Baby wipes may not be “expensive” but what if there was a cheaper and “better-for-the-baby-bum” option? When I looked at the standard ingredients in store-bought so-called “Natural” baby wipes I thought, “Wow, this seems like a lot of chemicals. I wonder how necessary they are and how harsh they are to my baby’s bum. Could these chemicals contribute to the diaper rash my little guy gets…almost daily?”
Below is a cost and ingredient comparison between three separate wipe brands: Huggies Natural, my home-made recipe and a generic brand of wipes.
Ingredients in Store-bought (Huggies “Natural”): Water, glycerin, citric acid, cetyl hydroxyethylcellulose, aloe barbadensis extract (aloe), tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E acetate), sodium benzoate and potassium sorbate (food grade preservatives). Trace materials are commonly present in baby wipe ingredients.
Cost Per Wipe (Huggies): 4.5 Cents
Cost Per Package (72 count): $3.25
Ingredients in Home Made: Castile Soap, Pure Aloe, Water, Vitamin E, Grapeseed Oil
Simply combine all ingredients in a plastic canister big enough to hold half of a paper towel roll. Cut the roll in half and place in container. Pop the lid on, shake. Open and pull cardboard roll in center out and voila! Home made organic wipes.
Cost Per Wipe: 2.0 Cents
Cost Per Package (108 Count): 2.16
Ingredients in Store-bought (Kirkland Brand): Water, Propylene Glycol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Tocopheryl Acetate, Peg-75, Lanolin, Disodium Cocamphodiacetate, Polysorbate 20, Citric Acid, Disodium Phosphate, Disodium EDTA, Ethylene Brassylate, 2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1-3-Diol, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate.
Cost Per Wipe (Kirkland Brand): 1.4 Cents
Cost Per Package (90 count): $1.26
Obviously the cheapest is the generic brand but look at the ingredients list! I can’t even pronounce most of what is listed. Even the Huggies Natural wipes have more ingredients than what is needed. Can you make your own wipes for less? Of course. A simple recipe I saw on Pinterest was composed of baby soap, baby oil and water using the same amounts and method as in the above homemade recipe. However, there are still chemicals, not to mention dyes and scents added to both baby soap and baby oil that I want to avoid putting on my baby’s skin.
If you are using the natural wipes, you now know that there is a less expensive option that allows you to have more control over what goes on your baby’s skin. I still have the store-bought for traveling, but I use the home-made almost exclusively.