Safe Diaper Wipes Guide

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By Maia, President

UPDATED: JUNE 2017

I didn’t intend to use non-toxic baby wipes at all, and assumed that in addition to exclusive cloth diaper usage, I’d be employing a washcloth and warm water at changing time.

Um, yeah. As soon as I experienced the convenience of the disposable wipe, wringing out poopy rags was a thing of the past.

Because of the frequency with which we use baby wipes, the fact that they are used on the most delicate area of a baby, and the fact that we don’t wash the area off after use, I think it is imperative that we choose truly non-toxic baby wipes.

In terms of the environment, no disposable wipe–including the “eco-friendly” ones I will recommend below–is a green choice. Only water and a washcloth can be considered truly eco-friendly.

Jackson Reece Herbal Wipes from Gimme the Good Stuff

My Top Pick for Best Non-Toxic Baby Wipes

Like everyone who tries Jackson Reece wipes, I was instantly hooked. Not only are they nontoxic and earth-friendlier, but they have the perfect amount of moisture. Even with kids out of diapers, I still keep these around for wiping hands and faces on the go.

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Ingredients to Avoid in Baby Wipes

If you are like me and have a hard time depriving yourself of the convenience of disposable baby wipes, your best bet is to avoid anything scented, since “fragrance” or “parfum” almost always means pthlalates (known endocrine disruptors). Additionally, many conventional wipes contain parabens, and some also contain phenoxyethanol, a suspected carcinogen. In particular, “natural” or “organics” wipes might contain phenoxyethanol as a preservative.

Ingredients You Won’t See Listed on Baby Wipes

In addition to the ingredients you’ll see listed on the side of a package of wipes, there are a number of other chemicals that may be included—contaminants and byproducts of the production process for some of the ingredients that go into the wipes. For example:

  • Polysorbate-20, a common preservative, is often contaminated with carcinogenic 1,4-dioxane.
  • 2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1,3-Diol (the preservative in the old Kirkland wipes, although they recently removed it) releases carcinogenic formaldehyde.
  • Tocopheryl acetate (synthetic vitamin E that’s used as a skin conditioner) is produced using hydroquinone, a skin toxicant and potential carcinogen.

Alternatives to Disposable Diaper Wipes

Since Felix was born in 2009, a bunch of new brands of biodegradable wipes have popped up—and they are remarkably effective, superior in terms of earth-friendliness (ideally, they should be flushed or composted), and safer than other “natural” brands of wipes. Most aren’t reviewed by Skin Deep, but I’ve researched the ingredients and explain any concerns below.

A few companies produce natural liquid solutions (some with accompanying cloths), to use in place of baby wipes, but I don’t see why you wouldn’t just use water and a washcloth if you were going this route. Should you want to purchase one such eco-friendly solution, this is a safe option.

As for ready-made baby wipes, read on.


The Best Stuff: Biodegradable & Non-Toxic

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Babo Botanicals 3-in-1 Sensitive Baby WipesBabo Botanicals 3-in-1 Sensitive Baby Wipes

Babo Botanicals products are produced on a certified organic farm in upstate New York, and are made in small batches. Babo utilizes a Certified Organic Nutri-Soothe™ Blend, which is a  mix of chamomile, calendula, kudzu, and watercress, rich in vitamin A, C and D, and which was developed to deliver maximum nutrients, protection and moisturization.  None of Babo’s products contain sulfates, parabens, phthalates, synthetic fragrances, 1,4-dioxane, formaldehyde-releasers, or propylene glycol.

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Bum Boosa

Bum Boosa Baby Wipes are made of bamboo (another renewable resource), and are biodegradable. They are also soft and smell nice (scented with only essential oils). They contain polysorbate 20, but this emulsifier scores only a 1 on Skin Deep. Citric acid is perhaps more concerning, but since it’s only present in trace amounts and evidence of its toxicity is lacking, I don’t think it’s a big concern. You can buy these wipes in bulk on the Bum Boosa website or Amazon, and they are the most expensive of the Good Stuff.

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Elements Naturals

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Elements Naturals Baby Wipes are available at Diapers.com as well as Whole Foods, which is convenient (although they are not available on Amazon). They are made from a product called Ingeo™, which, according to the Elements Naturals website, is “the world’s first man-made fiber from annually renewable resources.” Of course, we have to assume that Ingeo itself (a biopolymer or “natural plastic”) is safe, and the scientific consensus seems to be that it is–although studies are lacking. Of more concern is the phenoxyethanol in these wipes. I like the scentlessness of these wipes, but found that they were sort of hard to get out of the box (they don’t seem to feed out of the slot as well as other brands). You’ll pay around 8¢ a wipe.
It seems that Elements Naturals has gone out of business.


