How to Dispose of Baby Wipes

Proper Disposal Practices for Baby Wipes

by Coterie Team

This article does not provide medical advice. The information on site is for informational purposes only. No material on this site is intended as a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician, your child’s pediatrician, or other qualified healthcare providers with any questions you may have regarding your or your child’s health.

There are many uses for baby wipes, as well as various disposal techniques. Here is some information to help you make the right choices for yourself and your family:

Flushable Versus Non-Flushable

The debate over flushable and non-flushable wipes, both for children and adults, can be confusing. While some wipes claim to be flushable, most waste treatment systems struggle to break down traditional wipes. To ensure proper disposal, it’s highly recommended you not flush wipes and opt for sanitary disposal (trash or diaper bin) instead.

Local Guidelines

How you are allowed to dispose of hypoallergenic diaper wipes may vary depending on your location. Familiarize yourself with your city's regulations because some places may have specific guidelines you need to follow. Being aware of local policies can help you make sure you’re taking care of both your family and your community.

Diaper Pails

Diaper pails or bins equipped with liners designed for sanitary disposal are a relatively new invention that can be used to help dispose of used wipes and prevent odors. Investing in bins that are easy to clean and maintain can go a long way to preserving your parental sanity.

Earth-First Practices

While your baby is your number one concern, that doesn’t mean environmental considerations need to fall by the wayside.

Reusable Wipes for a Sustainable Approach

Reusable baby wipes made from washable materials allow for multiple uses and can minimize the environmental impact. For the health of your baby, it's essential you follow proper cleaning and disinfecting procedures, even if you use the wipes only on your baby’s face.

Biodegradability Materials

Opting for baby wipes made from biodegradable fibers helps minimize their impact on landfills. Part of buying green is learning to look for products backed by certifications that let you know exactly what you’re bringing into your home.

Landfill Disposal

When landfill disposal is unavoidable, it’s important to choose baby wipes that pose minimal environmental risk. Look for wipes made from materials that are less likely to release harmful chemicals as they decompose.

Chemicals Used in the Production of Wipes

If you want to protect both your child and the planet, avoid products made with harmful chemicals. Choosing wipes with minimal or no harmful chemicals not only benefits your baby but also means the materials are less likely to introduce those chemicals into the environment.


As with all products, the amount of waste produced by baby wipes is heavily influenced by their packaging. If you can, opt for wipes that come in eco-friendly and sustainable packaging. Packaging made from recycled materials or materials that can be recycled helps reduce your family’s environmental impact.

Final Thoughts

Being an environmentally conscious parent doesn’t have to be difficult. By checking materials, regulations, and labels, you can be a parent who cares for the planet while you and your baby enjoy the comfort you deserve!