Kirkland Premium Baby Wipes (Costco) contain hazardous ingredient

So Costco’s Kirkland brand baby wipes were my favorite wipes. After consulting the cosmeticsdatabase.com, I realized they have an extremely hazardous ingredient, 2-BROMO-2-NITROPROPANE-1,3-DIOL – it’s listed as a 10 – the highest level of hazard! Additionally, they contain PEG-75 LANOLIN which contains dioxanes (listed by the EPA as a probably human carcinogen); also contains PROPYLENE GLYCOL which is another ingredient one should avoid, and 4 other ingredients that are listed as a moderate hazard. So I will be changing wipes. I think I will go for some unbleached, organic cotton cloth wipes and just wash them. Plain ole water should not be a hazard, not to mention I will save money (which is important right now). Pitty I have been using Kirkland wipes for over 2 years.

The Cosmetics Database lists these as the top 10 wipes (again, I always recommend checking the database yourself and verifying the ingredients as the database is not always accurate as formulas frequently change, though maybe less often for baby wipes.) Their hazard ranking follows the name of the wipes (though please note again to check all ingredients as many contain parabens, propylene glycol and other harmful ingredients).

After looking at the ingredients, only Seventh Generation and Tushies contain all low hazard ingredients, so these are probably the only ones I will consider using in the future. I have heard good things about both. And these wipes are also whitened without the use of bleach! Yes, baby wipes as well as other paper goods, are whitened with bleach. And some of the residue may remain, so you are potentially wiping yours and your baby’s bottom with bleach. Yuck.

1. Seventh Generation Unscented Baby Wipes with Aloe Vera & Vitamin E baby wipes 1
2. Tushies Baby Wipes with Aloe Vera, Unscented baby wipes 1
3. Mother Nature Wipes Unscented Natural Formula Flushable Wipes baby wipes 2
4. Inspiration Vibration VIBEbaby herbal baby wipes baby wipes 2
5. Avalon Organics FLUSHABLE BIODEGRADABLE BABY WIPES baby wipes 2
6. Avalon Baby Flushable Biodegradable Baby Wipes baby wipes 2
7. HUGGIES Natural Care Disposable Washcloths baby wipes 3
8. Pampers Wipes Sensitive baby wipes 3
9. Pampers Sensitive Touch Wipes, Alcohol Free baby wipes 3
10. Pampers Wipes Natural Aloe Unscented baby wipes 3

Happy wiping! :)

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27 responses to this post.

  1. RATS! I was considering to switching to plain cloth wipes too. Now I’m definitely considering it for home use. We also use Kirkland wipes! Thanks for your research and information.

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  2. Posted by Paula on August 1, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    I’ve been using a spray bottle of water and witch hazel and thin little Gerber washcloths (sold in packs of 6 or 8, I think). It’s worked great.

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  3. Posted by tmlgal on August 2, 2008 at 2:09 pm

    in india we always use water(luke warm) and then for rash Pure coconut oil that’s it.

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  4. Posted by Katherine on August 25, 2008 at 3:08 pm

    I too have been using Kirkland Wipes, for 10 years. I’m really shocked! I have switched to cloth wipes too and it has been wonderful. I use one cloth verses 4 wipes per dirty diaper. I thank you so much for this information, I was so happy to find it after my mom- in-law sent me this study: http://www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/EMIHC267/24479/60746/652094.html?d=dmtContent
    suggesting that wipes be used only when cloth were inconvenient.

    Again, thank you!

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  5. Posted by Trisha on September 9, 2008 at 9:01 pm

    Kathrine, thanks for sharing the article. I have seen similar articles, but I will add that one to the inventory! :) At least the gov just banned 6 types of phthalates in products for childtren under 12. It’s certainly a start, but they’ve got a long way to go!

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  6. Thanks, I’ll be sure not to use those any more

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  7. Posted by Sarah Chletsos on December 5, 2009 at 11:25 am

    Nature babycare brand are great for sensitive skin and eco-friendly

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  8. Posted by Concerned Dad on August 27, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    Wow, thanks for the eye opening article.