Jackson Reece Herbal Wipes

Jackson Reece

Jackson Reece Herbal and Biodegradable Wipes are made from wood pulp (a renewable resource), and have a nice short list of ingredients. These come in scented (essential oils) or unscented varieties, and while they are a slightly pricier option than more widely-available wipes, Jackson Reeces wipes are big and thick, so I find that I go through fewer of them than other brands. I converted to Jackson Reece wipes 3 years ago and now cannot tolerate any other brand of wipe–to me, they offer the perfect level of wetness (I found Earth’s Best to be too sudsy to the point that I wanted to wipe down my baby with a towel afterwards, and other brands to be too dry.) Jackson Reece wipes are made in the UK and hard to find here, so we are thrilled to now offer them in The Good Stuff Store!

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The Good Stuff: Non Toxic

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Honest Wipes

Some of Honest’s products are Good Stuff and some are not. Their wipes fall into the former category. The only potentially concerning ingredient they contain is silver dihydrogen citrate (which they use as a preservative), but Honest claims that the silver they are using does not contain problematic nanoparticles. Honest wipes are not cheap (at around 7 cents per wipe), but they perform well. You can get Honest on their website as well as on Amazon.

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Joonya Wipes

Joonya’s founder recently sent me some wipes to try, and even though I no longer have any kids in diapers, I loved the performance of these wipes for cleaning hands and faces (I also tried them a few times on my 3-year-old’s tush after trips to the toilet). Joonya definitely wins for nicest looking packaging, and I liked the amount of wetness and lack of suds in Joonya wipes. In terms of the ingredients in these wipes–nothing concerns me. They use decyl glucoside as a surfactant and silver dihygrogen citrate as a preservative (which carries an EWG score of just 1).


MADE OF Soothing Baby Wipes

MADE OF Soothing Baby Wipes

Made Of Soothing Baby Wipes are free of alcohol and other skin irritants, Made Of’s wipes are also independently tested free of microbes, heavy metals, parabens, and more.

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Thrive Market Baby Wipes

For those of you who are Thrive shoppers, you’ll be happy to know that their wipes are Good Stuff (although they are not biodegradable and shouldn’t be flushed). I’m not worried about any of the ingredients in these wipes, and because of my partnership with Thrive, you can receive $60 off of your first three orders with this link.

UPDATE as of March 2018: Thrive added benzyl alcohol, so I can no longer call these truly non-toxic baby wipes.


The Okay Stuff: Mostly Non-Toxic

Okay Stuff BadgeBabyGanics Baby Wipes from Gimme the Good Stuff

BabyGanics Face, Hand, and Baby Wipes

If you are a regular reader of mine, you know I often categorize BabyGanics as Sneaky Stuff. Their wipes, however, are actually not bad, with sodium benzoate being the only questionable ingredients. The wipes are actually a better bet than Seventh Generation in my opinion, although still behind all the Best Stuff and Good Stuff above.

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Earth’s Best

Earth’s Best baby wipes are comprised of essentially the same ingredients as Seventh Generation’s wipes, and in addition they contain alkyl polyglycoside, a substance that has not been tested for safety as far as I can tell (I couldn’t find any studies.) Many people prefer these over the Seventh Generation wipes because they are sudsier. They are available everywhere, including Amazon, where you’ll pay about 5¢ a wipe if you buy in bulk.

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Seventh Generation

I have used Seventh Generation’s baby wipes, but I don’t like that they contain sodium hydroxymethylglycinate (no, I didn’t just have a seizure while typing–that is actually how it’s spelled). This ingredient has not been assessed for safety, although it scores just a 2 out of 10 on Skin Deep. These wipes also contain sodium benzoate, an ingredient I avoid whenever possible. Basically, Seventh Generation’s wipes are just on the border of being Sneaky Stuff, but they are okay in a pinch. These wipes are widely available, including on Amazon, where you can get them for about 5¢ a wipe if you buy in bulk.

June 2016 Update: Seventh Generation no longer contain sodium hydroxymethylglycinate. One less thing to worry about!

