bad on her butt legs and belly

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  96. Laura Word Says:

    I need it because my little girl has a rash that won’t go away. We went to the foctor and prescribed something but it’s noy natural. I wondered if this works.

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    • Jennifer Reinhardt Says:

      Clearing your baby’s rash is important Laura. If you went to the doctor and he gave you an RX, it’s ok to use it. We all do whatever we can to keep our children healthy. I understand you want to try to stay as natural as possible. But if you don’t have anything else on hand, use what you have to heal. <3

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    • Kayla Akers Says:

      Try coconut oil! Straight raw organic coconut oil! A little goes a long way so don’t cake it on but it works! I’ve been prescribed Nystatin for my LO’s before and tried CO and got faster results for the littles! Which was better on me too since I didn’t have to feel so bad for it hurting them longer every time I had to wipe them with every diaper change. :)

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  97. Rebecca Shaffer Says:

    Thank you for actually providing good bleaching instructions. Yeast is nothing to mess with and glitter and prayer isn’t going to help it. There is entirely too much bad advice out there.

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    • Jennifer Reinhardt Says:

      Rebecca, Thanks for commenting! There is plenty of good advice out there as well. It is up to us as consumers and parents to do thorough research and use common sense before making a decision that affects our family. But remember there is never only one way to do anything. That is just not how the world works. Personally, if I were treating yeast I wouldn’t use bleach , I’d go the GSE route. :)

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  98. Rachael F Says:

    we are fighting eczema and having a hard time with fining a cloth friendly solution.

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  99. Kelly T Says:

    I need this for baby girl when she is born!

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