Yes - you heard that right. There is plastic in wet wipes. In fact, most brands are actually almost entirely plastic! But the truth is that wet wipes are a disaster for many reasons. Aside from the plastic, they are clogging up our sewers (making up 93% of the matter contained in fatbergs) and exposing us (and our children) to unnecessary chemicals. So what are the alternatives?
Wet wipe alternatives for make up removal
Ditch the disposables and reach for a flannel or soft face cloth instead. For a great, natural cleansing routine get rid of the chemical makeup removers too and opt for the oil-cleansing method.
Wet wipe alternatives for babies' bottoms
Nappy changing certainly isn't the most appealing part of parenthood so it's easy to understand why disposable wet wipes have become so popular. Bagging up a used wet wipe, throwing it in the bin and never seeing it again does sound like the easy option but this convenience comes at a cost to our waterways.
If you no longer want to do so or if you are trying to save money or avoid chemical exposure, why not opt for a reusable alternative. If you go for something like these Cheeky Wipes you will get a system that is designed to be better for your baby, convenient, environmentally friendly and money saving.
Wet wipe alternatives for adult bottoms
If you have a sensitive bottom and feel that dry toilet paper is not for you there are alternatives that you can try.
Cheeky wipes are not just for babies. They also do a 'family cloth wipes kit' which offers a complete toilet paper alternative.
Or why not opt for a bidet or a bidet toilet shower attachment which allow you to wash with water only. Advocates of this technique say that it makes you feel cleaner and it is cheaper in the long-run.
Wet wipe alternatives for messy babies and children
A stack of reusable cloths, muslins or flannels can be just as convenient as a pack of wet wipes. They can be washed with your normal load and won't take up much space in the washing machine. When you're out and about you can put a damp flannel/muslin in a bag or a Tupperware box. This may sound like more hassle than taking a pack of wet wipes but the upsides are appealing – better for the environment, less exposure to chemicals and it will save you money.
Wet wipe alternatives for house cleaning
At the risk of repetition, if you are currently using disposable wipes around the house – there's a reusable cloth for that! Use reusable cloths to wipe surfaces, use mops to wipe the floor and use reusable cloths to clean the toilet. You can use different coloured cloths to ensure different parts of the house are cleaned with different cloths or you can use a fabric pen to write on each cloth to keep kitchen cloths in the kitchen and toilet cloths in the bathroom.
But aren't wet wipes more hygienic?
If you use antibacterial wipes because you think they keep your home cleaner you might want to check out this article in the Telegraph. It dispels this myth and quotes researchers who found that anti-bac wipes were not an effective way to rid your house of germs.
Thank you for reading and if this article has made you think twice about wet wipes why not give the alternatives a go. Then let everyone know about the easy switches they can make for a more eco-friendly life.