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The Dark Side of Wet Wipes

The Dark Side of Wet Wipes

The Dark Side of Wet Wipes
Think twice before you use them

Wet wipes were created in the fifties of last century to help in emergency situations when changing children’s diapers. During the nineties began theirs mass production, and in addition to clear the baby’s butt today in different variations with additions of detergents and antibacterial agents they are used to wipe the floors, for hand washing, sanitary facilities and work surfaces.

Belief in the power of antibacterial wipes today is a really big problem. Their power to kill bacteria, as shown by recent studies is very variable, and often with them we clean different surfaces. So not only they do not remove bacteria, but they are very effectively stretching, let’s say, to the kitchen table. We are worried because this method of cleaning the bacteria is used in hospitals also.

Another danger lies in the similarity of wet wipes with toilet paper or paper towel so despite the claims on the packaging that they are not thrown into the toilet, wipes often end up right there. By pulling water your concern there stops and begins a nightmare for maintenance services of sewage. Unlike paper whose cellulose fibers decompose in water, plastic fibers of wet wipes are not degradable so they accumulate in the pipes reducing the bandwidth or clogging them.

A similar problem due to their hard degradation occurs by the beaches where carelessly thrown wet wipes carried by the weak fledgling easily end up in the sea by the because of the similarity with jellyfish instead of a delicious bite becomes deadly bite for sea turtles.

Therefore, before wiping your baby with wet wipes or your hands, remember that you have hot flowing water in the house. If your wet wipes at a certain point are the only choice, make sure at least where you should throw it.