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The Bad Stuff

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Unsurprisingly, Huggies baby wipes are some of the worst. Even their unscented wipes contain a number of questionable ingredients–including numerous parabens and DMDM hydantoin, a known human immune system toxicant–so don’t be fooled by the natural-sounding varieties (Cucumber and Green Tea, for example). I can barely stomach the scent of these wipes. Pampers is another brand that just doesn’t make any safe wipes, despite their numerous varieties; while a few score only moderate hazard on Skin Deep, the majority are ranked high hazard, thanks to parabens, fragrance, and benzyl alcohol. Even their “Sensitive” label should be avoided, as they include PEG chemicals, sodium benzoate, and other nasties. Oh, and the wipes themselves are made of a plastic blend.

Kirkland wipes, which seem to be many people’s favorite, do have an improved formula as of 2014. Most notably, they now use a safer preservatives and have taken out PEG chemicals and propylene glycol. Still, I don’t like phenoxyethanol or sodium benzoate, so Kirkland wipes are still Bad Stuff in my book–just slightly less bad than they were before.


The Sneaky Stuff

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Huggies Natural Care Baby Wipes contain parabens and methylisothiazolinone. This is a particularly egregious use of the word “natural.” Update: In 2014, the ingredients of Huggies Natural Care were updated, and they ditched the parabens and methylisothiazolionone.
Because these wipes still contain phenoxyethanol and cocamidopropyl betaine (which scores a 5 on Skin Deep), they remain in the Sneaky category.

 

Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Wipes contain phenoxythanol, sodium benzoate, and immunotoxic benzyl alcohol.

Naty Eco Wipes call themselves “100% eco,” which is a meaningless statement (especially from a brand with a bunch of synthetic ingredients in it!). It’s worth noting that Skin Deep’s rating of these wipes is wrong because Naty has changed their ingredients to be somewhat safer. These wipes actually aren’t THAT bad, but they do contain sodium benzoate and benzoic acid, both of which score a 3 on Skin Deep’s hazard scale.

Water Wipes have been the biggest headache to review and categorize! We used to call them Good Stuff, but they now have disclosed that their wipes indeed contain benzalkonium chloride. I will be honest: I’m not personally worried about the teeny tiny amount of this chemical that’s found in “trace amounts in these wipes.” If I had a pack of these wipes, I would feel fine using them. That said, this ingredient is definitely #badstuff, and so it’s not something we can give our stamp of approval.

 

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161 responses to “Safe Diaper Wipes Guide”

  1. Hi there,
    Presently, I use Young Living seedlings wipes but think it is time to change. Are these safe?

    What are your thoughts about attitude natural baby wipes or attitude little one (eco) baby wipes?

  2. Hi- It’s almost too late to ask this question as my twins are almost out of the wipe stage… but what about Water Wipes? We love them and have used them since day 1 with zero issues, zero diaper rash, zero irritation.
    Thanks!
    Daniela

  3. Hi there! I am a bit confused by your recommendation of babo botanicals wipes as they contain phenoxyethanol. I know you stated previously that its a no no in baby products so inwas curious what makes these wipes different? I really wanted to purchase these but I was thrown off by this. I would greatly appreciate your input. Thank you in advance!

  4. Hello! Any info on Dyper wipes? The diapers are included as “best stuff” on your disposable diaper guide. I am guessing the wipes are also great! But I love checking in here, too.

  5. Does anyone know when this list was last updated? Seems like 2018? I read info on another site where someone dilligently pursued answers from Water Wipes and they now include, with an asterisk, that their wipes include traces of Benzalkonium Chloride and they always have.

  6. How about Pampers Pure wipes? And this new brand that’s popular called Hello Bello, I use their wipes and diapers and really do love them. I hope there as clean as they say!!?

  7. This last April 2019, Honest Baby Wipes changed their ingredients. The wipes now contain chemicals and preservatives including sodium benzoate.

  8. Hi Maia, the Honest Co. changed the formula of the wipes. Are they still considered Good Stuff?-Thanks in advance for your reply!!!

  9. Love your product guides! I’m interested in trying the new Hello Bello wipes. Would love if you could add those to your review!

  10. I’m curious about the brandless wipes noted above. Also the Target Cloud Island brand came out with wipes. The only ingredient I would think is concerting is the Sodium Benzoate which you mentioned above.

