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Natural Eco-Friendly Baby Wipes Comparison
Natural Non-Toxic Baby Wipes Comparison
Over the past couple years, natural baby wipes have become more popular, cheaper and easier to come by. I've tried almost all of them and here is a list of non-toxic baby wipes and how they differ from one another along with my recommendations for the best natural wipes for baby.
The longer I've been a mom, the more I have researched and hunted for better baby products. Products that are non-toxic, less harmful, less chemical laden. Products that will not harm my children or the environment. I want the best non toxic baby wipes for my little ones and if you're like me, I suspect you do too.
There are many parents who simply will always use disposable baby wipes and disposable diapers. It's hard to beat the convenience of disposable baby wipes. For the past few years I have been using disposable natural baby wipes and disposable natural and more eco-friendly baby diapers. (I have recently switched to cloth diapers, so check back for an upcoming lens on all things cloth.) I have tried just about every brand out there and hopefully this lens will help other moms looking to make the switch from conventional baby wipes to a less toxic alternative for their precious little ones.
Check Out How These Brands of Baby Wipes Compare To Traditional Wipes on The Skin Deep Database...You'll Be Shocked At the Different Toxicity Levels!
Why Choose Non-Toxic Baby Wipes?
Green Wipes and Green Diapers Have Reduced Diaper Rashes For Our Family
When you think of the sheer amount of disposable baby wipes and diapers that a child goes through, not to mention the sheer amount of time that those products interact with their sensitive skin and developing immune systems, it makes sense to pick the best brand you can find for your darling baby. This lens is the low-down on the different non-toxic baby wipes out there and how they compare with one another.
To give you a frame of reference, before I switched to eco-friendly non-toxic baby wipes, I was an avid user of Pampers Sensitive Extra Thick wipes. So as I compare wipes brands, I am not comparing these eco baby wipes to the cheapy-cheap options.
Both of my kids had bad diaper rashes when I used Huggies and some of the other conventional brands which prompted my switch to Pampers Sensitive...they still had the occasional diaper rash with those baby wipes, but then I found a much better alternative in non-toxic chlorine free wipes. I can't promise that your kid won't have diaper rashes if you switch wipes, but I found that it made a difference with my kids.
I've almost only used non-toxic, green baby wipes with my second child and she has hardly ever had a diaper rash.The one time I did receive some Huggies from a friend, she immediately got a diaper rash and we couldn't even finish the package. I generally find that the rare times when she has had a diaper rash, it has been related to trying a brand new food and has not been bad at all and goes away very quickly. I attribute this with my kids to my using green diapers and non-toxic baby wipes.
Later on in this lens...I'll tell you my current favorite non-toxic and organic baby wipes brands.
A Brief Update I've exclusively been using ONLY chlorine free baby wipes or my own cloth wipes for a couple years now. I recently ran out of chlorine free wipes and had to run to the the closest store that was open to get my old pre-chlorine-free standby, Pampers Sensitive baby wipes. After months of using chlorine free baby wipes (most recently Earth's Best, BabyGanics and California Organics), I have to say that the conventional wipes felt FAR inferior all around. I couldn't believe the difference. The Pampers actually felt somehow less clean (maybe more chemically?) and did not do as good of a job at cleaning up. Can't wait to get more chlorine-free wipes!
Seventh Generation Baby Wipes - Chlorine-Free Baby Wipes By Seventh Gen
Functionally, these Seventh Gen Baby wipes work pretty well. I like them and will buy them in a pinch and I like that they carry them at some major retailers. They are one of the easiest brands to find locally.
I will say that I have found them to be a little hit and miss. Sometimes the Seventh Gen wipes seem a little more dried out than at other times. This can be helped by just adding a little water and then they are fine. I have gotten them before and loved them and at other times found them to be just so-so.
All around, a fairly good option for eco-friendly wipes. They work well and are reasonably priced. Also, I have never had diaper rash problems while using these wipes on either of my children. I have also heard other parents rave about Seventh Generation Baby Wipes.
