Why and how to use washable wipes
What? you haven't switched to washable wipes yet 👀
😧 Did you know that disposable wipes alone represent 7 cubic meters of waste per woman over a lifetime. They cost, over time 4 to 6 times more than the washable wipe, depending on the brand.
If we add to this the disposable wipes used for the toilet of the little ones, the counter climbs very quickly 😥
Why use washable wipes?
1) To reduce waste
Single-use wipes are a disaster for the planet because of the waste they produce.
By using washable wipes, you do not generate any waste since you wash and reuse them.
What about so-called "biodegradable" wipes? The latter, according to the Centre d'information sur l'eau français, are extremely resistant and only degrade after 3 months!
If they end up in the sewers, they become gorged with viscous matter and end up clogging the filter grids at the entrance to the treatment plants.
2) To maintain your health
With the pandemic, single-use wipes have become an essential accessory in addition to hydroalcoholic gel. You should know that a good number of them contain ingredients suspected of being endocrine disruptors.
The magazine 60 Millions de consommateurs analyzed the composition of 12 disinfectant wipes.
The lotions that impregnate most wipes are clearly harmful to human health, and to the environment in which they sooner or later end up:
- acrylcopolymer : a family of potentially carcinogenic, mutagenic and reprotoxic polymers;
- iodopropynyl butylcarbamate : a fungicide and bactericide, suspected of being an endocrine disruptor;
- formic acid: an acid suspected of being an endocrine disruptor;
- benzalkonium chloride: a quaternary ammonium (disinfectant, surfactant) very toxic, irritating and polluting;
- didecyldimethylammonium chloride: another very irritating and polluting quaternary ammonium;
- decyl ethoxylated fatty alcohol: its production pollutes and the finished product is potentially polluting;
- denatonium benzoic salt: an irritating, toxic and polluting additive (makes the product bitter);
- limonene: a perfume, sensitizing, irritating and very polluting;
- diethyl phthalate: a denaturant or fixer, suspected of being an endocrine disruptor;
- methylisothiazolinone: a highly allergenic, irritating and polluting preservative.
Endocrine disruptors can induce major health problems like infertility, abnormal fetal development, early puberty, cancers, diabetes, obesity, neurological problems, learning disabilities and many more.
Enough to say that it would be better to do without them.
How to use washable wipes on a daily basis?
There are several ways to use your washable wipes.
They are also easily washable in the washing machine.
🤱🏾 For the little ones
The washable wipes are extra soft and designed to prevent irritation and chafing on babies' sensitive skin. On the other hand, they are made with natural materials, such as organic cotton or bamboo, and their use avoids the contact of synthetic additives with the baby's skin. You can use them to clean the baby's bottom when changing diapers, but not only for general hygiene: mouth, nose, etc...
PS: our ancestors did not know single-use wipes and did very well ^^
💄 To remove your makeup
You can choose to apply water and your soap, vegetable oil such as coco, your hydrosol or your cleansing milk. Then gently pass the wipe over the made-up areas. A single wipe will do! You can also use your washable wipe with a little hydrosol to tone and refresh your skin when you wake up.
For the toilet in general
And yes, to wash your face, refresh yourself during the day, also use your washable wipe.
For the maintenance of your wipes? it's just as simple, you can wash them by hand or by machine after each use to be able to use them again. No more packets of disposable wipes.
MissBak wipes are machine washable up to 60 degrees. They are washable up to 300 times! In addition, they come with a washing net to facilitate and protect the squares during machine washing.
💡 Tip: If your washable wipe becomes rough, soak it overnight in a liter of warm water with 2 tablespoons of baking soda and a glass of white vinegar.
Skip to washable wipes now and adopt a healthier and zero waste routine 🌍