Baby wipes harbor cancer-linked chemicals and non-biodegradable plastics

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As parents, grandparents, and caregivers know, baby wipes are essential if changing diapers is part of your daily routine. But how much do you really know about what’s in those wipes touching your or your baby’s sensitive skin? Consumer Reports takes a close look at the ingredients and reveals the popular brands that may pose a risk to your baby and the planet.

If you have small children, there’s a good chance you have baby wipes stashed just about everywhere. Whether you’re using wipes for diaper changes, removing makeup, or cleaning sticky fingers, you want them to be safe for people and the planet.

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Consumer Reports teamed up with the independent organization Made Safe to investigate the long list of ingredients. Of the 15 brands of baby wipes they looked at, 7 had concerning or unclear ingredients. The wipes contain potentially harmful chemicals, including some that may be linked to cancer risks. Many are made of plastics that don’t break down in the environment. In addition, some brands have a low pH balance, which may irritate the skin.

CR reached out to the companies. Coterie and Costco said they use very small amounts of certain chemicals in their wipes as preservatives or skin conditioning agents. Pampers said their ingredients and products undergo rigorous safety testing.

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