Make Your Own Reusable Peppermint Kitchen Wipes

peppermint kitchen wipes

In case you haven’t noticed, I really LOVE making my own homemade cleaning products. ;-) It’s just so comforting to know EXACTLY what is in the products I’m spreading around my home, and I get a thrill knowing how much time and money I’m saving as well!

The Environmental Protection Agency cites artificial fragrances in cleaning products as an indoor irritant and pollutant. A single fragrance can include as many as 600 petrochemicals—all within the word “fragrance” on the label.

The more I learn about, and experiment with, natural cleaning products (such as baking soda, castile soap, vinegar, etc.) the more I am convinced there really is no need to buy any of the expensive brand names that line the shelves of the cleaning aisle at your grocery store. The good old fashioned stuff our grandmothers and great grandmothers used is EFFECTIVE! Period.

Pairing these natural cleaners with essential oils only enhances their cleaning value and leaves behind a pleasant, natural scent. It’s not just an advertising gimmick that many commercial products contain citrus oils such as lemon or lime—they are natural degreasers and have antimicrobial properties.

These simple-to-make kitchen wipes are the perfect example of a great all-natural alternative cleaning product!  #1) They are REUSABLE, #2) they’re RECYCLED, and #3) they’re completely CHEMICAL-FREE.

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Take an old t-shirt (or PJ’s, or whatever) that is bound for the donation bin, and cut it up into “rag-size” cloths.

 

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Pour 1 cup warm water, 1/8 cup (or 1 ounce) liquid castile soap, and 5 – 10 drops of your favorite essential oil into a jar with a tight-fitting lid.

 

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With its refreshing minty scent and powerful antibacterial properties, peppermint essential oil is a perfect complement to many homemade cleaning products.

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Place the rags into the jar with the liquid. (I think I ended up with about 8 or 10 rags.)

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Put the top on the jar (or whatever lidded container you prefer) and turn upside down a few times until all the rags are soaked.

After being used, the cloths can be washed and returned to the jar for REuse over and over again.

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Now whenever you have a messy spill or just want to freshen up the countertops after you’ve finished kitchen clean-up for the day…pull one out and enjoy knowing you’re saving time and money because you now have one less cleaning product on your shopping list.

 

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You can always get 10% off your essential oils at Spark Naturals by using the coupon code JILLEE.

 


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Comments

  1. Leslie says

    Another good one, Jillee. Once again, the timing is perfect, as I’m trying to reduce the use of paper products, plus I love peppermint anything. Hmm, may even throw in a little eucalyptus or tea tree EO for even more bacteria/mildew killing. I will try this today. Thanks!

      • stephanie says

        I have used tea tree oil for years, and not had a problem with my pets. infact I have made salves with tea tree oil in it with both cats and dogs. a long with using peppermint as a cleaning-I also mix in vinegar, I love it. I have experimented with all kinds of stuff to make. one of my favorite is the body butter I make. its so great! I have used it now for many years and now I cannot stand store bought lotions. it makes my skin feel well like it cannot breath. using chemicals now bother’s me to breath. my husband hates the smell of vinegar, and I think it smells great.

        • zensibilia says

          Tea tree oil is not recommended for any pet, but especially not for cats. Spend a few moments researching it. Your pets may not be exhibiting any symptoms yet, but it doesn’t mean you’re not causing harm.

          • Shannon says

            Unless you are pouring the tea tree oil straight onto the counter and letting your cat walk in it or lick it, it’s fine. Since you are diluting it to less than 1% by adding water and castile soap, it is not a high enough concentration to do any harm.

  2. Jennifer A. says

    You don’t have to wash off the Castile soap from these wipes? It seems like these wipes would leave a trail of soapiness behind that would need to be water rinsed. Can anyone address this?

    • Stacy says

      In the photo she is using unscented soap vs peppermint. If you use the peppermint soap version, you wouldn’t need the essential oil unless you want a super strong benefit of peppermint.

    • Trish F says

      If you just want the scent of peppermint, then no you would not need to add the EO’s. However, since most EO’s are anti-bacterial and anti-microbial I would add them for that purpose. Also by using unscented Castile soap, you can use what ever EO you like i.e. lemon, orange, grapefruit and get the same cleaning properties.

  3. Jennifer says

    Would it work to put this in a spray bottle and just use rags to dry it off? I have eczema and it flares up on my hands when they get too wet (or wet too often) and so I try to avoid handling wet rags.

