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The Dirt on Diaper Wipes

Diaper Wipes – A closer look at what are you putting on your Sweet Pea's bum 

As a Bradley Method® instructor, we teach our students to avoid harmful substances in order to have a healthy, low-risk pregnancy.  Our own green journey started when we were Bradley Method® students nine years ago...so naturally, we continued the effort to keep our environment healthy and low-risk once our Sweet Pea was earthside.
 
Little did I know I was going to be in for a rude awakening when I read a Healthy Tips List from Environmental Working Group that listed the top ingredients to avoid in personal care products.  On a whim, I decided to check our products, because seriously, we weren’t at risk…we used products labeled “natural” and “-free”.
 
I was devastated to discover that labeling and product marketing had duped us, the trusting consumer.  I learned to read every label…including the labels on products that were going to touch any part of our children.  Part of our “going green” journey included a switch to reusable wipes and having a cleaning solution in a bottle.
 
If after reading through the ingredients you decide to make the switch to reusable products like we did, there are many options.  We have seen them in the “big box” stores, however since we strive to shop local, we support a mama-preneur and buy our reusable cloth goods from Shannon’s Cloth and More.  You can see her on our blog HERE and HERE.
 
So today I am sharing a list of what is in the “natural” line of the most recognized names in diapers, Huggies™ and Pampers™, plus a big box brand.  
  • If you are not ready to make the switch yet, we have found a store option that we will use when a washing machine is not available.  The ology™ brand available at Walgreen’s passed muster.  
  • The final product listed is the Baby Bits Wipes Solution – truly “free” of the harmful ingredients we want to avoid for our family’s long-term health.  We buy ours from Go Go Natural, a cloth diaper website run by another local mama-preneur.
 
If you want another motivation to switch, HERE is an eye-opening article from WebMD about the little thought of ingredients in conventional wipes – preservatives that are added to the product to minimize bacteria in a perpetually moist environment.  Children are breaking out in rashes due to an allergic reaction in supposedly harmless ingredients.
 
Ingredients to avoid from the Healthy Tips article.  I take an in-depth look at what they are and the motivation to avoid them HERE
 
Start at the end, with preservatives. Avoid:
- Words ending in "paraben"
- DMDM hydantoin
- Imidazolidinyl urea
- Methylchloroisothiazolinone
- Methylisothiazolinone
- Triclosan
- Triclocarban
- Triethanolamine (or "TEA")
 
Check the beginning of the ingredients lists, where soaps, surfactants, and lubricants show up. Try to avoid ingredients that start with "PEG" or have an "-eth" in the middle (e.g., sodium laureth sulfate).
 
Read the ingredients in the middle. Look for these words: "FRAGRANCE," "FD&C," or "D&C."
 
Also from the EWG database: I included a quick synopsis of each ingredient in the list below, as well as the ingredient rating. 
 
 
Huggies Natural Care – Kimberly Clark
Water
Amodimethicone (0) - Amodimethicone is a silicon-based polymer – used as a hair conditioning agent
Polysorbate 20 (3) - a surfactant and emulsifier used in cleaners and personal care products Other HIGH concerns: Contamination concerns; Other LOW concerns:Data gaps, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
Sodium Methylparaben (4) - Parabens mimic estrogen and can act as potential hormone (endocrine) system disruptors. Other HIGH concerns: Endocrine disruption; Other MODERATE concerns: Biochemical or cellular level changes; Other LOW concerns:Data gaps
Malic Acid (3-4)- Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
Sodium Laurel Glucose Carboxylate (no rating available) – surfactant derived from coconut or corn - More about this HERE 
Lauryl Glucoside (0) - Surfactant - Cleansing Agent - This ingredient is a sugar- and lipid-based surfactant.
Methylisothiazolinone (5) - It is a widely-used preservative; has been associated with allergic reactions. Lab studies on the brain cells of mammals also suggest that methylisothiazolinone may be neurotoxic.
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract (1) - Aloe vera leaf extract is produced from the succulent leaves of the aloe plant, Aloe barbadensis
Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E in the form of tocopheryl acetate) (3) - Skin-Conditioning Agent  - Human skin toxicant or allergen - strong evidence; One or more animal studies show tumor formation at high doses
 
 
Huggies Simply Clean – Kimberly-Clark
Water
Potassium Laureth phosphate (2) - Surfactant - Cleansing Agent; Contamination concerns with ethylene: Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive); and  The carcinogen 1,4-dioxane contaminates up to 46% of personal care products tested (OCA 2008, EWG 2008). The chemical is an unwanted byproduct of an ingredient processing method called ethoxylation used to reduce the risk of skin irritation for petroleum-based ingredients
Glycerin
Polysorbate 20 (3) - a surfactant and emulsifier used in cleaners and personal care products Other HIGH concerns: Contamination concerns; Other LOW concerns: Data gaps, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
Tetrasodium EDTA (2) - a chelating agent, used to sequester and decrease the reactivity of metal ions that may be present in a product; Other MODERATE concerns: Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
Methylparaben (4) - in the paraben family of preservatives used by the food, pharmaceutical, and personal care product industries. Parabens mimic estrogen and can act as potential hormone (endocrine) system disruptors. HIGH concerns: Endocrine disruption; Other MODERATE concerns: Biochemical or cellular level changes
Malic acid (3-4) – Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
Methylisothiazolinone (5) - It is a widely-used preservative; has been associated with allergic reactions. Lab studies on the brain cells of mammals also suggest that methylisothiazolinone may be neurotoxic.
Aloe barbedensis leaf extract (1) - Aloe vera leaf extract is produced from the succulent leaves of the aloe plant, Aloe barbadensis
Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E in the form of tocopheryl acetate) (3) - Skin-Conditioning Agent  - Human skin toxicant or allergen - strong evidence; One or more animal studies show tumor formation at high doses
 
