Have you ever checked the ingredients on your baby wipes? I hadn’t either. The Cosmetics Database gives you a complete list and a hazard rating of the different brands of wipes. For instance:
Pampers Clean and Go Wipes Contain
Water, Disodium EDTA, Xanthan Gum, Caprylic Triglyceride, PEG 40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Benzyl Alcohol, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Sodium Hydroxymethlyglycinate, Citric Acid, Fragrance
Clean and Go Wipes are given a 5 for hazard (out of 10) and warnings include possible allergies, immunotoxicity and organ system toxicity. Yikes!
Huggies Cucumber and Green Tea Wipes
Ingredients: Water, Potassium Laureth Phosphate, Glycerin, Polysorbate 20, DMDM Hydantoin, Tetrasodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Malic Acid, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Zea Mays (Corn) Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Fragrance
These wipes have a hazard rating of 7 and ingredients have been linked to cancer, immunotoxicity, allergies, developmental problems, reproductive toxicity, organ dysfunction, endocrine disruption and cellular changes.
What’s a concerned mom to do?!
I found out that there are natural alternatives, including wipes made from bamboo, but they are very expensive! There’s recipes for homemade baby wipes, that suggested using baby oil (mineral oil) and baby lotion- which are not safe. I figured that if you could make your own with those ingredients, you could make a natural version too!
I finally have a great recipe for baby wipes that is healthier and cheaper.
I have also used the Viva brand cloth-like paper towels with this spray if I am somewhere without laundry machines. I love the select-a-size because one sheet seems to be the right amount.
Homemade Baby Wipe Ingredients
- 1 3/4 cups boiled water (or distilled)-cooled but still warm – (can just use regular water if you use them in less than a week )
- 1 Tablespoon of pure aloe vera
- 1 Tablespoon of pure Witch Hazel Extract
- 1 Tablespoon of Liquid Castile Soap…I like Dr. Bronner’s
- 10 drops Grapefruit Seed Extract or 2 capsules of Vitamin E (optional)
- 1 teaspoon of Olive or Almond Oil (optional)
- Essential Oils of choice
How to Make Natural Baby Wipe Solution
1. In bowl or quart size jar mix the water, aloe, witch hazel, castile soap, GSE/Vitamin E and oil and stir.
2. Add essential oils if desired and stir.
3. Use as you would regular wipes, and smile, knowing you are not causing your beautiful child any future health problems!
Note: If your child has extremely sensitive skin, you may need to leave out the essential oils or use calendula or chamomile.
Here’s how to make reusable wipes...
Use old receiving blankets or t-shirts. Cut into 8×8 squares. fold them into old wipes containers and pour the same mixture (above) onto them or spray on each wipe with a spray bottle before using.
Making your own wipes takes very little time and is a great alternative to store bought wipes.
If you are cloth diapering, it’s easy to wash wipes too. Many cloth diaper services also offer a cloth wipe option.
I’ve been making this solution for all of Lillian’s life. She has had exactly TWO diaper rashes in 18 months. One was during some teething-induced diarrhea and we were away for the weekend using regular Kirkland/Costco brand wipes. Those chemical wipes irritated her little bottom so much more, especially once the skin was broken.
The second diaper rash made me suspect a dairy intolerance. Taking her off the cow’s milk (she’s fine with cheese and yogurt) and using our soothing spray resolved it within days.