    Doesn’t look like the Kirkland Baby Wipes are on the cosmetics database site any longer…? But one can still search that site for each of the ingredients listed in the article to see how harmful they are.

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    • Translation:
      Looks like they really aren’t as harmful as we were led to believe but if I really want I can go out of my way to make it fit the article.

      As for the article itself, when you write something like this “And some of the residue may remain, so you are potentially wiping yours and your baby’s bottom with bleach. Yuck.” Was that your own scientific analysis? That “some residue may remain”? So tired of these misinformed wanna be “writers” that have no idea what they are writing about and the million of ignorant people that just read them and take them as scientific proof.

      And yes some of the comments state that certain people may have an allergy to this chemical but it does not make this product a danger to the bulk of the population that has no such allergy. I’m allergic to hazelnuts, maybe I should write an article on how dangerous the hazelnut can be!

      They say don’t believe everything you read, I say especially when it is on the great world wide web.

      Go ahead an proceed to attack me now,

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      • I had an extreme allergic reaction to them when being used to clean yoga mats borrowed from instructor by those not bringing their own. The skin (largest organ in body) absorbs almost everything put on it, so why many products applied to skin are still considered only cosmetic is beyond me. I would say to ‘each their own’ as in your case, but many parents (and elder caregivers) would prefer to know their toxicity, so that they can make their own choices. ‘Nuf sed!’

  9. Posted by Concerned Dad on August 27, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    Found them, must have been an isue with wordpress and the link in the article:

    http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/product.php?prod_id=94374

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  10. Posted by Heather on April 8, 2011 at 7:37 am

    Hey just wanted to let you know about GroVia wipes they only contain :purified water, certified organic aloe vera, veg. glycerin, corn based alkyl polyglucoside, vitamin E, citric acid, and potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate.

    also I believe Earths Best don’t contain any of the hazardous ingredients you listed above. and you can get them through babies r us. G diapers also offer a natural, biodegradable wipe. They are very inexpensive (3.75) and you can get them on diapers.com

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  11. Posted by Liza on June 24, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    I have been struggling to determine the cause of my hand excema- dermatitis and I bet the Kirkland brand wipes are to blame…my son is almost 3 and I have had this hand issue since he was a few months old. The wipes have been a constant so I am done using them. Too bad my allergist and dermatologist didn’t tell me this after 3 years of copays and ointments tried with no resolve!

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  12. Posted by Gail Abner on February 26, 2012 at 11:37 am

    I made wipes for at home by cutting old garage sale flannel baby blankets into squares and hemming them. I change diapers near the sink and use plain water.

    For on the road I make travel wipes by folding a paper towel and putting it in a zip lock baggie. I add water a couple of drops of castile soap and olive oil. You can make these and use them all the time at home using cloth or paper towels and keeping them in a water tight container. I did this for my kids and now my grandbabies.

    I am very allergic to propylene glycol. If you look at most baby wipes it is the first chemical. Before I had babies I was a medical lab technologist and I had worked at a Purdue campus as the chemistry department lab tech. When I looked at all the chemicals in wipes I couldn’t believe people would put that on there baby’s skin.

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  13. Posted by Leslie McMichael on May 17, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    I have been struggling with hand eczema as well and was suspicious of the Kirkland Diaper wipes. My Dr just kept giving me more cortisone- and told me to cut out dairy. I wish I would have found your post last year:( I’ll stop using them and see what happens…

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    • Posted by Leslie McMichael on May 30, 2012 at 8:40 am

      Hands completely cleared up within about 4 days! Hopefully I can have my lattes again too!! Thank goodness for this blog!!! Thank you Liza for your post!!

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  14. I am chemically sensitive and began getting a headache during a recent yoga class. I discovered at the end that the I’m sure unknowing and caring instructor did not realize how toxic the Kirkland wipes being used to clean mats is. Sharing this helpful research will hopefully cause opportunity for change as there are many alternatives.

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