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Yay, non-polyester wipes!!
September 14, 2019
My family has been on a mission of dramatically reducing the plastic in our lives. We did the obvious of replacing food storage with glass, we shop bulk with glass/wood containers, etc. Years ago I switched my first baby over to 100% natural fiber cloth diapers once I realized synthetic microfiber was causing major rashes and also never really got clean. By the time we got to baby #4 I just couldn’t deal with our reusable cloth wipes anymore. I ordered water wipes and was SOOOOO disappointed to see they’re made of polyester, a plastic that will never break down. We don’t wear synthetic fiber clothes anymore because of microplastics getting into the waterways when you wash synthetics and here the most popular “nontoxic” brand of wipes contains a bunch of microplastics, which is definitely toxic to the planet. Further, the synthetic blend wipes were so slippery, non-absorbent, and just kind of moved (smeared) poop around on baby - a sad first experience with disposable wipes since our washable cotton wipes always sopped up messes. Longing to not have to wash and sort little cotton wipes anymore (mama needs a small break!) I dedicated myself to finding 100% biodegradable disposable wipes. There aren’t many brands out there. The bamboo ones were also a smeary mess.
Finally I came across these wipes and held my breath ordering a whole case of the herbal ones (I also used essential oils in my homemade wipe solution). I expected to be disappointed again like I was with water wipes. I was not disappointed. I love these wipes. They’re the perfect combination of moist to break up messes but also absorbent and don’t smear poop around the way the synthetic-blend wipes do. I’m not certain why some reviews are complaining of the scent because the herbal ones we received have almost no scent. I was fully expecting something nasty and overpowering given the reviews, but I only smell a very very mild ylang ylang musk and even then only if I put my nose to the wipe directly. The only negative I can say about these wipes is that they don’t detach from one another easily with one hand. However I’d rather have this problem than the other way around where you have to go digging your fingernail around inside the wipes container to find the edge of the next wipe if you find yourself needing more than one wipe. When these come out in a ribbon I simply tuck the un-needed ones back into the hole of the wipes envelope.
I was afraid I’d be searching much longer to find earth-friendly nontoxic wipes and that I’d just end up going back to all the little cotton wipes and homemade solution I used on my first three babies. This was a concession I made for myself, to switch to disposable wipes. I’m happy to find these after being shocked to find out that nearly all other brands of disposable wipes contain non-eco-friendly synthetics.