Baby wipe packaging often claims they are “flushable” or “biodegradable” but the reality is that they are anything but. When flushed, these wipes contribute to huge ‘fatbergs’ that clog up sewage and drainage systems, and create ‘ropes’ of discarded wipes that pollute our oceans. These wipes that we flush or throw away without so much as a second thought have even been found in the tummies of turtles.
In the UK we use around 11 billion wet wipes every year, many of which are baby wipes. So what can we do to keep babies bum fresh, but lessen the environmental impact? The answer is, you can combine a homemade spray with eco-friendly reusable cloths and create a better alternative for you, baby, and the planet!
2 cups of distilled water
1 tablespoon of organic aloe vera
1 tablespoon of witch hazel extract
1 teaspoon of coconut oil
1 teaspoon vitamin 8
Additional organic essential oils like lavender or chamomile
Essential oils such as lavender and chamomile are safe for babies and are known for soothing sensitive skin. Coconut oil is a natural antibacterial as well as being gentle and moisturising,along with aloe vera which is great for repairing irritated skin.
To make this magic potion, you need to boil up the distilled water and whisk in the other ingredients before setting it down to cool. Once it has cooled to room temperature, decanter it into an amber glass spray bottle and keep in the fridge ready to use.
Next up you need to pick out some organic cotton or bamboo reusable wipes from our carefully chosen selection and get to work. Just spray a bit of the solution onto baby and a bit onto the wipe, use as you would use a regular wipe, and put in the wash basket to wash with some natural laundry detergent from Planet Detox.
The result of this is an eco-friendly, natural, safe, organic, and environmentally conscious baby-bum-cleaning experience from start to finish.