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Let’s face it, wet wipes are a convenient, nappy changing essential that we all use on a daily basis.
The easy alternative to cotton wool and water, they help with hygiene, and in a pinch, there’s nothing they can’t wipe clean.
But as far as nature-friendly baby gear goes, they are about as good for the environment as disposable nappies. Then there’s also that fact that many baby wipes contain nasty chemicals, E numbers and preservatives, which we just don’t want on our skin.
So we’ve rounded up the most natural baby wipes that you can buy. Of course you’re best off using a clean, unbleached cloth and water, you can’t get more natural and eco-friendly than that.
But you also can’t carry around a damp cloth and warm water everywhere you go. So these are the best compromise.
It’s also worth us mentioning that no wet wipes are flushable, even if they say they are on the packet.
1. Mum & You 100% Biodegradable Babywipes, £17.59 for pack of 12 (672 wipes in total)
Type: Disposable wipe
Awards: MadeForMums Awards 2019 Biodegradable Babywipes – Gold
These 100% biodegradable wipes were a top performer in the MadeForMums Awards 2019, scooping gold in their category.
Soft, strong and fragrance-free, they’re made from 98% water and suitable for even the most delicate skin.
They are a little expensive compared to non-biodegradable wipes but compared to other eco-friendly options, they are very reasonable. The fact they degrade in just 15 days in landfill is a major bonus too.
MFM judge Angelita says: “Since using these wipes I will never use any other brand. They tick all the boxes – they’re good for the environment, strong to use, one wipe goes a long way and they’re kind to my baby’s skin. They may be a bit pricey but I actually use these less of these than other brands so they last longer.”
It’s also worth noting that the smell seemed to polarize our judges, with some saying they liked it and others saying they found it unpleasant.
Available from: Amazon, Mum and You and Ocado
2. Cheeky Wipes Organic Premium Cotton Terry Cloth Washable Baby Wipes, £8.80 for 10
Type: Reusable wipes
These washable wipes from Cheeky Wipes are exactly what they appear, natural cloths that you can use with water to clean little bottoms.
Made with premium zero twist organic cotton, they are super soft and absorbent and as they are pieces of cloth, you can add water (or whatever ingredients you like) to make them wet wipes.
They’re 15cmx15cm square – making them the perfect size for babies’ bums and faces, and even adult faces too! They are also machine washable up to 60 degrees.
Available from: Amazon and Cheeky Wipes
3. Aqua Wipes, £14.99 for 12 packs of 12 (144 wipes in total)
Awards: MadeForMums Awards 2019 Biodegradable Babywipes – Silver
These NHS-approved baby wipes are suitable to use from birth and were a popular choice among our award judges.
We love the fact they’re soft and strong, with a good water content, and many of our testers commented on the fact they had a better scent than the offerings from other brands such as Mum & You. They’re vegan-friendly and contain 99.6% purified water along with organic aloe vera and a mild coconut cleansing agent.
One thing to note is that they are more expensive than other biodegradable wipes, including those on offer from Mum & You and Bamaboo.
MFM judge Aleena says: “These wipes are excellent – super soft, moist, large enough to clean a baby’s bottom and with a fresh smell. When cleaning skin, you feel satisfied there is enough water present to give baby bottom a good clean when you have no water present. My only negative would be the price and being on the pricey side I would recommend these to be used from birth to three months.”
Available from: Amazon, Ocado and Boots
4. Bamaboo eco-wipes, £2 for 1 pack (60 wipes)
Awards: MadeForMums Awards 2019 Biodegradable Babywipes – Joint bronze
These disposable, fully-biodegradable wipes are made with soft, breathable bamboo fibres and contain over 98% plant-based natural materials.
Our judges loved the fact the wipes are fully biodegradable and as an extra bonus the cartons of 12 are packed in recycled cardboard. The thickness of the wipes is also a plus point, and they feel stronger than the offerings from brands such as Kinder From Nature.
MFM judge Magda says: “These wipes feel thick, luxurious and soft. The price is not bad and I like that they biodegrade in six months.”
A couple of things to be aware of is the fact they can shed a bit, and one judge commented on the fact they are not as wet as other wipes (for example the Aqua Wipes).
They are fairly reasonably priced in terms of eco-friendly wipes and are a similar cost to Mum & You.
Available from: Amazon and Mama Bamboo
5. Bambino Mio Miowipes, £2.69 for 1 pack (60 wipes in total)
Awards: MadeForMums Awards 2019, Biodegradable Babywipes – Joint bronze
Plastic-free and made from 100% cotton fibres, these biodegradable baby wipes are perfect for delicate newborn skin.
Our judges loved the quality of these, although the rose and geranium scent seemed a bit like marmite, with some loving it and others hating it!