    • Jackie says

      I wondered about this as well. Then came the lightbulb, just store them in the fridg. they shoul last all week that way. And I find that things like ice cold cleaners etc energize me to get othjer chores done.

  4. Tara says

    I’ve been wanting to make something like this. I almost cringe every time I get out a Household Surface Wipe with all those chemicals on it. I can tell my body doesn’t like the chemicals because my eyes start to get irritated and watery and my nose doesn’t like the potency of the smell. Thank you!
    Where do you buy your castile soap? The cheapset I’ve seen it is for about $.50/oz! Crazy! Is there an easy way I can make it myself to save some money?

  5. says

    I’m with Tara. Where can you buy liquid Castile Soap? Never heard of it. My home is 100% Melaleuca products and I now have no problems with my asthma when I clean. Tire of buying paper towels so often.want to try this ASAP but need to know where to get the soap.

    • Kelly says

      I am also a huge fan of Melaleuca products (especially Solumel!!). I think you could do their tea tree oil with the castille soap. If you have a health food store around, they’ll definitely have it, but I’ve also seen Dr. Bronner’s soaps (another favorite in my household!!) at Kroger, Farm Fresh, Harris Teeter, etc… in the natural foods section. Do some research on Dr. Bronner’s soaps – there’s a TON of uses for it and all the scents are awesome. It’s what I use when I run out of Solumel. Best of luck!!

      • says

        I, too, absolutely LOVE Melaleuca (most know it as Tea Tree). I’m not affiliated with the following company, anymore, but they’re products are top-notch and all include melaleuca in one way or another…www.melaleuca.com. (I list this only because it might give some ideas as to what you can do with melaleuca oil.)
        I use melaleuca oil in so many of my products. Not only is it one of the best E.O.s to use, but I love the smell of it. I even use it in my tooth powders.
        YES, you can add melaleuca (tea tree oil) to unscented castile soap. (Another thing I use it for, LOL.)

  6. CTY says

    Oye ve! Am I the only one on the planet that doesn’t use these Cholorox type wipes?
    Looks like the public has swallowed this hook, line and sinker. No matter how much we wish it true, we cannot clean, disinfect and shine in one step. It is a 3 step process 1. clean the visible debris 2. Spray or wipe on a layer of disinfectant and allow to air dry (air drying is a must because microbes/bacteria do not die instantly). 3. Rinse away disinfectant residue & dry the area just cleaned.

    Sorry -Jillee but this is one of those rare occasions where the parts are greater than the sum [of all parts]. The ingredients are fine, combining them is a mistake. The soap should be used in step 1, the disinfectant (peppermint EO in this case) should be step 2 and the water should be step 3.

    Still doubt?
    These are the directions for disinfecting with Chlorox wipes as per their website.
    To Disinfect and Deodorize: Remove excess dirt. Wipe surface, using enough wipes for the treated surface to remain visibly wet for 4 minutes. Rinse with water.
    http://www.clorox.com/products/clorox-disinfecting-wipes/?gclid=CIeZpb7Bw7gCFShxQgodrjIAFg#cloroxdisinfectingwipescleaningdisinfectingkitchencountertops

    • CTY says

      So sorry if I am a little tense. I am a firm believer that some things are efficient and other things a side step. To me these “wipes” are a side step. Also, I have automatically assumed that folks are using these wipes as a “one step” deal. I apologize for that and my lack of etiquette.

  7. Annie says

    Getting on my soapbox:
    I have no objection to making your own cleaning products so that you can control what is in them. I’m a regular reader of blogs like this one. I personally use vinegar in my washing machine instead of a commercial fabric softener and I spritz flannel sheets with a bit of fabric softener instead of using dryer sheets.
    However – please, please, please – use the word “chemicals” correctly. The only place that chemicals don’t exist is in an absolute vacuum; otherwise, chemicals are everywhere. Plain old water, the air we breath, the food we eat, essential oils, etc. are all “chemicals.” Also remember that no “chemical” is harmless in all situations. For example, water is harmful if you try to breath it!
    Getting off my soapbox, now. Thanks for listening!

    • Ronda says

      I think the term “Chemicals” that we want to stay away from is really Petro-Chemicals. My motto is if I have to get a guide to pronounce something it isn’t natural enough for me to use or eat.

  8. Anna says

    I think this is a handy idea. No essential oil or castile soap, besides it’s not cheap. So I used Ecover (eco friendly no nasties range) scent free etc washing up liquid and water, the Ecover when discounted costs less than £1. Works perfectly fine no streaks or loads of suds and used the same ratio as above and 12 small cut ups of microfibre cloth.