The Low Down of Seventh Gen Baby Wipes - How Seventh Generation Baby Wipes Compare to Conventional Baby Wipes
- Seventh Generation baby wipes are chlorine free.
- These baby wipes are also free of dyes and fragrances and are also hypoallergenic.
- Cetyl hydroxyethylcellulose is the cleaning agent used in Seventh Generation baby wipes, which is a plant-based renewable resource, thus better for the environment.
- Seventh Gen donates 10% of their profits to other organizations working towards positive change.
- These baby wipes have a nice texture against baby's skin. They are not quite as moist as some of the more conventional baby wipes, but they work well and are fairly comparable in terms of the way they feel and how they work and function as a baby wipe. In other words, you probably wouldn't have a hard time switching from a conventional baby wipe to these chlorine-free baby wipes. As an added bonus, you'd be helping the environment and providing your baby with a less toxic alternative by using these Seventh Gen chlorine free baby wipes.
Seventh Generation Baby Wipes Are Cheapest Online
NatraCare Baby Wipes with Organic Cotton
NatraCare has the biggest leg up on the competition in that they are made with organic cotton. Can you really beat an organic cotton, disposable baby wipe if you're going the disposable route?
Of all the brands, NatraCare has some of the best characteristics to boast about, but I will say they are not my favorite. I don't think they are a very economical choice. If price were not an option, that might affect my opinion, but I'm trying to weigh frugality with functionality and toxicity here.
Functionally, I think the NatraCare wipes could be a little bigger and a little thicker. They work fine, but I feel like you're paying for the advantages of the wipes, not the functionality. For the price, I want to see more in a baby wipe. Other than the great benefits to these wipes, I wouldn't pick them. I hate to even say that, because it seems like NatraCare has some really great things to offer. I want them to be my favorites...but they're not at this point. I'll probably try them again in the future if the price goes down some.
The Low-Down on NatraCare Organic Cotton Baby Wipes - How NatraCare Baby Wipes Compare to Conventional Baby Wipes
- These wipes are pure organic cotton baby wipes.
- NatraCare Organic Wipes are made without synthetic preservatives and are alcohol free.
- NatraCare Wipes are also completely chlorine free.
- These organic cotton baby wipes are also made without parabens and SLS.
- NatraCare Organic Cotton Wipes are made with organic apricot oil, chamomile, and linden.
- NatraCare wipes are also made with only plant-based, biodegradable ingredients and without perfumes, additives that irritate, or petroleum and mineral oil extracts.
- The downside? These wipes are pricey, even on Amazon.
Buy NatraCare Baby Wipes Online
Tushies Unscented Baby Wipes
The Low-Down on Tushies Unscented Baby Wipes - How Tushies Baby Wipes Compare to Conventional Baby Wipes
UPDATE ON TUSHIES (2/21/13):The word on Tushies these days is that the small mom and pop company that made them was purchased by Hain Celestial Group, which has now discontinued them. This is according to online forums and angry Tushies-loving parents who have called the company and not been able to gather much info other than that they are out of stock and have been discontinued. Some parents have started a petition to bring back Tushies products, but for now they are unavailable for purchase. Since the product images are still available on Amazon, I'm leaving this review up for now. Any parents out there with more info on Tushies, please let us know. There are a lot of sad parents out there that were brand loyal to Tushies.
- Tushies Baby Wipes are unscented and made with aloe and vitamin E. Tushies does offer a natural formula lightly scented variety as well.
- These wipes are not tested on animals.
- Tushies baby wipes are hypoallergenic and are alcohol and paraben free.
- Thick wipes, but some may experience that they tear easily.
- Tushies wipes are moderately expensive, but you can find decent deals on them.
Make Your Wipes Last Longer!
Wipes are expensive. Prolong their life by making your own diaper spray so you can use less baby wipes. Some wipes are also washable and will stand up to 1-2 cycles in the washer and dryer.
