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Non-toxic baby wipes will have no toxic ingredients that can be harmful to your baby. Just because the baby wipes says ‘hypoallergenic’ ‘gentle’ or ‘sensitive’, that doesn’t the baby wipes don’t contain bad ingredients. The only way to really find out is to read the ingredient list and decide for yourself. Most of the wipes contain some kind of preservatives to prevent mold, penetration enhancers to help skin absorb the product easily, or surfactant to clean or reduce the surface tension of water making it easier to remove material. On top of that fragrance or some type of scent is added to make baby wipes smell nice. Some baby wipes also use fragrance agents to mask other smells.
There are two things you should look at when buying baby wipes. First you should make sure no toxic ingredients are included with the baby wipe you are buying. There are dozens of toxic ingredients to avoid in baby wipes such as perfume, parabens, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), triclosan, etc. You can see the full list here on my previous posting.
Second, you should also ensure if the fabric material for the baby wipes are safe. Baby wipes are commonly made of non-woven fabrics. Non-woven fabrics for baby wipes include organic cotton, cotton, rayon or plastic resins such as polyester, polyethylene, and polypropylene. Certified organic cotton will be the best option. Fabric that is biodegradable would be a better option than a non-biodegradable fabric. Plastic resins such polyester or polypropylene are not biodegradable. Also, all plastics, even BPA-free plastics leach hormone-disrupting chemicals according to the University of Texas published the study. Therefore, it’s better to avoid plastic blend material if possible.
I have listed the best non-toxic baby wipes that I like below. My favorites are Joonya Baby Wipes and Jackson Reese Herbal Baby Wipes. I have listed each product’s ingredients, fabric material and EWG’s Skin Deep score. EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database has online profiles for cosmetics and personal care products and their potential hazards and health concerns. It contains ingredients in 70,992 products, 2099 brands. Potential hazards are scored from 1 to 10, hazard score 1 being the lowest and 10 being the highest. They rate each ingredient in the product and also give an overall score to the product. They are a reputable, reliable organization that you can check the safety of the product.
Best Non-Toxic Baby Wipes
Non-toxic baby wipes below does not contain any of the following potential irritants/toxic ingredients:
Phenoxyethanol, Triclosan, Petro Chemicals, Soap, Alcohol, Perfume, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES), Phthalates, Methylisothiazolinone (MIT), Propylene Glycol, butylcarbamate (IPBC), Polyethylene Glycols (PEGs), Parabens, Formaldehyde or Formaldehyde releasing chemicals or unnecessary additives.
Joonya Baby Wipes – Non-Toxic Baby Wipes
Joonya baby wipes‘ ingredients are pretty safe. They use decyl glucoside as a surfactant and silver dihydrogen citrate as a preservative. (highlighted below.) These chemicals have EWG score of only 1. They are also fragrance free. They are infused with Aloe Vera, Chamomile & Jojoba Oil. They are a GOLD medal winner for Australian Mother & Baby Magazine Awards 2017.
EWG’s Skin Deep Score: No data available.
Ingredients: Purified Water, Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract, Silver Dihydrogen Citrate, Citric Acid, Decyl Glucoside, Sodium Citrate
Fabric material: 100% viscose fabric. These wipes are biodegradable. Viscose is made from cellulose which is the most commonly wood pulp. (from a plant such as bamboo)
Water Wipes – Non-Toxic Baby Wipes
Water Wipes are called “the world’s purest wipes,” since they contain nothing but water and grapefruit seed extract. However, since it contains no preservatives, manufacturer recommends to use these wipes within one month of opening. Otherwise, Water Wipes may develop mold after one month once a package is opened. However, since there are no chemicals used in Water Wipes, they leaves no residue on baby’s skin. You can also use these wipes for cleaning baby’s hands and face, adult’s sensitive skin as well as elderly skin. They were awarded National Eczema Association of America Seal of Acceptance. However, there is some contamination concern with its grapefruit extract. EWG’s Skin Deep says a grapefruit extract may have multiple, additive exposure sources, therefore, there are contamination concerns of benzethonium chloride, methrylparaben or triclosan. However, the president of the company said they have done an independent testing and they’ve found no benzethonium chloride, methrylparaben or triclosan in their grapefruit extract. Overall, Water Wipes is rated 1 on EWG’s Skin Deep which is the best score fore safety.
EWG’s Skin Deep Score: 1 (hazard score 1 being the lowest and 10 being the highest)
Ingredients: 99.9% purified water and a drop of fruit extract
Fabric Material: 20% Viscose and 80% Polyester, because of this, only 20% of the wipe material is biodegradable. Therefore, these wipes are not biodegradable.
[Update May 2019] Now, WaterWipes company is disclosing their ingredients as 99.9% water and a drop of fruit extract (contains trace (0.002%) of benzalkonium chloride) Benzalkonium chloride was not listed in the ingredients before. Benzalkonium chloride is a type of cationic surfactant. It is not absorbed through the skin. In a two-year study on rats, there was no evidence of carcinogenic activity. However, it can cause skin, eye, and respiratory irritation and allergies to some people with asthma or skin conditions such as eczema. The amount of benzalkonium chloride is very low so your baby may not be affected at all. My daughter hasn’t had any skin irritation problem at all from it. However, I thought I should let you know that WaterWipes discloses this ingredient in their ingredient list as trace of benzalkonium chloride.
