All-natural baby wipes are increasingly popular with parents because they are a natural way to clean without relying on any chemicals commonly found in traditional products. Unfortunately, as a society, we may not be aware of the dangers that have become widely available commercially to our infants and our environment. From preservatives to synthetic fragrances, there are many surprisingly unexamined harmful ingredients. Here are some harmful ingredients to watch out for:
DMDM Hydantoin: This is a preservative used in wet wipes. Not only does it irritate the skin (ouch!) It is also known to be toxic to the human immune system!
Bronopol: This chemical is used as another preservative in wet wipes.
Not only does it have a negative impact on your baby’s skin and developing an immune system – in fact, it has also been increased the highest risk by the Environmental Working Group’s Database of Deep Skin Cosmetics for its ability to form carcinogens and formaldehyde.
SLS (Sodium Laurel Sulfate): Does it sound familiar? This common chemical gives many products of their foaming properties. It is also associated with irritation of the skin, eyes, and lungs and toxicity to the organ system.
Synthetic chemicals: Contain volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, which not only cause poor indoor air quality but also cause allergic reactions to the infant’s respiratory and skin systems.
If you read that a synthetic spice has been added – put it back on the shelf as if it had the plague!
If you ask me, there are no other options, only perfectly natural baby wipes.
Thankfully, for those looking for a natural alternative to baby wipes, there are plenty of options.
Whether you choose reusable baby wipes, flushable, biodegradable baby wipes, or something in between, not only is your baby less likely to develop skin irritation and rashes, but you’re also choosing the best option for your environment around you.
This is the healthiest option! If you’re a sensitive skin, don’t you like natural and organic wipes?