Are Kirkland Signature Baby Wipes Safe?

posted in: Baby, Baby Wipes | 59

This post may contain "affiliate links." This means if you click on the affiliate link and purchase the item, I'll receive a commission. I disclose this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255. I only recommend products that passed my strict criteria. Read about my research methods in the Start Here page.

Last updated on March 9th, 2018

KIRKLAND Signature Baby Wipes

 

The first time I wrote about Kirkland Signature Baby Wipes was in 2013.  At the time, I did not recommend them.  They even had formaldehyde in them!

 

I published a post about them, and attracted over 1,000 readers to that post alone, each day!  And the post came up in Google searches on the first page, even before Costco’s page.  If you’re reading this post, perhaps that’s how you found my blog.

 

I have a feeling that you want to make sure that the baby wipes you use on your baby are safe but do not have the time to research all these unpronounceable ingredients.  I get it.  I was in your shoes once.

 

When I started researching baby wipes over 5 years ago, the only thing I knew was that I needed to find baby wipes that are alcohol-free.

 

Since then, label reading has become my full-time occupation and calling.  I created the Baby Wipes Rating List, in which I rank 36 baby wipes, according to my opinions, from the safest to the east safe among them.  And I update this list every year.

 

And manufacturers take notice of my blog. Kirkland Signature Baby Wipes were reformulated in 2014, and a formaldehyde-releasing preservative was taken out.  But there is more to the story.  Read this post to find out what actually happened and how it may affect you and your baby.

 

And now, let’s talk about Kirkland’s Signature Baby Wipes as they are currently formulated.

 

2017 Kirkland Signature Baby Wipes Ingredients

 

Purified Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Decyl Glucoside, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Bicarbonate, Glycerin (Source)

 

The analysis of Kirkland Signature Baby Wipes Ingredients

 

There are big improvements in the new formula over the old one – no more carcinogenic formaldehyde, less potential exposure to carcinogenic 1,4-dioxane, and no more potentially skin irritating propylene glycol. While I am happy about these major improvements, Kirkland Signature Baby Wipes are not at the top of the list of baby wipes I recommend, just yet. Let’s go over each ingredient to see why.

 

Purified Water:  innocuous but because there is water in the formulation, broad spectrum preservative(s) have to be used to prevent bacteria and mold contamination before and after the baby wipes package is opened.  As noted below, the Kirkland Signature Baby Wipes do contain preservatives.

 

Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract: a great skin-healing ingredient and I see it in a lot of baby wipes; would be better if it were organic.

 

Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract: another great skin healing ingredient.

 

Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract: another great skin healing ingredient.

 

Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract: another great skin healing ingredient.

 

Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract: another anti-inflammatory and antioxidant ingredient.

 

 

Decyl Glucoside: an ingredient called a surfactant that cleanses the skin, it is among the safest surfactants and is widely used in baby products.  It is biodegradable and not known to contain petroleum contaminants.  Decyl glucoside is one of the surfactants that are least likely to cause contact allergy. However, some babies may still have a skin reaction to it and hence it was added to the list of allergens by American Contact Dermatitis Society.

 

Phenoxyethanol: a broad-spectrum preservative used in the Kirkland Signature Baby wipes to prevent mold and bacteria growth.  I think it is a big improvement over formaldehyde-releasing preservatives, which the Kirkland Signature baby wipes used to have, and I received a lot of comments (which you can see below the posts) reporting allergic reactions.  It is not carcinogenic or an endocrine disruptor or a frequent allergen.  However, it is not ideal.  It is made by reacting ethylene oxide with phenol, both of which are carcinogens. And some babies may have a skin reaction to it, even in amounts as low as 1%.  It is also on the list of allergens maintained by the American Contact Dermatitis Society. I do not have information as to how much phenoxyethanol is used in the Kirkland Signature Baby Wipes.  So if your baby gets a diaper rash, I suggest you discontinue using the Kirkland baby wipes.

