Do have any idea what is in your wipes? I didn’t until recently. Knowing what they’re used for, you’d think they’re pretty harmless, right? Think again.
You may think to read the ingredients of what you eat, but it is just as important (or more so) to read what you put on your skin. Sometimes it can actually be more dangerous to put a toxin on your skin than to eat it. This is because when we consume something, our liver can filter it out, while whatever goes on our skin goes straight into our body with no filter.
So what is in those wipes? I grabbed the ingredients off a couple top brands. They both seem to be a pretty good representation. And to be fair, I even looked at the ‘natural’ version of Huggies baby wipes. The results we were still alarming:
Cottonelle Wipes: Water, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Benzoate, Butoxy PEG-4 PG-Amodimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Malic Acid, Sodium Lauryl Glucose Carboxylate, Polysorbate 20, Lauryl Glucoside, Fragrance, Sorbic Acid
Huggies Natural Baby Wipes: Water, Phenoxyethanol, Amoimethicone, Caprylyl Glycol, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Malic Acid, Sodium Citrate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate
While some of those ingredients are fairly harmless, or even beneficial (aloe, water, etc), most are downright harmful! There are hormone disruptors, carcinogens, and many other dangerous chemicals.
Just to give a few examples:
Sodium Benzoate is a toxin that attacks our DNA, changing the mitochondria. Parkinsons, ADHD, asthma, hypertension, and liver disease are just a couple of the ways it harms the body long-term.
Phenoxyethanol is a scientifically proven skin and eye irritant. It is also an endocrine (think adrenals, thyroid, etc) disruptor, and can damage the brain, nervous system, and bladder.
Those are just two of the multiple ingredients. You could look up each one and find a wrap sheet on most of them. And most people are putting them every day on theirs and their babies’, *ahem* sensitive areas. Yikes!
Now, there are a few expensive, natural, less-toxic brands out there. But, in true crunchysquared form, we are suggesting you make them! It’s simple and inexpensive.
(If you simply don’t have the time or interest in making your own wipes, Poof brand wipes are a terrific alternative. Their only ingredients are: 100% Sustainable Plant Materials, Deionized Water, Aloe Vera Extract, and Non-GMO Glycerin (vegetable). Natracare brand is another option, but not quite so pure in its ingredients list. Nothing horrible chemical-wise, but a longer list with a couple questionables. I’d still be more comfortable using them than most brands though.)
BUT, if you are ready to DIY, the following recipe can be used as a personal toilet wipe or a baby wipe. We’ve blended many recipes and tweaked them until we created this one.
BABY/PERSONAL WIPES RECIPE:
1/2 a roll of paper towels, cut down the middle with a knife, blade, saw, or whatever you can hack through it with. (Select-a-size works best. We have used Viva and Sam’s, but are transitioning to Bamboo. More on that soon.)
1 1/2-2 cups of water that has been boiled and cooled to warm (boiling makes it sterile and keeps it from mildewing or growing bacteria)
1 tbs Castile soap (we like Dr. Bronners unscented or almond and scent with our own Young Living essential oils). Cleans skin
1 tbs expeller pressed coconut oil (from Wilderness Family Natural or Young Living’s V-6 blend oil). Conditions skin and is anti microbial
1 tbs witch hazel. Tones and cleans skin well
1 tbs natural aloe (not with preservatives. We like this one). Conditions skin
1 squirt vitamin E oil. Helps preserve and is great for skin
6-8 drops Essential Oil (we usually use Young Living’s Lavender or Citrus for personal care and Lavender or Gentle Baby blend for baby wipes)
Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Place paper towels in a plastic bag or container, then pour the mixture over them evenly. When they are evenly soaked, pull out the cardboard center and that should start your roll. Leave them to finish soaking up the water.
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