    Water (wets cloth & carries ingredients), Sodium Benzoate (maintains product freshness), Glycerin (moisturizes skin), Coconut/Cocos Nucifera Oil (moisturizes skin), Sobitan Caprylate (blends oils & water together), Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside (cleanses skin – removes oils & oily dirt), Sodium Citrate (minimizes ingredient odors), Xanthan Gum (maintains uniformity of formula), Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate (boosts freshness), Citric Acid (balances pH)

  11. What do you think of these ingredients in the Brandless wipes?
    Ingredients: AQUA (WATER), ALOE BARBADENSIS (ALOE VERA) LEAF EXTRACT, SODIUM COCOYL HYDROLYZED SOY PROTEIN, ORYZA SATIVA (RICE) EXTRACT, GLYCERIN, TOCOPHEROL, DEHYDROACETIC ACID, BENZOIC ACID, BENZYL ALCOHOL,
    CITRIC ACID, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, POTASSIUM SORBATE

  12. I refer to this page from time to time as it is a good starting point for little known brands that are organic and chemical free. It would be great to have an updated guide on wipes, though. The Bum Boosa brand, for example, now contains polysorbate-20 (under ingredients wipes might contain but aren’t usually listed), potasium sorbate, a known skin and organ toxicant *(No. 3 rating on EWG), citric acid AND sodium benzoate. It is not good stuff! Meanwhile, the Honest brand wipes are better, ingredient wise, with only one ingredient a EWG 2 (which is citric acid).

  13. Could you review these: ?
    Ingredients:* Water, Cocamidopropyl Pg-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate (Gently Cleanses), Glycerin, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate (Soften and Soothe), Phenoxyethanol, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Citric Acid (Keeps Products Fresh and Pure). *Ingredients Greater Than 1% Listed In Descending Order.

    Thank you

  14. Hello!

    Would you mind looking at Natracare organic baby wipes and giving your opinion? I’d like something as organic, pure, and natural as possible, but that is very difficult to find. I looked up each ingredient on EWG and the ones that were concerning to me were Glycerin (rated 2), and Potassium Sorbate (rated 3). It’d be nice to find something with ingredients that were all rated 1, but I’m having a hard time with that. Here is the website with the full list of ingredients for these wipes: https://www.luckyvitamin.com/p-24079-natracare-organic-baby-wipes-50-wipe-s?LanguageCode=EN&locale=en-US&utm_source=google&utm_medium=PLA&scid=scplp73857&sc_intid=73857&utmp_campaign=SC_Shopping_Campaign_CS21_Brand&branded=yes&gclid=Cj0KCQiA5t7UBRDaARIsAOreQthlQx5nkUP9AkgF5HE2s0s_IR3F4CaBrWDCzl1tnIEJ6LCcteufDmYaAk1XEALw_wcB

    Thank you so much!

  15. Our daycare uses “community wipes” and, while they’ll let you bring “sensitive” wipes, we still have to share. I was told one of the other babies uses Water Wipes and another uses Target Up and Up Sensitive wipes. I’m guessing the latter is no good? Many thanks.

  16. Hi! Thank you sooo much for your time spent researching so many baby products, it’s a huge blessing to me and so many mamas!! I was curious about the Amazon elements baby unscented wipes as well, they seem to contain sodium benzoate and vitamin e which you said when combined was toxic, but in an above comment you said they actually looked good, just was curious if there good or bad.
    Also, I just read on EWG that aloe Vera can be toxic if it is non decolorized. How can you tell if a product that lists aloe Vera as an ingredient is safe?
    Thanks so much!!!

  17. Can you please advise about Naty by Nature Babycare Eco Baby Flushable Wipes? I do not see them on any of the lists and wondering if they would be more pure than Jackson Reece. My baby has terrible diaper rash so trying to order some new wipes as soon as possible. Thank you!!

  18. I can’t find anything on Jackson Reece being made from wood pulp?
    Also another person commented that Vitamin E and sodium benzoate together is cancerous. I can’t find anything from a respectable source to back that up. I know vitamin C and Sodium benzoate together is cancerous.

  19. Hi there!

    I had left a comment before about the latest seventh generation formulation and it didnt seem to post…? Do you consider these good stuff? I currently use jackson reece which are great but seventh seems a lot cheaper….please advise if you think I could switch…

    Also, do you have a recommendation for flushable wipes for potty training?!

    Thanks so much and keep up the good work!