 
Pampers Sensitive – Proctor & Gamble
Claim: Alcohol Free – Hypoallergenic
Water
Glycerin
Aloe barbadensis leaf juice (1) - Aloe vera leaf extract is produced from the succulent leaves of the aloe plant, Aloe barbadensis
Disodium EDTA (0) - is a chelating agent, used to sequester and decrease the reactivity of metal ions that may be present in a product. GRAS
Citric Acid (2) – alpha hydroxyl acid - used in personal care products to adjust the acidity or promote skin peeling and re-growth in the case of anti-aging products
PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil (3) - polyethylene glycol derivative of castor oil; may be contaminated with potentially toxic impurities such as 1,4-dioxane.
Sodium Citrate (0) Cosmetic manufacturers use sodium citrate to adjust the acidity of a product. Citrate, in the form of citric acid, is also found in citric fruits and juices.
Phenoxyethanol (4) – preservative – suspected neurotoxin - More about that HERE 
Ethylhexylglycerin (1) - Ethylhexylglycerin is a glyceryl ether used as a weak preservative and skin conditioning agent. HIGH concerns: Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
Benzyl Alcohol (5) - Benzyl alcohol is a naturally ocurring and synthetic ingredient used as solvent and preservative; has been associated with contact allergy.
Xantham gum (0) - Binder; Emulsion Stabilizer
Sodium benzoate (3) – preservative – low concern: non-reproductive organ system toxicity
BIS-PEG/PPG-16 Dimethicone (3) - lubricant and conditioning agent.
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (1) - Fragrance Ingredient; Skin-Conditioning Agent 
Bisabolol (0) - Fragrance Ingredient; Skin-Conditioning Agent 
Chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract (0) - Fragrance Ingredient; Skin-Conditioning Agent 
 
Parent’s Choice Baby Wipes – Walmart
Water
Glycerin – generally considered non-toxic
Phenoxyethanol (4) – preservative – suspected neurotoxin - More about that HERE 
Sodium benzoate (3) – preservative – low concern: non-reproductive organ system toxicity
Potassium sorbate (3) – preservative - low concern: non-reproductive organ system toxicity
Sodium cocyl Apple amino acids (0) – no info available
Pentadecalactone (1) - Other MODERATE concerns: Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive);
Suspected to be an environmental toxin and be persistent or bioaccumulative
Aloe barbadensis leaf extract- (1) - Aloe vera leaf extract is produced from the succulent leaves of the aloe plant, Aloe barbadensis
Chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract - (0) - Fragrance Ingredient; Skin-Conditioning Agent
Tocopheryl acetate (3) - Skin-Conditioning Agent  - Human skin toxicant or allergen - strong evidence; One or more animal studies show tumor formation at high doses; Other HIGH concerns: Contamination concerns; Other LOW concerns: Data gaps, Ecotoxicology
Citric acid (2) – alpha hydroxyl acid - used in personal care products to adjust the acidity or promote skin peeling and re-growth in the case of anti-aging products
 
 
Ology Bamboo Baby Wipes – Walgreen’s

Purified Artesian Aquifer Water
Polysorbate 20 (3) - a surfactant and emulsifier used in cleaners and personal care products Other HIGH concerns: Contamination concerns; Other LOW concerns: Data gaps, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
Vegetable glycerin (0) GRAS
Lavandula angustifolia (lavender oil) (0)
Citrus sinensis (sweet orange) oil (0)
Aloe barbadensis (organic aloe vera) leaf extract (1) - Aloe vera leaf extract is produced from the succulent leaves of the aloe plant, Aloe barbadensis
Calendula officinalis flower extract (1) - Fragrance Ingredient
Potassium sorbate (3) – preservative - low concern: non-reproductive organ system toxicity
Sodium benzoate (3) – preservative – low concern: non-reproductive organ system toxicity
Citric acid  (2) – alpha hydroxyl acid – used in personal care products to adjust the acidity or promote skin peeling and re-growth in the case of anti-aging products

 
Baby Bits Wipes Solution
Coconut oil glycerin soap (0)
organic plantain herb (0)
chickweed herbs (0)
virgin olive oil (1) – may cause irritation
pure essential oil of tea tree (0)
pure essential oil of lavender (0)
 


I hope it goes without saying...just in case...please refer back to this post if you are going to share the information - thank you for respecting the time and effort it took to pull this information together. ~Krystyna


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The material included on this site is for informational purposes only.
It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult her or his healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation.  Krystyna and Bruss Bowman and Bowman House, LLC accept no liability for the content of this site, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided.  This blog contains information about our classes available in Chandler, AZ and Payson, AZ and is not the official website of The Bradley Method®. The views contained on this blog do not necessarily reflect those of The Bradley Method® or the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth®.


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