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Wipes FREE of Methylisothiazolinone


Recently, I came about the subject of baby wipes (again) when researching cocamidopropylbetaine. After finding out baby wipes can contain many ingredients including parabens, formaldehyde releasers, fragrance, cocamidopropylbetaine and propylene glycol which could potentially be irritating or allergy causing for some individuals, I set out to search for baby wipes that were more basic in terms of ingredients and certainly free of methylisothiazolinone. I’ve included the ingredients for each brand so you can make your own informed choices on what you use on your skin as well as see what ingredients are used in wipes.

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1. Kinder By Nature Plant Based and Water Based Wipes


Kinder By Nature Wipes come in 2 choices: plant based and water based. The plant based wipes contain organic chamomile and aloe vera and the water based wipes do not.

All of the Kinder By Nature Products are made from 4 main ingredients; wood pulp from trees, purified and deionised water, plant and vegetable extracts, and food grade preservative.

Kinder by nature wipes are made in the UK, are made from wood pulp not plastic which makes them biodegradeable and compostable. The site states their wipes compost in 60 days. Also according to their website, polyester (plastic) wipes can take up to 500 years to decompose! Doesn't this make you ponder about how many wipes you have used at each diaper change/ in a year/ per child ! and if and when you really need to reach for and use a wipe!

These wipes do NOT contain chlorine, fragrance, alcohol, parabens, lanolin, citrus fruits, pthalates, phenoxyethanol, benzoates,methylisothiazolinone, propylene glycol, triclosan, sls, sles 

Ingredients as listed on the Kinder By Nature website for the Plant Based Wipes

  • Betaine (Humectant derived from vegetable, to help moisturise the skin),
  • Glycerin (Vegetable-based preservative carrier),
  • Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside (Derived from vegetables, gentle cleansing agent which also solubilises the oils),
  • Levulinic Acid (Vegetable derived preservative),
  • Potassium Sorbate (Preservative),
  • Sodium Levulinate (Vegetable derived preservative),
  • Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, (Chamomile derived from plant, to help soothe skin),
  • Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, (Aloe Vera derived from plant, to help moisturise and cleanse the skin),
  • Sodium Citrate (pH adjuster derived from sugar beet).

Buy Kinder By Nature Wipes - Plant Based

Ingredients for Kinder By Nature Water Based Wipes

  • Aqua (Purified water),
  • Betaine (Humectant derived from vegetables, to help moisturise the skin),
  • Levulinic Acid (Vegetable derived preservative),
  • Caprylyl / Capryl Glucoside (Derived from vegetable, gentle cleansing agent which also solubilises the oils),
  • Potassium Sorbate (Preservative),
  • Glycerin (Vegetable based preservative carrier),
  • Sodium Levulinate (Vegetable derived preservative),
  • Sodium Citrate (pH adjuster derived from sugar beet).

Buy Kinder By Nature - Water Based Wipes

2. Attitude 100% Biodegradable Wipes and Sensitive Skin Natural Baby Wipes


According to the Attitude living website, ATTITUDE Biodegradable Baby Wipes are made from cellulose fibers, are biodegradable and Fragrance free. They are NOT compostable. They also make a sensitive skin baby wipe, see below.

ATTITUDE is a Canada-based company that develops natural personal care and household products dedicated to promoting healthy living. Their products are vegan and cruelty free. I do like that the company is on a mission to reduce the use of plastic with packaging and bulk sizing as well as reforestation. Their motto is to reduce, reuse, recycle, reforest.

Ingredients listed from their website for the 100% Biodegradable wipes

  • Aqua,
  • sodium citrate,
  • sodium benzoate,
  • potassium sorbate,
  • glycerin,
  • sodium cocoamphoacetate,
  • chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract,
  • citric acid. 

Buy Attitude 100% Biodegradable Wipes 

Attitude Sensitive Skin Natural Baby Wipes

The sensitive skin baby wipes are also made from plant-based materials AND include oatmeal. These wipes are biodegradable and NOT compostable.

