“Wet wipes don’t flush and make up 93% of matter causing UK sewer blockages”.
Not only that but they contain rash causing chemicals and are unsustainable. Stop trashing the planet and baby’s bum and make your very own Baby Wipes. #20 on our list of 52 ways to reduce your eco-footprint are these natural, chemical free and easy to make Baby Wipes.
Guest Writer: Tara Wang
The Problem with Baby Wipes
“Wet wipes make up 93% of matter causing UK sewer blockages” source: The Guardian.
They may be used on the cutest little bums in the world but baby wipes are anything but cute. Most baby wipes contain plastic that is ‘virtually indestructible’, taking more than 100 years to break down naturally. Even the “Flushable” wipes don’t break apart in drains, cause blockages and littering beaches. Not only that but many baby wipes contain harmful chemicals and fragrances that can cause allergies and discomfort for your child.
Of course, bums need to be wiped so what to do if we don’t want to trash our planet or harm our loved ones? The answer of course, is make your own. Check out the DIY Baby Wipe guide, by Tara Wang, below and soon you will be making you’re own natural and chemical free baby wipes.
Not only are they safe, bio-degradable and eco-friendly but cheap too!
DIY Baby Wipes – Natural and chemical free
(I love using Dr Bronner’s Lavender Castile Soap, available at Health Food stores or online)
(Viva towels are best as they’re strongest. I have tried recycled paper towels but they clump together)
(They are a perfect size – still searching for a plastic-free alternative)
Cut the paper towel roll in half – I like to place it in the container and mark out where to cut it. A bread knife works the best.
Rub off any excess bits of fluff and place into container.
Mix coconut oil, liquid castile soap and hot water in a container and whisk to combine.
Pour half the solution over the paper towel. Push the corners in slightly and pour the rest down the corners – be careful it’s hot! Ensure the entire paper towel is wet through.
Pull out the cardboard in the middle. Loosely pull at the paper towel in the middle and it’s ready to use! So quick and easy, not to mention much more cost effective and better for the environment!
Optional: Smiley faces on boxes 😍
For more ways to reduce your eco-footprint, check out the One Brown Planet sustainable toolkit.