Toxins in baby wipes

Babies are extra sensitive to their environments with delicate, sensitive skin and brand new immune systems that haven’t built up tolerances to the type of hazards and toxins grown-up bodies easily dispel. And yet so many brands of baby wipes contain ingredients that we wouldn’t feel comfortably putting on adult skin, let alone our children’s.

Some key ones to look out for include:

  • harsh foaming agents like SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) as these strip the skin of its protective layer and can make it a permeable pathway for the absorption of toxins into the body
  • preservatives such as phenoxyethanol, SHG
  • parabens
  • alcohol
  • Isopropyl myristate
  • propylene glycol, polyethylene glycol (PEG)
  • imidazolidinyl urea and other formaldehyde releasing preservatives

It’s worth knowing that many wipes are made with a synthetic cloth, which does not biodegrade, or may be chlorine bleached. Organic cotton cloths are stronger, more durable, free from pesticide residues and 100% biodegradable.

Find out more about our organic cotton Baby Wipes