Ingredients listed from their website for the Sensitive Skin Natural Baby Wipes:

  • Aqua (solvent),
  • Glycerin (humectant),
  • Citric acid (pH adjuster),
  • Sodium benzoate (natural preservative),
  • Potassium sorbate (natural preservative),
  • Sodium citrate (chelating agent),
  • Sodium cocoamphoacetate (surfactant),
  • Avena sativa (oat) kernel flour (soothing agent),
  • Chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract (soothing agent)

 Buy Attitude Sensitive Skin Natural Baby Wipes

3. Water Wipes - Original wipes, Textured Clean wipes and XL Bathing wipes 


Water wipes come in 3 choices: original, textured clean and XL bathing wipes. 

The original wipes and XL Bathing wipes contain 99.9% water and a drop of grapefruit seed extract with trace amount Benzalkonium Chloride while the textured has the addition of soapberry extract on top of the aforementioned ingredients.

According to their website, the water used in the plant based wipes is what makes the wipes unique. The wipes are now plant based, plastic free, vegan, do not contain any synthetic fragrance, are not tested on animals and are compostable. The company recommends wipes should be used within four weeks of opening.

From the water wipes website...'The water used within WaterWipes is what makes the product unique. WaterWipes are manufactured under clean room conditions using a unique purifying technology. The water passes through a seven-step purification process that removes impurities, softens and purifies the water. This purifying process makes the water significantly purer than cooled boiled water and produces a unique product that effectively cleanses the skin, without the need for several additional cleansing ingredients.'

This may be of relevance to those who have sensitive skin, severely dehydrated skin or have atopic dermatitis / eczema. Keep in mind infant skin is not the same as adult skin and have less mature barrier function. A University of Sheffield report found that hard water damages the skin barrier and can contribute to the development of eczema. If anyone has eczema or atopic dermatitis or atopic eczema, it would be useful to be mindful about the ingredients in the products used on skin.

Ingredients from the company website for the Original Water Based Wipes:

- Water (Aqua) 99.9%

- Citrus Grandis (grapefruit) seed extract*   *Contains trace of Benzalkonium Chloride

Buy Original Water Based Wipes

Ingredients from the company website for the Textured Clean Baby Wipes:

- Water (Aqua) 99.9%

- Citrus Grandis (grapefruit) seed extract*   *Contains trace of Benzalkonium Chloride.

- Sapindus trifoliatus (Soapberry) fruit extract

Buy Textured Clean Baby Wipes

Ingredients from the company website for the XL Bathing Wipes:

- Water (Aqua) 99.9%

- Citrus Grandis (grapefruit) seed extract*  *Contains trace of Benzalkonium Chloride

Buy XL Bathing Wipes

4. The Honest Company - Clean Conscious Wipes


The Honest company offers original and clean conscious wipes. We included Clean Conscious wipes in our post here because this formula is simpler and does not contain chamomile, cucumber, licorice root or pomegranate juice and extracts.

The Clean Conscious wipes are plant based, extra thick and soft, made with over 99% water, and are free from plastic, fragrance, parabens, alcohol, chlorine processing and has not been tested on animals. The Honest company website also states their wipes are compostable and disintegrate in 8 weeks. It also states the wipes are designed in California and responsibly made in China.

Ingredients as listed from the company website:

Water (Aqua/Eau), Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Sodium Benzoate, Sorbitan Oleate Decylglucoside Crosspolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citric Acid

  • Soft Wipe Cloth: plant-based viscose
  • Water: over 99% water
  • Sorbitan Oleate Decylglucoside Crosspolymer: plant-derived surfactant (cleanser)
  • Citric Acid: plant-derived pH adjuster
  • Caprylyl Glycol: preservative
  • Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate: chelator
  • Ethylhexylglycerin: preservative
  • Sodium Benzoate: preservative

Buy The Honest Company Clean Conscious Wipes

We hope these wipes provide options for you whether you prefer plant based, compostable wipes, a simpler ingredients list for your baby wipes or if there's an allergy to methylisothiazolinone. If you found this helpful please share this post. If you have a brand that you would like to share, please leave us a comment. Thanks for reading. Cheers!

This post has been updated on March 23, 2023. Keep in mind manufacturers can and do make changes to their products at any time and while we do our best to provide the most accurate information on this site, it is the responsibility of the consumer to research fully the ingredients of products he or she intends to use.