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Hello! I use a mix of pocket diapers (mostly Fuzzibunz) and prefolds/covers. My daughter had a bad case of diaper rash and in the search for a cure I used Desitin, Balmex and Triple Paste on her and continued to use cloth. I had read about those diaper creams being a no-no with cloth but I just hate to use disposables. Well, lesson learned. Now my pocket diapers are leaking. I have stripped and stripped with no effect. I’ve also scrubbed them individually with dish soap and stripped again. Do you have any advice on how to get the diaper cream out of the pocket diapers?
Thank you so much!
Oh noes! I hope the diaper rash is all cleared up, and of course you know now to use a thin layer of “cloth safe” diaper rash cream, or use fleece liners!
You said you have already tried scrubbing with dawn; my first thought would be to put them in a sink full of very (very) hot water, and put dawn directly on the areas where the cream has gotten onto the diapers. Scrub the insides and outsides of the pockets with a nail brush and rinse, rinse rinse.
If you’ve already done this and they are still repelling, it may be the zinc oxide that’s causing it. Try soaking the pockets in white vinegar, then rinsing them again in hot water.
If this takes care of the repelling, but there’s still some discoloration, try hanging them in the sun while they are still wet.
Has anyone else had repelling due to diaper rash cream? What worked for you?