How to Remove Desitin Stains

If your little one has ever had problems with diaper rash, you may have used a product like Desitin ointment. Desitin is a diaper rash cream that contains zinc oxide as its active ingredient. Although Desitin is effective for healing chafed skin, its oily consistency can leave stains on clothing. However, you don't have to get rid of clothes that become stained with Desitin. You can remove the stain if you use the right cleaning techniques.

Step 1

Sprinkle baking soda onto the Desitin stain, and let it sit for five minutes.

Step 2

Brush off the baking soda with a toothbrush. This will help remove some of the oil from the Desitin stain.

Step 3

Fill a sink or container with 1 part warm water to 2 parts white vinegar.

Step 4

Immerse the clothing item in the sink or container, and let it soak for 30 minutes.

Step 5

Remove the clothing item from the sink, and apply a prewash stain remover.

Step 6

Launder the clothing according to the directions on its label.


Charlotte Johnson

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