Before Sequoia was born, we tried to prepare our home like all parents do. This included buying all the supplies we thought we would need before actually meeting our precious little one. Baby wipes are on the top of every new parent’s list, and that’s just what we set out to get.
Looking at the selection, I could not fathom spending the loot for the top of the line, organic, fragrance-free, premium baby wipes. Come on! We have a baby on the way and we’ve been spending all this extra money already.
So I bought what I thought was the safest option for what I felt like we could afford at the time. I felt total guilt after taking a closer look at the ingredients at home, because I recognized some of them as being on our family’s list of no-go’s.
Many ingredients found in baby wipes should be avoided, even those that are advertised to be “Natural”, “Pure”, and “Fragrance-Free”. You will not only find these harmful ingredients in the “natural” versions that Huggies and Pampers have to offer, but they’re also in Seventh Generation, Kirkeland’s Non-Scented, Parents Choice fragrance-free, Member’s Mark Premium, Simple Truth, Alphanova Organic, etc.
These are the Toxic Ingredients to Avoid:
Bronopol (also known as 2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1 and 3-Diol): This preservative releases formaldehyde as it breaks down and it’s an irritant that really should not be used in any baby products.
DMDM hydantoin: This is also a preservative that releases formaldehyde as it breaks down and is an irritant to the skin.
Fragrance or Perfume: I always touch on this one, because it’s in EVERYTHING! It is an undisclosed list of ingredients that can be extremely toxic to your health. They can include endocrine disruptors, phthalates, neurotoxins, and allergens.
Endocrine disruptors cause havoc on the reproductive system… Hello Ladies! This affects every one of us and I know that we would do anything to protect our babes from having any hormonal or reproductive issues later in life. One option is to use unscented personal care products as much as possible. Then you can always add your therapeutic-grade essential oils later for the aromatic and wellness benefits.
Malic Acid: This ingredient has been shown to cause skin irritation.
Methylisothiazolinone (MIT): This is another preservative found in some common baby wipes, although less often now that it’s been shown to cause dermatitis and the word is getting out to watch out for this one.
Parabens: You’ve probably heard of these nasty buggers. There are a lot of them going by different names, but they all end in paraben (butlylparaben, ethylparaben, methylparaben, propylparaben, etc.). These are known endocrine disruptors.
Phenoxyethanol: This is yet another common preservative being widely used by manufacturers to avoid parabens. However, it is an irritant that can also depress the central nervous system and may cause vomiting and diarrhea.
Propylene Glycol and Polyethylene Glycol (PEG): These ingredients are in a TON of personal care products and although they’re not known as toxic, they are irritants and penetration enhancers. So they help all the other toxic chemicals be absorbed faster into your baby’s already very sensitive bottom.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS): You will find this ingredient in a lot of cleaning products. They help clean your surfaces, however, they are known to be irritants and there is concern that they can lead to organ toxicity.
Triclosan: You will see this ingredient in your antibacterial cleansers (wipes, sprays, and gels). This one is also known to be an endocrine disruptor (again, endocrine disruptors mess up our hormones and reproductive systems – Yuck!). A safe plant-based, antibacterial alternative is… Coconut Oil. YES! Gotta love this stuff!
When toxins like these build up in our body overtime, they can wreak havoc on our health and wellbeing.
So what do you do?
So, back to the store we go with receipt in hand to return the entire box. Knowing what I do now, I have a choice. I can either choose to spend more for the top of the line, or I can find out how to make my own. So here I am with another super simple recipe to share…
- 1¾ cup of Water
- 1-2 Tbls of Coconut Oil
- 1-2 Tbls of Dr Bronners Baby Unscented Liquid Castile Soap
- 10-15 drops of essential oils
🌱I’ve also used Young Livings Seedlings Baby Soap instead of the Dr. Bronners Castile Soap and then skipped adding the essential oils (because its already infused with the perfect baby blend).
🌱Notice there are no irritating preservatives. Yay!! You are making them often enough where preservatives are not needed. Plus the coconut oil doubles as a natural antibacterial agent and a moisturizer.
🌱Less soap really is better. Everything your infant typically comes in contact with is water soluble, including poo and pee. And the less soap you use while bathing and cleaning your baby, the less their skin will be stripped of its natural oils which will breaks down the skin and make it more likely to become irritated. Just make sure the bottom is getting nice and clean each time.
🌱I have been using 6 drops of Lavender essential oil and 6 drops of Melrose essential oil. Lavender is the perfect skin oil and gentle enough for babies. Melrose can aid against diaper rash.
- ½ Roll of Paper Towels
- Container to hold wipes
🌱I’ve used Bounty, Viva, and Trader Joe’s paper towels and tend to use Bounty because the roll last must be thicker so they last longer.
- Cut paper towel roll in half.
- Stuff ½ roll into your wipes container (save the other ½ roll for next week or make a double batch).
- Melt coconut oil into water.
- Add Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap.
- Add essential oils.
- Pour mixture over your paper towel roll.
- Cover and let sit for 10-30 minutes. Once the paper towels are saturated, they are ready to use.
- Pull the middle cardboard section out.
- Pull the first wipe from the middle and the rest will follow attached so they are easy to tear off and pull one at a time.
🌱You can also add them to a diaper warmer or small travel container by unraveling and folding them into the diaper warmer or travel container. Keep them attached so that they still work well pulling them out one after another.
🌱You can also use this recipe for Thieves Cleaning Wipes!!
Want to scan the barcodes on your products or look them up for yourself? The ‘Think Dirty’ app and EWG.org are super user-friendly and great places to start!
Ditch and Switch:
There are so many healthy benefits from making the switch and using the natural ingredients used in this simple recipe. You are going to save loads of money this way. And you won’t be exposing yourself, family, or furry friends to the toxic chemicals that are in your pricey, conventional personal care products.
I’m so glad I’m able to share my wellness journey with you, one recipe or testimonial at a time. Please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions, and how I can continue to help!
How to get started?
If you want to know how I got started using essential oils to increase my overall wellness or how you can improve your own wellness journey, start here.
As always, wishing you healthy and happy trails…