One of many wonderful reasons that people love to cloth diaper is the reduction in skin irritation and diaper rash.  100% cotton is the softest thing for a baby’s bum and there are no chemicals or unnatural products in the diapers!  We at Green Diaper Babies believe that this is the safest option for babies.  Our parents love cloth because they rarely deal with red bums and unhappy babies.

But, there are times to use diaper creams and we know they can be helpful in many instances, so here are some resources for you.


Certain ingredients and therefore rash creams are considered “unsafe” for cloth diapers because they can stain and leave a residue on the diapers which comprises the absorbing capabilities of the diaper. Additionally, this build up can lead to bacteria growth if diapers aren’t properly washed. This is why we ask customers to avoid these products, although our strong washers can sanitize even the toughest stains!

AVOID products that have these as the main ingredients:

  • Fish Oil
  • Zinc Oxide
  • Calamine
  • Paraffin
  • Petroleum Jelly
  • Mineral Oil (greasy)

Popular Examples of cloth unfriendly rash creams are:

But sometimes these rash creams are the only thing that seem to tackle the rash or your pediatrician recommended a particular brand for baby’s needs. Thankfully there are ways around it! One option is to switch to disposables until baby’s rash clears up (with our services this is an easy swap!). Another option is to layer flushable liners in the diaper while using the cream to prevent it from staining.


Have no fear, there are plenty of effective AND cloth-safe rash creams out there. Often these products are free of the harsh chemicals found in many other products. We even sell some of these products in the Green Diaper Babies’ store so they can be easily thrown in with your weekly delivery!

Cloth-safe main ingredients:

  • Beeswax
  • Vitamin E
  • Lanolin
  • Coconut Oil
  • Shea Butter
  • Grapeseed Oil
  • Olive Oil
  • Cocoa Butter

Popular Examples of cloth friendly rash creams are:


The best way to get rid of a diaper rash is to find the cause! Baby’s skin is often the first one to tell you if something isn’t right for baby, although it can be tricky to pinpoint the issue. Learn more about what causes diaper rashes from our other blog post! If you have questions about whether the products you are using a cloth diaper safe, just shoot us an email at and we are happy to help!