I must confess that although I have been very familiar with cloth diapers, I had never heard of cloth reusable wipes until very recently. The concept had simply never occurred to me. Now, I am fascinated with this concept. Here are some of the reasons why….
- Cloth wipes are healthier for babies. They contain no harsh chemicals and are made from natural materials such as hemp or cotton. You get to decide what wipe spray is best for your baby, from mere water to whatever naturally scented herb and oil combination you choose. Disposable wipes contain many chemicals that have been deemed unsafe, such as Peg 75 Lanolin and parabens. This particular form of lanolin has been found to be carcinogenic, while other chemicals such iodopropynyl butylcarbamate have suspected neurotoxicity and gastrointestinal toxicity, as well as being a known teratogen, or a substance that causes birth defects. (1) Parabens can mimic the hormone estrogen when absorbed by the body which has been shown to increase the risk of breast cancer and other reproductive abnormalities. (2)
- Cloth wipes also simply feel better on the skin. Most cloth wipes are made from either hemp or cotton. They are so soft! When compared to a disposable wipe, there is simply no comparison! Cloth wipes are at room temperature so you don’t have to worry about warming them up. Most of all, babies like them! They are gentle on skin and don’t irritate.
- Cloth wipes are great for the environment. They don’t generate more landfill waste and don’t produce pollution during the manufacturing process. One baby can generate tens of thousands of wipes from birth to potty time. That’s a ton of disposable wipes!
- Cloth wipes are also much more cost effective than disposable wipes. Let’s break it down:
- At the average price of 4.4 cents per wipe, an average household could spend $500 on wipes from birth to potty time. (3)
- That same family could purchase 6 six packs of cloth wipes at an average price of $60 from birth to potty time. (4)
- That’s a savings of $440! Think of what you could do with an extra $440!
These are just a few reasons to use cloth wipes instead of disposable wipes.
Cloth Wipes come in many different choices. We’ve got a great selection. You can click on the link below to find a wipe system to meet your needs.
Why did you switch or what is keeping you from switching? We can’t wait to hear what you have to say!