October 09, 2023

Hidden Chemicals in Baby Wipes: What Parents Should Know

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Nasty chemicals are more common than you think in baby wipes..

Wet wipes are a convenient and popular way to keep ourselves and our surroundings clean. They are used for everything from cleaning our faces to wiping down surfaces, but what many people don't know is that these wipes often contain harmful chemicals that can be damaging to our health and the environment.

Here are seven dangerous chemicals that are probably in your wet wipes.

Nasty Chemical No 1: Formaldehyde

Formaldehyde is a chemical commonly found in wet wipes, despite being a known carcinogen. It is used as a preservative to prevent bacterial growth and to keep the wipes from molding. Formaldehyde has been linked to skin irritation, respiratory issues, and even cancer.

Nasty Chemical No 2: Ethylene Oxide

Ethylene oxide is another commonly used preservative in wet wipes. It is also a known carcinogen and has been linked to developmental and reproductive toxicity. Exposure to ethylene oxide can cause skin irritation, headaches, and nausea. 

Nasty Chemical No 3: Phthalates

Phthalates are a group of chemicals used to make plastics more flexible and are often found in wet wipes. These chemicals have been linked to hormonal imbalances, developmental and reproductive issues, and even cancer.

Nasty Chemical No 4: Parabens

Parabens are a group of preservatives commonly found in cosmetics and personal care products, including wet wipes. They have been linked to hormonal disruptions, reproductive issues, and even cancer.

Nasty Chemical No 5: Synthetic fragrances

Synthetic fragrances are often added to wet wipes to make them more appealing to consumers. However, these fragrances can contain harmful chemicals such as phthalates and synthetic musks, which can cause hormonal imbalances and allergic reactions. 

Nasty Chemical No 6: Methylisothiazolinone and Methylchloroisothiazolinone

Methylisothiazolinone and methylchloroisothiazolinone are two preservatives commonly used in wet wipes. They have been linked to skin irritation and allergic reactions.

Nasty Chemical No 7: Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate (SLS)

Sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate (SLS) is a common ingredient in many personal care products, including wet wipes. It is used as a foaming agent but has been linked to skin irritation, hormonal imbalances, and even cancer.

None of these nasties should be near your skin, your baby's skin or introduced to your home.  

However, there is an alternative: ZERO plastic free dry wipes made from 100% sustainable wood pulp and free from any chemicals.

Here are some reasons why switching to ZERO plastic free dry wipes is great for you bub, the environment, and your budget!

  • REASON # 1: ZERO chemicals:

Unlike many wet wipes, ZERO plastic free dry wipes are free from any harmful chemicals, including preservatives and fragrances. This means they are gentle on the skin and won't cause any irritation or allergic reactions.

  • REASON # 2: They don't create plastic waste and microplastics. 

By using ZERO plastic free dry wipes don’t have microplastics. Microplastics are small plastic particles that are not biodegradable and can harm the environment, wildlife, and human health. They can be ingested by marine life, leading to starvation and suffocation. Microplastics can be ingested by sea life and enter our food production ecosystems and eventually are ingested in our own bodies. 

  • REASON # 3: Sustainable and eco-friendly

ZERO plastic free dry wipes are made from sustainable wood pulp that is biodegradable and compostable. They are free from any plastic, making them an eco-friendly option that won't harm the environment.

  • REASON # 4: Versatile

ZERO plastic free dry wipes are versatile and can be used for a variety of tasks, including cleaning surfaces, wiping hands and faces, and even as napkins. They are also strong and durable, so they won't fall apart during use.

  • REASON # 5: Cost-effective

Switching to ZERO plastic free dry wipes can be cost-effective in the long run. Since they are reusable and can be washed multiple times, they can save you money compared to disposable wet wipes.

By making this small change, you can help reduce plastic waste, save on the family budget, improve your skin and reduce skin irritations and frankly, improve your health because you're reducing the risk of exposure to nasty chemicals and reducing the microplastics in your home.  

Read our testimonials and find out why our customers are making the switch to ZERO, and loving it!