Today, my journey to find cheaper, natural, and BETTER alternatives to the cleaning supplies I use in my home presented me with a showdown with what has been, up until now, one of my best cleaning allies…Clorox Wipes.
There are a lot of reasons why I liked these little gems. The main reason being that I like being able to grab a cleaning wipe whenever I need one. I don’t want to have to fill a sink or a bucket with water and add cleaning solution to it, and I’m not crazy about spray cleaners.
I also have issues with rinsing, dipping and wringing out the same rag over and over (often in the same dirty water) until you are done. (I have the same issue with mopping the floor….but that’s a pet peeve for another day.) With the Clorox wipes you wipe up the offending mess, toss the wipe AND the mess away and grab another CLEANwipe and repeat until you are done.
That’s what I LIKE about Clorox wipes. Now for what I DON’T like. I despise paying $3.00+ for a bottle of 35 wipes that I could easily go through in just a couple of bathroom cleanings…and I despise throwing away all that paper and plastic after I’m done. Ugh. It’s such a waste. A waste of my MONEY first and foremost (I’m selfish that way), and a waste of resources for another.
So today I’m breaking the Clorox wipes habit and embarking on a new cleaning experiment. I found the inspiration for my Homemade Disinfecting Wipes here at LiveRenewed.com. I read a LOT of different articles online about this kind of thing, but this one made the most sense to me.
First thing I did was gather up a few of my old t-shirts that were beyond help (bleach stains, tears, etc.) and cut them up into approximately the size of baby wipes. I ended up getting 8 out of each shirt…4 from the front and 4 from the back.
Next I got an empty baby wipes dispenser that I had been saving for just this project and threw them all inside. No need to get all fancy with folding and stuff…unless you really like that sorta thing. :-)
After reading THIS ARTICLE about mixing Vinegar and Castile Soap, I decided to change the recipe I was using for my homemade “Clorox” wipes.
Lately I have been using this formula from Living On A Dime and I’ve been very happy with it!
- 1 cup of water
- 1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol
- 2 Tbsp. Dawn dish soap (only use Dawn)
- 2 Tbsp. ammonia (optional)
Stir and pour over cotton cloths.
In the interest of home science…I am sharing these disgusting pictures of my bathroom BEFORE I cleaned it with my homemade cleaning cloths….and AFTER. The rags and the cleaning solution were the perfect combination! I had to enlist the “Miracle Cleaner” for a couple of spots (like underneath where the toilet brush holder had been sitting)…but the rest of the bathroom was squeaky clean.
As for my pile of DIRTY cleaning rags….I dumped them all into the washing machine and dried them and here are my little pile of lovelies all ready for my next cleaning attack.
And now that I have added this new weapon to my cleaning arsenal, I had to do a little rearranging of my laundry/cleaning supplies.
- container for used cleaning wipes (until washing time)
- reusable “dryer sheets” container
- basket to put fabric softener cloths in when they come out of the dryer
- spray bottle of homemade “Shout”
- 3 jugs of a new batch of
- homemade laundry soap. (Pay no attention to the reflection in the window.) :-)
And….the Clorox Wipes found a new home too.
Farewell old friend.