Surely products marketed for the tiniest babies are safe, right? Unfortunately many baby products – shampoos, lotions, diaper rash products, and more – contain harmful chemicals. This includes baby wipes. The following ingredients are found in some of the popular brands:

Fragrance: Artificial substances generally made of coal and petroleum based synthetic chemicals. Not only can it irritate baby’s skin, but can also cause respiratory problems and headaches.

Propylene glycol: A petroleum based chemical that opens pores to help other chemicals penetrate the skin. It’s used to make antifreeze and brake fluid and can cause skin irritation and contact dermatitis.

Polysorbate-20: Polysorbate is mixed with ethylene oxide to create Polysorbate-20. The concern is that anything mixed with ethylene oxide can become contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, a known animal carcinogen that penetrates the skin and can also cause skin allergies. The Organic Consumers Organization reports that the levels of 1,4-dioxane found in many personal care products are 1,000 times higher than those found to cause cancer in animal studies.

Benzyl Alcohol: A preservative that can cause skin irritation.

If you’re looking for an alternative, homemade wipes are easy to make, effective, and inexpensive! Once you try them, you’ll probably never go back to the store-bought version. It’s so convenient to make your own in 5 minutes or less, rather than having to run out to the store. It will also save a good chunk of change!

Not interested in making your own? There are some good brands out on the market including:

Seventh Generation Free and Clear Baby Wipes: Fragrance and paraben-free

WaterWipes: Made with 99.9% water and a drop of fruit extract.

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