What's Your Favorite Brand of Natural Baby Wipes? - Help A Mama (or Daddy) Out!
Some people are so brand loyal they won't even try anything new. And it can feel like a big step to go out on a limb when trying a new brand, especially if you have to order them online as is the case with a lot of these brands. Help make the step easier for other parents by voting on your favorite. (Oh, and feel free to let us know why you like your favorite brand.)
*Note: Some of these brands are newer or harder to find than others...so those with lesser votes may still be great options if you can find them.
What's your favorite brand of natural chlorine free baby wipes?
Earth's Best Chlorine Free Baby Wipes
Earth's Best wipes are one of my current go-to brands of wipes. These wipes are what I consider a "total package" kind of wipe.
The price is reasonable for a eco-frienly baby wipe, especially if you sign up for a subscription through Amazon Mom (although there have been recent complaints of a price hike, so make sure you're getting a deal before subscribing). Also, these Earth's Best baby wipes work really well. They are a decent size and thickness and work great. I have found them to be very consistent. I wish I had found them when my firstborn was a baby. I haven't found a downside with these.
The Low-Down on Earth's Best Baby Wipes - How Earth's Best Chlorine Free Baby Wipes Compare to Conventional Baby Wipes
- Earth's Best Chlorine Free Baby Wipes are hypoallergenic.
- Made with natural aloe vera and vitamin E for softness.
- Earth's Best Baby wipes are totally chlorine-free.
- These chlorine free baby wipes are very affordable and are one of the most viable and available options for a natural baby wipe alternative. You can find them at some major retailers, like Babies R Us, however, they are cheapest on Amazon.
- Earth's Best Baby Wipes are also alcohol free, which means they do not dry out baby's delicate skin.
- Earth's Best wipes are also pretty moist, so would make a very good transitional baby wipe for someone wanting to switch from a brand like Pampers or Huggies. These are my personal favorites, although I have used and would use many of these brands again.
Buy Earth's Best Chlorine Free Baby Wipes Online
Over the years, these have risen to the top of the list as my "wipe of preference" in terms of performance and price (via the AmazonMom program). Earths' Best diapers are also my favorites eco-friendly disposable diapers along with Honest (see below for a review of Honest).
Changing your brand of baby wipes is one of the easiest changes you can make to go a little bit greener, and remove some toxins from your baby's life. Baby wipes are one of the things your little one will come in contact with over and over again....what a simple change!
Nature Baby Care Eco-Sensitive Baby Wipes - Extra-Sensitive Unscented Baby Wipes by Nature BabyCare
Note: There is some controversy recently over Nature BabyCare wipes. Some customers have said that Nature BabyCare has changed their formula and the wipes aren't as good. The last time I used them I did not experience the problems mentioned, however, I often rotate which wipes I use and I haven't used these in the past couple months so the problem may be more recent. While these are one of my favorites, I would try at your own risk or contact the retailer to ask questions before purchasing. You can read recent reviews on EcoMom.
The Low-Down on Nature BabyCare Eco-Sensitive Baby Wipes - How Nature BabyCare Baby Wipes Compare to Conventional Baby Wipes
- Nature BabyCare Eco-Sensitive wipes are chlorine free and because of this do not contribute to dioxin pollution.
- The packaging for Nature BabyCare wipes are based on 100% compostable natural materials and the wipes are 100% biodegradable and environmentally friendly.
- Nature BabyCare was the recipient of the "Mother and Baby Gold" award and have been approved by the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation.
- These baby wipes are also 100% alcohol free and also free of other harsh ingredients.
- Nature BabyCare wipes are made of sustainable unbleached wood pulp and the moisture in them comes from natural aloe vera and purified water.
- These natural baby wipes are also flushable, which makes them great for potty training toddlers! Most natural wipes don't boast this helpful feature.