  20. Hi I always read your blogs, it helps me choose the best stuff for my child but on this occasion I’m really upset. I seen on here you have bum boosa under “good stuff” so I bought them to try them cause I’ve heard good things about them. When I received the wipes in the mail I was excited because frankly I was sick of always making my own wipes which I was doing for a while. You’re sight has never let me down before so when I got the wipes I immediately started using them without reading the ingredients. Well I used about 4 packs of them out of the big pack I got and got curious one day and decided to go ahead and look at the ingredients and I seen that there was sodium benzoate and citric acid in them. Which to me was a shock because I do a little research myself and read that sodium benzoate by itself isn’t the worst thing ever but combined with citric acid or Ascorbic acid it creates benzene which if used enough could be a cancer causing ingredient. Now I could be wrong about some of the details if my memory is serving me right. But to me i just didn’t risk it and bought the Jackson Reece wipes and checked ingredients before buying. I’m just upset and feel a little betrayed, that is if I’m right.

  21. Hi!

    Looking at the ingredients list for Bum Boosa, it seems as though there is sodium benzoate – is this a new addition to their ingredients? Or is it in a low enough concentration to say that these wipes are in the “Best” category?

  22. I love Water Wipes for my sensitive baby. It’s recently come to my attention that because the wipes have no preservatives that bacteria can grow if you take it out of the package. The package is notoriously difficult to open with one hand and I recently bought the OXO Tot PerfectPull Wipes Dispenser with Weighted Plate, which is not a warmer. It seals well and the wipes don’t appear any different. What are your thoughts?

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0067GKHQS/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_RJsEzbCFD25VH

    I also considered purchasing this to avoid bacteria:

    https://www.amazon.com/Prince-Lionheart-Ever-Fresh-Pillowcase/dp/B00B07SUEU/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8

    Thank you!

  23. Hello! I use water wipes for diaper changes but as far as wiping my kids faces/hands to sanitize what would you recommend? Thanks!

  24. It looks like Honest has changed the packaging design and ingredients for wipes since the recall earlier this year. The addition of Sodium Carbonate (EWG 1) is the only difference from what I can see. Would you still consider these wipes as “Good Stuff”?

    • I’m also curious about Honest Wipes after their change. Any other suggestions for wipes with the same texture? All the others that I’ve tried seem thin compared to Honest.

  25. Hi, what are ypur thiughts on water wipes? We have just switched tothese despite the hubby noth being thrilled of the price.

  26. Just discovered your site today and love it!! Was wondering about Natracare babywipes. Any thoughts on the ‘parfum’ with ingredients listed?
    https://m.luckyvitamin.com/p-24079-natracare-organic-baby-wipes-50-wipe-s?loc=US&site=google_base&utm_source=google&utm_medium=PLA&scid=scplp73857&sc_intid=73857&utm_campaign=SC_Shopping_Campaign_Mobile_Mid_Margin&gclid=CjwKCAjw7dfKBRAdEiwAch0egXYhzudiygM0OXOPLZwFjORpCFa1xHXMOLqqM–FOsfpfGCRbWXP4BoCU04QAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds
    Found them when looking for wipes not made in China (they are made in Greece) after the Honest Co recall, but will definitely check out the Jackson Reese ones.

    • That “parfum” actually only contains natural essential oils. The rest of the ingredients are decent:).

  27. Have you considered Amazon wipes? They are very popular, but I am concerned there are hidden ingredients that be harmful. I’ve been very happy with WaterWipes, but would love a cheaper alternative. Thanks!

  28. Hello there ! I’ve been using honest wipes for my one year old and I just heard that there was a recall on honest wipes and looks like they pulled back all their wipes from the shelves in every store! Apparently they found mold in the wipes ! However I never noticed or smelled and saw anything weird in the wipes ! Should I stop using the ones that I already have?!

  29. Hello,

    I need some help trying to find a new brand of wipes. Up until recently I was using honest wipes, but due to their recall, it’s not an option. I was wondering if you know anything about seventh generation wipes. They’re affordable (I’m a single mom with 2 toddlers) and say that they’re made for sensitive skin. Also they’re fragrance free, with no alcohol, parabens or phenoxyethanol. My girls have super sensitive skin.
    I would love your feedback when you get a chance. Thank you!

  30. Hi Maia,

    I wanted to know what your opinion was of bumboosa being made from bamboo from China?

    Also, what your thoughts are about seventh generation’s actual wipe cloth being made of wood pulp, polyethylene, and polypropelene ?

    Lastly, the honest company’s wipes are “responsibly made in China.” Have you heard of this phrase?

    I would love your feedback on these questions. I greatly trust your judgement, appreciate your blog and refer to it frequently as a new Mom suffering with nuerocism.

  31. Hi there! Just wanted to let you know you are amazing! Your blog has helped me so much, I appreciate it!

    I’m sorry in advance if you’ve already answered this question. Which wipes would you use yourself on your baby if it were up to these? Honest, water wipes, 7th gen., or pampers natural unscented?

