After having my first child, I took a long hard look at everything in our house. Every cleaner, every personal care product, even baby wipes! Wow, I was shocked to see just how many chemicals that were in everything we used. Then I went onto the EWG Skin Deep database to look up just how toxic all of these chemicals were. I was beyond shocked, I was horrified!
- Amodimethicone: a silicon-based polymer
- Polysorbate 20: a surfactant and emulsifier used in cleaners and personal care products — here is how it’s rated
- Methylparaben: 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 — here is how it’s rated
- Sodium Lauryl Glucose Carboxylate: a product obtained by the reaction of Lauryl Glycol(q.v.) and sodium monochloroacetate.
- Lauryl Glucoside: a sugar- and lipid-based surfactant
- Methylisothiazolinone: 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!!! — here is how it’s rated
I bet those wipes are not looking very good to you anymore. So, I just decided to make some of my own homemade baby wipes. The bonus about these is that they are also washable, so they have less of an environmental impact too!
- 1 roll bamboo paper towels — where to find
- 1 cup of witch hazel — where to find
- 2 teaspoons organic aloe vera — where to find
- 10 drops Gentle Baby essential oil — I only use therapeutic grade essential oils, you can find them HERE
- A container, we reused the wipes container from the store-bought wipes
- Cut the paper towels in half, you can stack them and cut three at a time
- Fold them into thirds and stack them in the container of your choice (you will only use about 1/3 -1/2 of the roll of paper towels for this recipe)
- Mix the witch hazel, aloe, and essential oil together in a bowl
- Pour the mixture over the middle of the wipes, so it soaks all the way through the stack
- Close the lid to keep them moist
- I suggest making two batches of these, so you can wash one while using the other. You can also just add new ones to the container as you wash them and pour more of the mixture over the dry ones. I have done it both ways. They get softer when you wash them too!
I will add that I have washed and DRYED these so many times that I have lost count, and they still hold up. So, they are able to go into the dryer.
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