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Do You Know About the Dangers of Wet Wipes?

4 Things to Think About Before You Flush

What makes wet wipes one of the worst offenders, environmentally speaking? Read “Wet Wipes: Seeking a Safer Alternative” to find out, then take our quiz to test your knowledge.

  • Flushed wet wipes can clog pipes and sewers, creating tons of harmful waste.
  • Wet wipes made from plastics, wood pulp and cotton are difficult to break down and can float in sewers and oceans for years. In fact, wet wipes have become the fastest-growing pollution on UK beaches.
  • Chemicals in some wet wipes can cause serious skin allergies, like dermatitis and eczema.
  • Some baby wipes contain bronopol, an antimicrobial that can release low levels of formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is a volatile organic compound known to cause eye and throat irritation, headaches and dizziness, and has been classified as a human carcinogen by the EPA.

The following video will tell you more than you probably ever wanted to know about “flushable” wet wipes:


Here is a fun quiz to test your wet wipes knowledge.
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Wet wipes are made from plastics, wood pulp and cotton. They are difficult to break down and can float in sewers and oceans for years.

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Wet wipes have become the fastest-growing pollution on UK beaches because they float and can take years to break down.

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Chemicals in some wet wipes can cause serious skin allergies.

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Bronopol is an antimicrobial that can release low levels of formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is a volatile organic compound known to cause eye and throat irritation, headaches and dizziness, and has been classified as a human carcinogen by the EPA.

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comment_2It’s true that wet wipes are handy, but at what cost to ourselves and our planet? Can you think of any convenient replacements for wet wipes that don’t put the earth or our families at risk? We’d love to hear from you. Just leave a comment below.

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Diane Forrester
Diane Forrester
5 years ago

Baby Body Cloths

Vickie Augst
Vickie Augst
5 years ago

We can use our travel envirocloths or we can make homemade wet wipes with safe ingredients. That’s what I do!

Michele McVey
Michele McVey
5 years ago
Reply to  Vickie Augst

How do you make your own ?

Heather
Heather
4 years ago
Reply to  Michele McVey

Before I used Norwex body cloths I used small flannel squares and made a solution for them with Norwex baby bath, essential oils and water. Worked well, never irritated my babies’ bottoms and I just washed them with my cloth diapers so they never went into a landfill 🙂

Shelley Serani
Shelley Serani
4 years ago
Reply to  Heather

What about for personal use? I have never flushed wipes. I throw in trash can.

Beverly
Beverly
5 years ago

I would love to know more about making my own from safe products.

Anne Baudouin
Anne Baudouin
5 years ago

Baby body Cloths from Norwex and or Travel Enviros. Rinse, hang to dry, reuse! Wash regularly – last for years!

Carla Janzen
Carla Janzen
5 years ago

When my children were young I would keep a zip lock baggie with a wet wash cloth or 2 in the diaper bag or vehicle. I had to hang it to dry once I was home and I always felt good about ‘not’ using disposables. Now I still do this for my husband and I when travelling and much prefer our Norwex body cloth to wet wipes.

Debra Ousley
Debra Ousley
5 years ago

I used to use wet wipes to remove my makeup but now use Norwex Makeup Removal Cloths

Jeannette Forget
Jeannette Forget
5 years ago

Will now be using my travel enviro cloths!

Susan Peavoy
Susan Peavoy
5 years ago

Wet wipes are made from chemical laden wood chips, plastic that causes ski n conditions and in some cases Cancer. Wet wipes do not break down easily if at all causing equipment to clog and eventually break down. I recommend NORWEX BABY CLOTHS OR BODY CLOTHS to be used instead .

Debbie
Debbie
5 years ago

I just bought a spray called Aquinelle. You spray it on the toilet paper and use to clean your bottom.

Jennifer Rottman
Jennifer Rottman
4 years ago

travel envirocloths

Sharon Campese
Sharon Campese
4 years ago

So disgusting. Ugh

Gingi Freeman
Gingi Freeman
4 years ago

WOW, that was one disgusting video! I need to look into the biodegradable quality of my baby wipes now!