What’s In Your Baby’s Wipes?

As parents, you want a safe and effective cleaning solution that lets your baby develop and explore the world without harming your little one’s skin. For Pampers, nothing is more important than your baby’s safety and skin comfort! That’s why we design our wipes making sure that performance and comfort go hand in hand with safety.

Pampers wipes are carefully designed to clean and care for babies’ skin. Multiple research studies have shown that Pampers wipes help keep skin looking and feeling soft, smooth and healthy, and are milder than just cotton wool and water.

We have over 50 years of experience developing products for babies, so designing products that are safe for your baby is in our DNA. All the materials we use are common in baby products and safely used by millions of babies every day.

At Pampers, we carefully select, rigorously test and evaluate each ingredient, material, process and final product in every stage of development. We always adhere to the strictest global safety standards.

Read on to discover what our wipes are made of and how we ensure that your baby’s safety always comes first.

What are Pampers wipes made of?

All Pampers wipes components have the same purpose—to safely clean and protect your baby’s skin!

Pampers wipes are made of a soft, cloth-like material and a gentle, water-based cleanser. Each has a special role in cleaning and caring for your little one’s skin:

  • The cloth-like material in Pampers wipes gently cleans away the urine or stool from your baby’s skin.

  • The gentle skin cleansers help protect your baby’s skin from irritation.

The carefully selected ingredients work together and complement each other, to provide superior cleaning and protection compared to just water and cotton wool.

Why are Pampers wipes better than just cotton wool and water?

One reason is that enzymes in pee and poo alter the natural pH (acidity) of the skin, increasing the risk of irritation and rash. While cotton wool and water only clean, Pampers wipes’ unique formula protects natural skin pH better than cotton wool and water, reducing the risk of skin irritation.

Designed for the most delicate skin

All Pampers wipes are designed with the most delicate skin in mind as they’re made with a minimum of 97% purified water, plant-based fibres and cotton¹. They’re dermatologically tested and approved by the Skin Health Alliance and don’t contain any alcohol, perfume², EU 26 perfume allergens or dyes. They’re also tested for harmful substances by Oeko Tex¹.

Designed for the most delicate skin

At Pampers, We Put Your Baby’s Safety First

Every single ingredient that goes into Pampers wipes is rigorously tested. Whenever changes are made to existing products or new products are introduced, all the ingredients, materials, processes and finished products are carefully evaluated.

This way, our wipes are always proven to be safe for babies by in-house and external experts.

Quote of Jennifer Counts, Pampers scientist and mum

So, how are the ingredients tested? Pampers runs skin compatibility and sensitivity testing for all wipes.

The tests that Pampers wipes need to pass before we consider them safe for your baby include:

  • Cumulative irritation test (CIT). This clinical study is performed by independent dermatologists on adults whose skin is known to be sensitive to various household and personal hygiene products. A small patch of sensitive skin is rubbed repeatedly with the actual wipe or its cleansing ingredients, and another patch of skin is rubbed with distilled water or saline. In this test, Pampers wipes are consistently found to be as mild as water to the skin, causing no irritation.

  • Tissue eye assay (TEA). No real eyes are harmed in this test, which uses an artificial tissue that simulates eye tissue. This procedure is carried out in an external laboratory and aims to determine whether the lotion could cause redness or irritation if it comes into contact with the eyes.

  • Toxicological testing. Besides the rigorous testing performed by external laboratories, our in-house toxicologist conducts additional research to ensure that the ingredients are safe even when they aren’t used as intended—for example, if some accidentally gets eaten.

  • Clinical monitoring. Although tests are typically conducted on adults, Pampers wipes are of course designed for babies. A team of independent dermatologists closely monitors babies’ reactions to our wipes, also following up on any comments from parents who are using the products at home. Consumer feedback is very helpful, and it ensures that every product is held to the highest standard of product quality and satisfaction.

  • Quality sampling. In the factories where our wipes are made, products are frequently picked out at random and tested for quality and freedom from contaminants. On each production line, we inspect up to 8-10 packs every hour in this way.