    Thank you!

  32. what about pc green moist and gentle flushable wipes?. I grabbed a couple of the 7th generation ones on sale. My mom’s using baby wipes for her own bum. The package says alcohol free, fragrance free and paraben free and hypoallergenic. Mind researching that one?

  33. What about Boo Bamboo Baby wipes?

    Water/Aqua/Eau, Tocopheryl Acetate, Vegetable Glycerin, Bamboo (Bambusa Arundinacea) Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Citrus Sinensis (Sweet Orange) Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Natural Fragrance, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Polysorbate 20, Citric Acid.

    or Aleva Naturals?
    Aqua (Water), Aloe barbadensis* (Aloe Vera), Cocoamidopropyl Betaine, Potassium Sorbate, Glycerin, Lavender Oil, Lauralkonium Chloride, Didecyldimonium Chloride, Citric Acid, Tea Tree Oil, Citrus Medica limonum Oil (Lemon Oil), Chamomilla recutita Extract*, Green Tea Extract, PEG 40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil.

    • Boo Bamboo looks Okay. There are a few things I don’t like in Aleva–The PEG chemical and the cocoamidopropyl betaine in particular

  34. Hi, I am new to all of this but I was just diagnosed with cancer and I need to find safe wipes to use on my daughter that won’t affect my body.

    Thank you

    • Hi Darlene! I’m so sorry to hear that and hope you stay in good health. Unfortunately, since I’m not a medical professional, I strongly recommend you consult with your doctor to make sure none of these options are harmful to you.

  35. Hello, im curious which wipe would you suggest, 7th generation or babyganics?? Since you mentioned good news about the 7th generation last June.

  36. Hey Maia!

    I was just wondering whether you know if Boogie Wipes are good or not – I am assuming not. Unfortunately, they are the only wipes my son will let me wipes his face with. If they are no good to you, do you happen to know of any other saline wipes that are not toxic? I use the Jackson Reece wipes on his bottom, but he won’t let them near his face :/

    Thanks,

    Holly

  37. Hi!!

    I was just wondering whether you think Boogie Wipes are toxic? They are the only wipes my one yet old will let me wipe his face with when he has a cold. We currently use Jackson Reece for diapering, but he doesn’t like those on his face :/

    I look forward to your response!

    Holly

  38. I was lucky enough to get a free sample of seventh generation wipes, and I feel they do a great job. They are thick and strong and I usually only need one to get the job done. I received a free product for the purpose of my review. Opinions are 100% my own.

  39. Hi! Have you looked into the aleva naturals – bamboo baby wipes off of amazon.

    The ingredients are the following – aqua (water), aloe barbadensis (aloe Vera), cocoamidopropyl betaine, potassium sorbate, Laura Loki I chloride, didecylsimonium chloride, glycerin, citric acid, green tea extract, citrus media limonum oil (lemon oil), chamomilla recutita extract, tea tree oil, lavender oil, hydrogenated castor oil

    • Here is a list of the ingredients for the wipes: Water, Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Chamomile) Flower Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Althaea Officinalis (Marshmallow) Root Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Sodium Laurylglucosides Hydroxypropylsulfonate, Sucrose Cocoate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polyglyceryl-4 Caprylate, Sodium Lauroyl Glutamate, Decyl Glucoside, Diglycerin, Sodium Citrate, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Potassium Hydroxide, Gluconic Acid, Sodium Benzoate

    • The wipes are Okay Stuff–they do have a bunch of synthetics, including sodium benzoate. I haven’t looked into the diapers closely enough to make a call!

  40. I am stuck! My daughter recently started screaming during diaper changes. I haven’t changed diapers or wipes. We started giving her vinegar baths once a week and other than that we just do running water while we wash her hair and body – not washing that area with soap. So I was looking at the ingredients on the wipes I buy (pampers sensitive) which I have used since she was born (she is 2 now). The thing that stuck out the most to me was the citric acid – only because I have a high sensitivity to citric acid. If I eat too much fruit or something too acidic or even take Vitamin C I will break out with canker sores in my mouth. Once I saw that ingredient in the wipes it hit me like a ton of bricks – she frequently gets canker sores in her mouth as well. So now I can’t help but wonder if that is what the issue is. So my question is – do you recommend any wipes without citric acid in them? Hopefully she will gain an interest in potty training soon and this won’t be an issue but I feel terrible that she is in pain!

  41. Hi there,

    I was looking into some organic baby wipes with the below ingredients. Could you please advise if these ingredients are 100% natural? Thank you!

