Will Grandma Els Cause Repelling?

Does Grandma Els cause repelling?

One of the precautions you must remember to take with cloth diapers is to avoid using just any old diaper cream on the shelves of your local supermarket or big-box store. Using a particularly pasty or greasy ointment can lead to a cloth diaper woe known as repelling, in which the fibers of the cloth aren’t able to absorb moisture properly because the residue from the ointment doesn’t wash away completely without some serious extra scrubbing.

A number of diaper creams and ointments – including Grandma Els – claim to be “cloth diaper friendly”, but many of us still wonder if we should use a liner in the diaper as a precaution just in case too much of the ointment touches the surface of the diaper. After all, most of the cloth-friendly ointments still include some type of disclaimer about how they can’t be held responsible for damages to diapers.

For example, the Grandma Els homepage clearly states:

“While Grandma Els works well with many brands of cloth diapers, there may be some brands or styles with which it may not. Grandma Els is not responsible for possible damages to cloth diapers or clothes.”

Of course, you can’t blame a company for putting out a disclaimer like that. They have no control over how much ointment you use, what kind of diapers you have, or how you wash the diapers. If someone makes a habit of using enormous globs of ointment and then washes their diapers in a high-efficiency machine with lukewarm water, there’s a good chance that the diapers will eventually show signs of repelling.

I took my sincere question to Google, which magically finished my question about Grandma Els being cloth-diaper safe. I’m not the only one hungry to know: “Will Grandma Els cause repelling?”

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The first time I smelled a tiny sample packet of Grandma Els, it whisked me back to the days of playing with my collection of Strawberry Shortcake figurines. Needless to say, I was hooked on the sweet scent. I also appreciate the fact that it’s a little thicker than most other cloth-friendly ointments. It’s my go-to tube when my baby has a slightly red bottom, and usually after  just one or two uses, his skin clears right up. I have never used a liner and never had a repelling problem.

But I wanted to know: Will Grandma Els cause repelling in my cloth diapers if I try really hard and use a TON of it?! 

I devised a little experiment:

  1. Take two clean diapers – an unbleached cotton prefold and a bumGenius 4.0 – and mark a target on each.
  2. Test the time it takes each diaper to absorb 50 mL of water under pressure within the target area.
  3. Smear an entire teaspoon of Grandma Els on each target. Let it sit for an hour.
  4. Rinse off the diapers with a sprayer; put through regular laundry routine.
  5. Re-test the time it takes each diaper to absorb 50 mL of water within the target area.

Test for repelling with Grandma Els

The results?

  • The prefold absorbed the water in 16.5 seconds the first time and 17.1 seconds the next time (a 4% increase).
  • The bumGenius absorbed the water in 19.3 and 20.5 seconds, respectively (a 6% increase).

Although there was a slight increase in the speed of absorption, it was not significant enough to cause a leak if these diapers had been worn by a baby. In addition, I don’t think anyone in their right mind would use that much ointment on that small of an area!

Therefore, I’m happy I can now *officially* recommend Grandma Els Diaper Rash Remedy & Prevention as truly cloth-diaper safe based on my own personal diaper wrecking attempt.

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