Traditional baby wipes are disposable cloths used to cleanse a baby’s bottom during diaper changes. Many parents also keep them on hand to wiping sticky fingers and hands or even cleaning up spills on the go. Disposable diaper wipes are infused with a number of chemicals in order to improve their cleaning power. Unfortunately, these chemicals include toxic detergents, fragrances, preservatives, and even alcohol. Disposable wipes are also usually sold in disposable plastic tubs that add to their waste.
Look for non-toxic diaper wipes like those from Seventh Generation. According to their website, Seventh Generation diaper wipes contain the following ingredients: water, Polysorbate 20 (a cleansing agent derived from sugar), glycerin (soothes and cleanses skin, vegetable-oil derived), citric acid (provides stability and pH balance), potassium sorbate (a natural preservative), aloe barbadensis gel (helps heal skin), and tocopherol acetate (Vitamin E acetate, helps heal skin.)
Save money and the planet by making your own all-natural baby wipes at home. Here’s how:
- Water (boiled and cooled)
- Cleanser (eco-baby wash) or grapeseed oil extract
- Lotion (aloe vera, organic olive oil)
- Small scraps of reusable cloths
Mix all ingredients together and store in an air-tight container or spray bottle. When changing diapers, simply wet cloths with the solution and use to clean you baby’s bottom. Place the wipes, along with diapers in the laundry.