What are the ingredients of a wet wipe
The use process of wet wipes not only plays a role in cleaning and decontamination, but also can effectively kill bacteria and even viruses according to the added sterilizing ingredients. This also determines that wet wipes are not just a simple water and non-woven fabric composition. Next Let’s take a closer look at wet wipes!
Water-must be specially treated water
The content of liquid in wet wipes generally accounts for about 80%. If the content is too low, wet wipes will feel relatively dry, on the contrary, if the content is too high, it will feel too wet and inconvenient to use. More than 90% of these liquids are water. In order to prevent the components in the water from reacting with other components, the water used in the wet wipes must be specially treated water, such as refined water, pure water, and RO pure water.
Among the wet wipes produced in China, some manufacturers directly use cheap tap water to make wet wipes in order to make a huge profit. If the wipes are stored for a certain period of time, bacteria will grow in the wipes, and some will even grow mildew.
Friends who have wet wipes at home can take a look at the packaging and see if there are words "refined water", "pure water" or "RO pure water" on the ingredient list.
Non-woven fabric is a kind of fabric formed without spinning and weaving. It is made by directly bonding fibers together by physical methods (mechanical, thermal bonding) or chemical methods. It is moisture-proof, breathable, flexible, Lightweight, non-toxic and non-irritating. Among them, spunlace non-woven fabrics are infinitely close to textiles in terms of feel and performance. Spunlace non-woven fabrics are widely used in medical dressing materials, wound dressings, medical gauze, towels, and makeup Cotton, wet wipes, mask covering materials, etc.
High-quality wet wipes are mostly made of spunlace non-woven fabrics, which are soft and white in texture and free of impurities. Inferior wet wipes will have obvious impurities.
Propylene glycol is a solvent and a humectant. It can help the effective substances in the wet wipes to dissolve in the water, so that the moisture is not easy to volatilize, and has antibacterial and antiseptic effects. Many wet wipes have it. However, propylene glycol is irritating to the skin and eyes. Dermatologists recommend that people with sensitive skin such as infants and children use it as little as possible.
Preservatives-phenoxyethanol, methyl parahydroxybenzoate, paraben
Wet wipes contain a lot of water and different substances. In order to maintain the activity of effective substances and extend the shelf life and service life of the product, preservatives are appropriately added, but the content is usually very low and will not have a negative impact.
However, improper use of preservatives can cause allergic dermatitis. Preservatives are also one of the common causes of skin allergies and skin irritation.
Antibacterial agent-sodium lactate, eucalyptus leaves
There are many types of antibacterial agents, including both chemically synthesized antibacterial agents and natural antibacterial agents. The effect is as the name implies, destroying bacteria and inhibiting bacterial reproduction.
Non-ionic surfactants——Polyoxyethylene hydrogenated castor oil, polyether
Washing powder and most detergents contain non-ionic surfactants, which are specifically used to remove dirt and grease to achieve a cleaning effect.
In addition, there are other natural ingredients, such as eucalyptus leaf extract, a natural fungicide; chamomile oil, which has a soothing and anti-inflammatory effect; aloe vera extract, which has a moisturizing effect and so on.
Nowadays, due to the impact of the new crown epidemic, disinfection products such as alcohol wipes and quaternary ammonium salt disinfection wipes have become popular. Such wipes have added effective disinfection ingredients such as ethanol and quaternary ammonium salt to achieve the purpose of inactivating germs.
Chemical components that should not be present in wet wipes-fluorescent agents
The so-called fluorescent whitening agent is to make white or light-colored items (such as textiles, plastics, paper, etc.) whitening, brightening or brightening by using optical complementary color.
Some manufacturers add excessive amounts of fluorescent agent to wet wipes for whitening effect, but in fact fluorescent agent is a carcinogen, which can migrate to human skin and be absorbed, causing harm to the human body. For example, a mask containing fluorescent agent is applied. The fluorescent agent on the mask migrates to the skin on the face, and it is difficult to remove the fluorescent agent even if it is washed with soap. If the fluorescent agent enters the body, it is not as easy to decompose as the general chemical components, but accumulates in the body, greatly reducing the body's immunity, and also causing damage to the blood system and causing hemolysis. The fluorescent agent binds to the protein outside the wound and also hinders the healing of the wound. Fluorescent agents can also irritate the skin and mucous membranes, causing symptoms such as skin wrinkling, reduced sweat, redness, swelling, and itching.
Therefore, the "migrate" fluorescent whitening agent cannot appear in the paper used in the production of household paper and paper for maternity and infant food packaging, and the relevant national standards strictly prohibit its addition.
In general, in addition to the active ingredients in wet wipes, the less additives the better, but there are always some illegal businesses in order to reduce costs, extend the shelf life and service life of the products, abuse additives, use inferior materials, and improve the health of consumers. Stay outside. As consumers, we must keep our eyes open and stay away from such products.
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