Buy Nature BabyCare Baby Wipes Online
Which non-toxic baby wipes are BEST? - It's Seventh Gen baby wipes VS California Organics!
I have to admit, I'm a bit surprised that so many of you love California Organics considering that they are so hard to find and they are almost impossible to purchase online. I can't believe so many of you have even tried them. I would have thought that 7th Gen would be duking it out with Earth's Best baby wipes or maybe Honest or Tushies baby wipes. Just goes to show that the best brands will reveal themselves with popular opinion! Now for the FINAL SOUND OFF!
Which brand of eco-friendly baby wipes are best?
BabyGanics Thick N' Kleen Ultra Sensitive Baby Wipes - Extra Gentle and Hypoallergenic Babyganics Baby Wipes
Green Diapers are All the Rage
Here's a review and comparison of the different brands out there of disposable non-toxic, eco-friendly and green diapers.
The Low-Down on BabyGanics Thick N' Kleen Ultra Sensitive Baby Wipes - How California Organics Baby Wipes Compare to Conventional Baby Wipes
- BabyGanics Thick N' Kleen Ultra Sensitive Baby Wipes have no chlorine, no parabens and no toxins.
- These BabyGanics baby wipes are the thickest baby wipes I've ever seen, including conventional baby wipes. Twice I have accidentally washed a bunch of them with my cloth diapers and they have come out completely intact both times after a cycle through the washer and dryer. They were so intact that I've been able to reuse them with my own wipes solution a second time. That is how thick BabyGanics wipes are functionally!
- BabyGanics wipes are fragrance free, extra gentle and hypoallergenic. My baby is extremely sensitive to wipes and these do not bother her at all.
- Functionally, the container of BabyGanics baby wipes is probably the best container of the non-toxic wipes that I have found. They come in reusable bags with a solid snap-top lid that opens and closes, rather than a dinky resealable tape-like lid. These wipes are easier to get in and out because of the lid.
- Some people have said that these BabyGanics baby wipes leave a lint residue on baby, but after months of using them with our baby, I have yet to experience this phenomenon.
- These wipes are also earth-friendly as they are biodegradable.
- Brief update: Ironically, right after I posted this lens I did experience 1 or 2 packages where some of the wipes left the linty residue that people were talking about, however, this has not been the norm in my experience and seemed isolated to just the 1 or 2 packages and not with all of the wipes in the packages affected. I will continue to update, but that has seemed to be an isolated event. It was slightly annoying, but was still not that big of an inconvenience. It would not hinder me from buying this brand.
Buy BabyGanics Baby Wipes Online
California Organics Baby Wipes - Organic Aloe Baby Wipes with Calendula and Chamomile by California Organics
The biggest downside of these wipes is that they can be hard to find and are on the more expensive side. I think they're great in a pinch if you can find them and I would use them again. They have a lot of features that make them boast-worthy...if you can find them.
The Low-Down on California Organics Baby Wipes - How California Organics Baby Wipes Compare to Conventional Baby Wipes
- California Organics brand are sensitive baby wipes, and are made with organic aloe, organic calendula and organic chamomile.
- These wipes are paraben free.
- California Organics wipe are also alcohol free and chlorine free and do not use artificial colors or harsh preservatives.
- These "Organic Aloe" baby wipes are also hypo-allergenic and fragrance-free.
- The fabric of California Organics baby wipes is 100% biodegradable fabric.
- California Organics uses natural chalk as the basis of their packaging.
- The downside is that these wipes are very hard to find. If you live in the south, they are sold at H-E-B grocery stores, but it's very hard to find them online.
- These wipes are very comparable in feel to the Seventh Generation Chlorine-Free baby wipes, but are slightly thinner and potentially could tear easier, but are durable enough for the average diaper change. I will say that I've used them quite a bit when I run out of my other wipes and as thins as they seem, they actually do not tear. Again, these wipes are very comparable to conventional wipes and would be an easy switch for the parent used to conventional brands in terms of wipe-ability.
