Our top pick for eco-friendly baby wipes are WaterWipes, made of 99.9% water and a touch of grapefruit seed oil. If your baby’s skin can’t tolerate other wipes, WaterWipes are an excellent choice based on our testing. We tested nine different wipes that claimed to be natural or eco-friendly—WaterWipes performed the best. Here’s an overview:
What We Liked
• Same performance as fancy brands. These wipes handled most diapers messes with the same effectiveness as standard wipes.
• No additives. Our testers loved WaterWipes simple ingredients, especially for babies who’ve developed rashes from standard wipes.
• No fragrance. These wipes were unscented.
What Needs Work
• Pricey. They can run two to three times the price of standard wipes.
• Must store in a cool/dry place. If you are looking for wipes to store in a car during a hot summer, these aren’t the best choice. The lack of preservatives mean these wipes can mold if not stored properly.
• Expiration dates. Since these wipes have no preservatives, the company recommends using opened packages within 30 days. A box must be used within 15 months of manufacture. As a result, it may make sense to order these wipes in smaller amounts.
• Drippy. In our testing, parents who were used to name brand wipes found these wipes to be somewhat drippy—and that can make a diaper change a bit more messy. In the end, we thought this drawback wasn’t a deal killer . . . our testers just had to get used to the different moisture level.