How do you get the desitin out of the diapers?!

Taylor - posted on 03/31/2010 ( 12 moms have responded )




I feel like a real dummy because I think I must have read somewhere not to use desitin with the cloth diapers, but Liam had diaper rash and... Well, after many washes, they still smell like desitin! I do an overnight soak in hot water, then a wash with 1/2 cup of country save with a dash of borax, and a final rinse with a slosh of vinegar. And they still smell. I'm so tempted to use something harsh like bleach, but I know thats a no no too. On the same topic, does anyone have any recommendations for diaper ointment that doesn't ruin the diapers?


Jan - posted on 04/01/2010




you'll have to strip with blue dawn to get it out, if it's in fleece or other fuzzy kind of fabric you will have to scrub the spots with a scrub brush and dawn, the dawn will cut the grease and hopefully get the cream out. zinc oxide is bad for diapers, but if you used the maximum strength desitin then you have a bigger problem, it contains cod liver oil and when you get that in your diapers it's really hard to get out and your diapers end up smelling like rotten fish. So check the package and hopefully you used the regular without cod liver oil, otherwise you will have a bigger challange ahead of you. Good luck.

Jordan - posted on 12/10/2011




I have not read the previous post, but I would recommend stripping your diapers in Dawn. Diaper Creams and Cloth Diapers just don't mix. *smile* At your health food store there are some creams that you can use with cloth diapers, but we do not use those. We use Olive Oil or Shortening to protect the skin with more frequent changes and air drying for a rash. If she has to have a cream then I put it on her during the day and let her go naked or put her in a disposable. You can use coconut Oil too.

M - posted on 03/31/2010




You'll definitely need to strip them to get the desitin out.

Rockin' Green detergent has an awesome video on their site for how to use their detergent on materials when they keep repelling to make them absorbent again. They also have sample sizes you can buy for $2.50 and they can wash up to 7 loads.

In regards to your second question. Here is a list of recommended cloth diaper friendly diaper rash creams. in parentheses it shows the type of diaper rash it's best recommended for. My personal favorite is Earth Mama Angel Baby Bottom Balm.


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Cindy - posted on 09/21/2013




Angel Baby Bottom Balm is safe for all cloth diapers and will not stain. Blue Dawn original will take out stains from Desitin and you can strip your diapers with RLR.

Apps+8278986302 - posted on 10/14/2011




My LO is having diaper rash issues as well so we are using disposies (ugh) while we need to use Desitin. So question for you....were you using a diaper liner at the time? I want to go back to cloth, but not ruin diapers or cause a whole bunch of work. So, I'm wondering if using a Bumkins diaper liner would prevent the repeling & staining issues???? Thanks!

Aicha - posted on 04/20/2010




I used dawn. Give em a good scrub with blue dawn, original blue dish detergent only.

Jenny - posted on 04/20/2010




I just recently had someone in a nursery put some cream on my baby while using fuzzi bunz (against my request, but oh well, that's another story. :) ) I put blue dawn (original) on all the spots, scrubbed with a toothbrush, washed it through a couple cycles of hot with no detergent then scrubbed it with dawn again, and ran it again a few times, then washed it normally. When it came out, it didn't smell like cream or feel sticky and I couldn't see any spots, so I think I got it all out. hope that helps.

Jenny - posted on 04/05/2010




That happened to us once too. I was told to use dish detergent (for washing dishes by hand) and an old toothbrush. I had to scrub those diapers for about 15-20 minutes each. Then, I washed on super hot (I actually turned the water heater all the way up) with some Calgon in the wash. Then I rinsed on cold several times, until there were no more bubbles. Went through this process 2 or 3 times and then the diapers were better. I believe this is called "stripping" the diapers. Good luck!

Victoria - posted on 04/05/2010




Alot of hot water and detergent. Try stripping with Dawn. I had to use Desetin once in a while. It leaves a grease stain on the diaper. Because it is greasy, hot water and detergent is needed to really get it out and repeated agitation in the washer. As for an alternative, believe it or not, cornstarch baby powder actually worked better for my son than the desetin. Also, make sure you diapers don't have buildup on them. That can contribute to the rash (and even blistering) I know this from experience sadly. BYW using bleach sparingly once in a while is OK if you rinse well. But that wont help with the desetin much.

Karen - posted on 03/31/2010




Bummer! Desitin usually ruins dipes. I can only think of dawn. Give em a good scrub with blue dawn, original blue dish detergent only.

I have rash cream from Ewe Need It (online shop). But if you don't get that I have used A&D with a fleece liner.

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