Vegan-friendly, they’re also free from alcohol, chlorine and parabens and pH-balanced.
MFM judge Laura says: “I really liked that the wipes weren’t too moist and didn’t leave the nappy area or my children’s faces too wet after use. It was also easy enough to select one wipe at a time with one hand – a must when you have a toddler kicking about during a nappy change. I love that these wipes are environmentally-friendly but at £2.69 for a packet of 60 wipes, I couldn’t afford to just use these alone.”
Available from: Amazon and Bambino Mio
6. Little Gubbins Reusable Baby Wipes, £11.99 for 20
These reusable baby wipes are soft, absorbent and an eco-friendly alternative to using disposable wet wipes. Unfortunately, they’re not recommended for nappy changing, but are ideal for cleaning hands and faces after a messy dinner and at 20cm by 20cm they’re the perfect size for this task.
Made of microfibre, they’re more absorbent then cotton and they also dry quickly too. It’s also good to know that they contain no harmful dyes or chemicals so are gentle on sensitive skin.
MFM reviewer Rebecca says: “These wipes are effective at wiping hands and faces and because they are microfibre, they can clean up spillages with ease. I find them much better at wiping than disposable wipes, and the baby doesn’t protest as much either.”
Available from: Amazon
7. CannyMum Bamboo Luxurious Dry Wipes, £29.99 for 24 packs of 20 wipes (480 wipes in total)
Type: Resuable up to three times
These handy dry wipes allow you to make your own wet wipes at home. Chemical-free and made of 100% biodegradable bamboo fibres, they’re a versatile option and can be used in all sorts of situations. They’re soft, thick and highly absorbent and can be washed and re-used up to three times.
MFM reviewer Christy says: “These wipes are slightly larger than standard wet wipes, which is a bonus when you’re dealing with a wriggly toddler or particularly mucky nappy change. The wipes are beautifully soft, which is especially nice when you’re using them on a nappy rash or to wipe a little face. I tested them on my two-year-old, but I would also use them for a delicate newborn as they’re chemical-free, and nicer to use than cotton wool and water.”
Available from: Amazon, Fill Your Pants and Canny Mum
8. WaterWipes Sensitive Baby Wipes, £2.70 for one pack of 60 wipes
WaterWipes are some of the gentlest wipes on the market, which has made them a hit with many parents keen to avoid chemical-heavy options.
They contain 99.9% purified and filtered water and a drop of grapefruit seed extract – a natural skin conditioner. They are fresh, have a soft texture and great absorbency, so will be useful well beyond the newborn stage.
They are fairly expensive and are a similar cost to the Bambino Mio wipes (so more costly than the likes of Bamaboo and Mum & You one), but they are available in a handy travel size which can be useful.
It’s also worth noting that currently the wipes are made of polyester and viscose, so only 20% is biodegradable (unlike the options from Mum & You, Bambino Mio and Bamaboo which are 100% biodegradable).
However, the brand says finding a way to make the product biodegradable, without needing to treat with chemicals, is a top priority – so watch out for developments.
MFM reviewer Alexandra says: “These wipes are a great alternative to the recommended cotton wool and water. I did find them a little bit too ‘wet’, and as for the cost I possibly wouldn’t use them for a prolonged period, but would definitely buy them for my newborn due in April.”
Available from: Amazon, Tesco and Boots
9. Jackson Reece, Kinder by Nature, unscented baby wipes, £2 for one pack of 56
PH-balanced, hypoallergenic and dermatologically-approved, these unscented baby wipes are extremely kind to skin.
They are 99% derived from renewable, vegetable or plant extracts, are biodegradable, compostable and chlorine-free, fragrance-free. Add ‘Made in the UK’ and ‘not tested on animals’ to the list, and their eco credentials are impressive indeed. And it goes without saying that you won’t find any nasty chemicals in the ingredients list.
They are quite thin compared to others on the market (such as Aqua Wipes and Bamaboo), and can be a bit tricky to get out of the pack, but they’re lovely and gentle on baby’s skin.
Available from: Amazon, Boots and Waitrose
10. Natracare Organic Cotton Baby Wipes, £3.89 for one pack of 50
Another strong contender in the eco baby wipes niche, Natracare Baby Wipes are organic cotton wipes, which are soft and gentle, but also effective for daily use on sensitive baby skin.
The wipes are infused with organic essential oils of chamomile, apricot and sweet almond oil, as well as other natural plant extracts, while avoiding undesirable detergents, parabens, or nasty preservatives. As an added bonus, they’re packaged in BPA-free recyclable plastic.
These are one of the more expensive wipes – at nearly double the cost of the Bamaboo ones, but have plenty of good reviews.
Available from: Amazon and Big Green Smile