    Purified Water, Coco Glucoside (Plant Derived Surfactant), Guar Gum, Organic Aloe Vera Juice, Organic Glycerin, Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Avocado Oil, Organic Evening Primrose Oil, Organic Olive Leaf Extract, Organic Calendula Extract, Organic Chamomile Extract, Organic Lavender Extract, Rosehip Extract, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Coconut Absolute.

  42. Hi There! Can you clarify something for me? When I looked up “Sodium Benzoate” in your glossary, it said “When combined with ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and potassium benzoate (another preservative), sodium benzoate creates benzene, a well-known carcinogen. Researchers have found a link with cancer and ADD. Research remains inconclusive and long-term studies are needed. Skin Deep score: 1 (We feel that this should be higher, and will not carry products in our store that contain sodium benzoate.)”

    Under “Okay Stuff” Seventh Generation was listed but when I looked at their ingredients, it has both Potassium Benzoate AND Sodium Benzoate. So is Seventh Generation really “okay?” In the comments, I noticed some other people list ingredients of other products that again had both potassium benzoate and sodium benzoate and you said other than the sodium benzoate, it looked ok. I’m just a little confused and would appreciate any guidance! I have been eliminating any wipes that list both those ingredients but I’m not sure if I should be so quick to judge. Should I be concerned about wipes that contain both those ingredients? Thank you in advance!

    • Seventh generation changed their formula when they changed their packaging. I used to use their wipes all the time but they added sodium benzoate which on its own is fine but these wipes also contain vitamin E and when those two are combined they create benzene which is carcinogenic. Apparently whenever a brand you use changes packaging you should recheck the ingredients because they often also change those at the same time. Such a shame.

  43. one of Jackson Reece’s ingredient potassium sorbate score a 3 on ewg. Should I be concern? I thought it use to score a 1 or 2. Thanks

    • I have not found any evidence that potassium sorbate (a food-grade preservative) is a problem in the quantities present in these wipes.

  44. Amazon has a natural wipe called Aleva Naturals–they’re bamboo. Has some funky sounding ingredients, but I guess sometimes the funky sounding ones aren’t really that bad. Maybe you can add that one to the research list.

  45. Hi maia,

    I’m using Jackson Reece wipe, however, it contains a ” sour” smell.. is it normal or can’t use already?

    Thanks.

  46. What about Wysi Wipes? As far as I can find they are made of pure cellulose and nothing else. They come in a small dry compact tablet and you add a couple tablespoons of water and they expand and open up to a 9×9″ wipe that is biodegradable, flushable and if not too soiled could be reused some. I found them on well.ca and havn’t ordered them yet but am considering it. They also have a website http://wysibaby.com/

    Have you heard of these? What do you think?

    • I also wanted to add that there are other brands such a Green Sprouts Disposable Compressed Wipe Tablets and also EZ Wyp, possibly more but I found these three right off the get go. I think they are all the same but I am just starting to look into them. My plan would be to use them for dirty diapers and on the go while using clothe wipes at home for wet diapers. Also are there cloth wipes that are better for baby and eco friendly? Should organic cloth wipes be used? Where do the companies get their materials and are they exposed to any bad or questionable substances during the whole process from raw material to shelf/home? A guide for cloth wipes and diapers would be great (if you don’t already have them). Also adding a typical cost per unit comparison is really awesome especially for those on a tight budget.

      • I bought a 2go tube of 12 wysi wipes at my local babies r us store to try them out before I order I large case online and I actually really like them. They have a very natural fresh plant like smell when wet and the cloth itself is soft and gets the job done. I plan on buying a case soon. They aren’t as cheap as kirkland wipes but I feel better about cleaning my son with wysi wipes. I think if you purchased their 1000 pack is works out to about 7 cents/wipe I also purchased some of the unscented Jackson Reece Wipes there as well and I like them for when you need something really convenient. For at home I purchased some organic cloth wipes for pee’s and for baby wipe downs when he gets messy.

        • Not yet–we are bogged down with other Safe Product Guides. But we will update the Wipes Guide this fall.

          • I am also wondering about the up and up wipes. It’s been challenging getting information on them. I am currently using Pampers sensitive. I had no idea they were so bad. I am looking for a reasonably priced alternative

  47. Hi Maia,

    Jackson Reece Herbal and Biodegradable Wipes are now given the score of 2 on EWG. I thought they used to be 1. Did they recently change the formula? Do you still recommend them as one of your top picks for diaper wipes?

