Diaper rash ointments and creams can cause diapers to repel and not function properly, especially creams that are zinc oxide based (you know, that white sticky stuff).
If your baby requires the use of these kind of products, you should use them sparingly and pair it with the use a liner such as Bummis Bio Soft Liners between baby and the diaper to make sure none of the cream touches the diaper.
If you mistakenly get diaper rash ointment on your diaper and experience repelling as a result, wash your diapers normally with the hottest water you can get and then apply some dishwashing liquid, like Original Blue Dawn, to the affected area in the sink. Scrub the affected area with a toothbrush or other soft bristle brush. Rinse the diaper out thoroughly to get rid of most of the suds and then wash it again normally with your regular diaper laundry. While this is a suggested method, it may not always work (depends on the ingredients that were in the cream). Diapers affected by diaper rash ointments are not covered by warranties. (Note: never put Dawn or any other dishwashing liquid in your washing machine).
The good news is that many cloth diapered babies experience little or no diaper rash 🙂
Some excellent cloth diaper safe ointments are available when needed to help soothe and heal rashes. Therapeutic Blend Delish Naturals Yum Bum Butter is our personal favorite. What makes them cloth diaper safe is their low melting point (ie. they easily rinse out completely during a hot wash cycle).
You can also try pure lanolin (the stuff you use for sore nipples while breastfeeding), coconut oil or cornstarch based baby powder if the skin on baby’s diaper area needs some temporary healing assistance.
Creams and powders do not need to be used at every change once the rash has cleared. **Do not use cornstarch if baby has a yeast rash**
Also, if you are using disposable wipes and you find baby has a persistent rash, they may be sensitive to the chemicals and preservatives and switching to cloth wipes will solve the problem. For info on using cloth wipes look here.