The Best Biodegradable Wet Wipes

Using a wet wipe to clean up in the backcountry is quick and refreshing, but most brands on the market don’t break down, instead becoming another contribution to landfills. These four biodegradable wet wipes are different: With enough time, they simply break down and disappear. They’re also free of harsh chemicals and additives, so they’re gentle on skin. (Caveat: Biodegradable or not, you should always pack out your wet wipes with your garbage when you’re hiking.) Pick your ideal size, scent, and packaging options, and get ready to get clean.
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Best Overall

Venture Wipes: Large 12x12 Inch Individually Wrapped Body Wipes - Natural Ingredients & Biodegradable. Textured Wipe with Tea Tree Oil is an Outdoor Shower in a Pouch #DirtHappens (25)

Shower in a Packet. Get thoroughly clean with this super-size moist towelette.

What We Liked

Whether you’re trying to freshen up in the middle of a multi-day trip or de-stink yourself after a lunchtime run, we recommend these scented towlettes. They’re bigger than an average moist towlette, measuring in at a generous square foot each. With aloe, tea tree oil, and vitamin E, they’re rejuvenating for skin and smell great, too. Plus, they’re still small enough to fit in your pocket. Buy Now.

Best Facial Wipes

Rawganic Anti-aging Hydrating Facial wipes, Fragrance-free Biodegradable Organic Cotton Wipes with Pomegranate and Aloe Vera

Gentle and Cleansing. Remove everything from facial oils to makeup and feel great about it.

What We Liked

Washing your face isn’t just hygenic, it’s a refreshing psychological boost too. Do it with these UK-made, plant-based Rawganic wipes, which contain a mix of organic (20%) and naturally-sourced (99%) ingredients for a comfortable, ethical clean. Starting with an organic cotton cloth, Rawganic adds aloe vera and green tea to help moisturize skin. Unlike our other picks, Rawganic wipes don’t come in individual packets, so if you’re taking them hiking you’ll need to repackage them yourself in a container or baggie. Buy Now.

Best High-End Wipe

Ursa Major Essential Face Wipes | Natural, Biodegradable, Cruelty-Free | Cleanse, Exfoliate, Soothe and Hydrate | 20 Count

Luxurious Cleaner. These 4-in-1 wipes exfoliate and hydrate with a cocktail of plant extracts

What We Liked

If you’re willing to spend a little extra, Ursa Major’s face wipes are a worthy splurge. The individually-packaged towlettes contain a mix of plant-based ingredients, including birch sap to help tone skin and aloe to moisturize in individual packets. We’re especially big fans of the scent, which is a mix of citrus, fir, and floral scents. Instead of plastic, these wipes are made of eco-friendly bamboo. Buy Now.

Best Value 

La Fresh Travel Lite Makeup Remover Cleansing Travel Wipes - Natural, Biodegradable, Waterproof, Facial Towelettes With Vitamin E - Individually Wrapped & Sealed (Pack of 200)

Travel-Ready Wipe. They’re good for the planet—and for your wallet.

What We Liked

Ditch plastic-based wipes for these trip-ready biodegradable alternatives, which are available for just pennies each. The individually-packaged wipes are soft on skin, thanks to an infusion of vitamin E, and work as well for removing makeup as they do as an on-the-go replacement for face-washing. Airtight packaging keeps them from drying out no matter how long you store them. Bonus: We appreciated the sassy, well-designed graphics on each towlette’s wrapper. Buy Now.

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