Natracare Organic Cotton Baby Wipes
Natracare Organic Cotton Baby Wipes have the best fabric material, certified organic cotton. They are infused with organic essential oils of chamomile, apricot and sweet almond oil as well as natural plant extracts. One of their ingredients is parfum (highlighted below). Usually, parfum is to be avoided as an ingredient for non-toxic baby wipes because it is composed of many synthetic chemicals. Synthetic parfum (fragrance) has tons of chemicals mixed together and manufacturers are not required to list these ingredients of parfum. Often parfum (fragrance) contains phthalate which is highly toxic. Therefore, parfum has high score of 8 at EWG’s Skin Deep database (high hazard). However, Natracare uses natural scent derived from natural components, not from synthetic chemicals. (organic apricot, organic chamomile and organic linden oils) Therefore, it is safe. Also, potassium solbate is used as a preservative in these wipes. Potassium sorbate scores 3 on EWG’s Skin Deep. It is one of the safer preservative used in baby wipes. This chemical may cause allergies or organ system toxicity (non-reproductive). However, there are limited evidence to prove organ system toxicity as of now. Natracare Organic Cotton Baby Wipes are manufactured in Greece.
EWG’s Skin Deep Score: Not available
Ingredients: Aqua, Olus (oil from rapeseed), Glycerin (made from sugar), Lauryl Glucoside (coconut & sugar based), Polyglyceryl-2-dipolhydroxystearate (complex ester of glycerin & stearic acid), Prunus armeniaca (organic apricot essential oil), Levulinic acid (plant starch based – parfum ingredient from organic acids), Parfum (natural scent derived from several components e.g. geraniol, limonene), Sodium levulinate (plant derived fragrance), Sodium Chloride (salt),Terpineol (from plant oil), Limonene, Linalool, Chamomilla recutita (Organic chamomile), Maltodextrin (starch), Tilia cordata (Organic linden), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower seed oil), Potassium sorbate (potassion salt of sorbic acid), Glyceryl oleate (glycerin & oleic acid), Dicaprylyl carbonate (solid plant-derived fat), Sodium phytate (salt – GM Free corn derived).
Fabric Material: Certified Organic Cotton Cloth
Jackson Reece Herbal Baby Wipes – Non-Toxic Baby Wipes
99% of Jackson Reece Herbal baby wipes’ ingredients are derived from vegetable or plant extracts. That means ingredients are not petroleum-based. Therefore, there is no petrochemicals. It is also 100% bio-degradable with compostable and chlorine free cloth. Aloe Vera and Ylang Ylang oil used in this baby wipes are certified organic.
Potassium solvate is used as a preservative in these wipes. (highlighted below) Potassium sorbate scores 3 on EWG’s Skin Deep. It is one of the safer preservative used in baby wipes. This chemical may cause allergies or organ system toxicity (non-reproductive). However, there are limited evidence to prove organ system toxicity. Also, there is a concern that organic Cananga Odorata (organic Ylang Ylang oil) may have multiple additive exposures. Cananga Odorata (organic Ylang Ylang oil) scored 3 by EWG’s Skin Deep. EWG’s Skin Deep says ylang ylang oil is safe within recommended use or concentration limits. It is designated as safe for people. Overall, these baby wipes scored 2. Compared to many baby wipes out there, this is one of the most safest baby wipes available. Jackson Reece Herbal Baby Wipes are manufactured in United Kingdom.
EWG’s Skin Deep Score: 2 (hazard score 1 being the lowest and 10 being the highest)
Aqua (purified and deionized water), *Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe Vera leaf juice, moisturizer and cleanser), Betaine (humectant derived from vegetable, to help moisturize the skin), Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside (derived from vegetable, gentle cleansing agent which also solubilizes the oils), Levulinic Acid (vegetable derived preservative), Sodium Levulinate (vegetable derived preservative), Glycerin (vegetable based preservative carrier), Potassium Sorbate (preservative), Sodium Citrate (pH adjuster derived from sugar beet), Cananga Odorata Flower Oil (aromatherapy Ylang Ylang oil). *Certified Organic Ingredients: Ylang Ylang Oil Certified Organic by Soil Association Aloe Vera Certified Organic by Mayacert
Their cloth is made from wood pulp (NOT plastic). They are certified compostable, biodegradable and 100% chlorine free.
Bum Boosa Bamboo Baby Wipes – Non-Toxic Baby Wipes
Bum Boosa Bamboo baby wipes are made of plant-based ingredients such as Calendula, Chamomile, and Organic Aloe Vera. These wipes are lightly scented with only essential oils. One of their ingredients is potassium sorbate. (highlighted below.) Potassium sorbate scores 3 on EWG’s Skin Deep. It is used as a preservative in baby wipes. Potassium sorbate is one of the safer perservatives used in baby wipes. This chemical can cause allergies or organ system toxicity (non-reproductive). However, there are limited evidence to prove organ system toxicity. Also, another ingredient, polysorbate 20 has contamination concerns with1,4 dioxane. However, EWG Skin Deep said contaminants not detected for Polysorbate 20 in these wipes. Another ingredient, sodium benzoate scored 2 in these wipes. Sodium benzoate Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive) concerns, however, EWG Skin Deep said these wipes meets restrictions and warnings of this chemical. If you want to avoid sodium benzoate, these wipes are not for you. Some people believe sodium benzoate can be harmful to our health. However, these wipes are a lot more safer than conventional baby wipes with toxic chemicals.
EWG’s Skin Deep Score: 2 (hazard score 1 being the lowest and 10 being the highest)
Ingredients: Purified Water, Vegetable Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe Vera) Leaf, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid, Calendula Extract, Polysorbate 20, Chamomile Flower Extract, Lavandula augustifolia (Lavender) oil, Citrus Sinensis (Sweet Orange) oil.
Fabric Material: bamboo cloth. Bamboo is renewable and biodegradable. Therefore, these wipes are biodegradable.
If you want to see the toxic ingredients in baby wipes, in detail, please read my previous posting, ‘Non-Toxic Baby Wipes Guide – What Toxic Ingredients To Avoid In Baby Wipes’