    Thanks,
    Nat

    • Yes, I use these for my kids. EWG rates potassium sorbate–a food grade preservative–as a 3, but I have found no evidence that it’s toxic, particularly in small concentrations and when not ingested.

  48. Hi. I was just wondering what you consider babyganics wipes and earth’s best wipes? I’m using huggies all natural now but I guess they aren’t so good.

  49. I’m so happy I found this website!!
    As a FTM im trying to find the “good stuff” for my newborn. Thank you for making it easier 😉

  50. Hi! Thanks for your review. I recently saw the wipes Wslgreens puts out, called Ology Bamboo Wipes. How do you feel about the ingredients in them:

    Purified Artesian Aquifer Water , polysorbate 20 , Vegetable glycerin , Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil , Citrus Sinensis Oil (Sweet Orange) , Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract (Organic Aloe Vera) , Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract , potassium sorbate , Sodium Benzoate , Citric Acid

  51. How long of a shelf life do these wipes have? Like how far in advance can I buy them and store without wasting them? Baby isn’t due until this summer but I am a planner and like having everything ready with several backups.

    • I don’t know about all brands, Lindsay, but the one we sell in our store (Jackson Reece) is good for about 2 years.

  52. So you use the herbal scent or the unscented jackson Reece wipes? I’m wondering if the herbal scent is lighter or stronger?

  53. What about Bloom Baby wipes – sensitive?
    I recently saw them at Sam’s Club and was wondering whether they are natural and good as they claim to be. Also, I just stocked up on Honest wipes for my baby (after reading your blog), but these Bloom Baby Wipes seem good as well – Or am I mistaken?

    Thanks much 🙂

  54. Have you taken a look at Bambo wipes? We love their diapers but was wondering about the wipes. We are currently using Earth’s Bests but it seems like they changed the shape/material so you might want to also recheck their ingredients. The new shape material is more flimsy (in my opinion) and isn’t as nice as the bigger former version.

  55. Are Bambo Nature wipes on the “good stuff” list? Ingredients: Aqua, Glycerin, Sodium Laureth-11 Carboxylate, Laureth-10, sodium Benzoate, Lactic Acid, Glycereth-17 Cocoate, Potassium Sorbate, Allantoin. Thanks for all your help!

    • Hi Natalia-
      Unfortunately, no. We sell Bambo diapers, but have chosen not to carry their wipes as I don’t like some of the ingredients they use and think the wipes listed above are better.

  56. Hi, Which of the the Good Stuff wipes would you recommend if I am going to be using a wipe warmer?? I see a few reviews where a warmer dries them up quickly or they could start getting mold on them……thanks for your recommendation!

    • Hi Natalia-
      I would personally feel okay using Jackson Reece wipes in a warmer, but definitely it’s a good idea to be on the lookout for mold. I haven’t tried a warmer myself.

  57. Hello,
    I was wondering if I should be concerned of Jackson Reece Wipes scoring 2 on EWG website. Thank you for such great advices:)

    • Hi there! EWG considers ylang-ylang oil and potassium sorbate to be low-risk ingredients. My research leads me to believe that both are safe. Thanks for asking, and for your vigilance!

  58. I’ve been using Earth’s Best sensitive wipes that I bought from Amazon and really like them (purple packaging, though sodium benzoate is in the ingredients). We ran out and and I found some in a Babies R Us but it was in different packaging a tan color with purple stripe. These are so different, the smell is funny to me (on packaging ingredients include polysorbate 20 and phenoxyethanol). Did they change their formula recently? Which one is the new one and which is the old? Which one is better? Just confused at this point.

    • Hi Mella-
      I’m not aware of a formula change. Have you tried Jackson Reece wipes? These are the only ones I’ve been really happy with.

  59. Hi there! Thank you for being so thorough in your evaluations and guidance! I, too, am on the hunt for the good stuff, but I also do try to keep my budget in mind since we are a single family income. Could you advice me on the Huggies Frangrance free “one wipe and done” wipes? The ingredients are as follows: “water, aloe leaf extract, caprylyl glycol, sodium benzoate, coco-betaine, polysorabte 20, malic acid, sodium citrate, tocopheryl acetate.

    Thank you!
    Melissa

    • Melissa-
      I’m so sorry for the delayed response! I only now noticed your comment. Those wipes don’t sound so bad–sodium benzoate is an ingredient that I lot of people worry about, but which I think is of relatively small risk. Overall, this sounds like a better bet than conventional Huggies!

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