After last week's article all about why we don't use Kleenex I had several requests to investigate that other tissue that we use in the bathroom, toilet paper. My initial thought was that toilet paper or "TP" as it's known around my house, wasn't going to be as bad. Was I wrong?
Here is the ingredient list for Charmin Sensitive TP:
First ingredient: Mineral Oil. We went over that one in the Kleenex post. Mineral Oil actually traps dirt and bacteria...not something I'd really care for in my toilet paper....
Cetearyl Alcohol(basically a moisturizer), Beeswax, Steareth 2
Not only is Steareth 2 made from scary chemicals I also found that it's an environmental toxin and a violation of industry reccommendations.
And then the rest of the ingredients: Aloe Vera Extract, Tocopherol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), all appear to be "ok".
I also looked into the latest invention in TP, Moist Wipes. And I won't pick on Charmin for the whole post so we will look at the ingredients in Cottonelle Moist Wipes...
Oh for the love of all that's sweet and good. That is not a pretty list! Here we go...
Water/Aqua, Sodium Chloride, Propylene Glycol:
Sodium Benzoate (preservative also used in firework production), Polysorbate 20 (Detergent), Sodium Lauryl Glucose Carboxylate, Lauryl Glucoside, Malic Acid, Methylisothiazolinone (Proved to be LETHAL in tissue neurons), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Tocopheryl Acetate, Fragrance/Parfum.
My conclusion from this investigation? Stick with either plain old toilet paper or go for the recycled brands. I was not able to find ingredients on the brands of toilet paper with no added ingredients but of course that doesn't mean their aren't any. Try for plain tissue (non-chlorine whitened if possible) with no added fragrance, dyes, or scents.
Oh and steer clear of any "moist wipes". If the list of ingredients above doesn't scare you I'm not sure what will....
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