Getting Baby Butz Stains Out of Cloth Fabrics and Diapers

A common concern that cloth diapering parents have about zinc-containing diaper rash cream is that the zinc can potentially stain their diapers. Although, it is true that zinc can build up and discolour cloth diapers and other fabrics it does not actually “ruin” them. In fact, the belief that zinc ruins fabrics isn’t necessarily true. With a little bit of elbow grease, and the right “know-how” you can actually remove the zinc staining and put your cloth fabrics back to the original condition.


How To Get Baby Butz Out Of Cloth Diapers and Other Fabrics

Whether you forget to line your cloth diaper or accidentally get some Baby Butz on your clothes when changing your baby, there is a way to get those stains out. We have a tried and true Baby Butz removal strategy that works to get the stains out and get the zinc out!

Here is what you need:

Butter Knife

Baking Soda

Dish Detergent or Baby Shampoo

White Vinegar


1. Scrape With The Butter Knife
Scrape away any remain “globs” of the diaper rash cream with the flat side of a butter knife or any other dull utensil. Make sure that you do this as soon as you can before the diaper rash cream is dried onto the fabric.


2. Get the Baking Soda

Sprinkle baking soda generously onto the stain. Let it sit for about an hour, the baking soda should absorb the grease from the diaper rash cream. Use a tooth brush or other soft tool to brush away the baking soda.


3. Fill A Sink With Hot Water & Baby Shampoo (Or Detergent)

Soak the fabric in a sink of hot water and then ring it out. While still wet gently scrub out the remaining zinc diaper rash stain.


*4. Soak in White Vinegar

To replenish the colour and remove the stain completely soak the fabric in white vinegar.


5. Wash Normally in Washing Machine

After following steps 1-5 wash the cloth diaper or garment as you regularly would to remove the vinegar smell and finish the cleaning process. Then dry it according to the instructions on the tag.


If all goes as planned your fabric should be as good as new!
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