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  1. Citric Acid hurts chaffed skin. If you don’t believe me, try a little lemon juice on your lips the next time they are chapped. Wash clothes warm water and a little simple soap and then rinse will always win over wipes.

    1. Of course, it will. Lemon can also irritate healthy skin. It is a matter of the amounts though. I applaud you for not using baby wipes. No baby wipes are better than the safest baby wipes. I washed my baby under the running water instead. However, I can’t expect others to do the same, especially when traveling. Thank you, Marcia, for your input. ~Irina

  2. have you tried WaterWipes??? they only have 2 ingredients! water and 0.1 percent of fruit extract!! (: we just switched bc my son got a blister that looks like a chemical burn while using pampers “sensitive” wipes!!!!

  3. I am a 72 year old woman with a little bit of a butt condition lately. I recently purchased and just used Pampers Sensitive Baby Wipes for this problem. On first swipe I almost fell off the seat from the unbearable stinging sensation. My first thought was… what in the world is in these things? And then…how would a baby be able to bear with this? … I would never use these things on a baby and will not be using them any more for myself!

    1. I’m in my mid 60s and I’ve tried different kinds of butt wipes and they all gave me a rash. I talked my husband into installing a bidet. If you have that option, it’s a great way to go. He even loves it. We also moved to a home with a septic tank and you cannot use wipes in them. So the bidet is great

  4. My daughter is two and she just started breaking out today all over from these wipes. I am afraid to use wipes now. What is the best option to clear this up besides using different wipes?

  5. Has the ingredient list changed since this post? I’m trying to explain to my cousin that Pampers isn’t better than Huggies and vice versa. I thought they were equal products (not good but just as bad as one another) but these Pampers wipes are more worrisome but I also read elsewhere that in 2013-2014 most companies started to change their formulas to exclude some chemicals (one was methylisothiazolinone, Googling that is how I found the news from various countries). I assumed Pampers would also have changed their ways since I noticed the update on your Huggies wipes label read.

    1. Hi, Karine: thank you for asking! Yes, you are absolutely right. You might have read this on my blog. πŸ™‚ I noticed that in 2013-2014 a lot of baby wipe companies improved their product formulations. (Coincidently, this started happening after I had published my Baby Wipes Rating List.) Because I run the Baby Wipes Rating List, I review baby wipes ingredients every year and this post reflects the current list of ingredients (or at least it was current at the beginning of this year). I will be reviewing ingredients for changes in January of next year. ~Irina

  6. Sodium Benzoate in the presence of citric acid can release benzene which is a potent carcinogen, so while citric acid and sodium benzoate are fairly harmless individually, they are much more dangerous in combination combination with each other. Just google the two names together and read the literature about their byproduct benzene.

  7. What about Bambo wet wipes? Ingredients: Aqua, Glycerin, Sodium Laureth-11 Carboxylate, Laureth-10, Sodium Benzoate, Lactic Acid, Glycereth-17 Cocoate, Potassium Sorbate, Allantoin

    1. Hi Ines, I do not see the ingredients listed on the company’s website. So I emailed the company to confirm the ingredients. I will let you know when I hear from them. Where did you find the ingredients? Diapers.com?

  8. my baby Ashton used pampers wipes and it gave him the worst rash. I literally watched the wet wipe cut up his skin as I cleaned around his butt. Little dots of blood would appear on top of his rash and it eventually caused to form a blister. My poor baby! I don’t trust manufactured baby wipes after that. I also rinse my baby boy in the sink with warm water. I use a cotton burp cloth with ho t water as a wet wipe. Water is a healer. So is air. Ever since I did this his rash decreases exponentially every single day. Be careful what you trust!

  9. Thanks for looking into these wipes more specifically, Irina! Onwards with Honest wipes it is. I like the idea of going cloth/water, but that’s not practical for our limited set-up… Cloth diapering is enough of an adventure for me to handle at the moment. πŸ™‚

      1. I use gDiapers. I know they aren’t the cheapest system, or necessarily the most simple, but I like the option to go with cloth or compostable/biodegradable inserts. I also like being able to break down the pieces to clean them separately. I’m curious to hear what you have found, although it also feels like we’ve already made the commitment with gDiapers, so it might be hard to switch, unless your sales pitch is incredible… πŸ˜‰

        1. I definitely see the convenience of gDiapers. I chose the other diapers – they are also hybrid – because the inserts are organic. I also heard gDiapers start leaking when the baby gets older. How old is your baby?

          1. My bigger guy who currently uses them is 19 months. My little guy who hopefully will take them through round two is almost a day old. πŸ™‚ we occasionally have minor leaking issues, but that’s if we have left him with a cloth insert way too long (like all morning…oops!) or if he has a major blowout. But those types of leakages occur occasionally with disposables, too; I chalk them up more to user error than gDiapers failure.

  10. Never thought about the wipes well not true we buy BJ’s brand of natural ones for messes and the occasion when we use sposies but we cloth diaper our kids. So I make my own wipes solution with water, squirt or Dr. Bronner’s soap and olive oil or organic canola (not the best but it’s cheaper) on my cloth wipes. Or I just use plain water.