As I have been trying to eliminate paper waste from our household as well as clean our home using natural, non-toxic, and frugal cleaning products, there is one thing I have been missing – Clorox wipes.
Having 2 (now 3!) small children, especially an active, independent, and potty-training toddler, means lots of little messes. Sometimes I just don’t want to get out the cleaning spray and a use a big rag just to clean up a small mess.
Sometimes I don’t have the luxury of time to run to the cabinet and get the spray and a rag – I need to get something cleaned up quickly before it turns into a bigger mess. Sometimes I want to be sure that something is disinfected and not just wiped down with water. I love the convenience of pre-moistened wipes that are small, quick and easily accessible.
But I look on the back of my Clorox wipes and read, “PRECAUTIONARY STATEMENTS: HAZARDS TO HUMANS AND DOMESTIC ANIMALS.”
That is not something that I want to clean my home with, or use around my children (or my dog)!! Do you?
I’ve been thinking about making homemade disinfecting wipes for a while, but just wasn’t sure exactly how I would do it. Finally I took the time to make my own and I am really happy with what I came up with!
*Update 10/12: I recently posted about how I’ve learned that you are not supposed to mix castile soap and vinegar for cleaning. So I’ve come up with two different recipes that will still give you great disinfecting wipes, and you can choose which recipe you’d rather use based on what ingredients you have on hand and want to use.
Homemade Disinfecting Wipes
Squares of cloth – You can cut up an old t-shirt or receiving blanket, or any scrap cloth you have
Container – You can reuse either an disinfecting wipes container or a baby wipes container
First, cut up squares of fabric for your wipes. I got 18 wipes, some small and some bigger, out of one t-shirt. I’ll probably cut up another t-shirt just to make sure I have enough wipes on hand at all times. If you’re worried about the fabric fraying you could use pinking shears, but I haven’t had a problem with that.
Then, put the wipes into a container. You can either throw them into a reused baby wipes container (no need to fold!) or roll them up and put them in a reused disinfecting wipes container. I roll them on a little bit of an angle so that the wipes in the middle stick up a little farther than the wipes on the outside and are easier to grab.
Now, it’s time to choose your wipes solution recipe. They both work well and include ingredients that have disinfecting qualities. Which one you choose will depend on which ingredients you have on hand, and just personal preference.
Disinfecting Wipes Recipe #1
1 cup water
2 Tbsp vinegar
1/2 Tbsp Natural Dish Soap
8-10 drops lemon essential oil
The vinegar and lemon have disinfecting properties and the lemon also gives it a pleasant scent. The dish soap is for extra cleaning power. The combined scent of the dish soap and lemon essential oil smells really fresh and clean, and covers up any smell of the vinegar in this recipe.