When I started worrying about chemicals, one of the first changes I made was my baby wipes. After all, you are wiping your baby's genitals with those several times a day. Have you ever wondered how they keep baby wipes wet, without them "going bad"? I used Costco wipes (900 wipes for around $30 or 3 cents each, the cheapest you can find as far as I know) and here is the list of ingredients for those 2007 Costco wipes (the current Costco wipes have a new formulation):
- Propylene Glycol
- Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice
- Tocopheryl Acetate
- PEG-75 Lanolin
- Disodium Cocamphodiacetate
- Polysorbate 20
- Citric Acid
- Disodium Phosphate
- Disodium EDTA
- 3-Diol, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate
Environmental Working Group's Safety Guide to Children's Personal Care Products recommends avoiding these ingredients in baby wipes:
- 2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1,3-Diol (or Bronopol) - Allergen and irritant that can form cancer-causing contaminants
- DMDM Hydantoin - Allergen and irritant that can form cancer-causing contaminants
- Fragrance - Allergens that may contain neurotoxic or hormone-disrupting chemicals
When I eventually switched to cloth diapers about 2 years ago, I discovered that cloth wipes are FAR superior to disposable wipes. They are one of the things I love about cloth diapers. When I travel and use disposables, I miss my cloth wipes. Even when my husband was not yet in love with cloth, he had to admit that cloth wipes are the bomb.
I use Kissaluvs Awesome Knit Terry Wipes (Unbleached), and, folks, they are awesome. One side is thick terry loops and the other side is smooth -- perfect for cleaning up poopy messes. I usually start with the loopy side and finish off with the smooth side. They are 8" square and fit perfectly in your hand. Folded in half, they fit in a standard wipes container.
We keep a small basket of dry wipes in the bathroom. I get 7 or 8 wipes at a time, get the whole stack wet and wring them out all at once and then place the stack in a wipes container (leftover from my disposable diaper days) by my changing stand. That takes about 30 seconds and I do it every 2-3 days. (I used to keep dry wipes and a spray bottle of water by the changing stand. This way is much easier.) The wet wipes don't get completely dry (even though I don't use a lid) and they never smell bad. You can buy natural stuff to add to your wipes solution to make them antifungal, antibacterital and nice-smelling, but I don't find that necessary. Normal poops require one cloth wipe. Extraordinary poops require 2. They also work well to clean off my toddler when he poops in his underpants. I may have even used a cloth wipe myself when I discovered that we were out of toilet paper after using the bathroom.
Wiping my baby's bottom with cloth wipes and water works for me. I love cloth wipes! (This post is part of the blog carnivals Works for Me Wednesday and Things I Love Thursdays).
What are the ingredients of your baby wipes?