 

Sodium Benzoate: another preservative.  It is a common preservative used in natural baby wipes and personal care products.  However, in 2017, Sodium Benzoate was added to the American Contact Dermatitis Society Core Allergen Series as one of the allergens.  They say that it increases the risk of an allergic reaction if used in concentrations over 5%.  I do not have information as to how much is used in the Kirkland baby wipes.  So if you see that your baby’s skin is irritated after using these formaldehyde-free baby wipes, in my opinion, I would discontinue the use of the wipes immediately and refer to my Baby Wipes Rating List for baby wipes devoid of phenoxyethanol and sodium benzoate.

 

Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate: a chelating ingredient, which means that it cleanses the baby wipes.  There is no safety data yet, so, as is true with the majority of chemicals, we do not know if it is safe for your baby’s skin.

 

Citric Acid:  a very common ingredient in baby wipes.  It is used to adjust the acidity of the baby wipes.  In bigger quantities, it can be irritating to the skin but I do not think that applies here.

 

Sodium Citrate: a very common ingredient used baby wipes to adjust the acidity of baby wipes to make them more compatible with the baby’s skin.

 

Sodium Bicarbonate: another name for baking soda.  There are no concerns here.  Note that it is a base, and affects the pH of the baby wipes, necessitating the use of citric acid and sodium citrate.

 

Glycerin:  a byproduct of soap making and commonly used as a moisturizer.  In the Skin Deep database, it is rated 2 with a good amount of data available.  It is generally considered safe in skin care products.

 

In conclusion, the Kirkland Signature baby wipes ingredients have improved.  However, they still contain ingredients that can irritate the baby’s gentle skin.  If your baby experiences discomfort, stop using these baby wipes and consider switching to a different brand.  Keep in mind that organic cloth and plain soap are the safest choices for a baby. You might want to check out my Baby Wipes Rating List to find out which baby wipes, in my opinion, use better ingredients.

Costco also carries Moist Flushable Wipes

 

They were reformulated in 2015 to remove a formaldehyde-releasing preservative.  The ingredient that I am most concerned about is fragrance.

 

Here is a new list of ingredients of the Kirkland Moist Flushable Wipes as of March 4, 2018:

 

Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Tocopheryl Acetate, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Polysorbate 20, Fragrance, Citric Acid, Disodium Phosphate, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate (Source)

 

Note that  2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1,3-Diol, a formaldehyde-releasing preservative was replaced (Yay!!!) with Phenoxyethanol and Sodium Benzoate. You can see the discussion of these two preservatives above when we talked about Kirkland baby wipes.

 

Fragrance: A big no-no

 

There is fragrance, which is a big no-no, too. In the US, there is no regulation requiring that companies disclose the ingredients of the fragrance mixes they use. (Companies don’t disclose them, either, as being trade secrets.)  Independent researchers have concluded that fragrance mixes, among other toxic chemicals, normally contain diethyl phthalate, a chemical that may disrupt the normal function of the hormone system. Again, tiny amounts here and there do add up. And babies are vulnerable.  Their detox system is not yet fully developed.

 

Fragrance mixes have been associated with allergies, dermatitis, respiratory distress and potential harms to the reproductive system.

 

So please, Costco, if you’re reading this, please don’t use fragrance in your wipes (or anything else).

 

In conclusion, Costco continues to make improvements to its wipes, but there is still some work to do, in my opinion.

 

Final Words About Kirkland Signature Baby Wipes

 

A lot of baby wipes include chemicals to which you would not want to expose your baby on a daily basis multiple times.  Tiny amounts accumulate. A lot of chemicals are not tested for safety and chemical interactions or are not tested at all.  I’ve read the ingredients of almost all baby wipes on the market and concluded that there is not anything better than organic cotton cloth, water, and castile soap.  That saves a lot of money too!  However, I do understand that sometimes we have to use disposable baby wipes, especially when away from home, and that’s why I created the Baby Wipes Rating List so you can make an informed decision about which the best baby wipes for your baby without becoming overwhelmed.