- The downsides are twofold: 1) that they are thin on the small side. I find myself using multiple wipes to get the job done and they are already slightly more pricey. 2) They only come in a small size, so it's a little hard to get them out of the refill-style container. If you don't mind smaller, thinner wipes, these are awesome in every other way. I would potentially put them in another container if I bought them more frequently, such as a Huggies container...they seem to have the best containers for easy grabbing.
Feel Better about Using Diapers that are Chlorine-Free - Great Green Options are Out There and Getting More Accessible
Utilize the "Amazon Mom" program AND the subscribe and save program for even bigger savings on non-toxic diapers and baby wipes.
Elements Naturals 100% Natural and Compostable Baby Wipes
Possibly THE best baby wipes I've ever tried. I absolutely loved these wipes and can't find one negative thing to say about them other than their extremely steep price point. Elements Naturals would be my go-to wipe if I could afford them. I have to wonder how many parents can afford these...let's hope Elements Naturals grows in popularity very soon and is able to significantly drop their pricing. I did notice recently that they are cheaper on Amazon than any other place I have found them. Alas, these are special occasion wipes for this family. But try them if you can...you won't be sorry!
The Low-Down on Elements Naturals Baby Wipes - How Elements Naturals Baby Wipes Compare to Conventional Baby Wipes
- Elements Naturals baby wipes are 100% natural and compostable.
- These natural baby wipes are chlorine-free, chemical free and fragrance free.
- Elements Naturals baby wipes are made in the USA and are made from plants, not oil.
- The price is higher than other natural baby wipes. They get fantastic reviews and they are worth it if you have the extra money to spend on baby wipes.
Buy Elements Natural Baby Wipes Online
How To Make Your Own DIY Diaper Spray
Make your own diaper spray by putting some olive oil and water into a spray/spritz bottle. A 1:1 ratio is great. This helps you ration out your wipes for when you really need them.
Bum Boosa Bamboo Baby Wipes - Natural Scented Baby Wipes Made with Bamboo
There is a lot to like about Bum Boosa bamboo baby wipes. They are a nice size, weight and texture. They work great and they are a safe for baby and an environmentally sustainable product. The biggest negative of Bum Boosa is the price. These wipes may work great, but they are just so darn expensive. Try Bum Boosa baby wipes if you can find them on sale.
Personally, there are 2 reasons I won't buy these wipes again, price aside. The first is that while they actually smell very good, the smell is too strong for me. (However, I am sensitive to things that smell strongly.) The second is that they may have given my baby a slight rash. I say may because I used these wipes while I was introducing her to a new food, so the rash could have been food related.
The Low-Down on Bum Boosa Bamboo Baby Wipes - How Bum Boosa Bamboo Baby Wipes Compare to Conventional Baby Wipes
- Bum Boosa baby wipes are made from renewable bamboo and are 100& biodegradable. Props to Bum Boosa for their sustainable wipes.
- Scented with pure lavender and sweet orange essential oils, which are calming fragrances with antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. Also contains organic aloe vera.
- Bum Boosa plants a tree for every package of Bum Boosa bamboo baby wipes purchased! Awesome! Trees are also planted to offset 100% of their carbon emissions.
- Bum Boosa baby wipes are Alcohol free, paraben free, and sulfate free.
- These non-synthetic sustainable bamboo baby wipes are made in the USA.
- Price? Very high...even for natural baby wipes. This might be a case of getting what you pay for, because they are good wipes and they generally get very good reviews, but they definitely are out of reach of many concerned parents on price alone. Hopefully we will see the price drop in the future as Bum Boosa gains popularity.
- These Elements Naturals baby wipes might be the only natural wipes that very easily separate from one another when changing your baby. They are also very thick, with the perfect amount of moisture and are a good size and texture for a baby wipe.
