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Flushable Bum Wipes

Bum Wipes

The concept of moist toilet wipes is a ripper.  Like they say about the ad, ‘there isn’t much you wouldn’t clean without water’, and it’s true.  I even heard one friend say they changed his life!  I am a devotee too however recent awareness around the chemicals used to make these products has called for me to look further afield for an alternate, safer solution.  The two most popular, readily available varieties are featured below.  Interestingly they both use less ingredients than most baby wipes out there however they both feature preservatives that can cause contact dermatitis, suspected cardiovascular, liver, kidney and neurotoxicity.  All things being equal in the bum wiping world these are ingredients I prefer NOT to include in my daily cleaning routine.

As for the ‘flushable’ part, well, the internet is filled with news stories about these flushable wipes clogging pipes all over the developed world.  In 2013 there was even a class action in San Francisco against Kimberly-Clark regarding such a matter.  The instructions say to use 1-2 wipes.  Have you seen the size of these wipes?  They’re small.  Any human-sized butt (big or small) needs more than one for a thorough clean-up, then if you flush even just one you are playing your plumbing’s version Russian roulette (and that’s one game you don’t want to lose).

So what do you do if you can’t flush them?  Well you need to throw them out!  If you’ve ever used a public toilet in Greece there are signs asking you not to flush the toilet paper.  The plumbing is so ancient (and slim-line) that it can’t tolerate anything more than just the ‘essentials’ being flushed.  In the toilet cubicles bins are provided and if you have to visit you’ll see that the bins contain little toilet-paper-wrapped ‘mummies’ from previous visits.  Generally (but not always!) the bathrooms are serviced regularly and those bins are emptied out.  In the case of ‘flushable wipes’, that’s exactly what you need to do.   I would only ever flush one (and certainly not two) of these ‘flushable’ wipes if I was absolutely desperate.

Which brings me to the safe alternative to flushable wipes.  Drumroll…  Water Wipes!  They’re not flushable but they’re safe to use on your skin.  They contain only two ingredients; water and grapefruit seed extract. They’re comparable in value to Sorbent and Kleenex Cottonelle at $0.13 per wipe and they’re slightly bigger.  The best news is they work, and they’re non-toxic.  You can use them knowing you’re not slowly, indirectly delivering your body an unnecessary toxic load.  Yay to that!

Read on to see what’s inside the popular flushable wipes:


Sorbent Clean and Fresh Wipes

$4.40 / 40 pack  ($0.11 per wipe)

Sorbent Clean and Fresh Wipes

Water:  Water 

Coconut Oil:  Plant derived.  Used as an emollient and conditioner.  Considered safe.

Sweet Almond Oil:  Plant derived.  Used as an emollient and conditioner.  Considered safe.

Avocado Oil:  Plant derived.  Used as an emollient and conditioner.  Considered safe.

Cetearyl Wheat Straw Glucosides: Plant derived.  Used as an emollient and conditioner.  Not on any of GoodGuide’s lists of toxic chemicals which cause suspected or recognized health effects. It has not been detected in human tissue or urine.

Vegetable Glycerin: Glycerin is a byproduct of soap manufacture. Used as a moisturiser.  Glycerol maybe genetically modified, and/or palm oil derived.  Used as a humectant, solvent and denaturant.  May irritate sensitive skin.

Sodium Benzoate:  Petroleum derived.  Used as a preservative.  Contact dermatitis, suspected cardiovascular, liver, kidney and neurotoxicity.  Suspected skin or sense organ toxicity. Skin ailments eczema, dermatitis, itching, hives, rash. (I’m so not happy with this ingredient!)

Potassium Sorbate:  Petroleum derived.  Used as a preservative.  Contact dermatitis, may cause mild skin and eye irritation.

Phenoxyethanol:  Petroleum derived.  Absorbed via the skin, effects from exposure may include eye irritation, headache, tremors, central nervous system depression, mild irritation on sensitive skin. Safe as used up to 5%. Suspected reproductive and developmental toxicity. Toxic to the kidneys, the nervous system and the liver. (and I don’t want to see the word ‘toxic’!  Not near my bits, not near my skin!)

Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice:  Extract from the leaves of the aloe vera plant.  Can cause allergic or hyper-sensitive reactions.  Used as an emollient.

  Sodium citrate:  May be GM, bacteria or plant derived.  Used as a buffer.  Considered safe.


Kleenex Cottonelle Flushable Unscented Wipes – Sensitive

$5.27 / 42 Pack  ($0.13 per wipe)

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Water:  Water

Phenoxyethanol:  Petroleum derived.  Absorbed via the skin, effects from exposure may include eye irritation, headache, tremors, central nervous system depression, mild irritation on sensitive skin. Safe as used up to 5%. Suspected reproductive and developmental toxicity. Toxic to the kidneys, the nervous system and the liver. (aka. bad news!)

Propylene Glycol:  Petroleum derived.  Used for skin conditioning.  Potential effects include eczema, skin irritation, respiratory, immuno and neurotoxicity. (immuno and neurotoxicity I can do without!)

  Sodium citrate:  May be GM, bacteria or plant derived.  Used as a buffer.  Considered safe.

Sodium Benzoate:  Petroleum derived.  Used as a preservative.  Contact dermatitis, suspected cardiovascular, liver, kidney and neurotoxicity.  Suspected skin or sense organ toxicity. Skin ailments eczema, dermatitis, itching, hives, rash. (here it is again!)

Benzoic Acid: Petroleum derived.  Used as a preservative.  May cause irritation to the eyes, mouth or lips. Suspected respiratory and neurotoxicity. (I don’t want this one either!)

Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate: Plant or synthetically derived.  Used for cleansing.  May contain MSG.  Those sensitive to MSG should avoid.

Dehydroacetic Acid:  Used as a preservative.  May cause skin irritation.

Citric Acid:  Plant and maybe GMO derived.  Used for buffering (resists changes to pH).  Eye irritation, skin irritation.  Those sensitive to MSG should avoid.


And here is my recommended, non-toxic, safe alternative:

WaterWipes

Price: $7.69 / 60 Pack

Water Wipes

Purified Water:  99.9%

Citrus Grandis Seed Extract (Grapefruit Seed Extract):  Used as a skin conditioning, toner, and astringent.

Remember: These are NON-flushable!  

They’re available from Coles, BiLo and online (look in the baby wipe section).  Click here for more info on Water Wipes.

I hope you found this info helpful!

♥ Kelly Lynne

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Disclaimer.  I am not paid for my reviews.  My opinions are my own based on the research that I have conducted over many years.  I use various resources to find my information.  An excellent resource is an app called ‘Chemical Maze’, other resources include the Good Guide, the Environmental Working Group (EWG), as well as the internet.  You can find lots of information if you scratch beneath the surface.  My aims are to clean up my life and home and to share what I find with you so you can do the same if it’s that you want to do.  

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