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MCI in Moist Toilet Paper Wipes may cause allergic reaction

Jul 1, 2010

Are you using wet wipes or moist toilet paper instead of dry toilet paper?

Last year we discussed on the blog whether flushable wipes were safe for flushing. Disposable wet wipes are in the news again, but this time for causing allergic reactions.

Are wet wipes safe?Researchers from The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota published a report stating that painful rashes and other allergic reactions that four people suffered from were caused from a chemical called methylchloroisothiazolinone or MCI found in moist toilet paper. MCI is used as a preservative. People with rashes and reactions did not realize that the wet wipes were a part of the problem.

Although not everyone is allergic to this chemical, about 3% of people do have adverse reactions, according to the Reuters article.

Healthmad reported that “MCI, is well documented as an allergen in Europe. In fact, Europe restricted the use of MCI because of the increased sensitivity they were seeing.”

So what should those who use moist toilet paper wipes do? Try using a dry product that does not contain the allergen. Or check the ingredient label for MCI.

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15 Responses to “MCI in Moist Toilet Paper Wipes may cause allergic reaction”

  1. Q&A with The Toilet Paper King: Moist Wipes vs. Toilet Paper - August 30th, 2010 at 8:30 am

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  2. Rug Appraisal Los Angeles - June 6th, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    We’ve used wet wipes in the past, but they started to make the bathroom stink because I was too afraid to flush them down the toilet. Luckily, no one was allergic but this is interesting to know in case MCI is in other products.

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  4. Ann M Rommel - November 29th, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    Freshends are truly Best in Class when it comes to flushable moist wipes. Freshends DO NOT contain MCI, alcohol or chlorine! Ingredients include aloe vera, cucumber extract and Vitamin E.
    Try them, they are really the very best available!

  5. Karen L - December 2nd, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    I have been having severe contact dermatitis on my hands since my son was born 5 months ago. I just had patch testing and MCI was one of the things they tested for. I found out that I am severely allergic to MCI and it was found in the baby wipes I was using. I’ve been wearing gloves every time I change a diaper, but I think I’ll need to find baby wipes that do not contain MCI.

  6. Molly - December 5th, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    That’s no good! Let us know what brands you find that do not have MCI.

  7. mdean - February 5th, 2012 at 10:38 am

    I developed an allergy over time. It took me weeks to realize what caused it. I switched to another brand. I was good for about two months. Then it started up again a couple days ago.
    I purchased Comforts for Toddlers. It doesn’t contain MCI. But it has a fruity fragrance I could do without.
    I only buy the flushable. I wish 7th Generation made a flushable. The non-flushable contain polyester and can’t be flushed.

  8. Molly - February 6th, 2012 at 11:46 am

    Thanks for sharing, it seems to be a common problem. I just stick to regular dry toilet paper because I have enough skin allergies as it is!

  9. krstymrbls - June 27th, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    lansinoh wipes do not have MCI in them, they also do not contain aloe for those who are allergic to that.

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  11. Ann Rommel - May 24th, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Freshends biodegradable flushable wipes have been tested and approved to be flushed in all systems from sewer to septic and even on board boats and yachts. You can travel with them without fear of embarrassment of clogging the toilet!

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  13. Paula - June 2nd, 2013 at 11:15 am

    I just read the Reuters article about the MCI and the psoraisis story in that article is exactly what happened to me. I had no idea the rash was from the baby wipes! I figured that they’re safe for a baby, must be ok for an adult. I’m so glad I now have an answer to the irritation. It cleared up for a while and looking back, it was a time I was NOT using the wipes and just in the past week or so I started using them again and the rash reappeared. I’m sooooo happy that my cure is to just stop using them.

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