 

Kirkland Signature Baby Wipes and Others

 

 

Here is a list of my other baby wipes posts

Hidden Ingredients in Baby Wipes

Huggies Baby Wipes – Safe or Toxic?

Joonya Eco Wipes

Pampers Sensitive Baby Wipes: Safe or Toxic?

Are WaterWipes Baby Wipes Natural and Safe?

Naty Baby Wipes – Organic or Toxic?

2018 Baby Wipes Rating List

Let's start creating a healthy home today!

I read labels for you

When you join the I Read Labels For You community, you'll receive weekly emails with inspiration, exclusive content and coupons to gain clarity and confidence to create a healthy home. Plus, you'll get the FREE guide: "5 Powerful Steps to a Non-Toxic Home You Can Take Today!"

"I find your knowledge so helpful, to the point and like a gold mine. You have saved me so much time and have taught me so much. Toni

Powered by ConvertKit

59 Responses

  1. Kristin

    I think your blog is great. Very easy to read, understand, and grasp. However, reading this latest article, I haven’t seen anything about prices. Many families are on a tight budget and shy away from what might be a better choice organically because of price. I am interested to read how families can not only buy safe products but do so frugally.

    • Irina Webb

      Hi, Kristin, thank you for your compliment and feedback. As I am a stay-at-home mom, I totally understand what it means to be on a tight budget. I always keep a price at the back of my mind and stay away from unreasonably expensive things. Non-toxic products do not have come with hefty price tags. I will try to be more explicit about prices in my upcoming posts. Again, thank you for your feedback!

    • Ashley wright

      that is not what my wipes say!! they have all the old ingredients listed !!!!

  2. Rebecca

    Great research !! Thank you. I have been a BIG user of Kirkland’s baby wipes. They are the only wipes of their size. All the others are tiny squares and hard to use. However, I would have never known about the toxic chemicals without clicking on your article. I was in the process of ordering another supply when I saw your article. Again, thank you for all of your research.

    • Irina Webb

      Thank you for your comment! I am glad that you find my research helpful. I hope you will find my other posts as helpful as this one.

  3. Doris Towns

    Thank you for your research. I’m an old Gramma now, so I just have one pack of wipes that I keep around for the occasional need, but it’s interesting to know that the plain old facecloth and water that I usually reach for is still the best option.

  4. Carrie

    This was extremely helpful – thank you! What about Whole Foods “365 Everyday Value Chlorine Free” Baby Wipes? I’ve been buying these for quite a while now, but I just looked at the ingredients and saw sodium hydroxymethylglycinate listed. Should I be concerned about these wipes containing formaldehyde and therefore possibly making them carcinogenic?

    • Irina Webb

      Hi, Carrie! I am glad you found my Kirkland Signature Baby Wipes post helpful! Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate is one of the preservatives that is designed to release a small amount of formaldehyde into a product over time. Formaldehyde is a very potent toxin. Please see my post about it at http://www./formaldehyde-primer/ The amount of it is probably too small to adversely impact your baby’s health. However, small amounts here and there may accumulate in a human body over time. To be on a safe side, I would do everything possible to reduce our babies exposure to toxins. Among disposable wipes, I recommend Honest Baby Wipes or making your own cloth wipes.

  5. Ashley

    Hi, I had been using the Kirkland Baby Wipes for about a year for my own personal hygiene and to take off my make-up. I had previously used Walmart Teddy’s brand (btw had not reaction to at all) but switched to Kirkland because of the price. Three months ago I started getting very irritated on my tush and went to my doctor who prescribe me a cream (which didn’t help at all). I had upped the use of the wipes to keep extra clean which only made matters worse…still at this point no realising it was the wipes. Then about 2 weeks ago I go blisters on both eye lids and it was then that I put 2 and 2 together and realised it was the wipes. Stopped using them right away and about 5 -6 days later things started clearing up.

    • Irina Webb

      Thank you, Ashley, for sharing this helpful information about Kirkland signature baby wipes!