    Only slight problem is we are having a heat wave in the UK so leaving wet cloths in a sealed container won’t last long before going mouldy perhaps the trick is to keep it in the fridge to slow down any growth if is it’s hot or you need it to last for a few days.

  9. Rachel says

    I’ve made baby wipes like this before (without peppermint) and within three days they were moldy. I’d love to hear how these hold up–I’d think you would have the same problem. They do see like a good idea.

    • says

      I would probably add a little vinegar, grain alcohol, or even citric acid dissolved in water to this mixture to maybe prevent that. Not even sure that would work.

      Any time you are working with water, mold will be eventually be an issue unless there is some sort of preservative, most of which are nasty chemicals that some of us don’t want to use.

      Also, in my area, hard water is a big issue, and castile soap + hard water leaves a soap scum so this would not be practical to use. The only soap we use in our home is castile soap, however, I have to use vinegar or grain alcohol to remove the spots left behind on surface that get drops of castile + water on them.

  10. Marilope says

    It’s very easy to turn Castile bar soap into liquid. I found the bars in my local grocery. To avoid any mildew that might happen, I’m going to dip my rags in the prepared mixture when I’m ready to use them.

  11. Debbie Woolcock says

    Jillie,

    I am sure that most people know to glean from this what they want and discard what they don’t. I personally do not own a soap box…and am delighted every time I look in my email and see your ‘one good thing” emails. Some I use, some I don’t and some I even experiment with and change up a bit, but thank you so much for coming up with these suggestions that most of us don’t even think of.

    If folks are worried about mold, one person suggested putting it in a spray bottle and grabbing a rag and using it that way……thus the “experiment and change up” thing.

    Looking forward to so many more suggestions and ideas from you!

  12. Rita says

    I have been making these rags from info on an older post. I use water,Alcohol, ammonia, less Dawn than in the in recipe as it streaks. I use Fabuloso & also add a little citrus enzyme cleaner. Both the ammonia and alcohol have antiseptic properties (so I have read). I keep the rags in a zip lock bag to save space in our RV.

  13. Sandra says

    I have a fine mist spray bottle with peppermint oil, vinegar and water. The rags will be a wonderful addition, but I will keep mine dry to wipe up afterwards. Not one ant or other bug seen since i started sing this!

  14. Chris says

    I’ve been using similar homemade wipes for some time. I recommend putting the used wipes in a lingerie bag. When you are ready to do your wash, just zip up the bag and throw it in the wash. It keeps the wipes together and you never have to touch the dirty ones. I find that this process is very little extra work for the benefits of controlling ingredients and saving money.

  15. lynn says

    i would like to especially thank jillee for her awesome ways to save money and sharing with all of us. i was going to ask about how to keep my rags from fraying (flannel baby blankets) and lo and behold, rosemarie gave me the answer!!! thank you rosemarie (: as i read thru the comments i usually find the answer to my questions. and i admire jillee for keeping her cool when some just have to blow off their steam for whatever reason, lol. so everyone keep up the good advice. and jillee, keep smiling (:

  16. Twinmamateb says

    I use a spray bottle filled w/water & a few dashes of tea tree oil Castille Soap on my stainless steel kitchen counters for years. Its my all purpose kitchen cleaner. No residue. I just use rags/washcloths, kept in a basket under the sink. No one gets food poisoning, and it gets everything clean. Smells nice too!

  17. says

    This is such a great idea – can’t believe I have never thought of this. I have been making my own cleaning products for the last 10 years or more. I am going to try this out today – have all the ingredients needed. Thanks for sharing.

  18. Deb says

    Where do I find castille soap? I live in lakewood,washington area … I know you said you can get it by going to the web site but I would like to know if I can find it localy? does craft shops have it? or Health stores ? thanks! Deb

  19. Cindy says

    I am very interested in trying this.. however, How often should one change the jar of liquid that these cloths are sitting in? I would think that it should be changed every so often for heath reasons? Any ideas? thanks.

  20. Deborah Carr says

    I have enjoyed reading everyone’s posts! About 900 years ago I made my own “baby wipes” using witch hazel, E O’s, and distilled water. I stored the cut flannel in a recycled “baby wipes” box (rectangular, with a hinged lid). These were very effective and though I live in the deep south, I never had a problem with souring or mold. The antiseptic properties of witch hazel together with anti microbial properties of E O’s did a great job on little bottoms, why not hands, face, and countertops too? This would greatly reduce the cost of castile soaps and eliminate streaks.

