When it comes to your children there is nothing more important than their health. However you may be exposing them to nasty and harmful chemicals from a young age simply by using wet wipes!
Wet wipes contain many chemicals to not only control wetness, add scent and durability but also preservatives to keep them from growing mould and bacteria while being stored. These chemicals can have long term effects as well as cause skin irritations in both infants and adults. Not to mention the plastic packets which are then thrown into land fill once the wipes are finished.
How can there be toxic ingredients in baby wipes, you ask? It all boils down to loop holes, hidden ingredients, and clever names of some of the chemicals listed below...
A preservative and leading cause of dermatitis, according to the Skin and Cancer Foundation, look for the full name or abbreviation, MI.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) or Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)
This is a surfactant that can irritate baby’s skin and possibly cause damage to the eyes.
Parabens, eg methylparaben
The paraben family of preservatives has been linked to an increased risk of cancer and hormonal problems, including infertility. Look for methlyparaben, propylparaben, butlylparaben and ethylparaben: anything ending with “paraben”.
Polyethylene Glycol (PEG)
This strips natural moisture from the skin. PEGs are also suspected to cause damage to organs and the immune system.
Used to make fragrances last longer, these chemicals are known hormone disruptors and particularly problematic for little boys’ sperm development. Phthalates won’t be listed in the ingredients, look for “fragrance” or “parfum” and avoid unless the fragrance is specifically listed as certified organic.
There are some preservatives that release formaldehyde, which is a known carcinogen (cancer-causing). These include DMDM hydantoin and 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol.
This did not sit well with us here at haakaa as you can imagine so we found a way to combine the ease and functionality of a wet wipe with the chemical free and natural aspect of a warm flannel.
Our 100% natural cotton wipes are made from all natural materials, can be used either wet or dry, are safe for all skin types as well as our environment, are extra absorbent and sterile.
Haakaa dry wipes are also safe for nursing mothers to clean nipples before and after breast feeding, remove make up, clean limbs and grubby faces plus can be used with warm water for extra comfort.
Simply remove from our recyclable packaging and add water to achieve your 100% safe and natural wet wipe - it is that simple!
- 100% natural cotton and chemical free.
- Safe and sterile.
- Formaldehyde free.
- Extra absorbent and soft.
- Safe for all skin types and ages.
- Can be used with warm water.
- No preservatives, alcohol or phthalates.
- 100 pieces in a pack.
Keep out of reach of children. Store in a cool dry place and avoid contact with water unless being used. Do not flush.
(Chemicals listed are not found in all wet wipes and is a general list of known chemicals used in multiple countries. Check your countries guidelines for a list of approved and banned chemicals)