BouDé is a flushable wipe that promises freshness is within reach because it is stored directly under your toilet paper roll. BouDé also promises that not only is their aloe-coated wipe convenient and soft, it is also completely flushable, biodegradable, and safe for septic tanks.
What’s so great about BouDé flushable wipes?
BouDé is said to be a disposable wipe containing all-natural aloe and claims each sheet is pH balanced, hypoallergenic, and alcohol-free. They add that BouDé is doctor recommended and do not contain any harsh chemicals.
BouDé touts that it is very convenient to use, as its dispenser hangs on any toilet paper holder, just below the roll. They state it installs in seconds and refill packs are easily placed inside the container.
To use BouDé they instruct you to go about your “business”; then, when it comes time to clean up, instead of (or in addition to) reaching for the toilet paper, reach a little lower and pull out a BouDé wipe. They promise BouDé’s aloe will give you a cool ahhh sensation, leaving you fresh and clean.
BouDé tells you not to worry about clogs because they insist the material it is made from meets all US standards for flushing, is biodegradable and breaks apart like toilet paper.
How much does a package of BouDé wipes cost?
BouDé says it sells for $10 plus shipping and handling and when you buy one set you get another, but the fine print reveals there is a $6.95 handling fee for the first set plus an additional $6.95 for the second. This makes the total $23.90 for 2 BouDé dispensers and 2 packages of BouDé flushable wipes (84 total).
How do I get my money back for BouDé?
BouDé customer service: 1 (973) 227-3486.
BouDé comes with a 30-day money back guarantee, but this is minus the $13.90 you pay in fees.
A sales representative stated that BouDé dispenser works with any flushable wipe package but BouDé refills are available at http://www.sterlingglobalproducts.com/products/boude/ (a page which also plays the catchy BouDé theme song).
“Bottom” Line: Are BouDé flushable wipes a good idea to keep clean in the bathroom?
No. Why can we be so confident about this? Because these flushable wipes, in spite of promising to break down easily in your pipes, don’t seem to do so at all. Consumer Reports took a test spin of several of the most popular brands including Charmin, Cottonelle, and Scott, which all promise to be “sewer safe” and that they will break up after flushing. However, in their testing, they could not get any of them to break up even after 10 minutes of spinning in a kitchen mixer.
An Op-Ed piece in The New York Times railed against the flushable wipe menace, noting that London had to deal with a 16-ton mass of wipes and that a deputy commissioner for NY’s Department of Environmental Protection called them “indestructible”.
In addition, class action lawsuits are now being contemplated by lawyers on behalf of homeowners who said they have had to pay hundreds of dollars in plumbing services.
And that’s not to mention the fact that the product contains methylparaben a controversial preservative and anti-fungal used in many cosmetics. While it is generally recognized as safe at low levels, there is some evidence that it is linked with breast cancer; it may also irritate those with sensitive skin.
BouDé’s complete ingredients are listed as: Water, Propylene Glycol, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Sodium Benzoate, Aloe Barbadensis Extract, Fragrance.
Because of the potential hazard to both you and your plumbing, if you are interested in BouDé or any flushable wipe, we instead recommend trying out a bidet (pronounce bi-day) attachment for your toilet like the one sold by FreshSpa. These types of devices have been used for centuries in Europe but never really took off in the US. However, many that try a bidet (which sprays warm water into your nether regions) say it’s the best thing ever and never go back.
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