There’s no getting around it. Mums go through baby wipes in the blink of an eye. Not only to tend to the cleanliness of those tiny little bums, but also to take care for sticky fingers, dirty bare feet and messy mouths too.
Truth is, you end up rubbing them all over your little ones on a daily basis for the first few years of their lives. So you definitely want to choose the right ones—the kind that don’t come with an unwelcome side of toxic chemicals and skin irritants.
Many conventional wipes simply don’t fit the bill of health we’d like them to. They’re packed with some nasty toxic ingredients that we should all avoid using, especially on our babies.
Ingredients like Parabens, Phthalates, PEGS, Propylene, Glycol, Phenoxyethanol — all of which The Environmental Working Group (EWG) ranks among high concern for a combination of endocrine disruption, allergic reactions and skin irritation.
More shocking than that? Some wipes even potentially contain carcinogens like formaldehyde and 1,4 dioxane. (Carcinogens anywhere near a newborn baby’s sensitive skin? As if!) And one commonly used preservative has even been linked to increasing cases of allergic dermatitis.
With mainstream wipes chock-full of so many potential health threats, choosing chemical-free, safe, green baby wipes is a no-brainer. Especially when there are so many great brands making it easier and more affordable than ever to do so.
The best part? You’ve got options.
Just as some mums opt for eco-friendly, cloth nappies, choosing reusable cloth wipes is a great way to avoid the harsh chemicals while simultaneously lowering your household eco-footprint.
There is a range of reusable wipes on the market made from natural fibres like bamboo and cotton. These wipes are naturally absorbent and super soft on baby’s sensitive skin.
They can be used with water or a beautiful natural cleaner such as a Liniment Baby Bum Cleanser. Plus, they’re much kinder to the planet than disposable wipes. Love that.
With so many mums catching wind of the toxic chemicals present in skincare, many new brands are popping up to meet the demand for safer products.
Today, you can find a wide range of non-toxic, disposable baby wipes that are safe, effective and affordable.
Many include nourishing ingredients to naturally soothe baby’s skin and are also biodegradable. A little love for the planet is always a good thing.
The best way to use baby wipes
1. Don’t Flush ‘Em. There’s a common misconception that disposable baby wipes can be flushed. Nope! They do not break down like toilet paper and regularly flushing them will likely lead to plumbing problems in a hurry. Most disposable wipes, unless otherwise stated by the brand, should be disposed of like any other solid waste in the home—via the trash.
Side note: Ever heard of the incident with London’s “fatberg”? Here’s the short of it: A concealed mass of fat, wet wipes and nappies weighing the same as 11 double-decker buses were effectively blocking a section of the city’s sewage system.
2. Compost ‘Em. Another option is the use of biodegradable wipes that can be disposed of in the compost for those mums who have that going on in their homes. Note: only wet wipes, not soiled wipes, can be composted at home due to human waste contamination risks.
3. Wash & Reuse ‘Em. And for reusable wipes, simply toss soiled ones in a wet bag and launder regularly. These are obviously not disposed of at all!
Go ahead and explore your options when it comes to safer, greener alternatives to conventional baby wipes. Your baby’s health and the planet’s health are worth it!