  6. Dana

    I use the Huggies brand of wipes. I’m sure they’re just as bad as the Pampers and Kirkland but wondered if you knew for sure? It’s always so disappointing and discouraging to read about more baby products that have harmful chemicals in them. Convenience is cheap for the pocket book but potentially costly to our health. Thanks for doing the research and putting it out there so us other mommies can make better choices for our kids and the environment!

    • Irina Webb

      Thank you, Dana, for the nice words. I will do a post on Huggies baby wipes. Be sure to subscribe to my blog so you do not miss the post. Thanks!

  7. Anh

    Thank you, Irina, for your research and this valuable information. Would you recommend Aleva Naturals Bamboo Wipes or Attitude Eco-Baby Wipes?

    • Irina Webb

      Hi Anh! Thank you for reading my post and asking the question. From the first look at these baby wipes, I can tell you that they are a step up from the Kirkland Signature baby wipes. However, a few concerns jumped at me. In Aleva Naturals baby wipes I am the most concerned about Cocamidopropyl Betaine that may be contaminated with carcinogenic Nitrosamines (http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/701520/COCAMIDOPROPYL_BETAINE/). And even if it is not contaminated, I am not in favor of this ingredient because it was nominated Allergen of the Year by the dermatitis society (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18627690). As for Attitude baby wipes, my biggest concerns are Benzyl Alcohol that has been associated with contact allergy (http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/700697/BENZYL_ALCOHOL/) and Sodium Benzoate that in combination with Citric Acid may form carcinogenic Benzene (http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/726354/BENZENE/). I am not saying that the contaminants are present in these baby wipes. If you are still interested in them, you should contact the companies and ask them what they do to prevent the contamination from happening. By the way, I do personalized research for the subscribers to my blog. You are more than welcome to subscribe. No spam I promise. Only helpful free information once a week. Best, Irina

      • Anh

        Thank you, Irina! With the information you have provided, I have decided to go with Honest wipes. I have also subscribed to your blog. Can’t wait for your weekly updates! Thank you again!

      • Marie

        Hi,

        I contacted the ATTITUDE company and asked them what they do to prevent the contamination from happening between Sodium Benzoate that in combination with Citric Acid may form carcinogenic Benzene. Here is their reply for anyone interested in those baby wipes:

        Regarding concerns about benzene formation related to sodium or potassium benzoate, our supplier certifies that this ingredient does not contain any Benzene nor does it contain any Benzene during the production process. Any formation or splitting of Benzene during the use is unlikely. Moreover, a US consultant, David Steinberg, told: “the formation of benzene by a reaction between citric acid and sodium benzoate is an urban legend with no basis in reality. It is chemically impossible for a salt (sodium benzoate) to react with an acid (citric or any other) to form a hydrocarbon (benzene).”

        The only scientific articles found related benzene formation talk about ascorbic acid (vitamin C), not citric acid and sodium benzoate. In all of the comments, the formation is only possible under very specific conditions such as extreme pH and/or elevated temperature and/or UV light. ATTITUDE products do not have ascorbic acid, do not have extreme pH, are not stored/used under high temperatures and are not exposed to light.

        Hope this helps! I personnally decided to go with those wipes (when needed)

        Marie

        • Irina Webb

          Yes, that confirms my understanding that benzene may formed only when ascorbic acid, not citric acid, is reacted with sodium benzoate. Thank you, Marie, for your research!

  8. AV

    We’ve used Earth’s Best, as they were on sale. Those and Honest Co seem like the best, based on the ingredients. The only downside is that they can foam up a bit, a minor downside compared to what you find in conventional wipes.

  9. ellie voss

    I have been using Pamper’s wipes for myself for years…..just so I can clean up after myself. Now what do I do?

    Great article…..thank you for your research

    • Irina Webb

      Ellie, thank you for your nice comment! I am glad that you found my post useful. I believe the old-fashioned way – washable rags and castile soap (I highly recommend Dr. Bronner’s soap “>) is the healthiest and greenest alternative. Thank you for asking!