Summary of the wipes ingredients

Wipes Ingredient Finder

Wondering what all those ingredient names on the pack really mean? Look them up in our ingredient finder below:

Pampers Wipes Ingredient Finder

What is it?

Extracted from citrus fruit, this ingredient is commonly used in foods. In wipes, it helps maintain the natural pH balance of your baby’s skin.

Which Products Contain It?

All wipes

What is it?

This preservative is widely used in food products. In wipes and cosmetic products, it helps keeps the ingredients fresh.

Which Products Contain It?

All wipes

What is it?

This emulsifier has a gentle moisturising effect and is clinically proven to be mild on your baby’s skin.

Which Products Contain It?

All wipes except Harmonie Coco Plastic Free, Harmonie Aqua Plastic Free and Aqua Pure

What is it?

This ingredient is only added to scented wipes in very small quantities, to make using wipes a more pleasant experience. Any fragrance used in pampers wipes is non-sensitising, and carefully selected to be safe for your baby’s skin.

Which Products Contain It?

Harmonie Coco Plastic Free

Kids Hygiene-on-the-go

Fresh Clean

What is it?

Used exclusively in Aqua Pure and Harmonie Aqua Plastic Free wipes, organic cotton adds softness to the wipes and increases absorbency. The cotton in our wipes goes through several purification steps to make sure it’s clean and safe for your baby.


Fun fact: cotton is stronger when it’s wet!

Which Products Contain It?

Aqua Pure and Harmonie Aqua Plastic Free wipes only


What is it?

Used in textiles, personal care and food products, this emulsifier helps remove the oily mess from your baby’s bottom and conditions the skin.

Which Products Contain It?

All wipes

What is it?

These soft yet durable fibres are commonly used in a wide variety of personal care products and clothing, including sportswear.

Which Products Contain It?

Not used in Plastic Free wipes

What is it?

This main ingredient, making up 97% of the cleanser in wipes, helps loosen and dissolve any mess from your baby’s skin.

Which Products Contain It?

All wipes

What is it?

The soft, fluffy fibres of this commonly used clothing ingredient add softness to the wipes and help absorb liquids.

Which Products Contain It?

All wipes

What is it?

This preservative is clinically proven to be mild for your baby’s skin. It helps keeps the wipes fresh.

Which Products Contain It?

All wipes

What is it?

This antioxidant is used in many food products. In wipes, it’s used to help balance your baby’s natural skin pH.

Which Products Contain It?

All wipes

What is it?

This ingredient is part of the preservative system that helps keep the wipes fresh and prevent cross-contamination.

Which Products Contain It?

All wipes

What is it?

Found in food products, this naturally derived ingredient helps make the texture of the wipe even more velvety and kinder to skin.

Which Products Contain It?

All wipes

What We Don’t Put in Our Wipes

Following the strictest safety standards across the globe, Pampers devotes special attention to ensuring that only the safest ingredients and materials are used to create a final product that is safe and gentle for your baby.

The following are ingredients that Pampers doesn’t allow in its wipes:

  • Bisphenol (BPA)

  • Dioxins

  • Disperse dyes

  • Elemental chlorine

  • Ethanol (alcohol)

  • Latex from natural rubber

  • Heavy metals like lead and mercury

  • Organotins

  • Parabens

  • Pesticides

  • Phenol

  • Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH)

  • Polyvinyl chloride (PVC)

  • MIT, CMIT, formaldehyde or formaldehyde releasers

  • Quaternary ammonium compounds (QACs)

  • Silicones

  • Triclocarban or triclosan

  • 26 fragrances known to cause allergies.

Fact about wipes: no chlorine

The Bottom Line

For Pampers, nothing is more important than your baby’s safety and skin comfort. That’s why we design our wipes making sure that performance and comfort go hand in hand with safety.

Each component of Pampers wipes has a specific role, but they all have the same purpose: ensuring the best possible comfort and softness, smooth kissable skin for your baby—and peace of mind for you!