The Honest Company Baby Wipes - Honest Co's Baby Wipes are Plant-Based, Natural Cloth Wipes & Chlorine Free
It took me a while to decide to try The Honest Company's baby wipes. I watched the company for a while, but they are newer to the scene. I liked the concept, but I didn't like that it was a subscription only based service and I didn't want to be "seduced" by the super-cute marketing (just look at the packaging of the baby wipes above and you'll see what I mean...aren't they cute?).
However, they recently started giving customers the option of choosing a subscription OR purchasing products a la cart, so I decided to give them a try. I have REALLY loved the products I have tried from this company. After using the wipes for a few days, I can say that I would definitely get them again. I'm impressed. By a LOT about The Honest Company. The more I learn, the more I like.
The Low-Down on The Honest Company's Baby Wipes - How Honest Chlorine-Free Baby Wipes Compare to Conventional Baby Wipes
- Made with plant-based extracts and good for sensitive skin.
- The Honest Company uses cloth wipes that are disposable and made of medical grade cloth. The Honest baby wipes are THICK...maybe the thickest I've ever tried. These wipes do not pull or tear at all. This may just be me, but I think I can get away with using less of them because they are so thick and durable. This is probably my favorite feature about them.
- Honest does not use chlorine, parabens, phenols or risky chemicals. They passionately proclaim that they will never use these things.
- Cruelty-free, vegan, sustainably harvested and no animal testing used in the production of Honest baby wipes. They do make the wipes in China, but list all of the certifications their facility over there has gone through in order to be a responsible manufacturer. Full disclosure on their website, including all ingredients.
- These baby wipes are also biodegradable and hypoallergenic.
- Huge disclaimer...this is complete hearsay on my part, since I did not try Honest chlorine-free baby wipes before they reformulated them, but apparently when they first released them, customers didn't love them, so they changed the wipes up based on customer feedback. I have no complaints with the new product and in fact, really like them. I also like that this company listens to its customers and makes quick changes based on customer feedback. That's pretty cool in my book. I wish I could have tried them before for comparison sake, but oh well.
- The only thing I don't love about the Honest wipes is that they could be slightly more moist. However, they were not dry and the moisture was acceptable. It's a hard balance, because baby wipes that are too moist leave liquid residue all over your baby's behind and that's no good. These didn't do that, which I liked. I felt that if my baby did have a diaper rash, these might irritate her if they weren't a bit more moist just by friction...but since my baby did not have a diaper rash when I used them I can't say for sure if that would have happened.
- Big downside is that you can only buy them through the Honest Company website. But on the upside, you can get a subscription, which saves you money if you buy in bulk. Also, they occasionally feature vouchers on Plum District so you can get an even bigger break if you snag one of those.
- Two other cool things about Honest. This was the selling point for me...they let you do a free trial of several of their products and all you pay is shipping. Low commitment...very cool. Even cooler is that their products really and truly rock. I'm going to write a separate lens about the ones I've tried to help others out, but I think my favorite are their disposable diapers...they have to be the cutest diapers I've ever seen...cute like really cute cloth diapers. I found myself really excited to use them.
Whole Foods 365 Brand Chlorine-Free Baby Wipes - Chlorine-Free Baby Wipes from Whole Foods
365 Chlorine-Free wipes are a great go-to baby wipe if you live near a Whole Foods store. I found these to be an all-around good baby wipe and the price is reasonable for a natural baby wipe.
The Low-Down on Whole Foods 365 Brand Chlorine-Free Baby Wipes - How Whole Foods 365 Brand Chlorine-Free Baby Wipes Compare to Conventional Baby Wipes
- Whole Foods 365 Chlorine-Free baby wipes are a pretty standard size and texture and also have a consistent and decent moisture level compared to other baby wipes.
- Because these wipes are Whole Foods' 365 everyday low value brand, they are priced decently for a more natural baby wipe alternative.
- The biggest downside is that you have to live near a Whole Foods store to find these wipes. Unfortunately, you can't buy them online.
- Whole Foods 365 baby wipes are chlorine-free.