Which Diaper Creams are Safe with Cloth Diapers?

Diaper Creams & Cloth Diapers

Good News! If you are regularly changing wet cloth diapers, and washing your diapers thoroughly and with the right detergent, your cloth diapering baby is less likely to experience a cloth diaper diaper rash compared to those that wear disposable diapers. Sometimes rashes happen and we want to help you find the best diaper cream for cloth diapers. 

You can avoid diaper rash by avoiding the following cloth diapering “no-nos”.

  • No dryer sheets: they will leave residue.
  • No conventional stain removers: they will also leave residue.
  • No diaper creams that aren’t cloth safe: These are made to create a barrier on your baby’s bottom, and, guess what? They will also leave a barrier on your diapers, which will inhibit their absorption. Some common diaper cream ingredients that can cause staining, repelling, or odors and should be avoided are as follows: petroleum/petroleum jelly, paraffin, cod liver oil and calamine.
  • See our top diaper rash creams below for cloth diapers, including what we think are the best natural diaper rash cream options!

Every baby develops a rash at some point, and you may experience some diaper cream build up on your cloth diapers.  Cloth diaper safe creams should wash out without any problems. But if you need a little extra help to remove build up, try this!

TIP! Use a natural, plant-based and fragrance free dishwashing detergent to help remove stubborn diaper cream build-up. The grease fighting ingredients work wonders. Apply a spot treatment and a little elbow grease and your diapers are good as new! After treatment, wash regularly in the washing machine with your favourite cloth diaper detergent.

A diaper cream that is "cloth diaper safe" means that it will not affect its absorption and effectiveness. 

We’ve put together a list of our top diaper rash creams that are cloth diaper safe & effective:

1 Aleva Naturals Soothing Diaper Cream: A smooth, non-greasy formulation.

Ingredients: Water/Eau, Aloe Barbadensis* Leaf Juice, Butyrospermum Parkii*(Shea Butter) Seed Oil, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Stearic Acid, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycerin, Propanediol, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Olea Europaea* (Olive) Fruit Oil, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Glyceryl Caprylate, Glyceryl Undecylenate, Juniperus Communis Fruit Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil.

2Aden & Anais Mum & Bub Soothing Ointment: Free of phytoestrogen, parabens, petroleum oils, phthalates, gluten and soy. It does contain fragrance though so may not be ideal for super sensitive skin.

Ingredients: Vegediv Oil, Beeswax, Euphorbia Canifera (Candelilla) Wax, Rus Succedanea Fruit Wax, Water, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Canola Oil, Fragrance, Glycerin (Vegediv), Benzyl Alcohol and Benzyl Benzoate

3Angel Baby Bottom Balm: Can be used for diaper rash, soothing to thrush, itchy bug bites, scrapes, chicken pox, minor rashes, and burns.

Ingredients: Olea europaea (organic olive) oil, Calendula officinalis (organic calendula) extract, Hypericum perforatum (organic St. John's wort) extract, Stellaria media (organic chickweed) extract, Plantago major (organic plantain extract), Butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, Euphorbia antisyphilitica (candelilla), Simmondsia chinensis (organic jojoba) oil, proprietary blend of Lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil, Melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) oil and Commiphora myrrha (myrrh) oil.


4California Baby: Best for light rash care.

Ingredients: Ultra-purified lanolin, vitamin-grade zinc (12%) and vitamin E, in addition to organic tea tree and aloe vera, proprietary Calming aromatherapy blend which includes French lavender, known for its soothing, antibacterial, and healing properties.

5CJ's BUTTer Ointment and Stick: Helpful when dealing with eczema and dry skin.

Ingredients: Shea butter, olive oil, coconut oil, cocoa butter (deodorized), Vitamin E and essential oils.

6Grovia Magic Stick: Used for minor rashes and as a protective layer from wetness.

Ingredients: Vitis vinifera (Grapeseed) Oil, Apis mellifera (Beeswax), Limmnanthes alba (Meadowfoam) Oil, Simmondsia chinensis (Organic Jojoba) Oil, Butyrospermun parkii (Shea) Oil, Rosa mosqueta (Organic Rosehip) and a proprietary blend of essential oils.

7Honest Company Organic Healing Balm: Includes beeswax which is a naturally anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-allergenic, and germicidal.

Ingredients: Zinc Oxide (14%), helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, olea europa (olive) oil, Cera Alba (beeswax), Cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grapeseed) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) oil, Butyrospermum Parkil (Shea) Butter, Calophyllum Inophyllum (Tamanu) Oil, Tocopherol, Salva Sclarea (Clary Sage) Oil.

8Motherlove Diaper Rash and Thrush: Effective at stubborn rashes, especially those caused by yeast.

Ingredients: Extra virgin olive oil*, beeswax*, oregon grape root, myrrh gum, yarrow herb*, calendula flower* *certified organic ingredient.

9WeledaCalendula Diaper Care: Designed as a wetness protection barrier.

Ingredients: Beeswax, Benzyl Benzoate*, Benzyl Salicylate*, Calendula, Chamomile, Geraniol*, Glyceryl Linoleate, Hectorite, Lanolin, Limonene*, Linalool*, Sweet Almond, Sesame, Water, Zinc Oxide. * from natural essential oils.



10Earth Mama Organic Baby Face Nose & Cheek Balm:
For drooling chins and drippy noses

Ingredients : Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Beeswax*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Flower Extract*  *Organic




Zinc oxide creates a barrier against moisture,  and can be very effective against diaper rash. However,  because since zinc tends to stain, we do recommend you use a liner or sheet to make sure you protect your diaper. 

Diaper creams that contain zinc oxide are safe in small quantities, but it is recommended you use it with a liner to avoid staining, and white/grey marks.Check out our Disposable Bamboo Cloth Diaper Liners to help protect your diaper from any cloth diaper cream staining. 

Cloth Diaper Safe creams with Zinc:

1 ABC Arbonne Baby Care® Diaper Rash Cream

Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis) Leaf Juice This ingredient is an excellent, natural moisturizing agent.  

Chamomile (Chamomilla recutita matricaria) and Calendula (Calendula officinalis) Flower Extracts
These flower extracts contain natural moisturizing properties that soothe and calm.

2 Live Clean Baby Soothing Oatmeal Relief Diaper Ointment

Ingredients: Live Clean Baby Soothing Oatmeal Relief Diaper Ointment is naturally derived with colloidal oatmeal and certified organic botanicals to help soothe baby's skin and prevent chaffing. This diaper cream provides a protective moisture barrier keeping your baby comfortable all day long.


Ingredients: Active Ingredient: Zinc oxide 40% Inactive Ingredients:prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, beeswax, lanolin, ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, glyceryl rosinate, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, hydrogenated castor oil, olea europaea (olive) oil unsaponifiables, anthemis nobilis flower oil, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) flower, lavandula hybrida oil, calendula officinalis flower extract, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, tocopherol, glycine soja (soybean) oil, canola oil.

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