Saturday, June 9, 2012
I find it rather odd that the first year we cloth diapered I continued to use disposable wipes, don't even know why. When my daughter was about a year old I stopped using wipes at home altogether, I just found it easier to wash her with running water. With our second baby we have been using cloth wipes since day one. On a recent four day road trip we used disposable diapers (gasp!) and we took along a package of these GroVia BioWipes to try out.
They very much remind me of other chlorine-free wipes that we have used before. The difference is that these are actually biodegradable, that's right - they are compostable baby wipes! There aren't any fragrances, chlorine, dyes, etc. They are soft, average in size like any other disposable wipe, they contain only seven natural ingredients (Purified Water, Certified Organic Aloe Vera, Glycerin (vegetable oil derived), Alkyl Polyglucoside (corn based), Vitamin E, Citric Acid, Sodium Hydroxymethyl Glycinate (a naturally occurring amino acid). There are 80 wipes in a package. These are not made from petroleum like most other wipes, they are made from Ingeo fibers - which are man-made from renewable resources (i.e. plant fibers). You can actually wash them and reuse them if you choose!
When we went to Washington D.C., I kept a few of these in my diaper bag in a container. I cannot stand fragrances and I have never bought regular baby wipes - they almost make me want to gag for some reason (must be the artificial fragrances, I'm sensitive to chemicals). I was glad to have these for diaper changes, and since we were temporarily using disposable diapers for those four days, this was a perfect option for travel. I'll be using them throughout the summer for road trips and when we are out and about. While I still prefer using cloth wipes every day for frugal and financial reasons, these are the next best thing when you need them.
Perhaps the only two things we do not really like about them is that they are actually made in China (even though it does say "Fairly and conscientiously made in China" I trust GroVia on that) and that the package needs to be resealed very carefully if you don't want them to dry out. The opening is rather small, it's tough to get the wipes out - maybe it's just me and I haven't used disposable wipes in a long time. The wipes retail for $5.99 per package. That's more expensive than any other disposable wipes I've seen. But again, you're paying for a fairly made, biodegradable product. It's up to you to decide if it is worth it for your family personally.
So if you are looking for biodegradable baby wipes for any reason, like travel or for keeping in your diaper bag for occasional messes or snotty noses, these are a great option!
Check out the GroVia BioWipes at Thanks Mama!