  21. Hollie says

    What is the difference between Castile Soap and Murphy’s Oil Soap? I did a cost comparison between namebrand cleaning products and homemade and everytime Castile soap is called for, it drives up the price. However, Murphy’s can keep the price low. So… does anyone know the difference? Thank you!

    • Carol says

      Murphy’s oil soap is toxic, having so many chemicals in it that it wouldn’t be good to use for this if you are trying to avoid such products: if not, just use bleach!
      Read the bottle of Murphy’s Oil Soap, and you’ll see.

  22. says

    I’ll have to make these. I use the bathroom wipes everywhere for a quick clean. The size I cut my T shirt squares fits on my Swiffer so I even slick up the floor with them. I found wintergreen scented alcohol for them, but I digress…

    Around my house, there are no baby wipe containers and canning jars are used to well, can food. They are both a premium these days. I have two friends who go through vast amounts of Folger’s coffee in the plastic cans. I ask them to save their cans for me. I keep my wipes in an old coffee can…the Big Coffee Cans of Clean. Because the cans live under the sinks in this house, appearance is not important. The big cans have fairly airtight lids and are large enough to reach into easily.

    Now I just need more T shirts, I cut up all the old ones we had!

  23. marie thomas says

    A question–after using and washing the rag, do you put it back with the unused rags or do you put them aside until all the remaining rags are used and then start the process again?. I thinks this is great as find so many of the commercial products have irritants that usage requires rubber gloves which are a handicap.

    • says

      I just put the washed rags back into the jar. If the rags in there are still wet enough the washed rag can just soak up some of that liquid. But if there isn’t enough liquid left in the jar you will need to add more.

  24. Katrina says

    I use on a spray bottle Castile soap ( 15 drops or so ), w lavender, eucalyptus , and peppermint, 5-6 drops each or so) it’s n all purpose cleaner I also love it on my wood floors.with that I also have another spray bottle w all 3 oils, mommy’s stress away spray for my entire house.

  25. Sara says

    I put mine in a spray bottle and use microfiber cloths to wipe up messes and just wipe down surfaces. I have a very old kitchen floor what I would normally have to use bleach on the tiles to get them white again – Not anymore. I spray a little on the tiles and wipe them with paper towel – they are so white now and the grout that is in between them comes up clean. I usually will spray the grout line and then use an old toothbrush. I have made several batches for friends and family – everybody is hooked on this cleaner. It is not caustic and smells great. Thanks for the recipe.

  26. Carolyn says

    I just realized I must be a true Jillee junkie…I missed the peppermint kitchen wipes blog when it came through. Today I stumbled across it on Pinterst. I said to myself “That must be Jillee, I think I recognize the hands.” Sure enough. Oh, my!!!

  27. Katherine says

    Castile Soap is inexpensive depending on the brand you buy. I’ve found the Dr. Woods brand to be the cheapest at around $8 for a 32oz bottle. I buy mine on swansonvitamins.com, and use retailmenot.com for coupon codes to get free shipping!!

  28. Ashley Ahl says

    I made these recently and went to use my first wipe and was surprised at how it left a white soap marks on the microwave and counter. Should I reduce the amount of soap? Am I suppose to wipe with cleaner everything first and then do a second cleansing wipe ?
    Has anyone else experienced this?

  29. Laura in Anchorage, AK says

    Thank you Jillee for posting! I love making my own cleaning products, and having a quickie wipe like this is nice. It’s just a simple quickie wipe for that glop of something that fell on the floor, or smudge on the stove, wall, etc. Sometimes I put a tiny bit of baking soda on the wet cloth, then wipe; thats mostly for scuffs on the wall. i love them. I toss the used ones in a small bucket that I “lined” with an lingerie bag. When I do my white towels, i grab the lingerie bag and toss ‘em in with the towels. perfect! If I want serious cleaning and disinfecting work done, I go for other things. Not my quickie wipes. I might go thru 7 a week, so my ‘solution’ is relatively small. i’ve never experienced mold or mildew in the wipes. I make what I need. when I have made excess, yes…they get moldy. I just adjust to fit my needs.

  30. Laini says

    Jillee, I loved this idea as a sanitizer wipe. I am not comfortable putting a too dirty cloth back in the jar, but this is how I made and used them: First, put rags in the jar and start sprinkling on lavender essential oil. Then mix 12 ounces of bottled water with 2 shots of cheap vodka and 2 tablespoons liquid castille lavender soap. Pour over rags, close, turn over and over. I use them as a final step after I have cleaned my counters. I love the smell, convenience, cost and control.

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