  10. Postpartum week 3 | Chia + Chives

    […] reviews, after further research I discovered here are some nasty ingredients in the new formula. Formaldehyde being one of them. On our to do list tomorrow is a trip to pick up new wipes. I am thinking we will try a sensitive […]

  11. Dawn Vogl

    I mostly use Honest wipes but buy Earth’s Best also. Have you looked into the Earth’s Best wipes, are they OK?

    • Irina Webb

      Hi Dawn,
      thank you for asking the question. I could not locate Earth Best baby wipes’ ingredients on their website. I called them and requested the ingredients. When I receive the email and I will let you know what I think about the wipes. Thanks!

  12. Yukiko

    Hi Irina, this is a great article! I’ve been using Kirkland’s baby wipes for over 2mo now and I found it great. However the ingredient I found on the packet is different to what you stated here. The wipes is made in USA but imported by Costco Australia. Here is the ingredient:
    Aqua, propylene glycol, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, tocopheryl acetate, peg-75 lanolin, disodium cocoamphodiacetate, citric acid, disdium phospate, disodium edta, phenoxyethanol, methylparaben, ethylparaben, butylparaben, propylparaben, isobutylparaben, polysorbate 20, ethylene brassylate.
    As I know nothing about all those chemical, I would love to hear your opinion on those ingredients. Thanks!

    • ni

      Hi did you get a reply regarding this information. I have just stopped using my Kirkland wipes because of this article.

  13. Jessie Thomas

    Great article! Nice to see people asking questions before they make a purchase.
    I actually work with a company that makes a great Eco friendly, money saving, chemical free alternative. I’d love to share with you, and even mail you some samples.
    I don’t want to appear as if I’m spamming your page though by adding my website and product info. If it’s ok with you though I’ll post some info. If not I understand.
    I just want people to know that there is a green alternative that won’t break the bank.

    • Irina Webb

      Hi Jessie, please email me privately with your company’s information. And I will take a look at the ingredients. It is always good to know of safe alternatives. Thanks!

  14. akt

    hi, just wondering…while i know it is not always possible, what about rinsing the wipes before using them? i do this often and figure i have “diluted” them significantly. (hopefully not more at the expense of the environment than their disposal!)

  15. akt

    hi, just wondering…while i know it is not always possible, what about rinsing the wipes before using them? i do this often and figure i have “diluted” them significantly. (hopefully not more at the expense of the environment than their disposal!)
    btw, thanks for your time!

  16. Michelle

    Thank-you so much for this info. My baby did develop a rash when she was around 3 months old. I had no idea what caused it and it took over a month to clear up. Kirkland and Pampers are the two wipe brands we use but I will now be looking into Honest Co.

  17. Amelia Przekora

    Great info! I just wanted to add that actually you can buy the honest company’s wipes at nordstrom!!

  18. Kimberly Gauthier

    Happy Sunday! I found this post while doing research for a post I’m writing on my blog about using baby wipes on dogs. Thank you for this great information. I pulled a quote from the blog and linked it back to this post. I anticipate the post to go live in the first couple weeks of May.

    Kimberly

  19. Jennifer

    Just wanted to say thank you for all the reasearch I didn’t have to do because you did! I too wash my baby’s poopy bottom in the sink. For pee-pee bottoms, I use warm water and soap on old, softer, cut up cotton t- shirts. (Usually Johnson’s but I will be switching to castile soap now.) Mostly because I don’t like using all those chemicals on her but also because we’re tryiing to do zero waste and wipes are just one more thing to throw out. But when we go out or are traveling, I’m always trying to find compostable wipes or at least ones made of bamboo. As always Kirkland products are a good deal, a bit cheaper and I always kick myself for passing them up but they never use the word compostable. Not just biodegradable but ones that will compost. I’ll be headed over to the honest site. (They are outrageously expensive on Amazon.) Thanks for the save! Cheers!

