What Are Disposable Baby Wipes Doing To Our Environment and Our Families?

Having babies 60-100 years ago must have been a real headache. I've got to hand it to moms of the past who had no disposable diapers and didn't have our fancy disposable wipes.

What are our modern parents really doing to the environment by using these fancy disposable baby wipes?
Are those disposable wipes what we think they are?
Most of the disposable wipes come in a nice compact container that seals closed to ensure their freshness and moisture remains with the product. These wipes can be very handy items,even for things other than a baby’s bottom. It’s very convenient to wipe up a quick mess on the floor or rub clear your 10 year old's face on the way to church with our handy disposable wipes.

** But, what are those wipes really made of?

This is something I never thought about until now, when my kids are nearing adulthood - the actual content of the wipe itself... 

So, I decided to investigate disposable baby wipes and was surprised to find out that a wipe can contain any number of these chemicals:
  • Sodium Diamphoacetate
  • Formaldehyde
  • Methylisothiazolinone
  • Polysorbate
  • Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate (IPBC)
  • Propylene Glycol
  • Hydroxymethyl Cellulose
  • Methy and Propyl Paraben
  • Triclosa or Triclosan
A disposable wipe can be made from silk, cotton, polyester, wool, rayon, polyethylene or Polypropylene.  

The less expensive wipes tend to be made of mostly plastics, yes you read that correctly, Plastics !

SO, moms and dads, stop flushing your used disposable baby wipes, they are NOT biodegradable, compostable or recyclable. These ever so helpful and convenient wipes have the potential to be toxic to our sea life and the ecosystem and absolutely to our children! 

So what’s a parent to do with their babies dirty bottom?? 
Use toilet paper??  

How about making your own disposable wipes from the products you most likely have already in your cabinets? 

Knowing you are keeping your family safe and not harming your environment will be the result of homemade disposable wipes and result in the savings of a few dollars a year into your pocket. Lets not forget your ability to sleep at night knowing you are playing your part in saving your environment while keeping your family safe. 

Check the link below to access recipes for making your own baby wipes. 



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