  20. Maria Ragin

    I was at the store reading labels trying to find out what Propylene Glycol was. As it sounded like an alcohol to me. When I looked it up I happened upon ur article. Very informative. Ty.

  21. A Warning About Using Baby Wipes on our Dogs #DermaPet | Keep the Tail Wagging | Raising Dogs Naturally

    […] “Propylene Glycol is a skin conditioner.  Sounds great, right?  Not so fast.  It is a double alcohol that has been associated with irritant and allergic contact dermatitis.  The allergy can be manifested at propylene glycol concentrations as low as 2%.  We do not know what concentration of propylene glycol is used in Kirkland Signature baby wipes.  But do we want to take our chances?” ~ Irena Webb of I Read Labels for You […]

  22. Nikky

    When a product contains methanol or ethanol, it is labelled as contains alcohol. Propylene glycol is not an alcohol. It contains OH groups which are also present in alcohols. But a product containing propylene glycol will still be alcohol free.

  23. manila

    This is great, love the article on baby wipes, please send me emails with more great info!!! Thank you.

  24. Maria

    Hi, do you have any experience with Nature babycare Eco-Sensitive Fragrance-Free Wipes? Thanks!

  25. dorota

    They changed formula again.After using them for years without any problem(kids,my personal hygiene, makup remover) I have got serious rush on my face and private parts.

    • Irina Webb

      My top recommendation is to use cloth wipes. Among disposable wipes my top choices are wipes by Honest Co. and Jackson Reese wipes (see a short post about them here). If you’d like to have more options and know what wipes to buy when you are in a store, I put together a list of wipes rated in the order from least toxic to most toxic. This list comes in a wallet size. You can purchase and print it for $3.99 here. Thanks!

  26. Chris

    Good Job! Now if you can convince Costco to get rid of that “new unscented smell” on their baby wipes, (new formulation smells like stale beer, and it lingers on and on), then I will start buying them again.

  27. Bernadine

    NOVEMBER 2014 – KIRKLAND BABY WIPES – CAUSED SERIOUS SKIN REACTION TO MY DAUGHTER
    I am based in the UK.
    About a month ago, when we ran out of my 1 year old daughter’s Johnsons baby wipes , my husband bought the Kirkland brand.
    Soon after we started using the new wipes, my daughter had a really bad skin reaction (rashes, raw skin, etc.).
    Not realising it was caused by the Kirkland wipes and being very concerned, I took my daughter to the doctor several times. Various creams (Canesten, Sudocream, etc) were prescribed – needless to say none of them worked.
    We however noticed that when she went to nursery (where different wipes were used), her skin improved slightly during the week. However at the weekend when she was at home, it got worse!
    My husband decided to revert to the Johnson Baby wipes. Within the last 48 hours, the rashes, etc more or less disappeared! I then went on the internet and saw your blog.
    Looking at the Kirkland Baby wipes it has PEG-75 Lanolin, Polysorbate 20, Propylene Glycol amongst other ingredients.)
    I notice you mentioned that Propylene Glycol has been removed. But it is still very much in the wipes sold here in the UK.
    I am returning the rest of the box to Costco today for a refund.
    As a warning to other parents, please stay clear of the Costco/ Kirkland brand of baby wipes until the offending ingredients have been removed.
    Bernadine

  28. Cherie

    AND The new wipes stink! They literally smell like poop and the smell does not dissipate.

  29. Carrie

    Hi Irina, I first wanted to thank you for all of your hard work and research on baby wipes. You’re a tremendous help! And I really appreciated you answering my questions a while back on Whole Foods 365 “chlorine free” Baby Wipes. (By the way, I’ve tried – and love! – the Honest baby wipes, but the price just isn’t working in our budget right now with our two youngest in diapers. So I’ve mostly gone back to the Whole Foods 365 wipes, which I always buy in bulk. I know they’re not the best option, especially as they pose the formaldehyde risk, but it’s the best we can do right now and we’ve been happy with them for the most part…until now.) I recently noticed that Whole Foods has changed both the packaging and the formula for their wipes — and even the actual wipe itself (it’s smaller! and maybe a tad thinner, too? or “dryer” feeling, at least…there seems to be less liquid in each wipe)…but the price is still the same. 🙁 So you’re paying the same price for a pack of wipes (or a box of refill packs), but getting less for your money. Also, with the new smaller (and less moist) wipes, I’m finding that I don’t get as much “mileage” out of each one so we’re going through each pack faster than the old ones.

    All of this is disappointing, of course, but what I’m most concerned about is the change in ingredients. The new list is as follows: “Aqua (purified water), aloe barbadensis (aloe vera leaf) extract, contains less than 1% of the following: sodium cocyl hydrolyzed soy protein (cleanser), oryza sativa (rice) extract, glycerin (moisturizing cleanser), tocopherol (vitamin E), dehydroacetic acid, benzoic acid, benzyl alcohol (preservative), dimethicone copolyol (foam reducer), citric acid (pH balancer)” What do you think about the new Ingredients list? And “soy protein?” In a baby wipe??? (Soy’s in everything now…and my oldest has a soy food allergy. I can’t believe we’ve found a way to put soy in baby wipes!) Anyway, I’m hoping that the changes are positive since it’s such a different list/formula compared to the old wipes…but I’m a little nervous to ask!

    Thank you again so much for your help!

    • Carrie

      By the way, I looked up each of the ingredients on EWG’s Skin Deep website and most appear to be okay…although the soy protein one didn’t come up when I searched it. (I’m guessing that it’s a pretty benign ingredient in a baby wipe…) Benzyl alcohol might be irritating to the skin for some babies, possibly, but so far I don’t think it’s bothering my baby’s or my toddler’s skin. Time will tell, though…(We just started using the “new” 365 wipes a few days ago.) At least they got rid of the sodium hydroxymethylglycinate from the old formula — I’m hoping that this means the “new” version is formaldehyde free! (?)

      Thanks again for your passion and hard work on researching safe products for our babies!

      • Irina Webb

        Hi Carrie: I apologize for not being able to get back to you right away. I hate to say it but I think even after the reformulation 365 wipes are still worse than Kirkland. The main problem is benzoic acid that is an endocrine disruptor. With endocrine disruptors even tiny amounts potentially can be very harmful. I hope it helps.

  30. Karen

    Tnis is sooo true i bought Kirkland wipes and when I used it on my son to wipe his mouth just seconds, rashes appeared on his face…. i thought its bec of the food he just ate… then tonight i used the wipes to wipe his face and arms, he got rashes on his entire face and arms where i used d wipes! thanks for this article!

  31. Ashley Selvig

    My review for the baby wipes
    I got these from my in law. My baby broke out from them burning her bottom. I used them on my bottom and they burned like h*** My sister even used them, she had the same experience. I only use them for my hands to clean.

  32. Nastia K.

    Hi Irina,
    I have a question about certain baby wipes I just recently came across. The name is WaterWipes. The ingredients read water and grapefruit extract. And nothing else at all!!! Created by a concerned father whose child was super sensitive to anything on the market. Have you heard of this brand and if yes – what are your thoughts and opinion? Thank you in advance.

  33. Ally Shea

    Hi. Thank you so much for your website and research. I just discovered it recently and wish I would have found it before. I have 2 year old twin boys and have been using the buggies natural care wipes and am so sad to read that I might have been poisoning my babies. We wipe their hands every time before they eat. I would love to make wipes, but it’s just not in my bandwidth trying to keep these 2 alive. I’m a tiny bit confused by all of the wipes posts and was wondering if there is any wipe that comes in bulk (the large refill bags) that you can recommend as we go through so many? Thank you!

  34. Monique

    Have you recently checked it the Costco wipes. They are now fragrance free. Or at least that is what the box says. If you can, please check them out. I’d love to know your thoughts on them now.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.